1. Last year I think that I barely read four non fiction books. That's got to change. I'm note quite sure when I began to put aside that genre; it just happened. I know that I am missing out. Still, because I believe in taking baby steps I think I'll set my goal to be a 5 to 1 ratio for 2009. I already have two checked out from my library. Now let's just get my butt in gear, set aside the fiction for a bit, and read them!
2. I'd love to be able to read every day, and if I included keeping up with blogs, the short stories that we discuss in my class, essays that I grade over the weekend...well, then I could probably achieve that. But reading for *me* is completely different. Curling up with a book, crinkling the pages, making notes or underlining sentences or marking paragraphs is my therapy. So I guess, resolution #two is that I promise myself to take time out for me-reading at least five days a week.
3. After looking over my reading from last year, I never really stepped too far out of the standardized novel. Knowing this, I've decided to incorporate more short story collections this year.
4. Lastly, I am not a reader of fantasy/sci-fi. I never willingly pick up a book in this genre (I don't really include the HP or Twilight series here). In college, while earning my Lit degree, I purposefully took a Science Fiction course because I knew I would never read anything on my own unless an assessment was being held over my head. It's silly really. Also, in this time I decided that there were two reasons why I had no affinity toward this genre (1) I found that the names were often too difficult to pronounce in my head, and therefore, I'd become less likely to form an attachment. , and (2) I'm a more character driven reader by choice and from what I did read, science fiction tended to be more plot driven. I also realized while in that class, that I didn't really care for Heinlein, but really dug Gibson. Oh yeah and I guess the only author that makes the exception with my anti fantasy/sci fi genre is PK Dick. But, I ramble(!) I resolve to read at least 3 - this is huge, people- books from this genre.
Well there you have it. Between the challenges, my new resolutions, and just what looks good as the year progresses, I think I'll be staying busy!