Monday, January 18, 2010

I finished it!

Well folks, it's official—The Patrick Challenge has been completed! I finished the 55 books that I collected from around my house. It took me 451 days. I read over just over 23,000 pages. And I feel great! This is one of the biggest personal projects I have ever taken on to complete. And I did it! Woooo hooooo!

In the next few days I'll put up some other musings, observations, and fun statistics about this experience. But you may be asking yourself—with this task completed, what will become of this blog? Well, I intend to keep writing it. I will just write up reviews of the new books I read. Incredibly I kept the amount of books that I bought over the last year to a pretty bare minimum. I have about a dozen books on the reading pile now (nowhere near 55!). Thankfully most of them are shorter and easier to read than almost everything on my big list. So it should not take me as long to get through that stack of books as it has to get through my big stack. And the freedom to buy a new book and read it right now is more than appealing.

I am looking forward to bringing you even more fun in the future, but tonight I'm celebrating my achievement. Later.


Kathy said...

Congratulations! I wish I had 55 books that I hadn't read in the house! I started reading the Fellowship of the Ring, bk. 1 for the umpteenth time. I must be crazy!

Elizabeth said...


What a cool thing you set out to do & then actually did! I think this gets you out of making/keeping new year's resolutions for at least 5 years!

bcschjenk said...

WHOOOOHOOO! Good job man. I'm glad you completed it and in a good time frame. What's the next challenge?

Rob said...

A la bio,
A la bao,
A la bim, bom, ba,
Patrick, Patrick, Rah! Rah! Rah!
Kudos on a fun project accomplished. 23,000 pages. It makes my little head swim. :)