In Which I Announce A Goal

So here's what happened. I picked up The Hour of the Star to try to "catch up" on my reading, because I had been hoping to finish on February 1, 2020 (ten years after I started). And it completely backfired. I took numerous days to read a book less than a hundred pages long, mostly because I didn't have time to sit down and review it on the day that I suspected I might finish.

Obviously that is ridiculous.

Reading has been feeling like work lately, though, and that's the last thing I want to happen. In order to read enough to finish this project in early 2020, I would have to cut out non-fiction and purely recreational novels entirely, and that's not a happy thing to contemplate. I know what you're thinking: could I cry a little harder about this thing no one is forcing me to do and in fact no one is encouraging me to do either?


So I'm pushing my goal end date for the blog out to February 1, 2025. Don't think about that too hard or it will break your brain. I'll be almost 40 years old by then and who knows if the internet will even still exist? In fact because it's such a long time from now, I'm going to do my best to beat that goal.

But in the meantime, reading feels fun again. I can think about reading books that aren't part of the project.

Wish me luck!

Five Years Ago This Month: May 2013

Five years ago this month...

...I was lazy. This is basically the tale as old as time on this blog: not enough time for reading, not enough time for posting. I promised more thorough Current Distractions posts and like, lol, I think we all know that that didn't happen.

...I reviewed A House for Mr Biswas. I am currently still so bored by this book that I didn't even bother to read my review.

...I was distracted. My opinion about Star Trek: Into Darkness has only soured further with time. (Also, I corrected a typo in that post!)

Here's what going home looks like when you live in a
temporary camp.

Looking Back, Part 6

Guys! I'm so proud of myself. The last time I wrote one of these posts was just over a year ago! And the previous one was just under a year before that! I'm pretty sure that this is the first time in the history of the blog that I've finished four decabooks so fast. I'm not sure if things are going to gcontinue at this pace given how I had to change my posting schedule earlier this year. But we'll see. Basically I'm just so excited by my progress lately. I'm excited to finish the project! The end isn't exactly in sight but there's a light at the end of the tunnel that I couldn't see five years ago, that's for sure.

Top 100 So Far

A couple of firsts this time around! And I'm not necessarily happy about them.

First, this is where The List's shocking lack of women writers becomes really, really apparent. Each previous set of ten has included at least one book by a female author. This time there are zero female authors, plus also a twelve book series by a dude. I only read the first two books of that, though.

Second, I skipped a book! I never plan to do this again, but after how much I hated The Rainbow, I treated its sequel, Women in Love, as if both books had been one entry, and quit reading the duology after hating the first book. I went into this in more detail when I posted about Women in Love, and that post is linked below.

For the books I actually read the publication date skewed to 1934, although it would've gone higher if I'd made it through more of A Dance to the Music of Time.

As for my feelings about the books, things started out bad and got better as the numbers got lower. I can only hope that this trend will continue.

Have you missed my silly little summary table? Here it is:

50. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller - 1/3
49. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence - no rating
48. The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence - 1/3
47. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad - 1/3
46. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad - 2/3
45. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - 3/3
44. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley - 2/3
43. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell - 2.5/3
42. Deliverance by James Dickey - 3/3
41. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - 3/3

Random/Romnovs So Far

R51. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
R52. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
R53. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
R54. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
R55. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
R56. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
R57. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
R58. Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
R59. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
R60. The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

And that's all for now. See you when I've finished reading another twenty books, and also many times between now and then.