I believe that if a book is worth reading, then it's worth owning. And I believe that if I own it, I should read it, and re-read it, and make notes in it, and quote it randomly. I cannot walk out of a bookstore without a book, and it's only grown worse since I became a mom, since I happen to LOVE kids' books. I own over 800 books at last count (about 4 years ago).
The problem is that I acquire books faster than I read them, so I have decided that, in 2010, I am going to read a book a month. While I'm not generally good with "New Year's Resolutions" - I am completely undisciplined and could never stick to a specific plan - I am a fast reader and am confident I can make it through a few hundred pages every 30 days or so.
My rules for my 12 books are as follows:
- I must currently own the book! No purchasing new books to get my book lust aroused and try to motivate my reading.
- For every new (previously unread) book I select, I must also choose 2 familiar books. (an author I like suggested this habit so that I can truly enjoy and remember meaningful books)
- I must have a few novels in the mix. I tend to dislike fiction and gravitate wholly towards biographies, history, and subjects related to my family or ministry. But I'm determined to give novels a chance this year (you'll notice from my picks, below, that I chose rather safely in this category).
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (previously unread)
- the Odyssey (previously unread)
- Pride and Prejudice (read and didn't like the first time)
- Cry the Beloved Country (read)
- Evidence Not Seen (read)
- My Dearest Friend - Letters of Abigail & John Adams (previously unread)
- A Woman After God's Own Heart (previously unread)
- Freedom of Simplicity (read)
- Mere Christianity (read)
- Future Grace (read)
If you have a 2010 reading plan, I'd love to hear it. Then I can keep a list of all the books I'll get to buy myself at the end of the year!
* As far as I am aware, I coined the expression "book whore." It was originally derived in the fall of 2003, when a friend spontaneously produced a small bottle of some Aveda product and asked me if I knew its purpose. My snappy reply was "I'm not an Aveda-whore!", upon which I began adding the suffix "-whore" to objects in order to create an adjective describing a person who obsessively researched, collected, and/or used those particular items.