Monday, May 3, 2010

Two New Additions to My Collection and Some Charts

The other day, I was showing a friend of mine, Noa, the greatest city in the world—Chicago. Obviously, I had to show her the greatest bookstore in the world—Myopic—since we were there. What a great honor it must have been for Noa to help take part in my Pulitzer search! She even had the distinct privilege of crossing the two books that I found off my list: Caroline Miller's Lamb In His Bosom (1934) and Martin Flavin's Journey In the Dark (1944).

With the addition of these two books, I am now only nine away from completing my collection:
  • Tinkers, by Paul Harding (2010)
  • Guard of Honor, by James Cozzens (1949)
  • Dragon's Teeth, by Upton Sinclair (1943)
  • In This Our Life, by Ellen Glasgow (1942)
  • Honey In the Horn, by Harold Davis (1936)
  • The Store, by T.S. Stribling (1933)
  • Years of Grace, by Margaret Barnes (1931)
  • The Able McLaughlins, by Margaret Wilson (1924)
  • His Family, by Ernest Poole (1918)
Almost there. Also, just to see how much further I have to go, I decided to take a look at how many books I've read and compare it to how many weeks I have left.

It has been 11 weeks since I started this journey (on February 13, 2010 and today is May 2). That means I still have 285 days (or, roughly, 41 weeks) to finish up this project. Of the 83 books (including this year's winner), I have read 14—I'm reading 1.3 books per week. In order to finish this project on time, I have to read 1.7 books per week.

I have created a pie chart below to make all of this seem more professional:

As you can see, I am nearly 17% done with this journey. However, my reading year is nearly 21% complete. This does not bode well for me. It's time to pick up the pace!

Here's what I've done so far:

In order to finish this project on time, my pace will have to look similar to this:

And, of course, in the time I spent making these charts and graphs, I probably could've finished 20 or so pages of The Late George Apley.

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