[Note: I am shamelessly stealing from my 2004 Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project summary for the format of this post. So there.]
For those who haven’t been beaten over the head with it, last year I resolved to repeat my 2004 resolution and read a short story each day of 2006. Then I proceeded to use the same, convoluted method for assigning weights to stories of different lengths (short story vs. a longer novelette vs. a still-longer novella). This allowed me to take a breather and fit in some novels. The goal, then, was to amass 365 reading points in 2006.
Before I anal-retentively list the short story stats, I though I would comment on my experiences with this experiment this year. With stats.
Comparing the number of books read this year and in previous years:
- 2006: 48 books read (15 anthologies/collections read; included Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project and 229 stories)
- 2005: 54 books read (9 anthologies/collections read)
- 2004: 48 books read (15 anthologies/collections read; included Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project and 221 stories)
I know a measly three data points is not statistically accurate, but I cannot help but notice (while completely ignoring different book lengths, etc.) that when I included a Short-Story-A-Day Reading Project, the total number of books I read was less but the number of anthologies and collections I read increased. Why does reading anthologies mean less books read overall? I think it’s because I tend to stop reading for the night between stories. In the case of novels, stopping points are more granular so I can push forward more if I’m in the mood. Logic dictates that if I want to read more books – and I think I do…not really sure why – then I should drop this reading project. Food for thought, I suppose.
I’ll still be reading anthologies, of course. I just won’t be tracking it like I do for the project. Why? Because despite the lower number of books, I still found lots to like about this reading project. I was once again exposed to many authors whose work I never read. While that does not in any way help my book buying obsession (“Oh, look! I’ve heard of them!” Cha-ching!), it has broadened my literary horizons. I can’t say that my tastes have changed but I can say that I’ve enjoyed many different writing styles.
Overall, it was just plain fun!
And now on with the stats…
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