“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” – Socrates
I do not claim to be an expert in literary matters; however I am an avid reader who finds solitude in the experience of reading. The last 7 years of my life have been devoted to my education which often overshadowed my passion for devouring a good novel in one sitting. I am embarking on a new era of life as the year 2010 comes to a close, one which I intend to fill with more emphasis on personal satisfaction. January 24th 2011 is my official last day of class as a college student. As graduation approaches I’ve had many people ask, what I will do with my life. What is my next step? Those of you who know me personally will understand best that I have intertwined my education to fit caring for my family. Because of this, my life is settled in career and comfort unlike a typical college graduate. For this reason, I have decided to take one year of my life and focus as much energy possible on personal gain. I’ve always wanted to spend a year engaging in my most treasured pastime.
I’ve decided read 75 books in one year, and I plan to document each experience. I wavered back and forth on the number before I decided 75 was most reasonable for my lifestyle. It’s not intended to be an impressive feat, or to attract attention for the likelihood of failure. Please know this upfront before you choose to follow this voyage, I am not reviewing these books so you can decide if you yourself want to read them. Of course, a review of my opinion will be completely necessary. Understand though, this is more a documentation of the experience of reading which I am very passionate about. Reading for me is not simple entertainment, it is feelings, emotions, and often lessons learned through the process of experiencing a story.
Lastly, in the next few weeks I will determine the selection process for the 75 books. Though I have some in mind already, in fact I could name 75 easily, I want to let the year determine at least some of my selections. Regardless, this is the first step for me to follow through with my desire to spend the year doing exactly what I love to do most. That said I look forward to January 25, when I intend to begin documenting my first book as a college graduate. To 2011, the year of ME.
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