Welcome to 2013 and what I hope will be another fine year of reading! The last week of the year is always a busy blogging week, and this year has been no exception: I have books I want to finish, there’s always a bit of blog maintenance and redecorating to be done, and then of course I need to publish a 2012 Year in Review post … Well, that’s all done & dusted and we are now in a shiny new year, so let’s talk about what’s on tap for the next twelve months.
As I mulled over possible reading resolutions, I took a trip down memory lane to see what I “resolved” in earlier years. I’ve come a long way from the hyper-planned, over-structured reading patterns of 2009-10. These days I try to balance my reading across several categories of books, but leave room for books chosen “just for fun,” whether that’s due to my mood or a newly published book that everyone seems to be reading. I like to assemble a little book stack at the beginning of each month, but I’m not bound to it, and I swapped books on & off my monthly stack several times last year.
In 2013 I want to stick with many of the same resolutions as 2012, with one twist in the form of a new personal project. Here they are:
- I will read more books from my stacks than I acquire. I didn’t quite succeed in 2012, but I didn’t fail either. I did, however, enjoy going over my stacks and pulling books that sound interesting at the moment. Sometimes I found my reading tastes had changed since I acquired the book, but at other times I wondered why I hadn’t read the book sooner. So let’s do that again, shall we?
- I will continue making progress on all reading projects, but especially the Booker Prize, Orange Prize, and Virago Modern Classics. I don’t have quantitative goals, but will be reading books that catch my interest.
- I will continue to foster community with other book bloggers. This includes reading events like Orange January/July and The Complete Booker, which I host, groups like The Classics Club, celebrations like Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and of course Rebecca from Love at First Book, my buddy from the Estella Society’s Book Blogging Buddy System.
- I will read more short stories. This is my new personal project. Not long ago, I was perusing my stacks and found nine short story collections, all completely untouched. And I’m not even counting short stories published as Virago Modern Classics, or the 626-page volume of Elizabeth Taylor’s Complete Short Stories. Honestly, I’m swimming in them. And wouldn’t they make nice bedtime reading? Well, that’s my plan anyway. The nine collections are neatly stacked on my nightstand, and my plan is to dip into no more than one or two books at a time, perhaps one story each night before bed. From time to time I’ll post about my short story reading, to review a completed book or talk about selected stories. Here’s what I have to look forward to:
- The View from Castle Rock, by Alice Munro
- The Progress of Love, by Alice Munro
- At the Owl Woman Saloon, by Tess Gallagher
- The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Means of Escape, by Penelope Fitzgerald
- A Chorus of Mushrooms, by Hiromi Goto
- Mrs Somebody Somebody, by Tracy Winn
- The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
- The Stories of Edith Wharton
So that’s it, and now we’re off and running!
Did you make any 2013 reading resolutions?