Not Your Average Book Club

I’m going to tell you my little secret. It’s a dirty little secret that only my husband knows. I’m so ashamed to say it. Last year, I only read two books. TWO. And one of those books was What to Expect When You’re Expecting and the other was Double Cross by James Patterson. It’s embarrassing. Ridiculous. Shameful. Humiliating. For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m making this confession because I have a bachelor’s degree in English. Not only that, I have a master’s degree in British and American literature. Something has to be done. Something drastic.

At first I thought about pulling out my master’s exam list and reading my way through the books I should have read in graduate school. Unfortunately, I cannot bring myself to read Jane Eyre or Frankenstein for the hundredth time. So I decided on something a little more manageable. A little more…already organized for me.

Goal: Read all 77 National Book Award fiction winners. What better way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Book Award? The National Book Foundation did blog about each of the books (so a great resource as I go through them).

Timeline: 18 months (roughly 4 books per month)

Challenge: To all of you readers out there. Check out the fiction blog for the list of past winners.

I’m beginning with the first book to ever win the award – Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm


2010…here I come

2010 is just around the corner. It will have been 10 years since I graduated from college, 9 since Nate and I were married, and little Fynn will be 1. Already, it is shaping up to be a big year. 2010 just sounds momentous.

While I’m not so sure that it will actually be momentous, I think that it is about time that I actually follow through on some of the goals (not calling them resolutions this year…since resolutions are easily broken). I think I’ll make a list for myself here and we’ll see how far I get on each of these.

1. Lose 20 lbs. Okay, okay. Every time I tell my friends I need to lose 20 lbs. they freak. “Do you need to lose that much.” Without divulging every detail of my life on the internet. Yes, I do need to lose 20 lbs.

2. Stop drinking sugary sodas. Drink diet, you say? To me, diet tastes like I’m drinking bitter water. Unfortunately, I can’t do it. I’ve tried. But since I’m at home a lot of the day, I’m not in close proximity to a vending machine. In other words, if Nate or I don’t buy it at a store and bring it home, I don’t get soda. I miss Coke already. Alas.

3. Learn how to cook real food. One very great advantage of having a now (almost mobile) seven-month-old is that the last thing you want to do is go to a restaurant. What was a convenience to Nate and I has become a serious chore. Time to learn how to cook yummy, healthy food. Considering I have plenty of cookbooks and the time (relatively speaking), this should be manageable.

4. Read and write more. For more information on this, check out the “Book Club” category on the blog.

Well, I think I should just stop there. I may add more, but I’m hoping that I don’t delete any of these goals. One more day until I start. January 1 is Friday. Wish me luck!