33 For 33

Some of you know I turn 33 on the first day of 2008.  I like the sound of this number and though 32 has been a great year I feel that 33 has some surprises in store for me and I am excited to discover them.  As you all know I am also a book lover and avid reader.  My nightstand, coffee table and car share housing rights to my book-of-the-moment.  I love the quiet moments before bed (and I am trying to make more during the day) when I can just sit/lay back and relax with my book. 

In the previous post I mentioned a book called “So Many Books, So Little Time” by Sara Nelson.  In this book Sara challenged herself to read a book a week in the year 2002 and write about what she read.  It helps that she reads a ton for her job (she is now the Editor-In-Chief of Publishers Weekly).   This challenge seems daunting to me but I still want to challenge myself to complete more books in this upcoming year so this is what I came up with.  I have challenged myself to read thirty-three books for the number I am turning on my birthday.  I figured that that would mean I would have to read about 2.75 books a month in order to accomplish this task and I think I can do it.  I’m calling it “33 For 33”.

I have gone through my bookshelves and made a list of the books that I hope to read in 2008.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

Into The Wild by Jack Krakauer

I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis

Snow Flower & The Secret Fan by Lisa See

The Heavenly Horse From The Outermost West by Mary Stanton

Piper At The Gate by Mary Stanton

Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Now, these are books that I would like to complete as of today and this list may change and will definitely be added to to make up thirty-three titles.  Call me crazy but I am very excited about this self-challenge and I will keep you all posted on my progress and I will also review each book upon completion.  Wish me luck!!

5 thoughts on “33 For 33

  1. I think 33 for 33 is a great goal!! Good luck!

    I read Kite Runner in 2 days and I’m sure I will read it again (not something I normally do). I read it so fast that I feel the need to go back through it a second time, more slowly. I loved it so much.. it may very well be my all time favorite book. The movie is coming out soon and I am really looking forward to it. Snow Flower is WONDERFUL and another of my favorites. It’s a great book for discussion in a book club. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is pretty good, but I much preferred Into Thin Air by the same author.. it is about a tragic Mt. Everest expidition, complete with pictures.

  2. That sounds like a great idea Karen! I am so impressed; maybe you can nomiate a few of those for planet books selections. It may help you to motivate if you have others reading with you!

  3. Great Goal! I remember one year, I set a quantity goal of one book per month which was BIG for me then. I think I’m doing much more now… I am with you about how some books find you… My goal for 2008 is to get through Anna Karenina. For some reason, it intimidates me! But I keep stumbling over references to it, so it must be my time to read it. Have a great trip and Merry Christmas!

  4. Every thing that Lisa said about above about THe Kite Runner and
    Snow Flower is true – read them right away! Oh, and add Atonement to your list – I just wrote a review of it on my blog last week – it was just wonderful. Have a safe trip home!

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