I get asked this question a lot, either by a commenter on the blog or someone I know: What am I going to do AFTER I finish the 101 Books?
And it’s one I don’t quite know the answer to…yet.
I have a few ideas rolling around in my brain, with either new lists, self-created lists, and no list at all. Whatever the case, I’m pretty certain this blog will still exist and, hopefully, I won’t have run out of ideas by then.
As I mentioned in my preview post for 2014, I hope to have more definite plans on a book later this year. Whether that is through a traditional publisher or not has yet to be determined.
How that pans out could possibly determine the direction of the blog, but I don’t really know for sure. The only thing I do know for sure is that I enjoy writing about books, and, at the moment, I plan to keep on writing about books.
So when might I finish the 101 Books project?
What’s in store for 101 Books in 2014?
I honestly don’t know. But here’s my best guess.
As I begin 2014, I’m about to pass the two-thirds mark. With The Day of the Locust as my 66th book, that means I’m approaching the home stretch.
I definitely won’t wrap up this project in 2014, but I think I’ll be somewhere around book 85 at the end of the year. So that’s my first goal–simply reaching book 85 by the end of 2014.
Hello again, guys! Remember me?
This has been the longest break I’ve taken from blogging since I started this blog three-and-a-half years ago, but it was well worth it. I had some great vacation time with my family over the holidays.
Today, I thought I’d simply share with you the recap post that WordPress sends out to bloggers at the end of each year. A lot of cool stuff in here, especially if you’re into numbers.
If not, move along. I’ll be back with my regular bookish features tomorrow. But, if this stuff interests you, then take a look:
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Today is my last post of 2013. I’ll be back posting live on January 6, which will make this my longest hiatus since I started 101 Books. But I think it will be worth it, plus no one really reads book blogs during Christmas anyway, right?
To cap off the year, I thought I’d take a look back at the top posts of 2013. You think that would be easy, right? But it’s something I struggle with because, when I say “top posts,” does that mean my favorite posts, your favorite posts, or just the posts with the highest traffic?
Usually, when I do this, I pick the posts that are my favorites. Today, though I’m just going to let the numbers do the talking.
Here are the top 10 NEW posts (in terms of page views) on 101 Books in 2013. I didn’t include posts from before this year that might have received higher traffic. These are NEW posts only:
Last Thanksgiving, I told you about some literary-related things I’m thankful for. Tomorrow, Thanksgiving returns here in the United States, so let’s do it again!
In the world of book geekdom, literary nerdiness, and blogging in 2013, what am I thankful for? Or, for you grammarians who abide by outdated grammar rules—for what am I thankful?
There’s a baby in my house, or at least there’s about to be.
As of this morning, my wife has either had our second child, or is about to.
With that, I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging for family time. I could definitely throw a few posts up this week, but they would probably be riddled with errors, and I would have little time to read your comments and respond. So I’m not going to do that.
Lucille, a fan of 101 Books on Facebook, recently sent me a message with this question:
“What is your process for reading books for this project? Do you highlight, make margin notes, flag pages with pretty colored stickers, dog-ear pages, summarize or outline in a journal/reading diary as you move through the chapters?”
That’s a great question, so I thought I would make a post about it.
My reading process is pretty simple. I keep a pen inside my book. When I read a passage I like, I underline it. When I have a question or a thought about something within the book, I make a note in the margin.
That’s it. I’m a simple man.
But let me tell you how I work those notes into my blog.
Today, 101 Books celebrates three years as a blog.
I’m pretty much done potty training, which might surprise some of you considering the amount of poop I spew on this blog.
Anyway, to celebrate, I’m going to give away three books today, following my usual giveaway process, so hang around (or skip down) to the end of this post for that.
First, though, I thought it might be a good time to go through some practical/fun/statistical nerd stuff related to the blog. You might not care, and that’s fine. If so, go ahead and skip down to the giveaway.
If you’re interested, here are some fun facts about 101 Books:
A few weeks ago, I dedicated one post to giving you guys the opportunity to share about your blogs in the comments.
I figured I might get a couple of dozen responses or so, but I had no idea how popular that post would become. It was an overwhelming success, and that’s because of you!
The post was a winner for two reasons: 1) It gave you the chance to self-promote without guilt and 2) It allowed you to find out about some other awesome bloggers and blogs out there on the interwebs.
The post currently has 229 comments, which means it has a crapload of great blogs for you to check out.
But here’s the problem: Each day that I write a new post, that post slips further and further down the homepage and further and further into the abyss of the 101 Books archive.
If you will, imagine with me:
A man, mid-thirties, brown hair, sits on a couch. In his hands, he holds Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret with a mild expression of pain and discomfort on his face. He looks puzzled. The soft sounds of a SportsCenter anchor eminate in the background.
A 3-year-old boy runs past, pushing a plastic lawnmower out of which the lower torso of an upside-down Buzz Lightyear pertrudes from the plastic gas tank.
The man’s lovely wife, now seven months pregnant, asks the man if he will bring a laundry basket downstairs. He replies, “Honey, can’t you see I’m reading Judy Blume here?”
[Fade to black.]