2016 Reading Goals

bookstack.jpgSince I embarked on my Great Books Project thirteen 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 (856 through 2015).

In 2015, I set my highest ever goal of 30,000 pages, thinking I would bounce back from the first year of my second-born's life with gusto. I did alright, surpassing the 25,000 page mark that had been my previous yearly goal, but came up short in the end.

It was a year of sprints and crawls, with months where I read in excess of three or four thousand pages followed by months where pages read measured in the hundreds. Particularly weak were October and November, months in which I was first preparing for, then conducting, then recovering from, my first trial as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. But even had those months been more normal, I still would have come up a little short. As such, I will really need to re-double my efforts, since I want to maintain the challenge I set for myself last year:

I will read 30,000 pages in 2016.

Here's to another wonderful year of reading!