So, it’s four months and some change into 2010 and I am feeling pretty good about goal. At the beginning of the year I gave my self a challenge… to read 100 books in 2010, or do my best in the attempt. Now, a typical year of reading is probably 100 books, it’s just that I’m actually keeping track of it this year.
This is what I have read so far this year. I’m doing pretty well, considering I am still trying to have a life.
There have been some obvious books that would be easy reads. For instance, I read Michael Scott’s The Necromancer pretty much overnight, owing to the fact that I unabashedly love that series. I also recently read Megan Whalen Turner’s A Conspiracy of Kings, which I had waited 4 years for. That was a good day’s read.
On the flip side there have been about, oh, 6 or 7 titles on my list that I picked up and abandoned. As a rule I have a 75 page limit that a book has to grab my attention. That’s enough time for the author to establish the main characters and the plot line. If I’m not into it by then I probably won’t be. This, of course, is a rule that can be broken as well – If it’s an author whose work I generally adore I am willing to give it a little more if the book isn’t doing it for me. Sometimes, I know in the first chapter that the book is not for me. There have been cases of both in those 6 or 7 abandoned books.
Does that mean I’m behind? I hope not…it is MY goal, after all. I can make (or break) the rules as I go along.
I’m currently halfway through Diana Pharaoh Francis’s Bitter Night. It’s interesting, though she loses my attention a touch in the long action sequences. I start to drift like when I saw the latter Matrix movies. I little reduction might have helped.
Still, enjoying it so far. Expect the review in the next few days. Until then.
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