What is The Illiterate Reader Project?

Welcome to The Illiterate Reader: a 2012 project where I attempt to read 52 books in 52 weeks!


I don’t particularly enjoy reading. Occasionally I will pick up a book and appreciate what I read but normally that is only after being pressured by those around me – yes, I’ve read the Harry Potter series (loved it) and the Twilight series (it’s just a collection of romance novels). I fear I’ve become a product of my surroundings: tv, commercials, instant gratification, quick stories told in two hours or less, noise, distractions, etc…. In other words, I have self-induced ADD. I lack the patience to sit in silence and let my imagination take over. My new years resolution for 2012 is to change this.

I hope to achieve two things by reading 52 books in 52 weeks. 1. I hope to gain a better appreciation for literature. 2. I hope to watch less television and learn to stimulate myself with more constructive activities; reading is only the beginning of this journey.

How it works

I’ve set up some basic rules I must follow during this project:

1. I cannot read a book I have read before

2. If I started a book prior to 2012 but never finished it and there are at least 100 pages remaining in the book, it may count towards the reading total.

3. I may read any genre of book

4. Each book must be at least 100 pages in length (I work with kids, 52 books about colors and numbers don’t count)

5. I must blog about each book I read

6. The goal is not to finish a book a week, but to finish 52 books in 52 weeks – some may take longer than others


7. I am maintaining my longstanding goal of never reading a Jane Austen novel – for the same reason I should have avoided Twilight.

How you can help

1. Since I don’t know a good book from a dud, I’m reaching out to my readers to give me advice. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK? I am compiling a list of books and who suggested them. If you suggest a book it is more than likely that I will read it and blog about it. Its one of the few times you will get to suggest your favorite book and someone will actually listen! So leave your comments! What is your favorite book?

2. I recognize I am a woman of very little words. My blog posts about these books could easily turn into “it was good” or “I didn’t care for it” so give me parameters! What must I include in my posts about each book I read? The more silly or interesting the suggestion, the more likely I am to include it in my posts, so get creative (since I’m not)!!


3 responses to “What is The Illiterate Reader Project?

  1. blissjourney

    December 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Hey Sarah! Your Mom here is soooo proud of you for sticking with the post a day on your old blog. I’m really looking forward to reading your reviews and the comments and suggestions and reviews of others in your life. I already have over 30 books I “need to read”, but no doubt some extra ones will be slipped into the stack from what I learn on this blog! 🙂 It will be a little bit like being in a book club???
    What book are you starting with? Will you only read one at a time or will you have several going at a time like your Dad does?
    Looking forward to this new challenge of yours in 2012.

  2. Paul

    January 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Good luck on this challenge! I used to read in the neighborhood of 50 books a year, but then life took over. I will be interested in your thoughts on the books. If you run out of books let me know I can give you more suggestions.

  3. MissesoftheBlisses

    January 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Im not sure if youve already read this, decent chance you have, but Ill suggest it anyways because its one of my most inspiring books that Ive read- “Through Gates of Splendor” by Elisabeth Elliot. Another favorite is Desiring God by John Piper- that one is a deep read- probably will take more than a week, so if you have a quick read before and after this one- that might be good. Oh! and I thought of another one that was good- “If you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat” by John Ortberg And I promise Im not promoting anything here, but the biography of Mary Kay Ash is very fascinating! Im not quite finished with it, but its just amazing to read her story of a woman in history. I hope one of these will give you something to add to this year!


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