I make a lot of lists. Beyond the usual grocery and to do, I have goal lists and house task specific lists and challenge lists and for several years I’ve had a 101 things in 1001 days list. I haven’t updated it since 2015, but my list is still there on the Day Zero website. That list randomly came to mind the other day, so I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and see what I wanted to do back then.

Naturally, there were a lot of book and reading related entries.

  • write at least 100 words a day for 7 days
  • successfully complete my novel
  • complete a short story and submit it to eastoftheweb.com
  • organize books
  • read 5 books in the TBR pile
  • read all the magazines in the pile before renewing/subscribing to any more
  • subscribe to all the magazines on my wishlist
  • write every day in my paper journal for at least 100 days
  • go one month without acquiring any new books
  • read 5 books in the TBR pile (Seize the Night Sherilynn Kenyon; The Truth About Love Stephanie Laurens; To Tame a Wolf Susan Krinard; Marriage Most Scandalous Johanna Lindsey; Dark Side of the Moon Sherrilyn Kenyon)
  • get sufficient bookcases to house all of our books
  • read (or at least attempt) the Dark Tower novel

Some I finished easily (read 5 TBR books) and others took a bit (getting sufficient bookcases) but most of them I was able to complete before the end of the challenge. I didn’t submit a story to eastoftheweb (and honestly I’m shocked the website is still around), and I failed miserably at going a month without any new books. The rest have all been done.

I suspect my love of lists comes from the same place as my hoarding of planners and notebooks. At least most of my lists are digital and don’t live in piles around my desk.

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