(For some reason, that title makes me think of Reading Rainbow…)
I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions, and hardly ever on New Year’s Eve or Day. But a few weeks into this new year, I have decided that I want to read more books. One one level this is not a difficult resolution. I typically only read a handful of books each year anyway, so if I were to read one book a month, I’d be reading more. However, on another level, it is a difficult resolution, because of my propensity to prefer the enjoyment of movies, TV shows, and video games over reading a book.
A very good website I belong to called Goodreads has a 2011 Reading Challenge, where I have challenged myself to read 25 books. It is a small number compared to the average of per person of 74 books. But I set the bar low because of what I plan on reading. I’m going to try to dive into some classics. I’ve only read one book by Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea) and John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men). I’ve never read anything by Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy. I’ve never read William Faulkner or Alexander Dumas. I want to get back into some classical writers like Homer and Ovid. In addition to the classics, I also intend to read more of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, no small task. Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series interests me too. In addition to these books I’ll probably read one or two books through the course of my small group Bible study (I believe we are supposed to be tackling one of my favorite books, Mere Christianity, at some point this year). I’d like to read Flannery O’Connor for the first time this year. And Madeleine L’Engle is an author who somehow eluded me growing up. I’d like to at least start her Wrinkle in Time series.
I think I may also want to re-read a few books I fell in love with back in high school. Fahrenheit 451 and Animal Farm captivated me like few books did in high school, and I’d like to revisit them at some point. I also need to give The Catcher in the Rye a fair shake as I merely skimmed it back in high school. Catch-22 is a book that I’m attempting to tackle at some point this year as well, but I am already a few chapters in and am not thrilled with it so far. I’ve had other books recommended to me, like The Scarlet Letter, which I need to give another shot too, like Catcher.
So the plan is that by announcing these intentions in a blog, some of my friends will be able to keep me to my task. And that I will be able to keep myself to what I have charged myself to do.