Archive for March, 2007

March 31, 2007

My name is Estelle. I’m a Melbourne, Australia lady currently residing in NYC. Please see what I’m up to at my Tumblr. Needless to say, all opinions expressed on this blog are my own, and do not represent the views of any organisation that I work for.

On 3000 BOOKS, I flick words together to create the impression that reading fifty books a year makes me well read. Recently, I discovered the existence of a blogger who is reading one book a day, and 3000 BOOKS will shortly transition to its new title, 26,280,000 BOOKS (that’s one an hour). I have written on the topics of Victorian discrimination law, online writing mediums and the branding misstep of Harvard’s clothing line (in which case one line of prose sufficed). My ‘inchoate ramblings’ portfolio includes the Australian Literary Review, Australian Book Review, Radio National’s The Book Show, The Emerging Writers’ Festival Reader, the Melbourne Writers Festival blog, harvest magazine, The Lifted Brow, The Big Issue and RRR fm. Big ol’ cheeks brought to you by ice-cream.

March 30, 2007

In 2005, I set myself the goal of reading 50 books. I did end up reading more than 50, most of which I had not read before. The task of documenting the books I’d read for the purpose of counting them resulted in a lush little list.

Two weeks ago someone asked me, “Have you read Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides”. I had, in fact. He said ‘Did you like it. What did you think.’ I couldn’t remember; I remembered the general feeling and some plot points. I couldn’t remember the name of the main character. So now I write things down about the books I read.

I am 23 years old; the life expectancy for an Australian female is 83 years. 60 reading years x 50 books = 3000 BOOKS. Be astonished by my mathematical prowess.

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