I wish that I could quit my job and read all of the time. All day. Every day. Feed me intravenously. Minimal sleep. Nothing. But. Reading.
Thinking about all of the books I read in 2015 and, more importantly and regrettably, all of the books I didn’t read in 2015, is making me feel like I need to set some reading goals for the new year. Here are some random ideas I have about reading in 2016.
- I just finished Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son (review coming soon) and it made me realize that I want to know everything about North Korea. So… in 2016 I could read books in pairs. One fiction book paired with one non-fiction book. To that end, I got A Kim Jong Il Production and am probably going to read that next.
- Complete a book challenge like Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. What I like about this list is that it pushes me to read things that I may not read otherwise (a food memoir… ugh).
- Only read books by authors I have never read.
- Only read books that have won awards
- Read any book that anyone recommends to me (only read books that are recommended?).
- Only read books that were made into movies, then watch the movies too.
- Only read books written in the last 3 years.
- Only read books written more than 10 years ago.
- Only read books in series.
- Alternate – novel, nonfiction, short stories, repeat
In the end, I will probably keep doing what I’m doing. Reading things that sound good, letting my mood and the vagaries of fate determine what I read and when I read it. I will challenge myself to read more nonfiction perhaps, because that is an ongoing goal of mine. I will not quit my job, both because I genuinely like it (despite the fact that it cuts into my reading time) and because I fear that without work to get me out of the house I would never leave my couch and my muscles would atrophy and I would end up like the future people in Wall-E drinking my big gulp from my motorized lazyboy.
So, instead… I resolve to keep reading books that sound interesting and funny and moving and enlightening. I resolve to be part of a community of readers and writers, because yinz are inspiring.
What are your reading resolutions?
I am keeping on ongoing list of all of the books I have read in 2016 here. Always looking for suggestions!