We all make them–the problem is sticking to them!
1. I will, without exception, stop reading a book I’m not enjoying by the 50th page (or earlier). Last year, on several book blogs, I bragged about how I’m so good at setting aside lousy novels, and then I go and struggle through Edgar Sawtelle for practically an entire month. I’m such a liar! I won’t be caught fibbing about this again, though. NOT EVER AGAIN!
2. I will continue to expand my horizons and occasionally read novels from other countries. My goal: 3 or more by December 31, 2009.
3. I will set aside at least an hour a day for reading. Lately, I’ve been so busy geeking-out on the computer that there have been days when I haven’t read anything at all. Once again, I prevaricated when I told my fellow book bloggers that I must read for a little while each night before falling asleep. This myth was dispelled a couple of weeks ago when I nodded off in front of the keyboard (perhaps with my left index finger on the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz button). I stumbled off to bed without having read a single word all day. Shameful! Disgusting! If I don’t watch it, I’m going to lose my brain and become an ardent “Dancing With the Stars” fan. I’ll start watching reruns of “The Beverly Hillbillies” and fantasize about Jethro. I’ll begin to say “y’all” and “aint” all the time, and I’ll start chewin’ ‘baccy and picking my teeth with matchbook corners.
4. I will read more poetry and attempt to write thoughtful, semi-literate posts about it.
5. I will try to get through every TBR book piled up at home and on my Kindle before committing to any time consuming blogging challenges or other hefty reading related tasks. Reading and blogging should never seem like work. If they do, then I’m doing something wrong.
Now, for a personal hygeine resolution: I really will stop picking my teeth with matchbook corners.