When I turn 51, I hope to have read 30 new books over the past year. This past birthday, when I turned 50 I made this list of 50 things I want to accomplish in my 50th year. Some are really simple. Like, laugh everyday. Check; going well. Some will take some effort. Find an accountability partner.
On my list is read 30 new books. Seems pretty easy. But, I tend to lean toward J.D. Robb, read her two new offerings each year and in the interim re-read the entire series (which is pretty lengthy). I might pick up a non-fiction Christian book here or there and maybe a fiction book from the library with the hopes that it will spur on a flood of new reads but it just hasn't happened.
I figured this year I would be purposeful. Focus on reading new books. Giving it a try. Broadening my horizons. And it isn't going to hurt that the boys and I are reading American Literature this year in school. Books like Up From Slavery, Uncle Tom's Cabin, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc. can be added to my list easily and without remorse, as they are quality novels of intrinsic value.
I created a scrapbooking page that I will use and continue to modify as I read more and more new books - hopefully 30 new books in my 50th year. In fact, I thought making this page will actually fuel focus on reading new. So far, it is working!
While I have re-read those J.D. Robb books and her In Death series, I have also read 3 new books in just a month:
1. At Risk by Patricia Cornwell. Ahh, I never said the books would be good. Cornwell has written many titles and when I was in the library the other day I picked up this title having no idea as to whether it was a best-seller or not and was very dissappointed, thinking, "what is all the fuss?" But, I know my mom has read quite a few of her 'series' titles and likes her writing so I'll probably give Ms. Cornwell another chance.
2. Beyond Band of Brothers by Major Winters. Fabulous memoir by Major Winters of his life during his time with Easy Company during WWII. I picked this on the throws of watching the series Band of Brothers with Jeff and the boys over a period of time.
3. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. Amazing allegory. C.S. Lewis is nothing but brilliant. His allegory had me questioning the current state of my walk with God - here on earth.
With three titles down, I am really excited that I can accomplish this task on my list. That sounds good to me.