Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Reading Resolutions for 2013

Well, they Mayans were wrong, a new year is upon us, and I’m forced, once again, to type out a few reading resolutions for 2013. I’ve tossed this around quite a bit, and I’ve concluded that there are a few different paths I can take here.

I’ve long had a goal of tackling some of the more ginormous works of literature- those that come in at 1,000 pages or more. But a whole year of that, and I might never want to read anything again. I’ve also had this nagging urge to go back to some of the books I’ve left unfinished, and knock them out once and for all. That was especially cathartic when I bagged the great, white whale last year. On the other hand, I had a great experience re-reading a couple of favorite books in 2012, only to find them even better the second time around. So that’s kind of tempting as a goal. I still feel like I’m awfully behind on contemporary novels. But at the same time, I haven’t read anything really old (Shakespeare, Dante, Homer, etc.) since high school, so I’m probably due for a refresher. In the end, I don’t see why I should have to decide. So I’m going to pick all of the above. I will:

  • Read something old-school
  • Read something contemporary
  • Re-read a favorite
  • Finish (and most likely re-start) a “Did not finish”
  • And tackle at least one of the big boys.

There! Simple, worthwhile, and I can count them off on one hand- And I’ve still got a whole lot of freedom to go wherever I want with this. It should be a good reading year. What about you?

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