Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Goal #2 50 Book Challenge
I attempted the 50 Book Challenge this year, with spectacularly unspectacular results. However, I did read a book on the weekend (Bossypants by Tina Fey - not as funny as you'd expect it to be), so there's one more to add to that fail list, at least. I don't know what the problem has been the last few years - I've always been a reader, and not so long ago I would have churned through that challenge twice over easily, but I seem to have the attention span of a goldfish these days. Any book that doesn't instantly grab my attention is cast aside, and back to my (TV) stories I go, staring vacantly at a screen while vaguely feeling my brain cells die off one by one.
I am determined to complete this challenge in 2012. I'm intending to take up some kind of study as well, so maybe that will spur me on to read more. Jade asked me the other day what books I was planning to read, and I couldn't think of much off the top of my head. I've been pondering since and come up with a list I would like to check out. I'm going to start by revisiting some of the works of Paul Auster, and catching up with those I haven't read. I know he's kind of wanky, but he's wanky in a good way - not in the Tim Winton OH MY GOD DOES THIS NOTHINGNESS EVER END kind of way.
I'm also seriously considering a Kindle. In fact, I've all but made up my mind to get one. When e-readers first appeared on the scene I was a staunch hold-out for paper, but the cost of books and the bulk of storing them is wearing me down. OKAY E-READER, YOU'VE GOT ME. Who's got one? Tell me all!
Also, please give me book recommendations, bearing in mind I'm not a big fan of crime novels aside from one or two authors, and I hate chick lit with a fiery passion. And I don't want to read The Slap.