Book-related New Year Resolutions

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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 (one month ago) link

Start with the end, job done

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

this year i just want to read more books

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

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

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 23:03 (one month ago) link


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