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  1. Each book must be read in it’s entirety to count towards the final total. Only made it halfway through? Doesn’t count towards the total!
  2. The book must be both started and finished in the calendar year.
  3. In be considered a “success”, the reader (that’s me!) must read the same number of books at the age she will turn in that calendar year.
  4. To count towards the total, the book must be blogged. Even if it’s just a picture of the cover with  “This book is about bananas. I don’t like bananas. Therefore, I don’t like this book.”
  5. NO HARRY POTTER! At least not the original 7 books by J.K. Rowling. More on why later.
  6. To count towards the final total, each book must be new to the reader. The only exception to this rule will be for adult books read before sophomore year of high school.
  7. The book must be made up of chapters, parts, or several short stories, collected together. IE: reading one Edgar Allen Poe short story does not count towards the total, but reading an anthology does.
  8. The book must be a new book, not a book I’ve already read. No exceptions. *
  9. Rules are subject to change…..because I don’t like following “rules.”

*Exception granted for books I read in high school or early in college that may benefit me more now. Example: “The Great Gatsby”. I absolutely hated that book in high school, but a classmate pointed out she re-read the novel after college and had a much deeper understanding and respect for the book.



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About the Project

Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions. Personally, I’ve never bought into things like “lose 5 pounds”, “call my aunt every day”, “make my bed twice a week”, etc. Sometimes, it is like we are setting ourselves up for failure by picking the things that we normally have the most difficulty with, and setting them as “resolutions” we should keep just because the calendar changed from December 31 to January 1.

I’d rather set myself up for success. One attribute that has stuck with me my entire life is my love of books and reading. Words, stories, characters…it’s a world to get lost in. As a child, my uncle would sit up at night and tell me stories…not fairytales; that wasn’t really his forte. My uncle was a history buff, so my nightly tales were not about princesses and evil curses; they were about revolutions and discontent.

Did I know what he was speaking about? Absolutely not. But I loved the words. Even as a pre-schooler, I tried to read my mother’s college textbooks. By the time I was in 3rd grade, I was reading at a 6th grade level. When I was in 6th, I was reading adult mystery novels by Mary Higgins Clark.

As I got older, other responsibilities (work, school, friends, college midterms, and eventually a “real job”) meant less time for reading. When I did reach for a book, it was generally something that I’d already read; something that required little focus and was more a comfort than a challenge.

And so, instead of some arbitrary resolution, I am setting a goal: To read as many new books as I am years old each year. That means in 2012, I need to read new 26 books to be successful. That means no re-reading the Harry Potter series, or Now I Can Die In Peace ,  or The Catcher in the Rye. It’s a pretty daunting task, reading over 2 new books a month while working full-time and studying for my GMAT, but I think I am up to it.  The question is, are you?

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