It often strikes me as amusing that, for as much as we love our words, we bloggers often tend to get caught up in our numbers.
Keeping statistics (sometimes elaborate and complicated ones) chronicling our reading is very much the norm for many book bloggers – yours truly included. The Husband refers to my doing so as “the book blogger version of Fantasy Football.”
As much I try not to be concerned about things like the number of books I’m on track to read in a year or how many books I’ve read to meet certain challenge requirements, sometimes it’s too irresistible not to do so.
Last night I finished my 50th book of the year (Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork). For some reason, 50 books always seems to serve as some sort of personal threshold for me. Perhaps it comes from a time (early-parenthood) when I couldn’t even fathom that there would come a day when I would be able to once again read 50 books a year. Maybe it is tangible proof that I really do read at least one book a week – not too shoddy of an accomplishment. Whatever it is, something gets triggered when I hit that 50 book mark.
With the calendar page turned to October, it seemed to me that this milestone came especially late in the year. Earlier this spring and summer, when we were getting the house ready for sale, my reading slowed down considerably. But it has picked up pace lately, especially in regard to my consumption of audiobooks. I decided to do what any good book blogger would do. When I went back into the vault and saw my Sunday Salon post for October 3, 2010, I discovered that I reached the 50th book milestone this same time last year.
Given that I read 79 books last year, that’s encouraging. Still, I have my doubts that I have 29 more books in me for the remainder of 2011 … but we shall see, won’t we?
Related to all this craziness, September saw me finishing these 5 books (one of which was an audiobook). Links take you to my reviews:
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