Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I'm a man of milestones ... so since 2006 I'm keeping track of the novels I read. Not the articles, blogs or profession-related papers and books, just the novels, literature. And it's a shaming seven novels per year. Good novels, famous authors, good Amazon ranking, but still ... seven. 25% of them are in English which accounts in part for the low number. Still ... seveeeen ?!

I then started this interesting exercise, of building from memory the list of novels I've ever read. Subject to memory loses, the list is still small, way too small. But doing the exercise, it felt good, it was in essence a review of an important aspect of my life. The list I built it's a snapshot to which to compare against in one year, two years, every year.

I won't set personal targets at this point, nothing like the one novel a month type, I'll just keep the list as a snapshot. And I'm going to think positive, low number but high quality. As someone dear to me said once, Life is too short to read bad books.

Here are two links you might find useful:
All Nobel Prizes in Literature
All TIME 100 novels