My wife is a reader. She has a TBR (“To Be Read” for the unitiated) stack as tall as I am. Last year, she found a site full of fellow nutjobs “reading enthusiasts” called goodreads. There she entered some reading challenges. In 2009 she read 50 some-odd books, and for 2010, she’s challenging herself to read 60.
What does this have to do with me? Well, I fancy myself a bit of a reader, but I digest a book, and chew on it for months… while I read a great deal more in 2009 than in previous years, I’ll be doing good to break 10 or 15 books in a year. That’s hardly encouraging. However, I love, love, love movies. If this new movement to do away with free over-the-air broadcasts (bad idea!) comes to fruition, I could probably cope by just loading up the massive (~800 and growing) dvd collection. One day while pondering the possibility of a personal challenge, the following conversation arose:
“Why don’t you challenge yourself to watch a certain number of movies this year?”
“I think I could do that. How’s 100 movies sound?”
“For you? Too easy.”
“Sounds about right!”
And so, I present to you, the 200 movie challenge. I’m going to try to watch 200 movies, mostly exclusively from my personal collection, though I might have to rent or borrow one or two here and there if it’s something I really want to see but don’t own, yet, throughout the course of the year. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll try to write up a little line or two about each movie after I’ve watched it and post it here. If youtube has a trailer, I’ll probably try to put that here, too.
Wish me luck! Oh, and bring me some junior mints on your way back, please.