So according to the Mayans in exactly a year’s time the world ends, or at least a phase of the world as we know it does. I am not sure of my thoughts on this (my main thought is don’t over think it too much) exactly, not much I can do about it if it’s true after all. Yet it did make me think now is as good a time as any to implement the changes I have been mulling over for a while in both my reading life and subsequently my blogging life. After all I am a reader who blogs not a blogger who reads, and there is a difference.
Plotting and planning has been bubbling away for a while. In fact I created a new manifesto for reading as if the world could end at any moment back in August, and promptly ignored it. However the other day I was looking at all the books that I had read in 2011 and while I think it has been a really strong year for fiction looking back through some silly choices on my part, the hype of books, feeling like I really should read certain books and reading the Orange Prize and Man Booker Longlists (which I will admit had some corkers in them if I am sounding grumpy) I actually missed out on lots of brilliant books out in 2011 I should have gotten to instead (oh those ‘should have reads’) and yet didn’t. Shame on me. And that doesn’t even cover the books that I have been ‘meaning to read’ for years or simply saved because I want to read ‘not so good books’ first.
It isn’t just me who saves an authors best novel (according to those we trust) to read last is it? Or the only one to rush out and by a book we really, really, really want to read only to then get home and leave as a treat? Why do we do this?
The other thing I noticed, and again wrote about a while back, is that I have sort of lost where my taste is as a reader. Again this possibly sounds bonkers as our tastes develop and change through our lives, but I do feel I have lost my way. I am often in awe of other bloggers and readers in general who know what their tastes are and in the main stick to them. This doesn’t mean they are boring by any means either.
The main thing I have decided is that over the next twelve months, and hopefully beyond, is ‘Read like its The End of the World’ – I think this will get its own page anyway at some point. This basically means I am going to start reading all the books I have saved for a rainy day and really should have just got on and read, I am going to keep on reading newly released books (though I was a little dismayed when I was flicking through the catalogues of January to July’s publishing catalogues) here are there too but just when they grab my fancy, not because I feel I have to. This in a way links into my ramblings about the relationships between bloggers and publishers, which I still haven’t made up all my feelings on, so I will drop that subject for now as I could go off on a ramble and actually that’s between me and them.
Nothing is going to change instantly, after all I do my reading resolutions on the first of January every year and I have a while to mull it all further before then, but when I finished a book last night I didn’t grab another. I am giving myself a few days of no reading before picking up some books to take to my mother’s over Christmas that I have been saving for a rainy day or as a treat. I am going to greedily gorge myself on books I have been hankering for ages whilst I gorge on turkey (actually we are having goose) and chocolates over the festive break. Hoorah.
Finalised definite thoughts will be announced on January the 1st 2012, until then I will be reading by whim and loving it. What reading resolutions have you made or are mulling over for 2012? Or will your resolution be to just not have any?