Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ttt: bookish resolutions


This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is a freebie week (you can pick any past topic). I'm choosing to make a top ten list of bookish resolutions, goals that I am determined to execute to the best of my ability.

Back in January, cozied up by the fire with a good book (pic taken by my sister).

TOP TEN TUESDAY:
My Top Ten Bookish Resolutions

1. Don't finish bad books. This is first on the list because I struggle the most with it. Since a book could always end much better than it began, I'm afraid to make a judgment if I don't reach the last page. Of course I could skim, but that doesn't seem fair. Plus, if I don't finish, I don't feel justified in adding it to my list of "books read" (both on my own list and on Goodreads), something which I really enjoy doing . . . But enough! Life is too short for bad books, as they say. If I keep finishing books I don't like, I'll waste time that I could have spent reading books I do like.

2. Read more nonfiction. I'm on my 3rd nonfiction book in the past couple months (The Defining Decade by Meg Jay) and I've enjoyed them all so far. Reading nonfiction introduces me to new things and lets me learn something as well (so far I've learned about Steve Jobs, personal finance, and why the 20s are a defining decade in our lives). Maybe it's because I'm no longer a student (but still feel like a student inside) that I'm really enjoying all this nonfiction. Spending my time learning about something new makes me feel productive and purposeful. Sometime soon, I'd love to take on one of Malcolm Gladwell's much-praised nonfiction books.

3. Don't feel pressured by the classics. Another big problem for me. Since I first started reading the classics (probably around the 7th or 8th grade), I've let them push me around a bit. I don't regret it because I'm very happy to have read influential books like Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, Pride & Prejudice, etc., but at this point I think I've read enough to say I've got a solid foundation. I still have some unread classics on my bookshelf (Vanity Fair, Middlemarch, Mrs. Dalloway, and Beloved amongst them) that I want to get to, but I refuse to feel bad for not having read them yet and when the time comes, I won't feel bad if I skim some of them because of resolution #1.

4. Read the unread books on my shelf. I have too many books on my shelf that I haven't even read. And I rarely buy books! Meaning that a lot of them are from 5+ years ago and I just haven't gotten around to them yet. Ridiculous. I need to at least try them soon and again, not feel bad if I decide to give some away due to resolution #1.

5. Don't wait to read the books you're most excited about. Sometimes I push back the reading of a book I'm really excited for. I'm not even sure why. I feel I need to be in the right situation to read the book to its best potential? I want to save it for a rainy day? I don't know. But the time is now. More great books are being written everyday, and there's no reason to wait.

6. Read more books about writing. Just because they're usually inspiring and get me in the mood to write. I've read two or three so far, my favorite being Stephen King's On Writing. Next, I'd like to try to the well-known Bird by Bird and Writing Down the Bones

7. Read 30 pages every day. Not difficult and something I'm pretty much already doing. Just want to keep it up.

8. If there's a chance for boredom when you're out and about, carry a book. This isn't very applicable to me right now, but it will be once I'm out of the house more. There are so many little interim moments in the day when you're bored or waiting for something. Instead of wasting those moments, I'd like to fill them all with reading.

9. Read multiple books by favorite authors. When I'm more worried about variety than reading books I will like, I end up reading one great book by an author and then ignoring them for a long time. But if you read multiple books by an author, you can see how they stretch their talents, get a feel for their style and strengths, learn what makes them great, and maybe add another favorite author to your list (because personally, I feel like I can't add an author to that high honor without reading more than one of their books). Margaret Atwood, I'm looking at you.

10. Re-read favorites to remember why you loved them. With an ever-growing list of books to read, I feel guilty even thinking about spending precious reading time tackling an old favorite. But I'm getting old :o) And sometimes when I name off favorite books, I realize that I barely remember them. What if I don't even like them anymore? But that's not my real concern. My real concern is that I'll never revisit that magic, that love I felt when I first read them. Great books deserve to be re-read. This resolution comes to mind because I recently watched the first Harry Potter movie and realized how much I missed reading Harry Potter. I don't know how long it's been since I read Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, but I know it's been too long. I would also love to re-read Gone with the Wind and Fingersmith.

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I think this is actually one of my favorite TTT's so far :) I only hope I can stick to my new resolutions! 

Can you identify with my choices? Do you have any other ideas for reading resolutions? 

12 comments:

  1. These are some awesome resolutions. :)

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  2. I love these resolutions and identify with them. Especially reading more non-fiction, I know I could totally use more non fiction in my life. Also, I put off reading books I am really excited about for some odd reason and think I need to stop doing that. Best of luck in being able to do all of these and make them into habits. :-)

    My TTT

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    1. Why DO we put off books we're excited for? Completely crazy and definitely a habit worth changing. By the way, I love the name of your blog! Two of my favorite things in life :)

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  3. Oh my goodness, I totally agree about numbers 1 and 4. I really need to learn when to put down a book I'm not enjoying. I always feel guilty about doing that! And there are sooooo many unread books on my bookshelves. Need to get to those.

    Loved this list! :)

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    1. Thanks! I just checked out your list and loved it (as you can probably tell by my lengthy comment) :)

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  4. I would definitely like to read more books by my favorite authors. Like you, I usually read 1 book and then move on - even if I loved that book. My main resolution this year was to read more books from countries other than the US and UK.

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    1. That's such a great resolution! I don't know how many books I've read from countries other than the US and UK but I know it isn't many. What a great way to learn about other parts of the world.

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  5. I totally agree with most of these! Nice picture by the way. I wish we had cold enough tempt. to do that here in CA :P
    my TTT: http://booknookgirl.blogspot.com/2012/07/top-ten-tuesday-endings.html

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    1. Thanks! I do love cold winter nights. But be thankful you live in a place as cool as CA! I live in Misery (aka Missouri). :)

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  6. What a terrific list, and I love the photo. You look so cozy :)

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    1. Thanks! I love cold nights. They're perfect for snuggling up with a good book. :)

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