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The Big Read

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I love projects. I love making lists of things that I need to do and then checking them off. I love keeping track of progress.

I think this part of my character comes in very handy for food tracking, food planning and working towards my exercise goals. When I check a box or put a tick behind a goal to signify that step has been completed, it makes my heart sing.
But now I want to have another project going in the background that's not weight related, because if I only have one project I'll lose interest and move on.

So I'm doing the BBC Big Read. I'm going to work my way through the 100 books the BBC is telling me I should read. I think from the list I've read about 30, so I'm on my way. But because I was a teenager when I read most of them I'm going to read them again. I wonder if my perspective on the stories will have changed. My life has changed a lot (traveling the world for two years, getting married, moving from Holland to South Africa) and I'm curious if that will reflect in how I read the books.

Lots of the books are classics and are available as free audiobooks on www.booksshouldbefree.com so i'll try to work my way through a couple while I'm running. But most of them I'll read. I'm looking forward to scavenging secondhand bookshops and flea markets (what can I say, I'm cheap).

I'm thinking of ways to weave this project into my current weight loss journey. Maybe buying books as rewards for meeting my running goals. Listening to books while exercising. That sort of thing.

I had already started reading the Lord Of The Rings and after I'm done I will continue with my all time favourite book, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Perhaps the most depressing and confusing book ever written, but for some reason I love it.
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    what a wonderful idea...might copy you.
    1924 days ago
    That is a great idea!! Enjoy reading all of those books.
    1928 days ago
    Steven King has some hits and misses but if it's on the list I'm sure it's good. I'm looking forward to reading it!
    1929 days ago
  • APED7969
    That's a fun idea. Although I must say there's lots of books on that list I can't remember if I've read or just know the story from various adaptations. I like the idea of re-reading them to see if I feel differently about them. I also love that The Stand is on the list as that is my all time favourite Steven King
    1929 days ago
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