28 Books in 2014


To know me is to know how much I love to read.

I recall many a car ride with my nose stuck so deep into a book that someone trying to speak to me from the driver’s seat would have to say my name repeatedly before I could be ripped from the page to hear them. These days one of my favorite things to do is visit a bookstore to peruse titles and thumb pages before settling down in the store cafe with a book. It would be thrilling to have an unlimited book budget but this year most of our discretionary income is going towards the wedding, honeymoon, and our upcoming move.

The fact is I’m in the habit of buying books before I’ve finished reading the latest purchase and I have a bookcase full of books I haven’t once opened. Combined with the books from Simeon’s collection and I’ve got a year’s worth of reading for free right under my roof! So as a birthday gift to myself I’m giving me a year of reading. To stay accountable to the mission I’ll be posting a book report of each book I complete here on the blog.

The only rule is that that I have to already own the book (including gifts not yet received). Because I find it difficult to read a book I’m not in the mood for, I’m not going to plan out ahead when I’ll be reading each book. Instead I’ll allow whatever speaks to me at the time to become the next selection.

I’m really looking forward to this challenge and to finally be able to say I’ve read everything on the shelf.


10 thoughts on “28 Books in 2014

  1. Keri Green says:

    Hey Nat: Try using the library! I love my online account at the county library. As soon as I hear about a new book I want to read, I search the collection (the new ones are usually on order,) and put in a hold request. I also keep a big reading list on my account, so as I’m finishing a good book, I peruse my list to determine what I want to read and check out next. It’s really fun, especially if you have a slight oc character and like to keep lists. 🙂 (Have you read Louise Erdrich’s “The Round House”? It’s amazing. ps: whittling down my book collection has been useful for the several moves I’ve made recently….. just sayin’.

    1. Natanya Green says:

      Absolutely! I used the library frequently when I lived in Mass because the local branch had access to the entire western Mass system. But up in Vermont the library situation is different and their selection is minimal. I haven’t read the Round House yet – maybe someone I know has it! I’ll try to find it. I’ve definitely been purging books over the last couple years of moves. Especially ones I know I can get easily at a a library or online. I think the decision to do this challenge stemmed from the most recent move when I was reluctant to get rid of books I hadn’t yet read! I’m looking forward to replacing the books currently taking up space 🙂

  2. ps: the Library has also reduced my guilt factor about all those unread books on my shelf. If I choose not to read a library book, I just return it, no dust collected, no bad fungi shui about collections or intentions! Books are like cars: as soon as you buy them they immediately lose their resale value!

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