Call me a nerd (go ahead, do it) because I admit that I love lists. I love having a to-do list so I can check things off, I loved watching David Letterman’s Top 10 Lists, I love checking to see what’s on the New York Times bestseller list each week. I love lists!
So naturally when a new year rolls around, I have to check all the reading challenge lists that people post online.
Here’s the problem: I never truly like any of them.
Sure, they all have some strong points. “Read a book of comics.” Gladly. “Read a book about somewhere you’ve traveled.” Sure. “Read a book published in 2016.” A bit of a given.
But then this: “Total books for this list: 195.” I did the math. That’s one book every 1.87 days. “Read a book used as a textbook.” I got my master’s degree, so I don’t feel compelled to read textbooks anymore, ever again, thank you very much. “Read a book with a title that describes your life.”
So I did what anyone else would in this situation; I made my own list! I made sure to include some things that I wouldn’t normally read—what good is a challenge if it doesn’t stretch my boundaries a little—but I didn’t include anything that I absolutely don’t want to read. It’s perfect.
Also, I’ve decided that books can count for more than one category. I just finished The Martian by Andy Weir. That counts as both “a science fiction novel” and “a book that’s been made into a movie.” Good for me.
My list is currently 83 items long (one book every 4.4 days). Other highlights include:
- a book written by an author with initials in his/her name
- a book written by an author born in the same year or month as you
- a book you saw someone else reading
As for “a book you’ve started but never finished,” well, The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene, I’m coming for you, and this time I’m going to finish.
What’s on your list?