So, every year on my birthday, I write a list of things to do in the coming year (more on this list later this week or at the beginning of next week as my birthday is this coming weekend). One of those things was read (or listen to on tape) 36 books. As of Sunday, November 11, I have completed 30 books. Six to go in one week. Aye. So this will be a mad reading week (fortunately, I have some stuff started already). I am hoping to finish up The Pact by Jodi Picoult tonight and read Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips tomorrow (no worries, I don’t have an illness I am hiding. I am reading it because my personal world is full of cancer patients and survivors whom I adore; I do a good bit of freelance writing on cancer and a lot of cancer activisim and fund-raising, and because it is relevant to a couple things I am working on right now in the book-o-sphere). While I am driving to the gym, the grocery store and South Carolina this week, I’ll finish listening to The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta [I love Tom Perrotta’s writing. He’s the author of Election (maybe you have seen the movie with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick) and Little Children (again, a movie. This one with Kate Winslet) and a few others]. The final three books I am hoping to knock out this week are The Covenant in Action, How to Change the World, and Living Artfully. I am too much of a work-a-holic to read during the work day (the mean woman who is my boss– that would be– makes me sit at the computer and do lots of typing) so it looks like I’ll have to crawl in my bed early each night to get the work done. When I was little, my dad used to find me under the sheets, long past bed-time, reading with a flashlight. It might just be that kind of week, and since I will be staying with my parents one night this week, I might just pack my handy little book light for old time’s sake.