I Love Books

I read a lot of books. Seriously. I haven’t always liked reading, but the older I get the more I love to read.

My goal for this year has been to read 25 books. I’m almost there, but still have quite a few pages to flip before the end of the year. To date, I’ve completed 18 books, I’m in currently in the process of reading 3 more and have 4 waiting on deck. I think I have a pretty good chance to reach 25 because I have a trip to India coming up in early December, so I’ll have plenty of time on the plane to read.

I have read more books this year than ever before. I usually read a handful of books each year, so I’m not sure what the reason for the spike has been this year. About mid-year, I realized I had already read quite a few and decided to see if I could set a goal and reach 20. I’ve since upped that goal to 25.

The more I read, the more it makes me want to read. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t ever want to be without a book or a stack of books that I’m currently reading. Some of the books I read are for keeping up with design industry trends like Don’t Make Me Think and Transcending CSS. I also like to read books about war like The Shark Mutiny and Warrior Soul. The type of book I like to read the most, I’ve found out recently, are the books that change the way I think about the world — The Kite Runner, Same Kind of Different As Me, and Divine Nobodies.

The amazing thing is that I used to really not enjoy reading. As a kid and in high school and in college, I didn’t like to read at all. Maybe I was too busy playing Pacman, Tecmo Bowl and EA Sports NHL Hockey ’94 (best ever). Now I read for pure enjoyment &#8212 and not just magazines and books about sports.

Who knew reading could be so fun?

What good books are you reading? I’m open to suggestions for what I should put on my list for 2009.

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  1. My wife ribs me – she says that I read ‘manuals’ (like Transcending CSS) and not ‘books.’

  2. What a great goal, good luck reaching it!

    I’m currently reading You, Inc. by Harry Beckwith and Christine Cliford Beckwith. I highly recommend it to everyone, because it’s full of inspirational (and motivational) insights.

  3. Matt Donovan says:

    That’s a fantastic goal. I’m working on liking reading. It still feels like drudgery until I get into the thick of a good book.

    If you like books that focus on perspective and change the way you think about the world, I definitely recommend Bodies in Motion and At Rest.

  4. I use All Consuming to track my book consumption over the year. Last year I managed 44 books (although a lot of that was down to reviewing tech books for Digital Web); I’m only up to 25 so far this year, which I blame on George R.R. Martin’s series of enormously thick fantasy novels.

    I recommend anything that shows up in Top 100 lists – they might be cliche, but they’re in those lists for a reason. :)

  5. Andy says:

    That’s awesome. You’ve exposed my own weak reading habits though. I used to read a lot. I still love books, but now I seem to start books but not finish them :( You’ve inspired me to stack a few books by the sofa (the new one…thanks) and grab one instead of watching silly stuff on TV.

  6. AJ says:

    I’m reading Sarah Vowell’s newest, The Wordy Shipmates. Nobody writes about America the way she does.

  7. Richh says:

    If you’ve never read “Carter Beats the Devil” by Glen David Gold you should definitely add that to your list – one of the best books I’ve ever read, if not the best. And I’ve read plenty ;)