2015 Reading Goals

bookstack.jpgSince I embarked on my Great Books Project twelve years ago, my life has been enhanced in immeasurable ways by a renewed devotion to reading. Well, not entirely immeasurable, since I have kept track of every book I have read since 2003 (786 through 2013).

In 2014, after three straight years of surpassing a goal of reading 25,000 pages, I scaled back considerably in light of the birth of my second child and the inevitable reduction in my free time and energy for reading. Little did I know that I would also be changing jobs mid-year, further limiting my opportunities for discretionary recreation. I set a goal of just 10,000 pages, and despite the aforementioned obstacles, happily surpassed that number.

Now that my youngest is a bit more self-sufficient and I have settled into a healthy routine at my new job, I am feeling more ambitious about this year's reading. In 2009, the year my oldest was born, I read over 33,000 pages, having spent much of that year in the Kuwaiti desert with few distractions. In 2010, my first full year of parenting and my first year out of the Army, I still managed to read 18,000 pages. In 2011, I got back on track and eclipsed 29,000 pages. In 2012, I once again surpassed the 30,000-page mark, and was on track to do the same in 2013 before the birth of my little guy.

So, let us see if I can do it again:

I will read 30,000 pages in 2015.

Here's to another wonderful year of reading!