How many of us keep our New Year's resolutions after a couple of weeks? When 2012 rolled around, 15 year-old Lauren Wiseman decided to read 150 books over the course of a year.
"When 2012 rolled around I wanted to do something big," Wiseman said. "I did the math and 150 books seemed doable. Three hundred or even 200 would be excessive."
Wiseman, who is homeschooled and taking one Lincoln Trail College class in sociology, achieved her goal of 150 books, all averaging 336 pages long.
The books included fiction, non-fiction, classics, history and current pulp fiction.
Some of the books Wiseman read were required reading, but most were for her own enjoyment and edification. Some were purchased, other checked out from the library, and some were e-books. Wiseman said she enjoys reading hard-copy books, but the e-book readers make it easier to carry around six or seven books at a time.
Her favorite book? Crime and Punishment. "It was different than what I was use to," Wiseman said. "It put me in the mind of the character and made you think. Even later, after reading the book it made me think about what I had read."
Wiseman said she found that Looking for Alaska and Confederation of Dunces did not meet her expectations. She also said she had trouble reading the Amish or quilting series books.
Being a teenage girl, Wiseman said she did enjoy the A Legend novel series. She said the dystopian novels stayed on theme and did not get lost in the teenage angst of a love triangle.
A surprise for Wiseman was the Charlotte Bronte novel Jane Eyre. "It was different," she said.
Wiseman said reading all of those books did not take away from her other activities. Last fall she was the stage manager for the LTC production of "A Christmas Story."
Paula Wiseman said her daughter reads a lot at night and is a classic "under-the-cover flashlight reader."
Wiseman has slowed down her reading pace, but has not stopped reading. Now she's tackling Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.