I must admit that I have now officially failed on my Q1 reading goal. While I certainly made great reading progress, I missed the mark (no pun intended) I set for myself. I only read 73% of the books I designated for Q1 and left 5 partially read.
Here is how I made out (strike through means completed, bold means started but not finished):
- “Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication” (Audio) by Spooner (100%)
- “The Hobbit” (Audio) by Tolkien (100%)
- “Anabaptism: Neither Catholic Nor Protestant” by Klaassan (100%)
- “The Origins of Totalitarianism” (Audio) by Arendt (100%)
- “Two Tactics of Social-Democracy in the Democratic Revolution” (Audio) by Lenin (100%)
- “The Gospel and Personal Evangelism” by Dever (100%)
- “Carpe Diem: Put A Little Latin in Your Life” (Audio) by Harry Mount (1o0%)
- “By Whose Authority? Elders in Baptist Life” by Dever (100%)
- “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Audio) by Hemmingway (100%)
- “Calvin” by Gordon (100%)
- “Mankind in the Making” (Audio) by Wells (100%)
- “The Left, The Right, and The State” (Audio) by Rockwell (100%)
- “Complete Stories” by Flannery O’Connor (100%)
- “Blue Ice” by Ewert (100%)
- “The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion” by Berger (13%)
- “Codename Tricycle” by Miller (22%)
- “Notes of a Native Son” by Baldwin (6%)
- “The Libertarian Idea” by Narveson (p.18/336 – 5%)
- “Dark Star” by Greenfield (p.64/353 – 18%)
I think I’ve learned a number of things. Here are the main reasons why I missed my target:
1. Life gets busy, and reading must often be put aside.
2. I read too many books at a time, making my reading often distracted and jumpy, leading to less progress.
3. I went through too many books that weren’t on my list in January/February (ie. got sidetracked). If I wanted to read books not on my list, I should have left some slack for that in deciding the number of books to pick for my Q1 goal.
By the way, here are the books that side-tracked me to some degree (books I completed in Q1 that were not in my Q1 goals and were a major reason why I didn’t meet my target):
- What’s Wrong With The World (Audio) by G.K. Chesteron (148 pages)
- Their Mutual Child (Audio) by P.G. Wodehouse (198 pages)
- The Sabbath in Puritan New England by Alice Morse Earle (354 pages) (this one actually counts for Q2, so I start Q2 with 1/19 completed)
- Essex County sketches by Essex County Ontario Tourist Association (50 pages)
- The Art of Fiction (Audio) by Ayn Rand (192 pages)
- The three Rs of Essex: Riches, rags, recovery by Evelyn Couch Walker (144 pages)
- The Importance of Christian Scholarship (Audio) by J. Gresham Machen (43 pages)
- History of the Christian Church During The First Six Centuries (Audio) by Samuel Cheetham (472 pages)
- A History of the Middle East (Audio) by Peter Mansfield (448 pages)
- Birding at Point Pelee by Henrietta O’Neil (224 pages)
- The Puritan Hope: Revival and the Interpretation of Prophesy by Iain Murray (326 pages)
So I guess, I console myself with the fact that, while I didn’t complete 5 of the books on my Q1 list, I finished 11 others! So either I’ve made tremendous progress in completing my books, or I’m just very undisciplined and unfocused in my reading. Something I’ll work on in subsequent quarters!
So, now on to Q2… It will be a tough quarter, given the books I have to read!
Note for Keith: Due to gathering this information, I realized I’ve been miscounting my total books read for the year. By adding the books I’ve completed from my Q1 goals to the books that I completed but are not on my Q1 list, I’ve determined that I’m actually at 25. Sorry!