>> Friday, July 14, 2006
I started out 2006 with a particular reading goal in mind. I wanted to read my way through 2 lists of 26 books. The first would be A-Z by Title, and the second would be A-Z by Author. I got the idea from an online book group member who was doing something similar. When I put the list together, I started with my existing list of books I wanted to read and filled in what letters I could. I actually got most of them. Then I went in search of books to complete the missing spaces on the list.
At this point in the year I’ve completed the A-Z by Title list and am just about halfway through the A-Z by Author list.
I’ve always been an avid reader and never kept track of my reading until a couple of years ago. I participate in an online booklovers group and others in that group encouraged me to start tracking my books and reading. Until this year that has been a simple spreadsheet listing of titles, authors, pages and nothing much more. I’m a stats freak so the numbers are fun.
There is a columnist who writes for our local paper who annually asks readers to send in their reading lists. He writes a column or two about it, as well as announcing a few awards for the most books and pages read. I’ve sent in my reading lists to him for the past 2 years. This year I decided that I wanted to send more than just a random list, so the idea of an A to Z reading adventure was born. I also decided to expand my simple list to include a comment or two about each book along the way.
Now, at just over the halfway point in the year and three-quarters of the way through my A to Z Reading Adventure, I feel compelled to expand this even further, so here I am.
I’ll begin by posting the books I’ve read so far this year and then continue as I complete my A to Z list. After that, who knows where my reading adventures will lead.