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I just spent the last half hour or so in incredible nerdiness, and now feel compelled to share it with you all. First, since I was putting away my new book purchases, I thought it would be as good a time as any to rearrange my bookshelves. I’ve been feeling a sense of shame over them not being properly organized* so I had at it. Paperback fiction in order by author, then title. Hardcover fiction, children’s paperbacks, children’s hardcover, ditto. Picture books, poetry, ditto. Non-fiction grouped by subject, in no particular order. Some paperbacks aren’t in order because they’re stacked on the bottom, dusty shelf so I can squeeze more in. I realized I own a shocking number of books that I’ve never read (either given to me or picked up at the library booksale for $1 each) and am determined to do something about that.

Then, while I was on the subject of reading, I thought I’d tally up how many books I’ve read recently. I started writing down each title in my notebook around December of 2004, I think, maybe a bit sooner. Anyway, the grand total for 2005 was an even 80. Forty-seven were children’s items (not counting picture books, I’m not that bad) and 33 adult. Thirteen were books I was rereading. That’s a book every four or five days, if I do the math right. In the first three months of 2006, I’ve got 37 titles – 23 juv, 14 adult, and 5 of those rereads. A book every two or three days, I believe. In other words, as long as I don’t slack off, I’ll beat my 2005 record.

The funny thing is that I know some people will read this and think, “oh my God, she spends so much time reading.” And other people will think, “so what? I read 365 books last year.” Some people will roll their eyes at the fact that I 1) keep track of what I read and 2) spent the time tallying it up. Others will think, “ooh, I should tally up what I’ve read!” Please proceed with whichever reaction is appropriate. Have some chocolate, while you’re at it.

Has anyone read The History of Love? Should I make an effort to get into it?

*Totally, completely, 100% kidding about this.

March 2006

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