I mentioned earlier in the month how 2007 was my worst year for reading since I started keeping track way back in 1996. While I don’t, as a rule, make Resolutions, I am trying to turn the reading trend around this year by reading Will (and Ariel) Durant’s Story of Civilization. There are 11 books in the series, each of which is several hundred thousand words long. I estimate the whole thing to be nearly 4.5 million words. I am for about 5.2 million words a year so this gets me a long way there. Anyway, here’s the planned schedule for this year and you can all make fun of me if I don’t stick to it.
JANUARY – Our Oriental Heritage (~420,000 words)
FEBRUARY – The Life of Greece (~300,000 words)
MARCH – Caesar and Christ (~301,000 words)
APRIL* – I. Asimov, In Memory Yet Green and In Joy Still Felt (~ 900,000 words total)
MAY – The Age of Faith (~486,000 words)
JUNE – The Renaissance (~326,000 words)
JULY – The Reformation (~421,000 words)
AUGUST – The Age of Reason Begins (~289,000 words)
SEPTEMBER – The Age of Louis XIV (~323,000 words)
OCTOBER – The Age of Voltaire (~357,000 words)
NOVEMBER – Rousseau and Revolution (~432,000 words)
DECEMBER – The Age of Napoleon (~349,000 words)
That’s a total of about 4.9 million words. I am depending on the s.f. magazines to provide my fiction reading this year, in light doses in and around the non-fiction reading I am attempting. But given the scope of this reading, I doubt I’ll be able to read much more than this in 2008. Fortunately, I am having a delightful time so far, and hopefully, this is just the beginning.
* I read 3 volumes of Isaac Asimov’s autobiography every April, and have done so since 1994, when the last volume, I. Asimov first came out. Yes, I know that I could get so much more reading done if I gave up this silly habit of mine, but you see, I love this silly habit. It’s how I ring in the spring season and I look forward to it late each winter.