Sunday, October 4, 2015

October Reading Challenge #15in31

On the blog, Estella's Revenge, I saw a reading challenge that really appeals to me. Instead of reading any particular types or genres of books, it's just about reading more books. I need to read more. I know I read a lot but reading helps me with stress, worry, and I just like it.

So in the #15in31 challenge, I just need to read 15 books by the 31st. Naturally, this makes me tilt towards shorter books. I thought I'd take a look at my TBR list sorted by page count. Here's the top of that list, books on my shelves under 200 pages that aren't children's books:

The Old Editor Says: Maxims for Writing and Editing by John E. McIntyre
Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice
Siegfried's Murder by Anonymous
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Light Boxes by Shane Jones
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
That Should Be a Word: A Language Lover’s Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World by Lizzie Skurnick
I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays by Elinor Lipman
The Crofter and the Laird: Life on an Hebridean Island by John McPhee
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
Being Dead by Jim Crace
Austenland by Shannon Hale

Sometimes, short books are dense and can read like long books. I suspect this of the Solzhenitsyn, Hesse, and McPhee. Sometimes I can read 200-350 page books in just two hours. I expect a large number of the books on the above list will be knocked out by November 1 but by no means all of them. Probably at the top of the list will be the Sedaris, Skurnick, and Lipman. I also will be listening to a couple of audio books on my drive to Nashville for the Southern Festival of books later this week. And I will likely read a couple of YA novels. I did read 13 books back in July without trying, so this should be do-able! See you Nov. 1 for the summary!

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