Inspired by the blog post by World Book Night: 2012 Reading Resolutions, my second new year’s resolutions is to read more and read more smartly.
Time seems to disappear or to be allocated elsewhere these days, but I miss reading a good book. So in 2012, I want to commit time to reading more or at least listening to e-audio books (courtesy of the our public library).
I want to challenge myself to read different things, to read outside of my comfort zone. Sometimes I get stuck in a genre rut and then just stay there. This year is going to be a year of new experiences. (Though I am not sure my previous or my current eAudio books lives up to this criteria: The Road by Cormac McCathy and The Courtesan and the Samurai by Lesley Downer. Both of which fall into genres I seem to be drawn to: apocalyptic survival and historical fiction).
Ditch a book if I am not enjoying it.
I have stolen this one directly from World Book Night’s 2012 Reading Resolutions. Time is precious and I don’t have to waste on books which I am not enjoying or don’t find pleasurable. So I promise to ditch any book (which I am reading for pleasure) which fails to be enjoyable (there are plenty of things I have to read for my job which I don’t always find enjoyable or pleasurable).
Don’t feel guilty about not reading every single word
There I have admit it. I don’t read every single word printed, and yes I do sometimes feel guilty for doing it. But what is the point? I still enjoy the books. (Inspired by The Guardian article: Are you ashamed of skipping parts of books? A quick skim through the reasons why it’s not always a good idea to read every page).