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Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

March Is Reading Month!

My Reading Bucket List

So many books . . . Yes, indeed. About 130 million unique titles according to a simple query of Wolfram Alpha. That means that even if I could conceivably read a book a day, it would take me over 350 years to read them all, and that wouldn't include the new ones written during that interminable time span of reading. Needless to say, the phrase “so many books, so little time” is not hyperbole. For this lover of books, “so many” is not a frustration so much as it is a justification for the many to-read lists, shelves, and piles of books I claim.

Since March is “Reading Month,” what better time to reflect on my reading habits and goals. Organizing my books is always a goal, but providing some sense of organization to my reading is important as well. I have been aided in that regard by a lovely Christmas gift I received from my son and daughter-in-law, the “100 Books Scratch-Off Bucket List.” Seeing this as a challenge, I have posted the List on the back of the door to the spare room I use as an office. I set about scratching off all the titles that I have already completed and was more than a little disheartened at my total of only 27. I am motivated, nonetheless, to scratch off significantly more.

If you're the sort who likes this type of challenge, there are numerous reading lists out there: 50 Books To Read Before You Die printed on a popular bookmark and the BBC's Top 100 Books You Need To Read Before You Die are just a couple great lists. Do your own Google search on “books to read before I die” to turn up an array of such lists. If you're on Goodreads, look for their Popular 100 Books to Read Before You Die shelf. (If you're not on Goodreads, I highly endorse it.) With so many books out there, it helps to have some recommendations.

This March Reading Month, my suggestion is that you organize your “so little time” in whatever way helps you best enjoy reading. That is the point, after all. And now, I think I'll get started on a title I've always wanted to read, A Tale of Two Cities. Happy reading!!