About Me: Caitlin Kenney is a copy editor at a fashion company and a freelance book editor. She has worked with a diverse group of authors on books ranging from YA fiction to adult history, pop culture, fashion and cookbooks. In addition to recording her journeys through literature on The Year of Magical Reading, she also dishes out bridesmaid advice and planning tips at The Ultimate Bridesmaid Guide.
To contact Caitlin about freelance editing or book reviews, email her at caitlin[dot]kenney[at]yahoo[dot]com.
The Question: How many books can I read in a year?
The Answer: Well, let’s find out, shall we?
Let’s face it, I’ve always been a book nerd. When I found out in kindergarten that there was a girl in class who knew how to read before me, I pretty much lost it. The overachiever in me was certainly jealous, but not just because she was making me look bad. She had access to this entire world for which I still had to pass through my mother, the gatekeeper to my favorite storybooks.
Now, many years later, I’ve more than made up for it. Books are stacked about my apartment, shelved haphazardly on my overstuffed bookcase, and piled on my desktop. I sometimes feel as though I’m personally keeping Barnes & Noble and various independents in my neighborhood in business. But how many books do I actually read in a year? What kind of books do I like the best? And what, if anything, do they teach me about life?
I don’t intend this to be a challenge. I won’t try to read more or faster than usual. It’s more of an experiment, a chance to talk about the books I’ve read, whether I loved or hated them. I hope fellow readers will find books that interest them, send recommendations, or start your own year of magical reading.
A side note: I just wanted to give credit where credit is due, and point out that the image on my homepage is a cropped shot of Colin Thompson’s amazing image called “Bookshelf,” which you can actually get as a skin for your iPhone or computer!