52 in 52

Roxanne of Rox Populi is closing in on quite an accomplishment: the fulfillment of a New Year’s resolution to read 52 Books in 52 Weeks. Hungry as I always am for ideas on what to read next, I can’t wait to see her reading list, which she promises to share. (Congratulations are also in order, as Roxanne is a finalist in the Best Liberal Blog category of the Weblog Awards, along Jill and Lauren at Feministe, another favorite blog of mine.)

I’ve thought about taking up the same challenge in the year to come, but I’m a little hesitant for a couple of reasons.

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First, I’m not sure I read fast enough. Not because I have trouble reading, but because I tend to get distracted (this is where my ADD kicks in again) from whatever it is I’m reading. So, my eye drift from the page more times than I can count, which means it takes me longer to finish a page or even a paragraph, and thus longer to finish a book.

Second, I find it nearly impossible to read one book at a time. I almost always have two that I’m in the process of reading at any given moment. (Currently, Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance and It Can’t Happen Here.) Maybe if I read one at a time I could take on a “52 in 52” challenge, but I find it hard to eliminate one book in favor of the other, even for a week. In fact, I’d probably read three or more at a time if I hadn’t long ago forced myself to limit it to two in order to have any hope of finishing any book I’m reading.

Maybe if I made it “26 in 52” I’d have a better shot at it.

Anyway, congrats Roxanne. (Now, show us the list!)

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3 Responses to 52 in 52

  1. KipEsquire says:

    Sometimes I feel like I won’t be able to read 52 blogposts in 52 weeks.  

  2. Roxanne says:

    Well, if you had the ride from Gaithersburg to Metro Center and back every day, I think you could do it quite easily.

  3. Joan says:

    You should do like we do here, sign up for audible.com and *listen* to the books instead.  You can drop them right on your mp3player and listen while you commute.   Way more ADD friendly than a book!

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