You’re probably going to hate me for this, but I’m going to tell you anyways.
I read two books a week. A WEEK. And I’m not even in graduate school for literature anymore! And I work full time! And I have an active social life (too active)!
About two years ago, I realized that I had stopped reading after graduate school (because when you’re reading 700+ pages a week, you just need a break). But I’d just stopped. And I didn’t like that, because reading used to be my favorite thing in the world. Two examples: as a kid, I would get in trouble for staying up past midnight, reading under the covers. Eventually, my parents caved and gave me a book lamp so I “wouldn’t ruin my eyes.” Spoiler alert: eyes are ruined anyways. Next example. In second grade, my dislike for my peers grew so intense that I started taking books to recess. The school took my book away to “encourage interaction with other children.” My parents had to call the school to tell them to just give the book back. And you know what? I think I’ve gotten a lot further in life having read books as opposed to having boys chase me around the playground.
Anyhow, onto my book project. First off, I know that I read fast. And no, I don’t listen to books on tape. Not that you shouldn’t–you should do whatever you want. I’m just not a fan of audiobooks or ereaders. I go to the library once a week, get my books, and that’s it.
To keep myself accountable, I’ve joined Goodreads and set a goal of 100 books a year (that feels reasonable– like maybe I’ll read fewer books around the holidays). I also set my library card to keep track of what I read (which I thought it did automatically, but it did not– so I’m definitely missing some books). You can find me on Goodreads here. I’m at 28 books for the year so far- only 5 behind to meet my goal of 100!