After a bountiful holiday full of books (and more books!) I declare it is time to buckle down and start reading. Don’t stop! Career, family, health be damned – there are just too many books to be read and books reviews to write.
As the days to 2011 dwindle, it’s time to revitalize any healthy reading habits that may have fallen way to glutenous, lazy or lax habits this past year. Re-reading Harry Potter AGAIN? Shame on you.
5 1/2 Reading Resolutions
- I will read every day. It’s easy to fall prey to a DVR of Jeopary re-runs, but I will dedicate myself to at least some reading every day. No the back of the shampoo bottle while on the john does not count.
- I will actually read a Russian. I am only 66% chagrined to admit I actively avoid reading The Russians. It stops now! Anna Karenina, you shall be conquered.
It will help, I think, that a good friend gifted me with The Possessed, by Elif Batuman this Christmas. Hopefully, she will help inspire me on my quest to actually figure out which Alexei is which, one of the major problems I had with AK in the past.
- I will stay on top of new releases. There is little as embarrassing as being asked my thoughts on this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner and not even knowing who Hardy is.
- I will use bookmarks. Said bookmarks will hopefully ensure the longevity of my favorite tomes.
- I will start, read, and complete Infinite Jest without taking any other-book breaks. David Foster Wallace’s opus has loomed over me,
beckoningintimidating me, for far too long.
What is my half-resolution, you ask? To stop snacking in bed over books. It’s just getting ridiculous.
Tell me your reading resolutions – perhaps we can share.