Objectively I failed my 101 in 1001 list (61/101 is a D-), but it doesn’t feel like a failure to me. I learned a lot during those almost three years. I started my whole diversity journey while doing The List. The List was pretty ambitious and I’m happy with the goals I did complete.
Now that I’m done with that I’m looking forward to setting new goals. I’m not going to do another 101 in 1001 list, but I’ve definitely been inspired by the format.
My idea for my next challenge is to take three years to read through my unread books. My collection is out of control. There are 8 bookcases in my house and I still have stacks of books on every flat surface (or so it seems). I want to pare down my collection to manageable size (meaning they all fit in said shelves) and read all these books I’ve accumulated over the years.
I’ve come up with 12 goals for Year 1 (Sept 2015 – Sept 2016). Depending on how it goes I might add more for Year 2. These goals are all pretty general. The most specific one is to read/reread a Shakespeare play. Looking back on The List I realized that I fulfilled more general goals than specific ones. Like, I failed to reread Harry Potter, but I read a nonfiction book every year. (That goal served me well since I now read more nonfiction than I ever have in my life.) And knowing my personal library, I have at least a couple of choices that will complete each of these goals on my TBR shelves.
I’m going into this with no idea of how many unread books I actually own, so it might be completely impossible to do in three years (I know, I know, not with that attitude, etc.). But I’m tired of all these unread books sitting around everywhere. Something needs to change, so I’m setting out to change it. Wish me luck.