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Do you know how hard it is to locate a particular post in a community that averages over 150 posts a day?  Trust me, you don't want to find out.

This is by way of telling you that the posts I make in 50bookchallenge are also going to show up here.  Maybe the knowledge that people who actually know me are looking over my shoulder and tracking my reading progress will get me to leave the laptop in its case occasionally and pull out a book to read during the daily commute home instead.  So ... my January 9th 50bc post is here:

1 down, 49 to go

In my pre-laptop days (before June 2006) I used to spend 15 hours a week on the commuter bus reading books, and while I'm not prepared to go cold turkey and leave the laptop at home, I think I should get back into the habit of reading again by spending at least part of the commute each day doing something other than lj.  And along with the resolution to get back to reading books, I'm going to try to visit the library more, and my local Barnes & Noble less. 

So ... the first book read in 2007 came from the library, and went back there again.  The book was
Halfway House, by Katharine Noel.  It's a first novel that tells the story of a high school swimmer who suffers a mental breakdown, and the effect this has on her parents and younger brother.  The book started out well, but didn't quite live up to its early promise.  Still, not a bad way to start the year.

 

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castalie
Jan. 13th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
This is an awesome challenge! Last year I decided that enough was enough and that I had to go back to reading novels like I did BI&F - Before Internet and Fanfic. It actually was my resolution for 2006. Each time I'd read a book I'd add it to my list and it was a pleasure seeing the list grows. In the end, I've read 37 books that year. It's still nothing near what I used to read but, man, it was still great. I'm hoping to beat that figure for 2007...

I've read two books so far: Storm Front by Jim Butcher and Le Maudit by Myrielle Marc. I've now started Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite. And it also reminds me that I should go back to my reading soon, too!
aswanargent
Jan. 13th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
"BI&F" ... I like that. I also remember those innocent days....

I've been keeping track of the books I read (author and title, and whether the book was borrowed or I own it) on a yearly basis since 1978. I like going back through the lists occasionally to see what I was reading when. Sometimes I'll come across an old favourite that I haven't read in a while, and that will prompt me to take it down off the shelf again. :-)
rileyc
Jan. 13th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
That's why I've been hesitating about joining the community. It's a lot to keep up with, and yet very appealing.



aswanargent
Jan. 13th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm not even trying to keep up with the posts/comments in that community. That would be a fulltime job, I think. No, when I joined and also chose to watch the community, I put it in a friends group of its own. The icon communities I follow are in a second friends group, and everything else is in what I call my default friends group. That's the one that's always read first, and on a daily basis if possible. The icons group sometimes goes two or three days between visits. As for the 50bookchallenge filter, I try to look in on the community every day, but I only sample the posts and occasionally comment. I'm sure I miss a lot that way, but it's the only way to keep that community manageable. And from time to time a post I happen to read leads me to something else. You'll see what I mean with my next regular post. :-)
lark_about
Jan. 13th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
So far this year I have finished two novels I started last fall. Feels tidy to do that.

I wish I had written down what I read over the years, but I haven't done that.

I did come across this interesting link today:

http://www.artgarfunkel.com/library.html
aswanargent
Jan. 13th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
You're going to love the link that's going in my next post (what I was talking to rileyc about). If I don't do the post tonight, I'll do it first thing tomorrow morning.
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