A Pathetic Goal for 2011

I had a day to myself early in January. While I was sitting in a coffee shop I decided to think about some goals for the year. One of those goals was to read 12 books in 2011. Yes, I said 12.

I love to read. But I honestly can’t say that I have read 12 books in the last 2 years. Thus, the reason for making a goal of reading one book per month.

And guess what!? I read 2.5 books in January alone! Yahoo! Following in the footsteps of Jon, I will be giving the books I read this year a rating out of ten. So here they are, the illustrious books that have thus far reached my night table this year:

First I read The Bell by Iris Murdoch. Iris Murdoch is a great author, I have discovered. She is well worth reading. I hope to make it to the library in the next few days to find another of her novels.

As for The Bell in particular, the subject matter was at times uncomfortable. Overall, though, I found I had trouble putting down and didn’t want it to end. I think that’s a good sign!

* 7.5/10

Next, I read Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. I am embarrassed to admit that this was my first Agatha Christie read. I enjoyed it a lot, too.

It was a fun read with lots of twists. This is what I would call a holiday book: the kind that you bring on vacation and read when you get the chance, whether it’s 5 minutes here or an hour there.

* 6/10

I have also been reading Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel. This is one that I have read before but in December I decided give it another, more thorough read-through. I don’t fully agree with everything that Kimmel says. I have also found it a bit daunting at times. But I love the basic idea behind this book and it has challenged me in many aspects of parenting. I will hold off on giving it a rating until I finish this reading of it.

Give me a while for this one!


I have not included this little number in my 2.5 books read so far this year. Another goal that I have this year is to read through the Bible in chronological order in 6 months.

3 responses

  1. A good idea. I tend to just read without thinking about rating, or growth content. I’m a bit of a escape reader and need to work on all the other books out there. Like your Grace Based Parenting book I tend to find a lot of books so overwhelming that I just don’t start them. Maybe one year I’ll have to copy this idea and try to read a certain number in a year.

    31/01/2011 at 23:27

  2. Angie – thanks for sharing your goal…and good for you to set out to read a variety of genres too. Hope you and the fam are keeping well. 🙂

    01/02/2011 at 01:18

  3. This is only pathetic if by pathetic you mean awesome.

    01/02/2011 at 14:59

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