I continue to work on my New Year's Resolutions despite the fact that many people have let theirs go by the wayside. I have a few of them that I made several months ago. The first is that of getting in my 10,000 steps per day and working out on the Wii Fit. This pedometer geek has had the best month yet. I have managed to put in over 211K steps of which over 10% of them (21K) were considered aerobic steps, and I had several days of 10,000 or more steps. I also spent time on the Wii Fit, only missing one day and that coincided with family members visiting and using the room as their bedroom. Of course, there is always room for improvement, and I hope to make a month in which I manage 10K every day.
My other continuing resolution is to read more books. May was a particularly good month for reading despite the fact that my husband and I spent many hours outside working on our yard. Our landscaping projects have been ongoing, and while we consider most of it nearly finished, there is always something more to do, but I digress.
Back to my reading resolution, which has several different components to it. Not only am I hoping to read more books, but I also participate in several challenges at bookcrossing.com. The first is the SIY (or set-it-yourself) challenge. With this challenge, I have chosen to read a certain number of books, and actually indicate which books I intend to read throughout the quarter. This month I read (completed) ten books, but only two of them were on my SIY list. The rest of the books were either book ring books (again a bookcrossing.com phenomenon in which books are passed from one reader to the next until each member of the ring has read it) or my book groups' books. Some of the books were just books I chose to read, and another couple I read in preparation for a book discussion group that I led at the last minute at Elder College, a local program for those over the age of fifty.
This year, I agreed to participate in the number of pages read in 2011 challenge at bookcrossing.com, and I believe I set my goal at 20,000 pages. Since I had no idea how to determine a reasonable goal for this, I think I may have underestimated this. In May, I managed to read 3652 pages in May, and have a year-to-date total of 12,714 pages toward my goal, and feel I may adjust my goal upward.
Those pages are made up of the following books:
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory *
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern *
So Shelly by Ty Roth
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans
Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Family Affair by Debbie Macomber
This was a very diverse set of reads. Several of the authors I had never read before. These included the authors of both of the YA novels, The Book of Tomorrow and So Shelly. Several of the novels, too, were debut novels, such as the Roth and Allen novels. Included in the mix of new-to-me authors was a romance novella, Family Affair, and the book, Asleep, which contained three novellas within its covers, and Timepiece, a novel by Richard Paul Evans. While I enjoyed all the different reads, I was most impressed with Garden Spells, which has both a Southern flavor and charm with a bit of whimsy. I was least impressed with Asleep, but I suspect that something was lost in the translation from Japanese to English as well as the cultural differences between the East and West.
As for the other authors, Gregory, Larsson, and Sherwood, I greatly enjoyed re-reading these authors. In fact, I was more impressed by the second and third books in the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson than even the first, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They were excellent reads, and very compelling. The same was true for Ben Sherwood's novel. I liked this novel even more than his The Man Who Ate the 747, which I enjoyed reading. All in all, it was a great month of reading.
* SIY books
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