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Sunday, September 30, 2012

100 Books and stuff

I hope you all are enjoying the guest posts! I know I am, with more to come! Meanwhile, I thought I'd show you what's distracting me right now--

Drives into the canyons to see the fall leaves and take pictures with my new camera.

And then there's this--

Emree Kay Gowen just one day old. Today she is five days old, and she gets cuter by the minute!

And then there's this--


I decided that before starting another novel, I'd read ONE HUNDRED books. It's not really that many. This picture shows 22, so multiply it by 4, add 12 more and you've got 100 books. I've read almost 250 books on my Goodreads account. Therefore, the easy way to keep track of them, since I review everything I read on Goodreads, is when the account says 350 books, I'm there.

I debated whether to create a page to list the books read on my blog or website, but then I thought why not let Goodreads serve that function? Anyone who wants to follow my progress, friend me here.

Now, time to get reading!

31 comments:

  1. Oh, Karen, now you made me wonder how many books I read in a given month or year. I basically only read before I go to sleep these days, unless some book really grips me. Is that English? Grips me? Right now I'm reading a never-ending Swedish book that I hope will pull the story together at the end, but is taking far too long to get there. I have never checked out Good Reads, the review I did for the book you sent, I did for amazon. But I will now because I know I may find some good books following what you read.

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  2. I wrote so much about books, I forgot to let you know how happy I am for the addition to your family. She is adorable. Nothing is more important than that. I also love your new header photo.

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    1. Inger, Thank you for your kind words. You are such a dear person, I always love your visits and comments to my blog.

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  3. This goal may inspire me. I've been struggling with writing lately, but haven't had nearly enough time to read. I am friending you now so I can watch and cheer you on!

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    1. Shauna, I've been struggling as well trying to get a new rough draft and finally I decided to take a break from novel-writing and read. I am still writing, however-- working on a cookbook. But it's a completely different process than fiction, refreshingly different.

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  4. Eek! If I stopped to read a hundred books at my current pace, it'd be years before I dove into writing again. Though I do envy the idea of it. I remember when I used to tear through a couple of books a week.

    And congrats on that new cutie!

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  5. Love, love, love the fall leaves. Get very little in California where I am. And how can you not be distracted by that baby!
    I leave my book count to Goodreads, too, and I challenge myself each year. I'm a little behind right now, but deep into another read. :)

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  6. Sure is a cute little baby - I am not sure how many books I have read. Have never kept track, but I could bet its a bunch as I love to read. Congratulations to your family with the newest little Emree addition. Take care.

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  7. Sweetness. The baby and your goal. But mostly the baby and now I gotta go...I have a new book of yours to read!

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  8. Beautiful baby, Karen. The snuggle stage is sooo great. I love the baby smell. 100 books, wow! I'm impressed. You'll have to send some recommendations out I'm always looking for a "good read," pardon the pun.(:

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    1. Andrea, Well I just finished one-- a fairly short novel I read this afternoon-- and I can't recommend it strongly enough! The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler. If I could give it 10 stars I would. Brilliant!

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  9. Love your new header pic - very pretty - and omg that baby is soo tiny and cute! I forget how small they are :)

    congrats on the new addition to the family.

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  10. Oh, Karen! Congrats and what a Little Bit she is!! The fall colors are getting REALLY pretty here, too...and you're going to read 100 books before you start another novel??? You are amazing...in so many ways! :)

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  11. That is some reading ambition you have, Karen, good luck!

    The baby is adorable. They really do get cuter and cuter everyday.

    Jai

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  12. Read a hundred books, Karen? Oh, of course! Read them to Emree — make her a book lover for life.

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  13. Emree Kay is adorable!! Yay!!

    Good luck with your 100 books reading challenge! Yowza! Take care
    x

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  14. Hi, Karen,

    ADORABLE ..... Congrats!

    Karen.

    No wonder I haven't seen you for a while ... LOL. A baby and ALL THAT READING! WOW! Very impressive.

    I wish I could read that much. Unfortunately not enough hours in the day.

    Autumn must be STUPENDOUSLY GORGEOUS where you are. Chicago is just getting a hint of gold and russet. Nothing spectacular yet, but soon.

    I'm glad to see all is right in your world.

    Michael

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  15. This is one impressive post, Karen. The fall colors, the beautiful days old baby, the goal and the already accomplished number of read books!!!!!

    Amazing.

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  16. 100 books is an epic challenge. I guess maybe I could do it in 5 years if I really set my mind to it.

    Congratulations on the new addition.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  17. My new granddaughter is seven days old today!! You are one busy lady--love that you are reading and reading. I am too and figure if I'm not writing, at least I'm reading.

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    1. Terri, She is one day older than Embree!

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  18. a lofty goal and a beautiful baby :)

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    1. Hi Karen:
      I always love visiting here and congrats on the gorgeous one, what a newfound joy in your life!

      I think I'm at around 57 for this year, I really cranked my efforts as I normally average 50-60 a year. Some I force myself to read (Book Club) but all reading is good. I know what I like and dislike and all helps in the writing process.

      Carry on!

      XO
      WWW

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  19. Oh, my goodness! Books and a baby...an unbeatable combination! Congratulations. :)

    Rhonda Schrock
    http://www.rhondaschrock.com/

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  20. Dear Karen, I read an average of one nonfiction book for every 30-50 mysteries I read. So your challenge to yourself is one I could truly emulate and learn many new things. Good luck with your resolution.

    Right now, with the presidential election just over the horizon, I'm reading a number of nonfiction books about the state of our government after the last twenty-to thirty years of deadlock. Two of these books have offered possible solutions to get Congress moving again and to cease the partisan bickering and intransigency. Everything I'm reading is talking about third parties. All this is of great interest to me so each night and read something from one political book and something from a mystery. I truly have a wonderful life. Peace.

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    1. Dee, I go through phases where all I want to read is nonfiction and then it's all novels. I think I'll mix it up to meet my 100 goal. I enjoy biographies and motivational books for non-fiction.

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  21. Aw! How precious! Congratulations.

    Love those fall colors!

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  22. What a sweet grandchild! Congratulations. Grandchildren are indeed awesome, as are books. Happy grand-parenting and reading!

    Virginia's colors are just getting starting. We're always a bit later than Utah. We're hoping for a really colorful autumn this year. There was practically nothing last year, but we've had much needed rain this summer, and rain even today, so there IS hope.

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  23. Hi Karen .. love the Fall picture - ours as I travelled around recently wasn't like that ... now Emree looks just gorgeous and what a great name .... no wonder your heart is elsewhere just now! Congratulations to all concerned.

    Books - I think I need to do that .. just need to start at #1!! Cheers Hilary

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