So while browsing the net last night I noticed on someones blog a challenge of reading 100 books in the year and I wondered if perhaps I should sign up for that. C then pointed out that 100 books in a year works out to about 1 every 3 days or so. Now that figure worries me. Yes I do read quite fast but there are several reasons why I don’t think I could actually do this.
1. While some books I can read in no time at all, (I read Soulless by Gail Carriger in 2 days, pretty much because I couldn’t put it down, also the subject matter is somewhat familer, vampires, werewolves etc). Other authors (Peter Watts, China Mieville) take me longer to read. This is because they come up with new ideas and I have to slow down my reading speed to understand them. Whats the point in reading the story if I don’t make an attempt to understand the concepts being put accross. It would be a discreadit to all the time and effort they put into writing the book, and also I have enjoyed every book I have read so far from the two authors I’ve mentioned. They write good books, books i couldn’t really finish in 3 days. (Ok so if I didn’t have a job and other things to do I could totally finish them in 3 days, but I do have a job so it’s a moot point.)
That last comment leads on happily to point number 2. I have other things to do, knitting, I would also like to do more sewing this year. I have warhammer figures to paint. (I have banned myself from buying anymore till I have finished what I have… which I admit could well be a long time in the future at the rate I’m going.) There are certain computer games (Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, Elder Scrols V) that I would like to play. I have roleplaying Monday nights. Also if I decide to do NaNoWriMo again then that means November is pretty much out.
I think I had a 3rd point but I can’t remember what it was.
However saying that I am curious as to how many books I do read in a year. Last year around august I remember this thought occured to me then. However there was no way I could remember what I’d read so far up to that point. So perhaps this year I should just keep a list of what I read.