This time last year, you may remember I compiled a list that I didn't think was all together unreasonable. It had fifty books on it. I thought, Surely I can read that many books in a year. And, I wasn't wrong. I can at least digest that written material.
The problem with the list was, however, that I kept adding things to it. And, then I would bypass the original fifty in order to read things further down on the list. Sure, I got a lot done. But, many things, good things no doubt, languished at the top because I didn't feel like reading something in that genre or because it seemed too high-brow for my mood, etc.
That was a mistake.
So, this year I'm trying something different. What I've previously called (and will probably still call because of how the categories work on this blog) Booklist '08 is now the master list. Booklist '09 will be much shorter: fifteen books. Slightly more than a book a month. And, I won't be adding things to it. The things on Booklist '09 are required reading for me.
The bonus of this for you, dear reader? Well, you're guaranteed fifteen book reviews (and probably mini-reviews and discussions along the way.)
I will post the list tomorrow, so be prepared!