Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Bookshelf Challenge: An Update

Well, I am more than halfway through the year. So I figure it’s time to update my few followers on the progress I have made on reading through my bookshelves. In two words: not much. I have not yet read half as many books as I did last year AND I haven’t even read half a shelf on my bookshelf (although I’m getting close to that).

I blame the library. And friends who recommend books. And reading book blogs that recommend books. All that seem more interesting than some of the books on my shelves. I know. It makes no sense that I would buy non-interesting books and get the interesting ones from the library. I should do it the other way, I’m sure.

And while I’m blaming, let’s blame housework and kids and husbands. And going out of town and jewelry work and getting ready for the new school year and a new teaching position.

I’m just not reading as much as I used too. Or as much as I would like to. And I think I’d like to blame non-fiction as well. They take me longer to read than fiction books because I have to think about them more. They are not so much an escape as a time of reflection. I have read more non-fiction this year than I probably have any time in the past.

So I’ll keep plowing through. And no doubt need to continue into 2011.

Thanks to those who read. Huge thanks to those who comment so I know someone is reading.


  1. LOL, and despite it all, you're still managing to read about 5 times as many books as I. I hear you on non-fiction. Takes me about double the time. Not worth it if you're not going to ponder it a bit.

  2. I am reading your blog, at least once a week!!!! I am also reading another of the books that you got from the library, "A Fragile Design". I'll let you know what I thought of it when I finish. Love you lots! Mom

  3. Mom - Thanks! You're awesome. A Fragile Design was the book I had checked out that I had already read. If I recall from a few years ago, it was pretty good.