The Month in Books - September 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in September:

  1. Angels Flight - Michael Connelly
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
  3. Righteous Victims - Benny Morris
  4. The Book of Unknown Americans - Cristina Henriquez
  5. This Is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper

Pages Read: 2,179
Year-to-Date: 13,189

The Month in Books - August 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in August:

  1. 1491 - Charles Mann
  2. Trunk Music - Michael Connelly
  3. John Quincy Adams - Fred Kaplan

Pages Read: 1,290
Year-to-Date: 11,010

The Month in Books - July 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in July:

  1. The Day of Battle - Rick Atkinson
  2. The Guns at Last Light - Rick Atkinson

Pages Read: 1,129
Year-to-Date: 9,720

The Month in Books - June 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in June:

  1. An Army at Dawn - Rick Atkinson
  2. My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
  3. The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

Pages Read: 1,356
Year-to-Date: 8,591

The Month in Books - May 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in May:

  1. Days of Fire - Peter Baker
  2. The Black Ice - Michael Connelly
  3. The Concrete Blonde - Michael Connelly
  4. William Cooper's Town - Alan Taylor
  5. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Pages Read: 2,691
Year-to-Date: 7,235

The Month in Books - April 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in April:

  1. The Cove - Ron Rash
  2. Arik - David Landau
  3. The Fixer - Bernard Malamud
  4. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid

Pages Read: 1,361
Year-to-Date: 4,544

The Month in Books - March 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in March:

  1. The Black Echo - Michael Connelly
  2. A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
  3. The Good Lord Bird - James McBride

Pages Read: 1,204
Year-to-Date: 3,183

The Month in Books - February 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in February:

  1. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  2. The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
  3. Johnny Cash - Robert Hilburn
  4. Monsters - Rich Cohen

Pages Read: 1,344
Year-to-Date: 1,979

The Month in Books - January 2014

In 2014, my goal is to read 10,000 pages by year's end. I measure progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid any bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in January:

  1. A Hologram for the King - Dave Eggers
  2. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
  3. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne

Pages Read: 635
Year-to-Date: 635

2014 Reading Goals

bookstack.jpgSince I embarked on my Great Books Project eleven years ago, my life has been enhanced in immeasurable ways by a renewed devotion to reading. Well, not entirely immeasurable, since I have kept track of every book I have read since 2003 (746 through 2013).

In 2013, for the third straight year my goal was to read 25,000 pages. And for the third straight year, this goal was met, and the quantifiable nature of the endeavor continues to make it easier to motivate myself and to track progress.

I reached the 25,000 page goal by October 2013, only to see my reading habits grind to a halt after the birth of my second child, it appearing that the time consumption of parenting increases exponentially rather than geometrically with each child. As such, I read barely 1,500 pages in the last ten weeks of 2013, suggesting the necessity of a much lower target in 2014. That meager pace would see me read barely 8,000 pages in a full year, which I simply cannot abide. Thus I will aim slightly higher:

I will read 10,000 pages in 2014.

Here's to another wonderful year of reading!