Booktopia’s Caroline Baum reveals her New Year’s Reading Resolutions for 2013


I like making resolutions. Lots of them, so that if I fail at most of them, I still have a few achievable ones in reserve. It’s part of being an over achieving list-aholic.

While everyone else probably wants to try and read more books it is the perverse nature of my job that makes me think it might be a good idea for me to try and read fewer books, more discerningly, bingeing less, savouring more. I doubt it will happen, but it’s an aspiration. Here are a few other ideas. Let me know how you go.

New Year’s Reading Resolutions

I will read one classic (and no that’s not the same as vintage clothing, which is anything that is more than ten years old. I mean something by one of the greats you’ve been avoiding since school or university. For me the challenge will be Proust)

I will read one poem every month (not the kind you find in a greeting card. If you want to read a poem who writes about real life, try Les Murray, or the American Billy Collins, who writes about trying to give up smoking.)

I will wake up fifteen minutes earlier so I can read in the mornings, instead of when I am a zombie at night (anyone with kids has a dispensation from this one, as it’s simply impossible, even during holidays).

I will read the book BEFORE I see the film especially when it comes to The Great Gatsby (and, for that matter, Midnight’s Children, The Life of Pi, Anna Karenina)

I will read one thing outside my comfort zone or read one thing from a genre I have a prejudice against (for me it’s sci-fi-/fantasy and I just cannot crack it. I also don’t get the whole vampire thing, though I really have tried)Click here to buy...

I will not cheat and read the ending before I get to it. (I’d love a psychologist to explain this behaviour)

I will not spoil other readers’ pleasure by giving away crucial plot details in conversation, no matter how enthusiastic, indignant or intoxicated I am

I will not be a book snob: I won’t put down someone because I think their taste in books is trashier than mine (guilty as charged, but I am working on it.)

I will return any book I borrow in perfect condition. If I dropped it in the bath or spilt coffee or wine on it, I will buy a new copy to replace it.

I will not crack the spines of books unless they belong to me (Sorry, but I  like that sound, it’s like the noise of the book surrendering itself)

I will not show up to reading group without having read the book for three months in a row ( a personal bugbear and a complaint I hear from reading group members all the time)

I will not give up on a book because I don’t like/can’t identify with the central character. What kind of a pathetic excuse is that? (Do you have to like Raskolnikov to appreciate Crime and Punishment? Unpleasant characters are all too human and so much more interesting in their complexity)

Click here to buy...

I will give away books I don’t intend to reread once I have read them to my local library or to a community book drive or charity

I will reread something I loved as a child /adolescent so that I can enjoy it all over again and rediscover my original joy at discovering it

I will leave a book in a public place for someone to find as a surprise ( to find out more about this, go to http://www.bookcrossing.com)

If I never read fiction, I will give it a go (yes, I am talking to you guys : I keep hearing men say they don’t read novels.

If I only read fiction, I’ll try some non-fiction for a change (now this is one one I often hear from women)

I will read something written by an Australian author (no sense of duty there, but because there’s such great local talent to discover. 2012 saw a bumper crop.)

I won’t get hung up on technology (really, it does not matter what the delivery system is, whether it’s a tablet or on paper, it’s the writing that counts.)

What are your Reading Resolutions for 2013?

2 Responses

  1. I love this blog. My resolution this year is:

    I will read mostly in English because I want my English to be more fluent. I read too much Swedish crime right now.

    I will read something written by an Australian author because I want to open up my mind and read something different.

    I will read a book from every continent.

    I will read one poem every month and I am going to try Tomas Tranströmer. If he got the Nobel Prize he should bee good, or?

    Like

  2. Came across your blog today. Loved the words “I will read something written by an Australian author”. As a debut Australian author, I would love to send you a paperback copy of my new children’s fantasy adventure. Interested?

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,138 other followers

%d bloggers like this: