I'm on track to actually meet my goal of reading 50 books this year. Whoohoo! I'm in the middle of #48 (The Only Sustainable Edge) and I want to reread The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe before I see the movie so that will be #49. I was wondering what big #50 would be but I was just informed by my library's awesome email system that my request for The Singularity Is Near has just been fulfilled so that worked out nicely. Finishing the year with a look into the future with Ray Kurzweil, possibly the most technologically optimistic person on the planet, will be a great way to start 06.

Last year I think I made it to #46 or so but was unable to meet the big goal. I was also reading a lot more comics last year than this year, a big part of the reason I was able to finish more books. I've also been neglecting a growing stack of magazines (2 unopened issues of Wired are sitting at the foot of my office chair) but that's okay. I'll run through those during the holidays, after #50.

It really helps to have a good goal like this. Even if your goal is 5 or 10 books in the year and not 50, make a goal and keep to it. Then if you meet your goal, up it. It doesn't really matter what you're reading. Not everything you read has to be Don Quixote. Just make a commitment and read a little constantly. I read all the time; during lunch at work, when Allison is watching her cartoons before bed, in the bathroom. A little every day or even a chunk a week is all. In the end you'll have expanded your mind, met a goal most people never attempt, and at the very least gotten some good entertainment out of the deal. If you have questions about any of the books on my list (to the left) feel free to email me.

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