Wednesday, February 03, 2010

It's Good to Have Goals

Decided to set myself reading goals for 2010: 25,000 pages, 52 books. That's only an average of 481 pages/book; that's do-able, right? Needed a joiners push, so I'm signing on for 2010 Pages Read Challenge at Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic. The Rules:

1) Pick a number of pages you'll be attempting to read in 2010. It doesn't matter whether your goal is 10,000 or 100,000.

2) Write a blog post about it in which you will keep track of your page count.

3) Comment here with your goal number and a link to your blog post (if you have one) to be added to the list of participants.

4) The challenge starts January 1, 2010 and ends December 31, 2010. Only pages read after the new year has begun count in for the challenge, but any and every page you read counts for this challenge.

5) As usual: Have fun!

And I've installed handy-dandy widgets for those of you playing at home to follow my progress! (Thanks to the folks at NaNoWriMo for creating & sharing them.) They're in my right sidebar, waaay down near the bottom, but here they are, all updated with my January reading totals and everything. I'll try to keep 'em up to date. Finished in January: Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr (romance - oops!), blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell non-fiction/psychology), & With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George (mystery). I'm already a bit behind, with only 3 books and 1,300 pages read in January; I need to average 2, 083 pages & 4.3 books every month to finish.

1,313 / 25,000
pages read in 2010.
5% done!

3 / 52
books read in 2010.
6% done!

Just below the counters is another widget, showing what books I'm currently reading. Right now I'm engrossed in World Without End, by Ken Follett. The sequel to his epic novel Pillars of the Earth, it is set in 14th century England around the goings-on in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, a cathedral village. I enjoyed Pillars, and this too is a pleasant read (I enjoy historic fiction), but I don't remember it being such a bodice-ripper.

You can follow my reading progress at; my currently reading shelf, my read in 2010 shelf, and my profile.

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  1. I need to read more. Do audio books count? *grin*

  2. I read Pillars last year. This will be my next read after I finish Wolf Hall which is also historical fiction. Best of luck achieving your goal, Velma!!

  3. Mwaa-haa-haa at bodice ripper.

  4. Heee! I read Pillars of the Earth as a teenager so I definitely remember the racey scenes! Maybe I'm older, maybe the scenes are less well done, but in 'World without end' it was all rather less exciting.


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