There’s A Chance I May Be Spending Too Much Time Reading Again

I swore this year I would spend a little less time reading and a little more time writing. However, reflecting on the halfway point of the year, I may still be spending a bit too much of my time reading instead of writing. After all, I made a goal of reading 150 books this year. Since I’ve read 139 books from January through June and only need to read 11 in the rest of the year to make goal, I think there is a chance I could go over goal again.

Mind you, I’ve already done more writing this year than I did last year. I suppose that should be the big consideration. Still.

Each of the last six years, since 2006, I’ve read more than the year before. I suppose that isn’t really surprising since 2006 was the year I graduated law school.  2005 I only read 23 books, in 2006 I read 30. Things go up from there 2007: 50, 2008: 76, 2009: 105, 2010: 169, 2011: 318. As I mentioned before, 139 in just the first half of 2012.

I suppose I really should spend more time writing and less time reading, but it’s hard to stop. Further, as long as I’m doing more writing than in previous years…should I really worry about it too much? I’m not sure, but I probably can’t stop reading anyway.

Regardless, to make this post awkwardly long, here’s what I’ve read so far in 2012:

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Jun 30, 2012 [edit]
Cat Daddy: How One Very Special Cat Fixed One Very Broken Man
Jun 30, 2012 [edit]
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Jun 29, 2012 [edit]
Strange Pilgrims
Jun 29, 2012 [edit]
On Booze
Jun 28, 2012 [edit]
The Coldest Winter Ever
Jun 28, 2012 [edit]
Varamo
Jun 28, 2012 [edit]
The Optimist's Daughter
Jun 26, 2012 [edit]
Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3
Jun 26, 2012 [edit]
Sugar and Other Stories
Jun 25, 2012 [edit]
The Signal
Jun 25, 2012 [edit]
The Hall of the Singing Caryatids
Jun 24, 2012 [edit]
The Imperfectionists
Jun 24, 2012 [edit]
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Jun 23, 2012 [edit]
Antwerp
Jun 23, 2012 [edit]
Villa Incognito
Jun 21, 2012 [edit]
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Jun 20, 2012 [edit]
Hairstyles of the Damned
Jun 20, 2012 [edit]
Break of Day
Jun 19, 2012 [edit]
Vox
Jun 19, 2012 [edit]
Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
Jun 19, 2012 [edit]
Right Ho, Jeeves
Jun 18, 2012 [edit]
Everyday Genius - The June Issue
Jun 18, 2012 [edit]
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Jun 17, 2012 [edit]
How We are Hungry
Jun 15, 2012 [edit]
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel
Jun 14, 2012 [edit]
Monsieur Pain
Jun 14, 2012 [edit]
The Great Perhaps
Jun 12, 2012 [edit]
Rule of the Bone
Jun 11, 2012 [edit]
Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories
Jun 10, 2012 [edit]
Syrup
Jun 10, 2012 [edit]
Trout Fishing in America
Jun 10, 2012 [edit]
Good Intentions
Jun 09, 2012 [edit]
The Red and the Black
Jun 08, 2012 [edit]
We Only Know So Much: A Novel
Jun 05, 2012 [edit]
Pirate Therapy and Other Cures
Jun 05, 2012 [edit]
A Fraction of the Whole
Jun 04, 2012 [edit]
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Jun 04, 2012 [edit]
In the Electric Eden: Stories
May 30, 2012 [edit]
Orientation: And Other Stories
May 30, 2012 [edit]
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
May 28, 2012 [edit]
Water for Elephants
May 24, 2012 [edit]
The Free World: A Novel
May 22, 2012 [edit]
The Shipping News
May 20, 2012 [edit]
Pale Fire
May 16, 2012 [edit]
Three Novels: Molloy / Malone Dies / The Unnamable
May 14, 2012 [edit]
In Great Company
May 13, 2012 [edit]
The Amadeus Net
May 12, 2012 [edit]
Hell: A Novel
May 12, 2012 [edit]
The Master and Margarita
May 10, 2012 [edit]
Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog
May 07, 2012 [edit]
Cures for Hunger: A Memoir
May 06, 2012 [edit]
The Lay of the Land (Vintage Contemporaries)
May 05, 2012 [edit]
The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark: A Novel
May 05, 2012 [edit]
The Death of Ivan Ilych And Other Stories
Apr 29, 2012 [edit]
The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers
Apr 29, 2012 [edit]
I Smell Esther Williams
Apr 29, 2012 [edit]
Say, Poem
Apr 28, 2012 [edit]
My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist
Apr 28, 2012 [edit]
The Year of the Gadfly
Apr 28, 2012 [edit]
Independence Day
Apr 26, 2012 [edit]
Et Tu, Babe
Apr 26, 2012 [edit]
The Gone-Away World
Apr 24, 2012 [edit]
The Fermata
Apr 23, 2012 [edit]
The Tetherballs of Bougainville
Apr 22, 2012 [edit]
COMATOSE
Apr 22, 2012 [edit]
Train Dreams: A Novella
Apr 21, 2012 [edit]
Swamplandia!
Apr 21, 2012 [edit]
The Sportswriter: Bascombe Trilogy (1)
Apr 20, 2012 [edit]
The Lola Quartet
Apr 18, 2012 [edit]
The Reconstructionist
Apr 18, 2012 [edit]
A Common Pornography: A Memoir
Apr 17, 2012 [edit]
Townie: A Memoir
Apr 16, 2012 [edit]
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
Apr 15, 2012 [edit]
Legs Get Led Astray
Apr 14, 2012 [edit]
The Golden Bowl (Tor Classics)
Apr 13, 2012 [edit]
Torch
Apr 10, 2012 [edit]
Something to Help Me Sleep
Apr 08, 2012 [edit]
The Night In Question: Stories
Apr 08, 2012 [edit]
Chicago Stories:  40 Dramatic Fictions
Apr 08, 2012 [edit]
The Namesake
Apr 07, 2012 [edit]
Variations of a Brother War
Apr 06, 2012 [edit]
The Tortilla Curtain
Apr 06, 2012 [edit]
Antelope Wife
Apr 05, 2012 [edit]
The Sky Conducting
Apr 04, 2012 [edit]
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories
Apr 04, 2012 [edit]
The Names of Things
Apr 03, 2012 [edit]
VII
Apr 02, 2012 [edit]
The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Apr 2012 [edit]
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Mar 31, 2012 [edit]
The Fallback Plan
Mar 27, 2012 [edit]
Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady
Mar 26, 2012 [edit]
Death-in-a-Box
Mar 20, 2012 [edit]
Articles of War
Mar 20, 2012 [edit]
Another Roadside Attraction
Mar 19, 2012 [edit]
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Mar 13, 2012 [edit]
Hot Pink
Mar 11, 2012 [edit]
The Land of Decoration
Mar 10, 2012 [edit]
Cataclysm Baby
Mar 09, 2012 [edit]
Our Game
Mar 07, 2012 [edit]
The Cage Keeper and Other Stories
Mar 04, 2012 [edit]
Threats
Mar 04, 2012 [edit]
Joseph Andrews/Shamela
Feb 28, 2012 [edit]
Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded
Feb 26, 2012 [edit]
Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World: A novel
Feb 25, 2012 [edit]
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter: A Novel
Feb 24, 2012 [edit]
The Garden of Last Days
Feb 22, 2012 [edit]
The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime, #2)
Feb 20, 2012 [edit]
The Collected Stories
Feb 19, 2012 [edit]
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Feb 18, 2012 [edit]
Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die
Feb 17, 2012 [edit]
The Beet Queen
Feb 16, 2012 [edit]
Bluesman: A Novel
Feb 16, 2012 [edit]
JR
Feb 15, 2012 [edit]
Western Avenue and Other Fictions
Feb 12, 2012 [edit]
The Flame Alphabet
Feb 12, 2012 [edit]
One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies
Feb 11, 2012 [edit]
A Very Minor Prophet: A Novel
Feb 11, 2012 [edit]
A Hollow Cube Is a Lonely Space
Feb 10, 2012 [edit]
Underworld
Feb 10, 2012 [edit]
God's Autobio
Feb 06, 2012 [edit]
Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel
Feb 06, 2012 [edit]
John Dies at the End
Feb 02, 2012 [edit]
What it Was
Jan 31, 2012 [edit]
Tours of the Black Clock
Jan 30, 2012 [edit]
Glaciers
Jan 29, 2012 [edit]
Shenanigans!
Jan 24, 2012 [edit]
The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am
Jan 22, 2012 [edit]
Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty
Jan 20, 2012 [edit]
Three Ways of the Saw
Jan 15, 2012 [edit]
The Verificationist: A Novel
Jan 14, 2012 [edit]
Oblivion
Jan 13, 2012 [edit]
Close Encounters Close Encounters
Jan 11, 2012 [edit]
Steps
Jan 10, 2012 [edit]
The Third Reich
Jan 08, 2012 [edit]
You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am
Jan 07, 2012 [edit]
Parallel Stories
Jan 07, 2012 [edit]
Norwegian Wood
Jan 02, 2012 [edit]

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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