Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a planner. I love to plan as much as (more than?) to actually do what I’ve planned. I plan trips, semesters (teaching or studying), comps and dissertation, Vincent’s life, and of course, reading.
One reason I love to plan is that it does actually help me get things done. For example, when I plan the semester, I start with a spreadsheet that has every day in the term as the first column. After removing class days and days I’m unavailable, I’m left with over 100 days to get the work done. Even with 200 pages of reading a week, my homework is doable if I break it down like this. I can write a goal into the spreadsheet for every day and make sure it gets done. Chipping away at big projects does allow me to finish them, even if it takes awhile.
Those of you who know me may remember that there was one week last July during which I came into the possession of over 130 free books! I won the Penguin 75th anniversary contest (prize: 75 books!) and the same week I visited the RWA conference and came home with 60 some new titles. Here's a picture of my "currently reading" piles during that week:
They still look about the same, though with different books. Now, however, the floor around this small table has five piles with about 30 books each. Those are my "to read" piles. I think there are more in those piles now than there were in July, since I've acquired a few books since then.
One of the elements of my job that I love the most, though, is reading book reviews. If I come across a title while I'm buying for the library that I want to read, it goes into my Library Thing collection with the tag "to-read." Since I'm not actively working on the "to-read" list right now, because of all the books on the floor, it has grown to 442 titles, as of today. Here are a few:
I think my planning has once again caused me to overreach. If my floor piles continue to grow, the list of 442 will also continue to grow. It almost seems like I may never read another book, but somehow, I'm still reading every night.
What's on your to-read list?