I gave up reading for pleasure for the month of December. Well, technically, it is a pleasure to read the Bible, but that was the only book I deemed allowable in this, my final month of self-disciplining. So, there will be no frantic attempts to up my 2009 total by reading lots of little books this month. There will also be no finishing Waiting by Ha Jin until January. I was only about 30 pages from the end when the 1st of December rolled around, but I am going to restrain myself.
So, the total this year is officially 37. However, I did read several of those novels (Player Piano, Song of Solomon, Storming Heaven) 2 and even 3 times. I also read books 1-7 in the Magic Treehouse Series with the kids; Books 1-3 (or 4?) in the Boxcar Children series; and we will finish Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary in the next week or so.
Next year's goal? 42 real books. See you in 2010.