1,000 Books to Read Before You Die page-a-day

February is an interesting month. If you’re the type to make New Year’s resolutions, you’ll probably know by February whether or not you’ll follow through with them. For example, if you’ve already stopped going to the gym — or haven’t even started yet — I hate to break it to you, but it’s not looking great. For me, if I’m not at least five books into my Goodreads reading challenge, I’m in trouble — and, alas, that seems to be the case for 2020.

There are a few potential reasons for this, and I’m sure you can relate: time, lack of motivation, small (or overwhelmingly large) TBR list, etc. While I haven’t read it myself, James Mustich’s 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List seems like a remedy for at least two of those things. But if you’re like me and don’t necessarily have the time to read a book about books you should read (for now, at least), said book’s page-a-day calendar might be a nice way to stay involved in the literary community. And because the book itself is less trendy and more lifelong-y, you don’t have to worry about the calendar going out of style.

With a variety of selections (including "Books for Every Mood" and "Book Club Recommendations"), quotes, striking first sentences, and even quizzes, this calendar seems like a great way to start the morning or end the day. Bonus: The back of each page can be reused as notepaper, and the plastic display stand is also recyclable! If another of your New Year’s resolutions was to be kinder to the environment, you’re killing two birds with one stone here.

With ten months left in the year, it’s not too late to get your hands on it; because 2020 has already started, it’s half-off on the publisher’s website. Win-win!

Mikayla Lawrence

Mikayla Lawrence is an editorial intern for The Horn Book, Inc.

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