New Year’s Resolutions?
I don’t really make “resolution” resolutions, because I’m a big believer that if you want to change something about yourself, you should simply begin immediately. But last year I challenged myself to read a book a week.
In my defense, some of the books were ones that I’d wanted to get through previously, but simply couldn’t manage the slog. More than one took a month or longer to complete. I want to put them all up, but it will take a while to do it properly, so I’ll just add to this post as I go. Some I’ll comment on, others I won’t. Whatever floats my boat at the time.
Anyway – resolutions. In comments. Or book recommendations for the new year. Anything.
1) C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity”
2) William F. Buckley “Nearer My God”
3) Arthur Brooks “Gross National Happiness”
4) Orson Scott Card “Empire”
5) Eric Haney “Inside Delta Force”
6) Marcus Lattrell “Lone Surivor”
7) John Kenedy O’Toole “Confederacy of Dunces”
8) Orson Scott Card “Pathfinder”
9) Allie Condie “Matched”
10) Catherine Fisher “Incarceron”
These first ten I read through pretty fast – probably by February. I was on a roll. This was going to be so easy. I’d read 100 books at this rate. And then …
11) George Elliot “Middlemarch”
I think this one took me at least a month, if not longer. It had been on my reading pile for a long time and I was determined to get through it in 2011. My goal wasn’t just to read a book a week, but to actually knock those books out I’d had staring at me FOR EVER. So, after I finished “Middlemarch” I needed a few easy/quick books to get the ball rolling again.
12) Glenn Beck “Overton’s Window
13) Irvine Welsh “Crime” (sean suggested this one)
And then came ….
14) Umberto Echo “Foucault’s Pendulum”
This was another month of my precious reading time. Perhaps longer. Do NOT read this book. It doesn’t get better. Buy the book, if you must, and put it on your shelve to impress visitors. They most likely never read it themselves, so they’re not going to call bullshit on you.