It’s that time of year again, where people are making resolutions and breaking resolutions. I tend to be more interested in and successful at book-related resolutions, which are more fun than regular resolutions, anyway.
For me, I have a few random literary resolutions this year. I always hesitate to pre-plan my reading too much because, quite frankly, I flit from one interest to another fairly quickly, so I know I am just setting myself up to fail if I have an overly rigid agenda of what I want to read for even a couple of months, let alone an entire year. But I have developed three that I think are achievable.
1. I would like to start reading more recently published books. I used to be much more well-read on the newest books, but then school and other things happened a few years ago, and that is no longer the case. Fortunately, with the blog’s focus this year on newer books, I don’t think meeting this goal will be a problem.
2. It recently occurred to me that, for someone who has read a lot about Russian history and who is an avid reader, I have read an embarrassingly small amount of classic Russian literature. Like, I know what happens in most of the Russian classics, but I’ve only read one Turgenev novel and Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, both for a class I took as an undergraduate, and a Bulganov short story collection. I intend to remedy that this year, but so far, the only progress I have made is reading all but one short story in another collection of short stories. And if you want to be technical, I actually read all of those last year. . . .
3. I intend to read the entire 12-book Poldark series, a generous gift from my brother for the holidays late last year. (Thanks for the nice gift, Arthur!) I actually am making reasonable progress on this one! I have read one-and-a-half books so far, and I managed to do most of that in 2018, which already makes this a more successful goal than #2 on my list.
So . . . what are your reading resolutions this year? What kind of progress are you making? Anything you are especially looking forward to reading in 2018? Tell us in the comments!