As you may recall, this year I aimed to beat my all-time record for Number of Books Read in One Year. The record was 147 from 2011. Well, last night I finished book number 147 for this year! Whoo-hoo!!!!
So I'm pretty sure I'll break the 2011 record. There was one book I waffled on counting -- a collection of comic strips, Sherman's Lagoon: Lunch Wore A Speedo. I mean, it's not much reading. But when I checked my 2011 list, I discovered that I had counted a Sherman's Lagoon collection then as well, so either I eliminate them both, or count them both. Either way, I'm still tied!
My friend Mary suggested that a more accurate challenge would entail counting the number of pages read, to ensure fairness. After all, I might have read fifty tomes of 400+ pages each back in 2011, and fifty slim children's books of 150 pages in 2014, yet counted them the same. Because I love to track stuff like that, I went ahead and noted the page counts for all 147 books. The 2011 total came to a bit over 39,000 pages. The 2014 total so far is, guess what -- a bit over 39,000 pages. Hah!
Please don't make me do word counts.
Next year I'm planning to relax -- no more Big Read years, no more record-breaking efforts. I think I'll try reading more in depth, maybe get a few 500, 600 -- nay, even 1,000-page tomes and consume them in an extremely leisurely fashion.