Recently the NY Times Book Review asked a bunch of writers who had bestsellers in 2009 if they had made any reading-related resolutions for 2010. This piece generated a lot of discussion among all of us at the bookstore so we decided to divulge ours. Read the NYT piece here.
I tend to skip around a lot, always intending to finish what I start – I want to finish them, (Lacuna and The Children’s Book to name two!) truly I do – but I’m always tempted by something new, and then something new and again something new – its an occupational hazard I suppose. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t finish books because I do, lots, but like Margaret Atwood, I “must stop reading with one eye” and I resolve to try. I also resolve to reduce the pile on my nightstand before adding more. I made headway this weekend by reading (beginning to end!) Dan Chaon’s Await Your Reply (thanks to a recommendation from Michael Kindness of Books on the Nightstand) that’s been there since April – it was a real treat! I also resolve to make more sense of my books at home – we have books here, there and everywhere with no rhyme or reason as to organization so I can never find what I’m looking for! Oh, and I want to remember to write down what a read. I start doing this every year but . . . . alas, mine are not ambitious goals – for some of those, read on!
Pat reads mostly fiction (as many of you know from her great recommendations!) but resolves to go out on a literary limb several times this year by reading some new authors and maybe even a new genre or two (like graphic novels or self-help), even if its scary for her. She also plans to work in more non-fiction, especially a biography or two to give her some inspiration. And, I’ll quote her here – “I resolve to go back in time to a man I once loved spending leisure time with – Charles Dickens.”
Molly our mystery maven is a self-described ‘dipper’, dipping into this book then that book, often without finishing and resolves to get all the way through more of what she dips into. She also says that she slips into the comfort of mysteries too easily (you mystery lovers who rely on her recommendations will undoubtedly disagree!) and intends to vary her reading more – especially with more literary fiction. “I do love good, literary fiction and get so much out of it when I read a great novel, but mysteries, they are my favorite!”
Jenny has a few RRR for 2010. As the children books buyer she reads many books for children and young adults but one thing she’s personally resisted has been books about vampires. “I hope to read AND enjoy one vampire related book this year (that is NOT Twilight). I am always open to suggestions from teens and adults!” She also wants to start a parent/child book group. “My daughters are 9 and almost 7 and are certainly old enough to experience the joys of a good book group. Please let me know if you too might be interested.” Her last RRR is a more personal one – it is to read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and to implement and live many of the topics discussed in the book. “The author has an incredible blog www.happiness-project.com complete with a toolbox for living what you learn. I have already started the book and am learning so much about my self and my relationships but the real trick will be continuing the project all the way through the year!”
Marilyn, booklover and bookkeeper extraordinaire, says she wants to learn when to stop reading a book she isn’t really enjoying. She feels she needs to finish every one she starts but after working in the bookstore she realizes that there are too many books she’s certain to love so maybe she shouldn’t spend so much time with something that isn’t working for her once she’s given it a good go. She also wants to stop judging books by their cover – she says she’s often turned off by a cover so won’t pick up that book. And finally, something I think we all can understand, Marilyn wants to accept the fact that she can’t read everything – “There are just too darn many books out there that I want to get to but I need to learn to be satisfied with what I do have the opportunity to read.”
So, what are your reading-related resolutions? Post your resolutions here and, like the NYTimes, we promise not to follow-up next year to see how you made out AND we’ll give you a FREE 2010 Eat, Sleep, Read Page-A-Day Calendar with tons of interesting literary trivia and lots of great ideas about what to read in the coming year.
Now that we’ve told you ours, tell us your RRR and let’s get a conversation started!