I’ll Have What He’s Having

Stephen King reads 80 books a year. That’s right. Let that number sink in. Chew on it. Weep in jealousy. Feel my pain.   

A rare glimpse into my bedroom and how I keep track of books read.

Really, Stephen? That’s ballsy. You write what seems like20 books a year and now you go ahead and brag that you have the time to read 80 as well? Hell, that’s reading on steroids. But whatever you’re on, I want to have it.

While I will probably never live up to Mr. King’s boastful yet impressive number, his inspiration lives on.

I have been dutiful in keeping a book journal for the past two years (yes, yes, I know I should have began one long ago). Recording the dates books have been started and finished, my own chicken scratch reviews of each story are all kept in a tattered notebook.

I have a vision that one day my future child will find the book journal and be amazed at how well-read their mother is. Either that or they’ll think me incredibly lame for having kept one and in that case I’d like to say in the most adult way possible: Screw-you-future-child-Jenny-or-Andy, you’re the lame one, not me.

Since we’re nearly halfway through the year I’d thought I’d post my grand total starting from January 1, 2011.


No judgments people. This is what I have mustered so far…

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

Doomed Queens [non-fic]

The Lady in the Tower – The Fall of Anne Boleyn [non-fic] by Alison Weir

Damn Sure Right by Meg Pokrass

Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal et al

Light in August by Faulker – I quit this book on page 50 so it doesn’t really count. As painful as it was to quit I couldn’t do it. More on this topic later.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

What May Have Been by Gary Percesepe and Susan Tepper

 Looking this list over, I must step up my game. Maybe one day I’ll near 20 a year. But until then…

…Next book on the agenda is Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

I’m coming for you Rob. You hear me?

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    May 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    First of all, Stephen King is a maniac.

    You’ve read six more than me, however, I did just get a library card which I intend on keeping active.
    I also love that Sweet Valley Confidential is on that list.

    Mmm…Rob Lowe :)

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    May 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Oh how I wished I had kept a record of how many books I read TO YOU when you were just a little squeak ! We sure had fun didn’t we ? I too keep a journal of not only books but movies I’ve watched. Love you noodle. x

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    Harley May

    May 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I hear you. I want the mad reads and writes. I’ve said this before with another writer friend: “It’s like I need three lives. A life that wifes and mothers, a life that reads, and al ife that writes.

    All three are my loves and I hate neglecting any one of them.

    Since January I’ve read
    Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
    Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
    Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro
    Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (I love her and would lick the ground she walks on)
    Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie (don’t read a lot in the romance genre but Tawna Fenske said, and I quote, “You are dead to me until you read something of hers. Any title. DEAD.”
    Several books for young readers with my son that are like 40k words. Most of those are a listen and help type thing, but I enjoy them. So that’s like 6ish?
    Let’s read more together, Jules! Yay!

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    May 30, 2011 at 4:03 am

    @Marda (or should I say Lila?) – yes, let’s be maniacs like Stephen King…and I am so glad we got to share SV Confidential together.

    @Mama – I’m sure we’d have too many book journals to count.

    @Harley – Look at you go! I so hear you on the three lives thing. *sigh* And yes! Let’s read more, more, more! Godspeed!

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    May 31, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Do you remember how Amy tells Laurie in Little Women that she is afraid she will die before she has her first kiss? I have that overwhelming sensation about dying before I read all the books on my list – and the list keeps on growing!!! Was my decision to become a librarian a subconscious step towards my doom?!?

    Thanks for sharing, I always love your suggested reads – my list just grew by seven. XO

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    Christina Yeager

    June 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    A few things…

    I must say I am pretty impressed by your own number of books that have been read thus far this year…especially since you are a writer as well & spend an ample amount of time writing.

    I agree with you on Light in August (since I did the exact same thing. I love Faulkner, but should have stopped at As I Lay Dying-amazing book!)

    And, lastly, with all due respect, Sweet Valley? Really?
    (Was it good?)


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    Hubert O'Hearn

    June 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Oh hell Jules the man’s a slacker! I’m maintaining my 2 1/2 a week pace with no problem at all and … oh yeah right. He’s also writing bestsellers too and … I’m not. Hmm. (cough) To quote the late, great Gilda Radner, ‘Never mind!’

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