If there’s one thing the world wide web is good for, it’s inspiration and accountability. Okay so that’s two things, technically, but we’re gonna roll with it.
It was a few days ago whilst browsing articles on Medium, that I realized how fundamentally I longed to finish a couple good books this month; to bask in the feeling of contentment and accomplishment that comes as a subsequent reward for spending an afternoon (or two) devouring a pile of pages.
Simply put, my ‘to-do’ list of books to get through had grown uncomfortably long and neglected. I needed action.
I have decided to commit myself to reading 100 pages per day. In fact, I’m already four days into this commitment, and so far I have to say it’s going well.
Further to merely making a public declaration of my commitment, I wanted to also share the books I’m going to be reading over the course of this experiment.
Maybe you’ve already read them and wish to engage in a discussion, maybe you’ve been contemplating reading them, too, or maybe I can act a source of inspiration for you to come up with your own literary commitment. Feel free to comment down below, either way!
Normal People by Sally Rooney (266 pages): Nov 14th-16th.
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami (353 pages): Nov 17th-19th.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (574 pages): Nov 20th-25th.
Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking (220 pages): Nov 26th-28th.
Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson (317 pages): Nov 29th-Dec 1st.
Humans by Tom Phillips (299 pages): Dec 2nd-4th.
Love Your Imposter by Rita Clifton (257 pages): Dec 5th-7th.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (627 pages): Dec 8th-13th.
Midnight In The Garden Of Good and Evil by John Berendt (386 pages): Dec 14th-17th.
That’s 3,300 pages total, 9 books, and just over a month. Good luck to me… I’ll be sure to report back at the end.
Alexandra Walker-Jones — November 2020