Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reading ... and life in general

If you read my blog at all, you'll notice that the previous update took place at 7am on 13 October, just as Dewey's 24-hour read-a-thon was beginning. Needless to say, I didn't follow through with the read-a-thon at all. Unlike in previous years when I had been able to set aside the entire day and have nothing else scheduled, this Saturday was full of plans and commitments. I drove to my son's house to pick up his 2 year old daughter, we drove to my produce co-op to pick up the week's allotment, the two of us went to my other son's house to stay with his 2 year old son, and by supper time, all the reading I had accomplished was listening to a couple of disks in the car. By the time I got back home around 8pm, I was thoroughly disgruntled that I hadn't been able to participate at all in any of the Dewey activities. I did run around to a number of blogs to cheer on other participants, but I just abandoned my participation entirely—which is why there's only the one post here in my blog. (That's not to say that I didn't read, I just didn't track it as closely and I went to bed at a normal time instead of staying up all night long.)

This morning is the first day of a read-a-thon we're calling “Reading Through the End of the World and Beyond”. It's being held over at BookObsessed and there's still time to join us if you're interested.

Today, I read the last page of the 148th book of 2012. At the beginning of the year, I set the goal of reading 150 books, and I think I'm going to get there and maybe a book or two beyond. All the books have been recorded in this blog at The Books of 2012. Books read in previous years are documented in the respective pages which are linked from the sidebar.

So, although months and months have gone by since I updated this blog, I have been reading. In fact, since the previous post, I have read 28 books. Maybe more impressive is that those books contained a total of 9035 pages. That's an average of 1000 pages per week.

So, I'm off to do some Christmas shopping—listening to an audio book as I drive—and then I'll settle down to some old-fashioned reading of text later today. I hope your day will be as pleasant.