New Year’s Resolutions—who needs them! They mostly deal with boring stuff like diet and exercise. I only want to talk about books. So bookish resolutions. Those are still cool. So cool I gave you a bonus resolution. [Now two! Because I rather egregiously forgot one.]
Top Ten Tuesday now lives with Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.
Schedule more reviews
I drafted a handful of reviews over the summer and scheduled them. I frequently pushed my scheduled posts back to make room for a fresh post, but it was great having those posts ready to go when I didn’t have something else or, even better, when I planned something else but couldn’t make it happen for whatever reason. With the baby on the way, I want to draft several posts I can schedule for those first few hectic weeks.
Read a work of Slavic or Slavic-inspired fiction
The next few are old bookish resolutions that I have been getting away from. No better way to get on track than to get them on record here. This could cover anything from one of the Russian classics (I read the Maude translation of War and Peace a few years ago) to English-language fantasy inspired by Slavic myths (so, for example, Uprooted would count).
Read a book about Southeast Asia [NEW]
I somehow forgot to include this one one in my original post. My wife’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Burma, so I have slowly been learning a bit about Burma and Southeast Asia more generally. My father in law gave me a copy of Finding George Orwell in Burma for Christmas, so maybe that. I did get to go to Singapore, Burma, and Vietnam a couple years ago.
Read a book on writing
Any kind of writing. Good writing takes practice, but it also takes study. And it isn’t like I don’t have a few lying around.
Read a book on faith/religion
Another one I have fallen off on.
Read a biography of William Henry Harrison
Like a lot of people, I am reading presidential biographies in order, one per year. I assume I’m reaching the point where people start to bail. Martin Van Buren certainly deserves a high quality biography, but if he has one I certainly didn’t read it. I haven’t picked my book on Harrison yet, but I assume there isn’t much of a selection.
Restore reading balance
You can see below how much my reading has shifted to speculative fiction. I would like my reading list to look a lot more like it did in 2011. On the other hand, I am very happy with my reading split among modern traditionally published SF, indie SF, and vintage SF.
Read a lot of Tolkien and a lot about Tolkien
If I’m going to do a series on Tolkien this year I will have to. I hope to reread The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Author of the Century, and Joseph Loconte’s book. I hope to read for the first time the Silmarillion and The Fellowship. I’m starting this one tonight: I’m going to introduce our daughter to The Hobbit while she is still in the womb.
Post reviews of ARCs on release day
The blog name kind of implies a focus on release day reviews. Something I ought to be able to pull off when I have an ARC two months prior.
Limit ARC requests to one per month
I don’t want to get in the situation I got into last fall where I had a dozen ARCs all coming out within a three month span. If I’m going to post reviews in a timely fashion and if I’m going to balance my reading, then I need to limit my ARC requests.
Read two classical works
I intentionally left this a bit vague. It could be The Odyssey, it could be Ivanhoe, it could be Beowulf. It could be Shakespeare! I have copies lying around of all but one of those, which helps with that next resolution. Beowulf would tie in nicely with my planned series on Tolkien. Maybe I should push Ivanhoe off until I do a series on Robin Hood.
Get fewer books/Save money on books
These aren’t exactly the same thing, since I get a lot of review copies. And I have the bad habit of buying a stack of books every time I walk into a used bookstore and buying a lot of books when they show up for $3 in those sale emails. Which controls the cost but still leaves me with more books than I can possibly read. So I will work on that. Maybe even whittle down my TBR.