100 Books in 366 Days – The Gameplan

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Yesterday, I announced my intention of reading 100 books this calendar year.  Assuming that there is no validity to the Mayan Calendar doom and gloom prophesy (which: A) doesn’t actually predict doom and gloom, and B) really just is not going to happen), that means that I will need to average completing a book every 3.66 days (since this is a leap year… wonder if the Mayans figured those in).

This does seem like a seemingly daunting task.  Even more so since I have excluded graphic novels from the list.  Had I included them, The list would not take that much time since I can breeze through a graphic novel in no time, and what would be the challenge in that.

Thus, as of January 9th, 2012, I have completed 2 books.  Slightly off my pace, but I still have a game plan for this task.

  1. Read multiple books – I read a lot, and I read a lot.  If you check out my profile on Goodreads, you will see I have currently have six books in progress.  This is light for me, since I will start a lot of books.  I tend to get what I kindly refer to as literary ADD.  I will jump around in the books I am reading, picking up another one when I get momentarily bored with the one I’m currently reading.  Surprisingly, I somehow manage to keep all of them separate.  This probably is because of…
  2. Read multiple genres – I do tend to read a lot of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but I am not adverse to reading other subjects.  For a brief time after 9/11, I read histories a lot (mostly the Stephen Ambrose books, sparked my Band of Brothers on HBO).  Because of this, I tend to shy away from reading similar genres at the same time.  Not always, since The Court of the Air and A Game of Thrones can both be classified as fantasy.  But I do tend to spread it out, as it were.
  3. Using my Nook – One of the big advantages of having an e-reader (I prefer the Barnes & Noble Nook myself) is the ready availability of reading material on hand.  Not including books I picked up through various public domain sources, I have probably about 100 books available to read.  Most of them were actually free as well.  Barnes & Noble had a build a library promotion last year.  For about a month, I picked up four or five classics a week, all free.  Barnes & Noble still offers a lot of free selections on their website (Amazon.com also offers free e-books for the Kindle as well).
  4. Bookmarks – A lot of people use bookmarks, whether it be a simple piece of paper stuck in the book where you left off, or a fancy tasselled bookmark with pretty flowers and a pithy saying.  I prefer to use trading cards for bookmarks.  For one thing, I got a lot of them (one of my many collecting obsessions).  Trading cards are also nice because you can “retire” the card in question when you finish the book.  Once you reached the last page, set the card aside, preferably on a pile of other cards you have used as bookmarks.  The growing pile then becomes a visual representation of your reading accomplishments.  And of you are, like me, using an e-reader, simply set aside a card to represent the completed book.
Using this strategy, I should be able to complete my goal by the end of the year.  I even hope to keep an update of the cards that I have been using as bookmarks.

About chyrondave

Avid comic reader, amateur writer, music fan, and someone with opinions, lots of opinions.

Posted on January 9, 2012, in Books, Media, Personal and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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