Last year I almost reached my personal goal of reading one hundred novels in a year. Even with several days off between Christmas and New Year’s, I barely missed it by four books. So, this year, I attempted again. As of last night, I finished The Towers of Midnight, my seventy-second novel read for 2010. Even though December has thirty-one days, I doubt I can read a book a day to reach my goal. Especially since I tend to read novels of epic lengths, averaging well over five hundred pages each (closer to a thousand pages this year). If I compare pages read between 2009 (33,136 pages) and 2010 (28,425 pages ytd), I’m closer to last year’s pace (within fifteen percent) than I first thought.
December will be chock full of GoodReads book club reads and I’ve been saving the best for last. Today I start Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson, one of my favorite and most respected authors. But thanks to Towers of Midnight, I now only have seven days to finish the six hundred page Donaldson novel before I returned it to the library. Wish me luck!