As Gone With The Wind lumbers along, I thought I’d write a little about my plan for this 101 book adventure.
I’m a numbers guy. When I’m training for a marathon, I love creating an Excel sheet with 54 runs, adding up the total mileage, tracking my pace for each run, and so on. But, mainly, I like having a plan.
This is no different. Like running 26.2 miles, my strategy here is to start with a steady pace–not too slow, not too fast. With that in mind, I started out of the gate with several manageable books, no more than 300 pages each: The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse Five, Lord of the Flies.
This is kind of like Dave Ramsey‘s debt snowball. Pay off the small debts to create momentum before you get to the large debts. Same thing here. I guess you could say Gone With The Wind is the $80,000 student loan then. I am about 70% complete after a month of reading.
There are quite a few bulky books on the list–Gone With The Wind, Infinite Jest, Gravity’s Rainbow, Lord of the Rings, just to name a few. I’ve got to spread those bad boys out or I’ll never keep my momentum going. That’s the general idea–four or five short-to-medium sized books, then a long book. Rinse and repeat.
I haven’t mapped out the order in which I’ll read all 101 books. Right now, I’ve planned about 3 or 4 books ahead. The next three are The Big Sleep, Blood Meridian, and I, Claudius.
As always, feel free to make suggestions, or join in on the fun and read along with me.