No new arrivals this week, folks, but I do have a New Year resolution.
I make one or two of these every year, and last year I had mixed success, not walking more or losing weight, those two seem to be ongoing goals. There are also things that are so obvious they aren’t resolutions, just Things That Need Doing, such as getting bookshelves and CD/DVD storage in the house, keeping up with clutter, getting the garage organized, now that I have storage in it.
So here’s my resolution for 2011: read what I have.
That may not be entirely clear, so let me elaborate somewhat. I have a lot of books here, right now mostly in boxes but they will get out onto shelves in time. A heck of a lot of them have been here a long time and are still unread. I continue to buy books, sometimes only a few, sometimes many, while what’s here occupies shelf space. While I go through periods of keep them all — no, get rid of some of them — no keep them all, the main thing is I want to read the books I have. Once they have been read, I can decide if I’ll keep them, which means I think I’ll want them to reread, or for reference, or something, or if I’ll dispose of them (book swap, donate, gift, etc.).
So for 2011, my resolution is that 3 out of every 4 books I read will be ones I have in my possession right now – on January 1, 2011.
Shouldn’t be too hard, there are a lot to choose from.