Good thing I have bird flu or SARS or something right now...

...because I need to read 24 books in the next week to make my goal of 100 books in this Gregorian year. Fortunately, I have several books in progress as usual. I just have to actually finish all of them without starting new ones.

Here's the update of where I'm at so far:

49. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman

50. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

51. The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism by Debra Van Ausdale

52. Asha's Mums by Rosamund Elwin, Michele Paulse, and Dawn Lee

53. Molly's Family by Nancy Garden and Sharon Wooding

54. Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement by Tanya Erzen

55. Saturday Is Patty Day by Leslea Newman and Annette Hegel

56. The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption by Jean Davies Okimoto, Elaine M. Aoki, and Meilo So

[And here we reach the point where I say: screw making Amazon Associates links! Buying stuff from Amazon isn't the only way to support One Smoot. Just ask the kind people at Google, who, incidentally, forbid site owners from asking visitors to click on the ads. Or ask the kind people person at Universal Hub, who as far as I know, doesn't forbid anyone from asking visitors to click on his ads. Or ask the kind folks at DayQuil...mmm...DayQuil...]

57. No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog by Margaret Mason [obviously it hasn’t worked - eeka]

58. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert

59. An Activity-Based Approach to Early Intervention by Kristie Pretti-Frontczak and Diane D. Bricker

60. Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey

61. Urban Ease: Stress-Free Living in the Big City by Allen Elkin

62. Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez

63. How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman

64. Lesbian Social Services: Research Issues by Carol Thorpe Tully

65. The Silent Minority: Children With Disabilities in Asian Families by Robina Shah

66. Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian, Gay, and Jewish by Christie Balka and Andy Rose

67. The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are by Henry Petroski

68. Beyond Diversity Day: A Q&A on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Schools by Arthur Lipkin

69. Make Your Own Sex Toys: 50 Quick and Easy Do-It-Yourself Projects by Matt Pagett

70. Bambi (Little Golden Book) by RH Disney

71. Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher

72. The Lesbian and Gay Parenting Handbook: Creating and Raising Our Families by April Martin

73. Macho Nachos: 50 Toppings, Salsas, and Spreads for Irresistible Snacks and Light Meals by Kate Heyhoe

74. All-American Bean Book by F.H. Waskey

75. Meth: America's Home-Cooked Menace by Dirk Johnson

76. The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel


Suldog said...

Good luck, kid. That sounds (for the most part) like pretty heavy reading to accomplish in one week. You are planning on sleeping a few hours each night, right? :-)

eeka said...

Up to 80 so far, Suldawggydawg!

Yeah, I plan on sleeping. I also imagine that I won't read any books with more than 40 or 50 pages, other than the few that are almost finished. I'm most likely going to go through my shelf and pick out the little books, you know, the little books of poems or sayings or whatever that people give you for gifts that you (or at least I!) read the first couple pages and then stick on a shelf. If it gets to crunch time and I still need a few more, then I'll start hitting the picture books hardcore!

So yeah, it looks like I'll have to fade away in quality of literature at the end to get to the goal, but at least it got me to consistently seek out reading material. I just happened to pick a lot of really long, dense books.

Anonymous said...

Two words: comic books!

eeka said...

Comic books are SO HARD TO READ though! No, seriously. There's something about having to jump from blurb to blurb and keep track of the characters visually at the same time as linguistically. Takes me 10 minutes to get through a page. Too much gettins of deegrees must've made my brain only want to read one way. Blech.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's too bad about the comic books. Maybe try matchbooks?