What s your reading resolution?

Jan 02, 2013
Happy New Year! ‘Tis the season to make resolutions. Between what I’ve seen on television, read online, and heard in many conversations, it seems the general population subscribes to at least one—if not all—of the following New Years resolutions: follow a healthier diet,exercisemore, spend less money, spend more time with family, organize a living space, volunteer…the list goes on. There are most definitely overarching themes when it comes to making resolutions; people are looking to break a bad habit, start something new, or do something they’ve said they always would but never have. That said, we’ve been talking around the office about resolutions of the literary kind. Before the holidays, Lauren wrote a post about our reading goals for 2012, some of which remained unfulfilled by the end of December, and some of which were happily checked off. I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of goals The Minds are making for 2013—we’ll call them “reading resolutions.”Fingers crossed we stick to ‘em. Wish us luck! Morgan: “I’ll (finally) be logging my books! I’ve been wanting to do this for years, and now I’ve started a spreadsheet where I’ll write down the date I started and finished, the title, and a sentence or two summing up my reaction to each book. Can’t wait!” Dante: “I’d like to finish Edmund Morris’ three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt I began at the end of 2012, as well as make a dent in the work of Robert Caro, who wrote the Robert Moses biography The Power Broker and the (currently) four-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson. Non-fiction heavy? Certainly. But these guys are great, engaging writers. You can’t read just one of their books.” Nadia: “My resolution is to read a book/week. (this includes adult, YA, and middle grade books)” Alex: “I know I have confessed MANY times on OOM that I prefer reading a book instead of using an e-reader, but for Christmas I was given a Kindle…. So (gasp) my reading resolution will be to transfer my reads to my Kindle!” Lia: “My 2013 goal is to always be reading something. Too often I finish a good book and then wait a while before starting something new. No more of that!” Michael: “I would like to be read to more. No, I am not putting my eyes on strike, but I have found a very simple joy in the words ‘Go, Dog, Go.’ Lydia, my daughter, has begun to mimic my storytelling and is especially fond of reading me that book.” What’s my reading resolution? I’d like to read more thoughtfully and carefully. We all read every day, somewhere, somehow, right? In addition to all the blog posts, the emails, and the endless headlines that I admittedly sometimes read with only half the concentration I am capable of, I’d like to try to read something of my choice with complete attention and thoroughness each day, and to take extra time to reflect on it. What’s your reading resolution? Share it here! image via life is good.