Is it still January? Can somebody check? /waits while somebody checks/ It is? Cool.
As it is Still January and all, I believe this still counts: I have a New Year’s resolution!
:: trumpets ::
Typically, I don’t do the resolution thing. I’m more of the “if you want to change something, March 27th is just as good a day” school of thought, though I don’t judge people for whom making resolutions is meaningful. We all have to find our own ways to achieve the Me that we want to be, and if New Year’s resolutions work for you? You go on with your resolving self. For a few years, I did resolve to floss “more often,” but now I floss nearly every day, and there’s no point in resolving to do a thing that you know you won’t do. “Every day” just ain’t happenin’.
But lo! On Saturday I stumbled into straightening up all of my many and various and wildly over-loaded book shelves (I took two books off my daughter’s shelves, bought them to my office where they belonged, and two and a half hours later, emerged from the clouds of dust), and I was very, very forcibly reminded of all the many and various books that I own that I have never read. Ever. Evereverever. Ever.
I DO HEREBY SOLEMNLY RESOLVE TO READ ALL OF THE BOOKS I OWN BY THE END OF 2013.
And when I say “many and various,” I mean it, gentle reader. If I keep this resolution (which I will), by New Year’s Eve 2013 I will have read, among many other tomes:
- House of Sand and Fog (novel) – Andre Dubus III
- Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of Settlements (sadly not a novel) – Gershom Gorenberg
- I May Not Get There with You (biography + I found I even had two copies) – Michael Eric Dyson
- These Are the Breaks (hip hop prose poetry) – Idris Goodwin
And that’s really just the tip of the literary iceberg.
The steeper challenge will be to see if I can keep the unspoken other part of the resolution, the and I won’t buy any more books until I do part. Indeed, I ordered another book from my local indie bookstore that very same day…but I ordered it about an hour before the Great Straightening Up began so I think it, too, fits under the wire.
Wish me luck! I’m goin’ in.