I’m really not one for New Year’s resolutions, not even one teensy manageable one. What’s the point? Anything I want to do so badly I figure I already should be doing all year around so I find with that harsh attitude I tend to get things done. Odd logic I know!
Anyhow, today I will forgo that attitude for the sake of the Broke and the Bookish‘s fabulous Top Ten Tuesday meme. This will be tough. I’ll try to keep it as bookish as poss…
1. Read more classics – bit of an obvious one really and one I do struggle with around book club/review copies/brand new releases I simply have to pick up. This week I started to remedy this by picking up D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
2. Don’t set unrealistic goals – I ditched any silly reading goals long long ago and find I’m much happier to read by whim and not stress if I don’t end up reading as much as I’d hoped. Apart from things I need to read for set reviews, I’m free and easy (in a manner of speaking).
3. Make more space for books at Relish Towers – I had the crazy idea of giving books away in 2013. Since we’ve had our lovely new shelves done by our local joiner and reviewing my shelves in Simon’s lovely post, I don’t feel like I have enough!
4. Read more – another obvious one and tricky with life/work getting the way BUT, if I’m ever to make it through Mount TBR I need to get a wriggle on!
5. Keep the Manchester Book Club going – I have absolutely no intention of finishing with my wonderful group but I might as well make it a resolution! We are now almost two years young!
6. Mix it up a bit – I only really read fiction and I think I’d benefit for throwing something else in there. As well as genres of fiction I never care to read (fantasy, crime, etc) a bit of history or poetry certainly wouldn’t go a miss.
7. Restraint – this is something I learnt and mastered in 2013 and hope to continue into the New Year. I don’t need to go on any book binges. I have enough to read at home already. Sure, a treat every now and then is fine but, control yourself woman!
8. Don’t be so shallow – apart from the obvious ethical considerations, the other problem I have with ebooks is the distinct lack of a pretty cover to gaze at. This judgy attitude extends to different covers. I need to read Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook but the cover is so dull! (Please don’t judge me)
9. Continue the library love – admittedly, I rarely end up reading the books I take out of my local library (which doesn’t look like the above!) but I renew and renew them until the cows come home which I’m told sends some money the author/estates’ way every time. Can someone definitely confirm this for me?
10. Explore some outlandish bookish spots – with any luck the boyfriend and I will be going back to India at some point this year. I will still be on the book haul and hope to also try and get some pics reading in some strange places. How exciting!