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 they are still worth making in March.
I made bookish resolutions last year (you can find that post here). Aaaaaand that didn’t go super well. Basically because I wrote them and promptly forgot about them, as you do with resolutions. I’m trying to avoid that this year by tying my bookish goals to specific months and setting calendar alerts. I’m doing relatively well on that count already. Notes on when I plan to tackle individual resolutions are noted below.
But, first, an update on last years resolutions.
2018 Bookish Resolutions
Schedule more reviews
Read a work of Slavic or Slavic-inspired fiction
Read a book about Southeast Asia
Read a book on writing
Read a book on faith/religion
I did, strictly speaking, start a religious book in 2018, but I only read the introduction, so I’m going to mark this down as another nope.
Read a biography of William Henry Harrison
Restore reading balance
Read a lot of Tolkien and a lot about Tolkien
Check. See my Tolkien 101 series. But I didn’t get to The Silmarillion, or a couple other Tolkien books I wanted to read.
Post reviews of ARCs on release day
Limit ARC requests to one per month
Read two classical works
Get fewer books/Save money on books
Money-wise I did pretty well. Number-wise, not so much.
2019 Bookish Resolutions
- Read a work of Slavic or Slavic-inspired fiction
Check! I already read Vita Nostra by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko.
- Read a book on Burma/SE Asia
I have China’s Asian Dream: Empire Building along the New Silk Road by Tom Miller penciled in for this month.
- Read a book on writing
I already own a few, but I’m thinking I will read How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia in July.
- Take time each weekend to read for pleasure
I’m already not doing great on this one, but after a very productive February I hope to be able to take a little more time for myself going forward.
- Read a book on faith/religion
I am reading Catholic Social Thought: Encyclicals and Documents from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis now. It’s going to take me some time to finish.
- Read a biography of John Tyler
I’ve picked the bio (not many choices!)—John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845 by Gary May—and I’m planning to read it in May.
- Start a reread of The Wheel of Time
I am finally reading the Companion now. I will start my reread at some point after I finish that. I will need to pause to read Warrior of the Altaii, Jordan first book, to be published this year for the first time.
- Read one classical work
I don’t have a book picked out or a time frame, but I am going to go with something I already own. Maybe I will finally get to the Odyssey or reread Ivanhoe. Note that I divided up “classical” works (pre-19th Century) and 19th Century works this year.
- Read one 19th Century book
Again, I don’t have a book picked out or a time frame, but I have a lot of options.
- Read one business book per semester (spring, summer, fall)
Spring – A Very Public Offering: The Story of theglobe.com and the First Internet Revolution by Stephan Paternot (I’ve already finished this one).
Summer – VC: An American History by Tom Nicholas.
Fall – Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen.
(I should also get back to working my way through the major business movies. (On that note, if you haven’t seen The Founder, I highly recommend it.))
- Whittle down my TBR
Totaling my Want to Read and to-read-later shelves from Goodreads, my easiest approximation of a TBR, came to 424 books in January. Today it stands at 427. Not making a lot of progress. One way I am going to work on this is by meeting as many of my other bookish resolutions as possible with books I already own.
- Organize my bookshelves
With the baby ready to crawl and/or walk any day now, I’m going to start calling cabinet makers about having some custom built-ins installed for “safety” reasons. The disorganized piles will remain until then.
- Whittle down my following count
Sorry! It has gotten to a really unmanageable point. I don’t have time to satisfactorily follow a lot of people whose stuff I really love. And I definitely don’t have time to interact with other bloggers as much as I would like. Following fewer people will help with that. Numbers as of the New Year:
Subscriptions on RSS feed – 110
Twitter – 516
WordPress Reader – 100
Bloglovin – 91
Litsy – 228
Facebook Groups – 17
- Identify new country noir books pre-release
I have a review copy of Like Lions by Brian Panowich, out April 30, which is a nice start.
- Read more from my top 5 Throwback SF Thursday discoveries
I retired Throwback SF Thursday, but the reading of Throwback SF continues. I’ve been on this reading journey for almost three years. Long enough to develop some favorites, but not long enough to dig into them as much as I would like. My top five rights now are Robert E. Howard, Leigh Brackett, C.L. Moore, Robert Heinlein, and Jack Vance.
Robert E. Howard – Four volumes of collected stories.
Leigh Bracket – two novellas and one short story.
C.L. Moore – two short story collections (I finished her Northwest Smith stories in January).
Robert Heinlein – three novels (I read Space Cadet in January).
Jack Vance – two short story collections.
Any bookish resolutions of your own?