2014 Reading Goals
Since 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!