My Christmas book haul is still sitting under the tree…wrapped. Christmas doesn’t start around here until the train gets into town. That isn’t a figure of speech, hubs is a freight engineer. He has literally been stuck in Wyoming since Saturday. That is okay, the stores were open Sunday, so I bought him another book, wrapped it and stuck it under the tree. I’m not a heathen, I bought myself one too.
The books under the tree are supporting the Super Happy Amazing 2018 Reading Plan. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in 2018, but I knew simple book counts weren’t working for me. My reading enjoyment has gone down so much in the years that I am counting. For me quantity pushes quality aside. So I trolled through The Master List of 2018 Reading Challenges and realized that there is only one book challenge that makes sense for me. You see, its fairly easy to be a grand master book hoarder, but its entirely another thing to have a book hoard whose existence is justified by having large portions of it read. When some baffled interloper gazes upon your pregnant shelves and asks “Have you read all these?” you should feel confident that the percentage of completed volumes is in the double digits.
My goal for 2018 is to read only books that I own as of December 31, 2017. Anyone who has been a reader of my blog will understand that I will never at any point in the year be short of reading material. Of course, no matter how rational I am about this particular reality, there is still the panicked part of me that bought a whole bunch of books and put them under the Christmas tree. The Christmas book haul this year will be substantial.
Okay now here are the rules of the Super Happy Amazing 2018 Reading Plan that will hopefully not undercut my goal too much.
Books for book groups are excepted from the criteria.
Library books are acceptable if they are supplementing a reading curiosity that developed from reading a currently owned book. For example, last month I read a fictional account of a Cambodian refugee and then had to find a good history book about Cambodia because my historical curiosity wasn’t satisfied. But no tenuous connections! None of this ‘I read this book by a writer whose last name starts with an ‘S’, so I’m going to the library and looking for S books.’ None of that crap.
I can still technically buy books in 2018. I mean its the Super Happy Amazing 2018 Reading Plan not the Terrifyingly Dull 2018 Not Buying Books Plan. But under the rules, I can’t read them, unless they are for the book group. But while all this is the letter of the law, it sort of skirts the intent. So I will try to refrain from the acquisition hobby.
If you make it through a whole month without buying a book can you reward yourself by buying a book? Asking for a friend.