A couple Sunday Salons ago, I wrote about reading and doing, and I mentioned starting my own Day Zero Project. It took me a couple of weeks, but I finally got my list put together and posted at the blog I started to record how my project is going, called Stepping Off the Page. I’m going to be posting my updates for the project there because I didn’t think this blog was a good place for that.
For those not familiar, the idea of a Day Zero Project is to come up with 101 goals to complete in 1,001 days. Starting today, I have until December 23, 2013 to try and make it through my list, which is divide into a number of categories: Cooking and Eating, Lifestyle, Arts and Culture, Organization, Travel, Randoms, and, of course, Reading. I’ve actually got 13 reading goals for the next 1,001 days, some more complicated than others:
- Read “A Great Russian Novel.”
- Read (or re-read) all of Tracy Kidder’s books. (0/8)
- Re-read the Harry Potter series. (0/7)
- Do an entire Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon (not all 24 hours, just not actually do anything else during that time).
- Read a “Book on Books” and 5 of the books mentioned in it. (0/6)
- Read 5 books of journalism theory. (0/5)
- Read a book by an author who’s last name starts with Q.
- Read a book by an author who’s last name starts with X.Host a reading challenge/project.
- Read 33 graphic novels. (0/33)
- Find a good smart phone app for organizing my bookshelves and TBR list.
- Categorize my nonfiction reviews by the Dewey Decimal System.
- Learn how to use OverDrive to check out ebooks and audiobooks from the library.
- Write a Bucket List of 50 books to read before I die.
I’m already reading War and Peace for #1, and am signed up for the April Read-a-Thon for #4. Reading 33 graphic novels (#9) might seem arbitrary, but it comes out to one per month through the course of the project. I’m already planning on reading Essex County by Jeff Lemire (thanks to Lu’s lovely review) as well as The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman and the rest of Bill Willingham’s Fables series.
And I cannot wait to get started with #13, since there are so many great books to add to a reading Bucket List.
I’m really looking forward to this project, of having a motivation, arbitrary as it might be, to step out of my shell and take on some of the things I’ve been meaning to do but always find excuses not to. You can read my full 101 in 1,001 list over on my other blog, and find me over there a bit over the next 2.71-ish years trying to complete my list!
What sorts of things would be on your Day Zero list? Do you have a reading bucket list? Any recommendations for books to fulfill some of my goals?