25 Books

(Three posts in one night? My my)

When I was in primary school I recall being shooed from out under a table at break time to go and play outside with the other kids. What was I doing under there? Reading a book. I also recall that we had these “readers” – books filled with short stories and articles of all different kinds and topics. Each set at a particular reading age. There was the main one for that age and a couple of others for the kids that needed/wanted more to read. They wouldn’t let me read any more of them when I’d read all the available books up to my age + 2. (There were other books however)

My point is I used to love to read. I read all the time. It’s only in the last few years that I haven’t read as much. I’ve discussed the reasons for this before. I discovered the other day that I only read 4 books in 2008. That’s pretty pitiful. I never was a fast reader but I always had a book on the go and would get through far more than that. So I’ve decided that in 2009 I will read 25 books. That’s a book every couple of weeks which should be doable if I read a little every day.

As with all these things we need a few rules. Here’s mine:

  • of the 25 no more than 3 can be books I’ve previously read
  • however a further 5 can be books I’ve previously started but never finished
  • I should read at least 3 books by authors I’ve not read before
  • this should be at least 2 new (to me) authors
  • at least one book must have been published (for the first time) in 2009

Those are the rules, the “must”s. Here are a few “nice-to-have”s:

  • a book from a genre I’ve never read before
  • a book I wouldn’t have read if not for a recommendation
  • a bestseller
  • a classic
  • a book that can only be purchased second hand

For each of these I will get 1 point. I also get 1 point for each book over the 25.  I get a point deducted for missing out any of my “must-have”s. At the end of the year I’ll see how many points I got. I may add some more types of books that score points if I think of them (but only in the next few days, I don’t want to keep changing the rules)

As I finish each book I’ll write a post with a review and tick off the rules it satisfies and any points it earns me.

Anyone want to join me?


About shuggie

My name is Shuggie, Paul or LatePaul depending on where you know me from. I work in computers (databases) and occasionally write about softw
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3 Responses to 25 Books

  1. ferijen says:

    Ooh another reader! Definitely… see my RC posts. Got here via the SoF….

  2. shuggie says:

    Hi Ferijen,

    Checked out your blog. 52 books in 52 weeks is impressive going and I can see you’re well ahead of that already.

    I am going to tweak the rules slightly – hopefully today – I hope that’s ok. I promise not to do it again. In any case I suspect you’ll beat me hands down whatever I do to the points system 🙂


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