From the Shelfari group:
Steve Jobs said: “The fact is that people don’t read anymore…”
Shelfari’s 50 Book Challenge said: “Fie! Steve Jobs,” (We say Fie because we read a lot and we know a lot of words.) “Fie! Steve Jobs! We read 16,892 books in 2008.”
To elaborate: When asked about the new Amazon Kindle product, Steve Jobs CEO of Apple computer had this to say:
“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”
Welcome to the the 50 Book Challenge, where we fly in the face of Steve Jobs.
Basically …. the challenge is to read 50 books in one year. OR … establish a goal for yourself more or less, it’s up to you, just because we say 50 books doesn’t mean that has to be your goal too.
Start a thread, WITH YOUR NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR ORIGINAL POST, and log your books. It is a very good idea to bookmark (when in your post, add it to your internet browser’s favorites) your post for easy location for future updates. Things move quickly around here.
If you haven’t been keeping track of the books you’ve read, start when you join.
Thanks for being here and have fun.
I joined the challenge on June 26, 2008, the day my son was born. I wanted to see how much I could bring myself to keep using my mind to understand adult things, through the haze of sleepless nights, emotional upheavals, and the all-consuming, 24/7 on-call job that is motherhood.
Naturally, I didn’t manage to read 50 books through this year, and most of those I did read were in fact tiny things between 60-90 pages. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters is – I kept reading. I’ve had people comment on my log thread that they hadn’t picked up reading again until the child was in preschool. Now, that’s sad.
I’m just giving myself a pat on the back before I start on this second year of challenge (and I’d be glad to see some of you over on Shelfari as well).
01. Jim Butcher – Small Favour
02. MFW Curran – The Secret War
03. Yasmine Galenorn – Witchling
04. Yasmine Galenorn – Changeling
05. Yasmine Galenorn – Darkling
06. David Gemmell – Waylander II
07. DCI Gene Hunt – The Future of Modern Policing
08. Andrew Lang – A Collection of Ballads
09. Kate Mosse – The Cave
10. Liza Palmer – Conversations With the Fat Girl
11. Adele Parks – Playing Away
12. Lynda La Plante – The Red Dahlia
13. Terry Pratchett – Sourcery
14. Terry Pratchett – Wyrd Sisters
15. Alexander Pushkin – Boris Godunov
16. John Shirley – Subterranean
17. V/A – Mystery Tales
18. V/A – Supernatural Tales
19. Adam Blade: Beast Quest: Sethir the Storm Monster
20. Terry Deary & Martin Brown – Groovy Greeks
21. Joseph Delaney – The Spook’s Tale
22. Neil Gaiman – Odd and the Frost Giants
23. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades
24. Andy Stanton – Mr Gum in The Hound of Lamonic Bibber
25. Mark Walden – Interception Point
26. V/A – The Compendium of Vampyres and Other Perilous Creatures
27. Pamela J. Ball – Natural Magic
28. Clarissa Pinkola Estés – Women Who Run With the Wolves
29. Danu Forest – Nature Spirits: Wyrd Lore and Wild Fey Magic
30. Liz Fraser – The Yummy Mummy’s Survival Guide
31. Annabel Karmel – The New Baby and Toddler Meal Planner
32. Amy Sophia Marashinsky – Mermaid Magic
33. Mother Mary & Archmandrite Kallistos Ware – Psalter According to the Septuagint
34. Fr. Andrew Phillips – Orthodox Christianity and the Old English Church
35. Fr. Andrew Phillips – A Practical Guide to the Worship of the Orthodox Church
36. Steven Saunders – Mind Tricks Ancient and Modern
37. Tara Ward – The Healing Handbook
38. Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine – The Survival Guide
39. Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine – Who Do You Want to Be Today?
40. V/A – Birth to Five