2011 was going to be my year for reading. I was going to reclaim my status as a reader. Now the year is half over. How am I doing?
Not so well, really.
I've completed 20 books; 9 were read-alouds in our homeschool. I guess those count, particularly books like The Odyssey and Chosen by God, which were just as valuable for me as they were for the kids.
I have two books listed as "in process" on my "2011 Reading" page. But that is really not quite true. I have a few books in process right now. I just can't settle on one, sit down, and read it through right now.
I wanted a fun adventure story so I picked up The Three Musketeers. Then I heard about Blackout - a novel involving time travel and World War II - so I started that for myself and as a preview for my 14-year-old. While browsing the library I came across Farthing, an alternate history wherein the Nazis prevail in World War II; I had just been talking about alternate history so that piqued my interest. I am still reading Bonhoeffer; it is very good but not always what one wants to read on a summer day in the hammock. Yesterday I started reading Herodotus' Histories for our summer school. (Yes, ancient history as summer reading. It's a good antidote to all the Tom Clancy and Royal Diaries my kids are inhaling right now.)
I've been managing just a few pages a night with my own personal reading. It's been a busy summer. That comment about the hammock? Wishful thinking!
Still, I think I am doing better than last year, though I didn't keep records then.
My kids are doing better than I am. As part of their homeschooling, I require them to log the books they read. Each child read about 50 this year; not all of it high quality, as noted above. Many times I have regretted not logging the books I read as a kid. Wouldn't it be fun to see what you were reading at 10, 15, 22? I don't think my kids see the value of logging their books yet. They do it because I make them. But I'll keep those logs and someday they will enjoy marveling over the books they read when they were teens.
Or, they'll recycle them with hardly a glance. Who can predict?
What are you reading this summer? Do you keep track of your books?