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Reading Resolution, Again


This week’s question: With the New Year here already, do you have any reading resolutions or goals (challenges aside) for 2010? Perhaps a new author? Genre? Want to read more non-fiction? Write more reviews?

I talked about reading resolution last Thursday, mainly following the same direction in 2009 to pursue books wantonly according to my whims. I will continue to refrain from joining reading challenges so I can experience the freedom of reading anything that captures my attention at the moment. For example, the recent film release of A Single Man, starring Colin Firth, jumps the original novel by Christopher Isherwood to the top of my reading pile. In the new year, I would continue moving along the direction to peruse classics. Two great resources for this pursuit are the Persephone series and NYRB, especially the Persephone, which I have never read. Three days into 2010 I’m already reading two authors that are new to me (not necessarily debut authors): Christopher Isherwood and Elizabeth von Arnim. As to the total number of books, I have read 75 in 2009 and this number is challenging to surpass consider the type of books I read.

21 Responses

  1. You do such a good job of wantonly pursuing your whims! If I didn’t have lists, I think I would flounder without direction. That is the accountant in me coming out.

    • I think the best way to enjoy reading is to pursue whatever interests you at the moment. I often pick up a book that sounds intriguing to me on random.

  2. I want just to keep reading books that are entertaining, when and were I am able, usually with an eye to quality, and also with a pronounced bent toward modern classics. (The physical task should be easier now that my new prescription for eye correction is in effect.) But I’m not embracing any intractable rules or guidelines. I love your use of the word wanton. And I’m of a mind with you where whim enters. Of course, I’ll be reading posts and comments in A. G’s. M. N. for inspiration.

    • I like your phrase “eye to quality.” That is the reason why I enjoy browsing through the aisles in bookstores, pulling books off the shelves, and seeing for myself what books might interest me. Whatever my whims might take me, I know my whims also look for quality.

  3. I resisted challenges this year for the same reason. Today I’m finishing Mrs. Dalloway (my first Woolf), then choosing what to read next. Hope you’re enjoying Elizabeth Von Arnim!

    • Oh my friend found the film The Enchanted April and started watching it over the holiday. I didn’t get much out of it because I wasn’t paying attention to it. Now I’m enjoying the book that I don’t want to put down. 🙂

  4. Looking forward to reading about your reading adventures! Happy New Year.

  5. Happy Reading in 2010!

  6. Finally I have found some fellow non challenge takers! I though I was almost alone!

    I seem to have so many books, and happen upon so many more (who invented this public library thing? wow!) that I never seem far from a book I want to read. I am content to let the spirit be my guide to my next choice.

    • Books and authors that I have enjoyed also set the direction to which i explore further reading materials. I also read from favorite genre so I’ll never be running short of books. 🙂

  7. Looking forward to continuing to follow you in 2010! Here are my thoughts:


  8. Thanks Mark. I’ll head over to check out yours. 🙂

  9. That’s another reason why I don’t join reading challenges. You don’t get the freedom to read whatever you fancy.

    Happy New Year’s Reading!


    • I’m more keen on year-long challenges that give me more time to pace my reading. But freedom in reading what interests me at the moment is precious! 🙂

  10. Happy New Year Matthew! One of my goals is similar to yours in that I want to read more new-to-me authors. Authors who have been around for awhile but I haven’t read yet. Happy reading to you in 2010!

    • Thanks Lisa! I feel I missed out in all the great authors who were before my time in the 20th century. I plan to focus of them this year. 🙂

  11. Hi Matthew–I’m wishing you the best in 2010 and hope it’s a good year for you. After much thought I decided to join the GLBT reading challenge (my first one). Perhaps because I’m new to book blogging and want the experience. I like the freedom you have to read whatever is of interest. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Aloha from Rob

  12. Hope you can join the group, Matt. It’s a good mix of people; some are exploring GLBT lit for the first time. Your reviews will add a lot to the discussion.

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