what's your goal? what should be my goal? I picked 40 because that's what I estimate I would normally read-- is that too low?
I did 40 last year and hit book 40 on December 30th... I tried to bump it up to 45 this year, but I've only read one so far... Thing is, anybody could read 100 books if all they are reading is shorter works. Most of the books i read are above 150k words
I've tasked myself with 40 books which is likely to be achieved since I graduate this year and likely to be unemployed for some time.
As a writer, I might as well write and read as much as I can while I have that unoccupied time.
nah, just don't have any other hobbies besides reading and writing. I quite video games years ago, and I only watch a movie once a week or so. I also work with a lot of people who are in small book presses, so I get tons of books and recommendations.
I do most of my reading from an e reader (i only buy physical novels that I have read once and enjoyed)... and calibre has a function that can count the words in each book... So in my calibre library of 2000 plus novels each book lists the word count
I went for 52, aim of one per week isn't bad when you don't have many friends and spend most evenings alone 2bh. If I enjoy a book and it's less than 300 pages, it shouldn't really take me any more than a couple of days.
You have to enable it in the preferences, a simple google search will show you how
Even if you were averaging five hours per day (which of course you would have mentioned in attempt to impress us) your average time per book would still be about 3 and a half hours. Faggot
last year I read Gravity's Rainbow, Blood Meridian, Moby Dick, Suttree, The Recognitions, and tons of other stuff. Honestly it's not that difficult if you put in the hours reading.
I genuinely love books and reading, not sure why that is hard for you to believe. I can very easily read a PKD or Lem or Vonnegut book in about 4 hours, and still comprehend it. I take pretty extensive notes on everything I read.
I believe you, I believe you... I have the time to read that much but can't seem to overcome the hour or hour and a half mark where I lose focus and am unable to continue reading.... any tips for overcoming this?
someone should post the read every day pasta.
For me it was like, I got bored of playing video games, I got bored of watching shit television shows, and I ran out of good movies to watch. So it was either reading or actually having to go outside, easy choice.
The most serious advice I have is to make reading the thing you want to be good at. Anyone can read Redwall, few can read The Tunnel. It takes active reading, reading supplementary texts, and questioning the structure of the works you are reading.
If you get bored after an hour and a half, try writing down some notes or look up the authors life. Get up, stretch for five minutes, and try again. Don't read in bed unless you want to fall asleep, and don't give up on a book. Reading a book is a relationship between you and the text, and if you don't put in effort, you won't get anything out of it.
Got a list of shit I want to read but nowhere to begin, so I'll roll through this thanks for the thread to do this in btw nobody actually cares OP now check this
0 - Wolf Hall (audiobook) | Heaven's Memo Pad (Untrans.) | fucken anything boii
1 - Biopolitics | Andromache | Greek Tragedies 1
2 - Paradise Lost (with annotations) | Intro To Lit, Crit, & Theory | Culture & Power
3 - Beyond Bad and Good | The Idiot | Kafka
4 - Brothers | The Looking Glass War | The Old Man And The Sea
5 - Literary Theory | Dune | King Lear (audiobook)
6 - Julius Caesar | Language And Symbolic Power | Bloom
7 - The Sound of The Mountain | Phenomenology of Spirit | Borges
8 - War And Peace | DOJG / Other | The Noh Plays of Japan
9 - House of Cards | How To Read A Film | Euripides
Dune is so fucking gay but whatever roll again for the next set after that at least I got The Brothers now I got an excuse.
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I always set mine to 52, not because it's how much I want to read but because it's AT LEAST how much I want to read. I use it as a limit not a goal. I figure if I can't average a book a week then I need to sort my life out.
First year I set the challenge I read like 73 I think it was. But, I was unemployed for half the year. So it wasn't really fair.
This year I was only unemployed for like 3 months and I only hit 53.
This year I'm stacking the deck because I front loaded the year with a ton of short books. Not intentionally, but it is a side effect. I'm already at 8.
There seems to be a lot of sour grapes in this thread. You can read 100 books of substance, with excellent understanding in a year if you devote your time to it.
The fact that some of you prefer to spend your time shitposting on lit, masturbating, watching TV, smoking weed and getting drunk does not mean that it is impossible.
To OP - I see no point in setting a definite goal. At best it's a poor extrinsic motivator, at worst it will guide your choice of literature towards easier works and make you try to read them faster than you ought to.
Mine's 730, but I read a lot of poetry and drama so the average length of those books is going to be 100 - 150 pages. Read as much as you want. Nothing's too low, as long as you enjoy yourself.
I've read 7, probably 10 by the end of the month.
It would average more than the goal I set but I go back to college in march...
I don't have one. I read when I feel like it, so, given that I am not overly depressed, tired or disrupted, I read without much pressure from myself. If you don't ever feel like reading and lament the fact that you barely do, you should consider that reading isn't all that suited for you and you are most likely pressuring yourself to read perhaps out of need for intellectual validation. Or you just don't feel like it at the moment. If you don't, do something different. Lists and everything are silly, literature isn't a list that you have to go through like you would do with shopping or whatever. Focus on what you read and what you really like to read, rest is meme from people thinking that literature is somehow a trip through all le classics to make you all "well read" and opinionated on things that you won't probably make all that much sense even with all of your "knowledge" and "opinions".
This year: 80.
2015 was 110, I was busy with my PhD thesis so that wasn't the best of ideas (ended up at 107 or so). It became too much a hunt to "finish more books" instead of enjoying reading.
2014 was 100 but I ended up at 111 because I had more time.
80 is a good goal I guess, enough books to read, and no stress from "you gotta finish more!!!"
Last week, actually. Someone posted a thread relating to this play, Erasmus Montanus, and I found the play rather silly and at times entertaining. Like that one part where this supposedly educated man claimed to know Greek liturgy by saying, I'm paraphrasing, "An, yes, even now I recall that it ends with Amen". to impress these peasant small folk. Fun read fàm.
I did 40 last year, but decide to put 30 this year because I'm also learning another language and want to savour my reads. I'm feeling way better and probably will go beyond 40 because of this. Don't treat this like a race, just do it when you feel like it.
My current reading list , this is only half my backlog. What am I in for? Anything I should skip?