Being the sort of person who loves to keep track of things, about ten years ago I started to log all the books I read in a database. I even tried to reconstruct the books I'd read prior to that, going back some 40 years. I'm pretty sure I missed a few.
Anyway, birders, as I'm sure you know, sometimes do a crazy thing called a Big Year -- they try to see as many species as possible in one calendar year -- North American birds, or sometimes a statewide big year. Since I'll never do anything that nuts, I've decided to go for a Big Read instead.
You see, I recently printed out my "books read" lists by year, and noticed that my record so far was in 2011, when I read 147 books. And I also noticed that so far this year, at the halfway point, I've read 88. I could break my record this year!
So I shall log my progress here. I'll list the books read so far, though not all at once -- just a few in each post. I shall aim to read at least 150 books this year -- and a good mix of fiction and non-fiction. I'm slightly handicapped, I believe, by the fact that 2011 was padded somewhat by 25 or so re-reads of old Enid Blyton children's books, which take maybe an hour or two to read at the most. I have read a few children's books this year, but nowhere near that many. So I shall have to work hard to break that record!
Books Read in the first half of January this year:
Dog Sense (John Bradshaw) -- on dog behavior/training
The Birder's Companion (Stephen Moss) -- tidbits on birds and birding
A Walk Through Britain (John Hillaby) -- travelogue written in the 1950s
Death at the President's Lodging (Michael Innes) - classic British mystery
Death by the Light of the Moon (Joan Hess) - contemporary American cozy mystery
The Little Broomstick (Mary Stewart) - children's fantasy