FACT: I love books. I love reading them, buying them, selling them, recommending them, writing about them, and collecting them. I love how many books surround me at all times. But sometimes my house begins to look like this:
THEY”RE COMING TO GET ME.
So to keep from being Collyered, I occasionally cull my library. Which I did this past weekend. And while I was having an epic nerdpurr shuffling books around, I came up with an idea for a reading goal: The Backlist Alphabet Project!
In the past years, I usually pick a reading goal that involves re-reading a favorite author’s catalog, like Kurt Vonnegut and Muriel Spark. And I always fail, and I think it’s because my brain refuses to let me re-read books when I have so many books that I haven’t read once.
I also read new books almost exclusively, because of my jobs. Which is AWESOME, but I have so much backlist hanging around the house.
This year, because I have failed so many years in a row, I didn’t even pick a reading goal. But I am now excited to embark on the Backlist Alphabet Project! (Better late than never!) It entails reading a backlist book with a title starting with each letter of the alphabet. I went through my stacks and picked a book for every letter, choosing the books that I have owned the longest without having read. (Except for ‘X’ – 3500 books and not single ‘X’. So I picked a title that starts with ‘Ex-‘ in its place.)
Here’s what I ended up with:
I’m excited! I think there’s a good variety here. My goal is to read all of these, A-Z, in 2016. And I will blog occasionally about my progress.
Have you read any of these? What are your reading goals for 2016? Do you know about Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge?