I’ve rarely made New Year’s resolutions in the past, mostly because I simply haven’t. My family doesn’t make a big deal about New Year’s resolutions, and I never picked up the habit. But this year feels different to me–I don’t know if it’s because it’s a new decade or what, but I do have a few resolutions. Most of them aren’t pertinent to my book blogging, but one is.
This year, I want to read outside my comfort zone. I want to be more widely read.
As I’ve mentioned before, I am a geek. I cried watching Doctor Who on BBCAmerica last night (fare thee well, Tenth Doctor) and I’m working my way through The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks at the moment. I adore fantasy and science fiction. I find both genres endlessly fascinating, especially when fantasy finds inspiration outside Western European cultures. There is nothing like reading until 2 in the morning because you cannot put down a novel. (That was Friday night and Uglies.)
Left to my own devices, I’ll gravitate towards those sorts of novels over any other kind of book. I tend to judge books by premise, and it’s hard for me to get excited over contemporary novels with subdued plots. While I’ll occasionally read nonfiction of my own will, I’m more likely to pick up a novel. I’m not terribly fond of travel, so I tend to avoid travel books. But this creates a sort of rut for me, no matter how delightful it is. There’s a reason I titled my blog The Literary Omnivore–I want to read a little of everything. I want to be challenged every once in a while by my reading.
To that end, I’m going to lay down a few ground rules for my literary diet.
- I can’t read the same genre twice in a row.
- When I check out books from the library, they must all be of different genres.
- Every once in a while, maybe every three months to start slow, I need to read a book of poetry.
I’ve started- I’m currently devouring a travel book about Walt Disney World (I’ve never been!) and will be starting Marjorie Garbler’s Vested Interests quite soon. This isn’t to say that I’m going to give up fantasy and science fiction- let no woman be so cruel to herself! In fact, that ties neatly into my second piece of business for this Sunday Salon.
This month marks the beginning of the Lord of the Rings Readalong! Eva at A Striped Armchair will be hosting The Hobbit this month. We’ll be reading the whole series, finishing in April. I’ll be hosting The Fellowship of the Ring next month. There’s still time to join if you’d like! Visit Teresa at Shelf Love to get all the details. I haven’t read these books since I was a wee lass, so I’m looking forward to actually understanding them this time around.
What your reading resolutions for this new year?