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
THIS LAST RULE WILL UPSET SOME OF YOU:
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)!!