Book-related New Year Resolutions

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Chinaski asked in the What did you read in 2019? thread:

Any book resolutions for 2020?

My own resolutions for 2020 are simple enough: read more poetry and read more books than I buy. I'm not truly resolved to read some Elizabethan-era plays, but I want to keep the idea in mind, as a change of pace from novels and non-fic.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 17:35 (three weeks ago) link

> read more books than I buy

tough one

koogs, Tuesday, 31 December 2019 17:46 (three weeks ago) link

Seriously, that'll be the day.

I might try to sneak in a few more things written in/about the past couple centuries. My head has been pretty firmly stuck in the 10000 BCE-1800 CE world for a while now.

Drive Like a Demon From Steakhouse to Steakhouse (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 17:48 (three weeks ago) link

i have a bunch of long-term projects i'm in the middle of, but didn't get far with in 2019, so more of these.

chekhov short stories (currently on volume 5 of 13)
rebus novels (10 / 20ish)
87th precinct novels (20 / 50+)
1847 / 1848 (wikipedia lists about a dozen english-language novels for each year)
dickens christmas editions (4 or so left)
iain m banks re-reads
thomas hardy
Guardian 100 books list from 2015 (the first 40 or so are public domain)

of last years 45 books read, 20+ were kindle daily / monthly deals, 3 were full price (2 of them second-hand), 2 were re-reads, one was 2.50 from fopp, and the rest were public domain, so it's not a lot of money.

koogs, Tuesday, 31 December 2019 18:43 (three weeks ago) link

Authors I want to read for the first time this year - John Sladek, Gerald Murnane, Christina Stead, Tolstoy. 'The Adventures of Augie March' is the only 'major' Saul Bellow I haven't read, so want to give that a go.

Still working my way through David Pringle's 100 Best SF novel list. Still working my way through the Hugo/Nebula winners.

Hope to read more film theory, and collections of 70s Marvel Comics. I have to review every Iznogoud album by Goscinny and Tabary, that'll be fun.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 11:59 (three weeks ago) link

I posted in the other thread that I’d like to read more long books this year. I’ll also add: more poetry.

There were a few things I thought I’d get around to last year that I never did (I’m not v focused so it’s usually just what I feel like picking up at a given moment).

Closest I’ve had to a “project” the last few years has been (re)reading Stephen King as he’s been having a moment. It’s mostly been a good time but I’m about ready to wrap it up (so, I sense, is the culture at large); danse macabre nearly broke me. I have a morbid curiosity about blaze and black house, idk... I bought a load of cheap Elmore Leonard books last year and I started reading the George Smiley books for the first time, probably better avenues to go down

Baby yoda laid an egg (wins), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 12:20 (three weeks ago) link

finish more of the many books i start, that's it really, it doesn't need oulipian elaboration

mark s, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 12:22 (three weeks ago) link

Start with the end, job done

Baby yoda laid an egg (wins), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 12:24 (three weeks ago) link

Still working my way through David Pringle's 100 Best SF novel list. Still working my way through the Hugo/Nebula winners.

I was in the pub with David Pringle recently. Short version of another DP anecdote: I've also been on a boat with him, and a bunch of other Ballard nuts, where we quite literally couldn't get into Shepperton. It was the Unlimited Dream Company in reverse.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 13:31 (three weeks ago) link

Black House is the follow up (decades later) to The Talisman (which I bought for a friend's kids this year and nearly rescued from the bookshelf at home except it's 900 pages)

Danse Macabre is great iirc (I might not rc)

koogs, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 13:54 (three weeks ago) link

I think if I can again pick up and finish Uwe Johnson's Anniversaries that would be good. Maybe Powell's Dance to the Music of Time as well.

For writers I've not read before I'd love to engage with George Eliot (just going straight to Middlemarch), portions of Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Simone Weil's essays. The latter looks to be the most achievable.

Ultimately I always want to be engaging with something that is good, that can give me the energy I have been lacking in at times last year.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 19:49 (three weeks ago) link

this year i just want to read more books

The World According To.... (Michael B), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 20:05 (three weeks ago) link

got a copy of this intriguing-looking book called a hidden landscape once a week for xmas, gonna make it my resolution to crack the cover before next xmas

hot nuts (small) (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 20:11 (three weeks ago) link

To try to catch up with the books I bought over the last whatever that I've wanted to read for years longer. & finish the several that I started but got lost into the piles beside my bed.
So definitely the Crime and Punishment I bought about 3 years ago. The Strength of the Wolf on US control of drugs etc which is probably older still.
& Mars Before 2000 which is at least from last year so not quite as bad.
I think some Pynchon too and bios of Hank Williams, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke and a couple of others.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 20:12 (three weeks ago) link

I'd like to read more fiction by authors I haven't encountered before.

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 23:03 (three weeks ago) link


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