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100 books by January 1st

One of my New Year's resolutions/goals is to read 100 books in a year, and I'm on number 78. It's going to be really hard for me to read much in November because of NaNoWriMo, and I was wondering if I should read short easy books, or nice long books. I feel bad counting a hundred page book as one of my books, but it still counts, right? I don't know... I was just wondering what you would do I guess.

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ulyssessgirl
Nov. 8th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
I had an idea... What if you broadened your horizons by choosing books of poetry (which are usually small), a play, a graphic novel, a chap book, a newspaper, songbooks, young adult books (like, my fav. Little House in the Big Woods)?

Unless of course, you are set on reading lit.
What do you think?
restandmotion
Nov. 8th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I've been doing the same challenge myself. I count all kinds of things because the point of the matter is to tailor the challenge to yourself. I run a graphic novel book club so I always count graphic novels regardless of whether they are 50 or 200 pages. I wouldn't specifically go looking for short books just so you can get your last books in quick but if you have a bunch of books you want to read there is nothing wrong with choosing some of the shorter ones. Just read whatever interests you.
brightlion
Nov. 8th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I would go to the library, sit amongst the infant books and read them all. They count, don't they? Even the ones with pictures and just the word Apple, Ball, Cat on pages? That way you could hit the 100 books.

Actually I wouldn't read the infant books but I would go into the children's section. I find they're much easier reads than adult books and shorter too but some are good. I can devour a book in an hour or two and they're still fun and enjoyable. Reread books of your childhood or find those acclaimed children's authors that everyone speaks about but you haven't had a chance to read before.

Of course 100 page books count. It's up to you though. You're the one who set the challenge after all so you make the rules. If you'd rather read nice long books than do that. 78 is still a good number to have read in a year.
alishenai
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
I've just started to create a list myself and I have a couple of Ronald Dahl books on it which I've never read before (I hated reading as a child). Anyway I plan to read between 100-150 books, and what I've done is simply add another long book for every short book that's on the list, that way there are many more long books than short books and it will feel more like a challenge. Perhaps you can do the same. Some other short books I've included on the list are Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North both of these books are below 100 pages, in fact they're so short that they are often regarded as short stories.
brightlion
Nov. 9th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Roald Dahl, not Ronald. :) I read him in my mid-teens as opposed to when I was a child and I remember thinking I was too old for the books. I loved his autobiographies best at that age, but I was going through my phase of boarding school books at the time. I also read a lot of James Herriot at the time too. (Who's another author who wrote nice short books.)

Roald Dahl's short stories were really good too, in dark and unexpected ways.

alishenai
Nov. 9th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Typing error *blushes.* Well I'm 20 so I don't expect the books to have a big impact on me either but I still want to read some of his work anyway because I love the dark stuff. Oh and I went through the phase of boarding school books too. Did you read the Naughtiest Girl series by Enid Blyton?
brightlion
Nov. 9th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC)
When I was 14 a friend a friend I made had all of the Mallory Towers books by Enid Blyton. I went through a huge phase of reading as many boarding school books as I could. I can't actually remember them well anymore, but I do still like those boarding school stories. I prefered both Mallory Towers and the St Claire's books to The Naughtiest School Girl.

I remember the Trebizon ones by Anne Digby were my favourite of the boarding school books though. At the time I read them they felt far more modern and relevant than any of the Enid Blyton ones. Strange to think they're now so old too and will probably be out-dated.

I do think there are some children's books that can have an impact regardless of your age. That there are some that are fantastic pieces of literature that both adults and children can enjoy, even if it's as guilty pleasures.

spooky_miss
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
boarding school books were my favourite when I was younger (and now I still read them if I find them in charity shops, hehe!) I had all the Mallory Towers ones :D Though my favourites were probably the Chalet School books - no one seems to know about them now though! (and it was only the mid 90s when I was reading them, though they were published from about the 30s to 60s).
ll_guess_ll
Nov. 8th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
gosh, thats a great goal. I'll make it my years resolution! :]
and to help you- take a look at James Patterson "Breakfasts at Tiffanys" its a sweet treat, you wont regret it. <3
latenite_snacks
Nov. 8th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
I think you mean Sunday's at Tiffany's.

Breakfast at Tiffany's is by Truman Capote.
ll_guess_ll
Nov. 8th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
yes yes!
sorray, I always get confused.
margotheangel
Nov. 8th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I have reading resolutions every year, but I've found that reading a bunch of short books to try to meet my resolution one year only makes me more adamant to do the same thing the next year. And, although it would be great to actually fulfill your New Year's resolution, I feel like it's more important to read books I want to read, regardless of the length - I would just keep reading what you want, and then try to improve your number a little next year.
jestergundam
Nov. 8th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Short books can be lots of fun, I wouldn't shirk away from them, but pick books that you still would feel fulfilled reading.

As far as short stuff goes, I thoroughly enjoyed Simon R. Green's Nightside series, and I don't remember any of them ever going over 300 pages.

On the other hand, you could also read long books that aren't too dense (the Harry Potter books come to mind here, as does the Percy Jackson series). In this case, you'll still be reading a high page count, but they'll still be quick to get through.

You can even go more children's and read stuff like the Redwall series or Watership Down (though I was waaaay too young to read that book when I first read it), which also has a really high page count.
spooky_miss
Nov. 8th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think its the amount of pages that matter, it should be if you get anything out of it and the great quality of the writing. Short books are just as good / worthwhile as long books - in my opinion it'd be better to read 50 100 page books rather than one of the Twilight books, for example, haha :)
ext_182007
Nov. 8th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm only nine books off my goal of 150 this year, and at least half of them have been short, easy books. A LOT of Enid Blyton. ;) I count everything that is new, regardless of length, though I wouldn't go and read something short and easy just to up numbers, it has to be something I actually WANT to read.
little_e_
Nov. 9th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I enjoy counting up how many books I've read, and goals are all well and good, but if you are tempted to lower your standards just to meet a rather arbitrary goal, well, then what's the point? You could go read a couple dozen picture books tomorrow and then dedicate the rest of the year to reading quality works of whatever lengths.
bella_fox
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
This, this, this. Quality over quantity.
bella_fox
Nov. 9th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Don't worry as much about quantity as quality. I've read about 78/100 books so far, this year, as well -- and I count books of all lengths as long as they're YA or adult novels.

Just my opinion. :)

Edited at 2009-11-09 03:33 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
Book for you
Here's one you could read, won't take long it's a good childrens book - Ghostnapped by Ashley Howland. gave me a laugh, can be found at:
http://www.strategicbookpublishing.com/Ghostnapped.html
im_writing
Nov. 9th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Who cares if they're short? Short books are still books. Try reading YA lit. They tend to be easy reads but longer than kids books. Also, try rereading books that you really love. I find the books I've already read go a lot faster than books I haven't.
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