It is normal fare for me to make myself a long list of Reading Resolutions as I did last year and the year before. I have always liked to give myself a list of goals and pointers with reading, this year I have decided to do quite the opposite and throw caution to the wind. It’s not that I have decided not to have any resolutions, more that I am going to have a few guidelines to my reading, though they will be rather broad and somewhat flexible.
Reading By Whim (No Reading Rules)
This is the most important of my ‘rough resolutions’ as this year I am going to read by whim and whim alone. I think that this will have an interesting ripple effect on my reading in the year throughout. This doesn’t mean I will stop reading new books, because after having some time out over Christmas last year (which sounds odd as it seems a mere week ago, because it was) I have come to the conclusion I am just more of a contemporary reader who likes to pop to the Victorian period or 1930s on occasion. It simply means if I want to read a book out next week, three years ago, an advance for six months time or any classics as I see fit I will. The same will apply with genre. The rule here really is no rules, read what I fancy – though I have a feeling older books (I mean books published in the last two or three decades) might come to the fore, that said the day I decided all this and picked up random books they were all books coming out in January 2012. I am debating what all this means for book group.
Discover The Real Savidge Reader
By the end of 2012, if we survive the Mayan apocalypse, through reading by whim (Green Carnation 2012 entries excluded) I should see what sort of reader I am, because frankly I am not sure. Yes, I know this evolves as we read through our lives but I am sometimes envious of those readers who after trying some new things know which authors and books to go straight to if they are having a reading funk. I still struggle with this, the findings of a whim reading year could be interesting and shed light on this.
No Gauntlet Throwing
Oh challenges and read-a-longs how tempting you are but how I must say no more often or join you with caution. I am not saying there will be no read-a- longs whatsoever (in fact I will be mentioning one tomorrow I am joining in with) just not so many and I don’t think I will start any this year myself. I can officially say I won’t be reading any prize longlists this year, well apart from a certain green prize of course, I might read some of the titles if they take my fancy but no ‘I will do them all’ from me this year. Just… not… happening (I will still guess what will make the lists and be on the forums though).
More Library Loans
One of the joys of 2011 was some of the wonderful reading I got via the library, they need continued support and so they will have even more of mine in 2012.
Those are my reading resolutions which of course will have an effect on the blog. Not a detrimental one, I think it will be all for the better and I have some planned changes (though I simply cannot face the idea of a facelift here) to the blog coming which I just want to finish mulling over in the next day or so. It’s not going anywhere, it just needs to reflect my new reading state of mind. I am very excited about it and the reading year that 2012 will be. What reading plans, aims or resolutions have you made?
Note: you can hear me and Gavin waffling on about ‘Reading Resolutions’ and books of 2012 on this week’s episode of The Readers just so you know.