A very good friend and I grabbed a coffee just before the Christmas holiday break, and as part of a wide-ranging conversation (which happens when you catch up with an old pal after many years), we unexpectedly agreed to a book reading competition for 2010.
(Remember, this is an exhibition, not a competition, so as always, NO WAGERING.)
We were talking about how Erik was resolving to read more books in 2010, and we both had happened to read an article about a book reading competition that has taken place annually between George Bush and Karl Rove. Since I also have aspired to read more books, we agreed we would make this idea our own for 2010.
Make no mistake about it, THIS IS A COMPETITION.
It is amazing what the mind can do with a little focus and healthy competition. I have reorganized the way I spend my time such that I have found 1-2 hours each weekday to read a book, and 2-3 hours each day on the weekends. I am a fairly slow reader (more about how I am solving that problem in future posts), but that pace gets me to about a book a week. A book a week… let’s see, that’s 52 books this year at that pace! That really is a game changer.
We are now in the last week of January, and I am just now finishing book #6, so I am a bit ahead of the pace. A few short(er) books and a zealous start account for that. I will write about all the books, and I will also happily entertain any suggestions from you readers about great books I shouldn’t miss in 2010!