366 books for 2012

It is the National Year of Reading here in Australia and I have decided to read a book a day for the whole year. It’s already not boding well as it is the 3rd of January and I still haven’t posted anything. In my defense, I only thought of doing this today. I have already read 2 books so I only have to play catch up on one.

To add to this, I have also decided to join the Australian Womens Writers Reading and Reviewing Challenge so it will be an interesting year!

4 thoughts on “366 books for 2012

  1. I have noticed others are also going for #366books which is great, but I am going for #366daysreading.

    I have been thinking about this after reading the discussion on twitter today, which was interesting, and it made me think about it, which is good.

    I am deliberately not going to read a book a day, but instead each day I will plan to read a range of formats. I won’t write about them all, but I will write about some. On the way home from work I was reading lots of signs in shops, reading prices, expiry dates, reading people’s t-shirts and tattoos (and not being obtrusive about reading either), reading the indicator board to see when my train would arrive. People were carrying lots of things with print, and many people on my train were reading in a range of ways too. Most days I will read a mix of tweets (and other social sites like oink, google+ and getglue), websites (including blogs), apps (even the grocery shopping app I use, rss feeds and content on Flip), games, and a range of long format works in a mix of print and e.

    One of the reasons I won’t be writing about them all is that it would take much longer to write than it would to read, and to photograph or otherwise record all my reading would be too intrusive. I am inspired by the description on the twitter reading group blog which ends with “All reading is reading no matter the format. Don’t be textist about format, or length of work, or context of reading.” I like all the other ideas raised in the section called “what is reading” see http://love2read2012.wordpress.com/what-is-reading/

    I will follow your #366books with interest, and I will be going along the path of #366daysreading. I probably need a better tag that does not imply I may do nothing else for the year but read.

    • I must say that my blog length is indicative of how long I spent thinking about the 366 books. I must say that the 366 doesn’t daunt me ( though revisit here in December and let see how I will be feeling) but writing about them does. Nor will I read a book a day. Life has too many unexpected surprises for that. I’m just aiming for 366.

      I, too, read in broader formats than the traditional book and I post the more influential of these articles, essays, commentaries on Twitter but it would be impossible for any one person to record the minutae of daily reading.

      But I love seeing all our different approaches to reading. Keeping it varied also keeps us dynamic.


    • Your 150 is hardly lowly. And my 366 will be made up of many picture books, interior decorating books and junior fiction so for the reading traditionalist – I am cheating.

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