They Should Bring Back the BookIt Program but for Adults

Trips to the library make me giddy. They always have. Walking on warm spring days to the library with my mom—library bag in tow. The smell of the old cards in the Dewey decimal system. Row upon row of book spines just waiting to be cracked open.

I don’t think we ever left with less than ten new books.

As I got older the walks with my mom would be supplemented by rides with friends on our bikes—library bag still in tow. Kids books replaced by teen novels and books by Stephan King and Edgar Allen Poe. When G-tot came along the library bag once again found itself stuffed full of kids books (along with DVDs and CDs).

Then, a couple of years ago, I realized that I wasn’t reading for ME nearly as much as I used to. Now don’t get me wrong, I was still reading a lot. But instead of novels just for pleasure it was primarily children’s books and books on design theory and technical manuals. Not exactly the kind of page-turning stuff this 30-something was dying to read.

So I set a goal. Read 10 books in 2008 just for me. It renewed my passion for reading. In 2009 I upped the goal to 15 books. And in 2010 I set my goal to read 20 books just for me. I hit that goal in the middle of December.

This is what I read last year.

  1. Restaurant at the End of the Universe—Douglas Adams
  2. Life, the Universe, and Everything—Douglas Adams
  3. Eat, Pray, Love—Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. A Rather Charming Invitation—C.A. Belmond
  5. Bright Lights, Big Ass—Jen Lancaster
  6. Moose (A Fat Camp Memoir)—Stephenie Klein
  7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies—Seth Graham
  8. A Bad Day for Pretty—Sophie Littlefield
  9. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner—Stephenie Meyer
  10. The Hunger Games—Suzanne Collins
  11. Catching Fire—Suzanne Collins
  12. Mockingjay—Suzanne Collins
  13. The Alchemyst—Michael Scott
  14. The Magician—Michael Scott
  15. Gods Behaving Badly—Marie Phillips
  16. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish—Douglas Adams
  17. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter—Seth Graham
  18. The Sorceress—Michael Scott
  19. The Necromancer—Michael Scott
  20. Committed—Elizabeth Gilbert

Some were great, some were just okay, and a few were OH MY GOD GET ME THROUGH THIS NOW! My absolute favorites from last year were The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I hated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but really enjoyed Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter—both written by Seth Graham. Committed was one of those books I could have done without but by the time I realized it was just, eh, I was (ironically) already committed to finishing it.

My goal for this year is 25 books. I’ve already read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire (both by Steig Larsson) and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. I’m currently reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (also by Steig Larsson). I think I’m well on my way to hitting my 2011 goal.

How about you? Do you like to read just for pleasure? What are some of the best things you’ve read recently? And are you on Good Reads? If so, have we connected yet?

8 comments to They Should Bring Back the BookIt Program but for Adults

  • Funny. I just wrote a sort of similar post (just as in it’s not even up yet). I love to read.

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  • I seem to have trouble finding the time to read. Especially when I’m in school. I’m not taking classes this semester, so I’m finally getting around to reading Freakonomics. My BF wants me to read Fast Food Nation, and I’ll read the first of the Dragon Tattoo books eventually, and Marley & Me, and a few others I have on the shelf.

    I’ve been thinking of a Kindle though.

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  • Cindy

    Some of my best memories.

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  • I love keeping track of what I read and want to read on Goodreads.com. But I was dismayed to see how much my personal reading has dropped off. I read so many more books in 2008, a bit less in 2009 and even less last year. So my goal is to read as many books as I read in 2008.

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  • Icanhasdiary

    I agree: Bring back the Bookit! Program!!! We also had “Reading is FUNdamental” and I was all over that shit… I loved being the kid who read the most books each month. No wonder I was unpopular. :-)

    I don’t read as much as I used to, either. It’s hard to make the time to sit still and do that. I tend to read while I eat, which is supposed to be bad when you’re an overeater. Oh, well. So it comes down to reading or being skinny? I think I actually prefer reading.

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  • I love reading for myself (not that I haven’t enjoyed each of the 3,483 times I’ve read ‘Everybody Poops’ to Chase, but…). I feel like I got away from reading for a couple of years and when I started up again (ironically, with the Twilight books, which I hated), it felt like going to a spa or something. The perfect escape.

    Have you read anything by Jonathan Tropper? I absolutely love his books and feel like I am constantly recommending him to everyone who wants an enjoyable read. I especially loved “How To Talk To A Widower,” and “This Is Where I Leave You.”

    Also, highly recommend “Absurdistan” by Gary Shteyngart, “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu, and “Dead End Gene Pool” by Wendy Burden.

    I just started “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff. I’m normally not a huge nonfiction person, but so far it’s phenomenal.

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  • Amber

    Reading is one my passions, and I’m proud to say, Aria’s too. How do you find time to read 25 books???? I just started A Wrinkle In Time, kids book, but already interesting. Great book I read in the last year or so: To Kill a Mockingbird – classic but was GREAT. Read others but my swiss cheese brain can’t remember the titles right now.

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  • The only website I use to keep track of my books is Anobii [Latin for bookworm!]. I love it. It lets me input the start and ending date of the books I’m reading, and what I want to read, and it’s very easy to use. So far this year I’ve read 12 books, and I’m working on my 13th and 14th. :) A really good book I’ve read this year was Crank by Ellen Hopkins. Quick read, for me, and yet amazing.

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