It’s fitting I post my resolutions now when most people have already crashed and burned with theirs. Muahahahaha. But seriously now, how are those squats coming along? And the detox diet? Well, this self professed book nerd is going after more ambitious and realistic resolutions. Bookish ones!
Last year I set a random goal of 50 books on Goodreads, and I’m pretty sure I hit my mark, except I didn’t actually log everything in. This year, its not just about the numbers but more of branching out to different genres and widening my reading scope.
1. My forefront resolution for this year is to BLOG CONSISTENTLY! Clearly my attempts to post every week have been, well, laughable. So let’s be realistic and set it at two posts a month, shall we?
And hey, this is my second post for January, so yeah, right on target
2. Read more non-fiction
I had an interesting discussion with a friend a couple of days ago and he said that I’m a “fiction purist who scoffs at reality“. Ha! Spot on. But of course I didn’t admit that. What resulted was a childish “No I’m not”/”Yes you are” argument. I always thought of myself as a cultured, deliberate and diverse reader. But truth is, I love me some contemporary/classic fiction. It’s my default genre. There’s something about fiction that allows us to experience more worlds than we could ever experience otherwise. On that note, one of my resolutions is to get out of my literary comfort zone, broaden my horizons and try to read more books in a genre I’m not versed in.
I’m ready to give the nonfiction sections of bookstores a browse. What’s the worst that could happen? If I don’t enjoy a book it sure as hell won’t be a waste of time if I learned something from it. The best scenario? I spend time enjoying a book that taught me new things. I don’t want to get over ambitious here, so I’ll cap it at 5 non fiction for this year.
3. Brush up on the classics
That was also my goal last year, and I read eleven classics. Five Hemingway’s (duh), four Achebe’s, one J. Hogg and one J. Eyre. My goal this year would be to diversify my range. Throw in a couple of Russian classics (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), break my F. Scott Fitzgerald virginity (why has it not happened yet?!), and I absolutely must read Ulysses. I’ve put that off for far too long
I know I’m biased when I say this, but honestly guys, the classics have stood the test of time and in them we find characters/experiences/emotions/perspectives that are still relevant today. They also provide an opportunity to understand history and culture in context. Most people find them somewhat challenging in terms of language but I personally love that archaic prose. Call me an old soul or whatever. I’m a classics kinda girl, through and through.
4. Read all the shortlisted books for the Man Booker Prize 2017
If I had to pick one literary award it would be The Man Booker Prize. I find their shortlist to be the creme de la creme of literature. This resolution might prove to be a challenge however due to the limited selections in our local stores. Every bibliophile’s frustration. I remember going into a reputable local bookstore last year and asking the attendant for Yanagihara’s A Little Life. The clueless look on his face left me quite perplexed.
5. Tackle at least 3 Memoirs/Biographies
They say that biographies provide the most valuable lessons in life with the ability to change your perspective and improve you as a person. I’ve been meaning to reread “12 years a slave” so I guess that would count as a third of my target. I’d love to get hold of Steve Jobs and Oscar Wilde biographies. And Cleopatra. And Julius Caesar. Heck, and Mark Antony while we’re at it. I’ve always been fascinated by Roman history and it would be great to read better accounts of the lives of these great personalities as opposed to what I’ve pieced together from pop culture.
6. Harry Potter.
Sigh. I give in to the Harry Potter fandom on Bookstagram. Whenever I comment that I haven’t read any HP book I’m met with (almost audible) gasps and bewilderment. So hello hogwarts and sorcerers. I shall be making your acquaintance this year.
Target? Read one HP this year.
Love and light