Was it just me or did it take forever for 2012 to come this week? 2011 went by in a rush, but getting to today? Every hour went by so slowly. I don’t really mind since I went to sleep around 8:30 and woke up at midnight to hear my neighbors screaming like banshees and popping firecrackers. Oh well. Happy New Year!
For the past two years, I’ve made literary resolutions. I’ve done pretty well with them so I’m going to keep it up. Here are my literary resolutions for 2012:
- Give away 120 books from my shelves. Last year I gave away more than 100 books and I want to keep that up. It feels good to free up space on my shelves for books I love instead of ones I haven’t read.
- Read at least 60 books from my shelves. I don’t think I read even 30 books from my shelves in 2011.
- Keep a paper list of the books I read this year. I’m trying to limit my time online so keeping a paper list will help.
- Check out no more than 30 books from the library this year. I love checking out books from the library so I’m probably setting myself up for failure.
- Read out of my comfort zone. This includes aiming for 50% of my reads to be by people of color, more science fiction, books in translations, and definitely more fantasy.
So now I’m off to finish reading my first book of the year: Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff. It’s a middle grade book that I’ve own for a year now. So far it’s a touching story about a kid who’s been in the foster care system all her life. She runs away from every home that she’s been in. Now she’s found a home that she enjoys but may not be able to stay much longer. I started it this morning around midnight. After Pictures of Hollis Woods, I plan on continuing What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? by Peter Hedges. It’s one of my favorite books of all-time. I used to re-read it every year.
What are you reading on New Year’s Day? Any literary and bloggish resolutions?