Over on facebook I'm surveying "friends" about how much they read in a year. 20 "friends" have responded with answers ranging from 2 to 200. (One "friend" ( yes, you know who you are) tried to subvert the survey with the always unhelpful "How the hell should I know" comment). But, all that aside, it's come to my attention, through my survey data, that there are some heavy duty readers out there and even in my hey day I don't think I matched their #'s. But I'm going to try to beef up my reading, even though another "friend" told me my idea to set a reading goal was "dumb." Taking that comment with a grain of salt, I'm going to be setting goals anyway (some time soon) and the reason I'll be having a goal setting conference with myself in the future is that I have been reading not very much this past year. I've read a couple of great novels because Good Pal Menosky told me to, but mostly I've been starting books and then tossing them aside. And this troubles me. I want to have a reader identity.
Right now I'm reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I'm on p. 44 and it's good so far. My goal is to actually finish it.