Midterm Progress Report: A Book A Week

One of my goals is to read 52 books this year, which of course is a book a week. So far I have managed to keep up (I have read 28 books in 26 weeks), but only because I had a lot more time in the beginning of the year and was able to read a couple of books a week. Not so much anymore! I figured it would work out this way and that I would read more in some periods like over the holiday weekend and when I was on vacation than I might at busier times during the year, which is lately.

My other goal in relation to reading was finishing a book completely before starting on the next one. And that’s another thing I managed to do until recently when I had to put down a book to start and finish something that I needed to read for book club. I’m interested to see how the rest of the year will shape up in this respect because at this point I don’t have that much of a cushion, although I do plan on playing catch up over the holiday weekend since I’m deferring my fun now until Italy in a few weeks.

Here is my list so far.

Dec 30- Jan 5 Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
Jan 6- Jan 12 The Age of Consent, Geoffrey Wolff
Jan 13- Jan 19 Dive From Clausen’s Pier, Ann Packer/An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison
Jan 20-Jan 26 The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien/The Echo Maker, Richard Powers
Jan 27-Feb 2 The Dew Breaker, Edwidge Danticat/Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
Feb 3- Feb 9 Eating Chinese Food Naked, Mei Ng
Feb 10- Feb 16 The Hidden Writer, Alexandra Johnson/The Stranger, Albert Camus
Feb 17- Feb 23 Special Topics In Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
Feb 24- March 1 Special Topics In Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
March 2- March 8 For Writer’s Only, Sophie Burnham/Silas Marner, George Eliot
March 9- March 15 Breathe, Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Danticat
March 16- March 22 Look at Me, Jennifer Egan
March 23- March 29 Playing In the Dark, Toni Morrison/Children of Men, P.D. James
March 30- April 5 The Black Notebooks, Toi Derricotte
April 6- April 12 Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
April 13- April 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife. Audrey Niffenegger
April 20- April 26 Evening, Susan Minot
April 27- May 3 Evening, Susan Minot
May 4- May 11 The Painter from Shanghai, Jennifer Cody Epstein
May 12- May 18 Pearl, Mary Gordon
May 19- May 25 I didn’t make a note of this at the time and now I can’t remember.
May 26- June 1 Caramelo, Sandra Cisneros
June 2- June 8 A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
June 9- June 15 The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
June 16- June 22 Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austen
June 23- June 29 Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen.

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