So what are your New Year's reading resolutions? asks Wayne Gooderhan on The Guardian blog :
My Reading Resolutions are important to me for the simple reason that if I'm not reading something in which my full interest is engaged, the feeling of disaffection tends to encroach upon all other areas of my life, rendering me a shadow of my former self, left to wander listlessly from room to room, sighing heavily and gazing wanly out of windows. Well, metaphorically, at least.It's a question that I can't answer as well as Daphne does here. But I agree on one important point - your reading resolutions have to be about pleasure.
This year I have decided not to make serious reading plans at all, but simply to enjoy read serendipitously and for the fun of it.
If I read a book and find I am not engaged by it, I will drop it. Simple as that.
My appetite at the moment is for non-fiction, short stories (starting here!) and science-fiction. If my monkey brain will behave itself, I also plan to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge of Asian fiction (and Adrienne's list helps enormously). I also feel so out of touch with new poetry that I think I will go shopping for some of last year's award winners.
The novels I am most looking forward to, though, are as you might have guessed, Peter Carey's and Ian McEwan's forthcoming books.
Of course, the ambitious among you could sign up for a reading challenge. I like the sound of the Typically British Reading Challenge (but then I would, wouldn't I?). There's a Romance Reading Challenge, the intriguing Colourful Reading Challenge, a Short Story Reading Challenge (hmm, I'm tempted by this) as well as a whole lot more challenges listed here. Best of all, there is the Reading Resolutions Challenge where you can set your own goals for the year.
Why not make new friends across the world by signing up to one, or start your own challenge with a few friends you rope in here?
Anyway, what are your resolutions going to be?
(Sorry, I shamelessly nicked the pic from here.)