Goal Achieved

Some people think that I have a problem: I’m addicted to reading.  This would be completely true and I do read, every day, all the time.  I was a c-average kid until I was about 12 when my teacher introduced me to Willard Price, and I began reading, going on to lots of different kids books — including Christopher Pike — then on to Stephen King, and then onto everything else.  I’m 30 now, and since then there hasn’t been a single day where I wasn’t reading a book.

Nowadays I tend to read about 3-4 books at the same time: there’s the audiobook I’m reading (at the moment Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer), when I’m traveling, or walking to and from work, or when I’m doing something simple where I can listen to the book at the same time (this even includes cooking!); the book I’m reading at home (at the moment Flesh by Richard Laymon), usually whenever I have a free moment, or when I’m in bed; the book I’m reading at work (at the moment Canticle by Ken Scholes), which I read on breaks and lunch breaks.  Sometimes for my “home reading,” I’ll do a fiction book and a nonfiction book; it really depends on the particular books and what I have to read.

For the last couple of years I’ve been keeping track of how many books I read and what exactly I’m reading.  Here’s the 2007 list.  And the list for 2008 can be found here and here (it’s in multiple parts as it’s pretty long).  At the end of 2008 I ended up getting 91 books read, which I had a chance to brag about in an interview.  I knew it was a pretty impressive goal, but I subconsciously planned to beat it for 2009, and now I’ve thankfully more than done this by recently finishing my 100th book for the year, with lots more time to go (and this includes the 1000+ page Under the Dome book by Stephen King).

And if you’d like to get an idea of what I’ve exactly been reading, you can check out the book reviews on BookBanter and see which reviews are up for 2009, and you can also check out my Good Reads page for 2009 to see some of the books I’ve read but didn’t end up reviewing.