Upon reviewing the last year of my life, I made a ghastly discovery: I only completed five books! They were (mostly) good books, but…there were only five of them. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk. I was tempted to count The Museum of Doctor Moses by Joyce Carol Oates, but I read/audiobooked the majority of that collection in November 2010 and just happened to finish it one Saturday into the new year.
My decision, then, was to make only one resolution for the upcoming year: read 25 books. I have an ongoing count of books in my personal journal – in which I frankly have no idea what I am counting to, or from, yet the count continues still – but since I am posing this as a separate challenge to myself I wanted to make a different space for it.
The goal is, officially, to complete 25 pieces of substantial work, whether they be comic books, poetry books, self-help books, or novels. I will probably also use this space to talk about delicious teas to accompany various books and the children’s books I love to read working in my preschool class.
2012 is going to be a busy year for me – there will be wedding planning and springtime trips and wedding doing and moving house and changing most of my life all around, etc. etc. We will see how things pan out.
I am currently reading/audiobooking Haunted, also by Palahniuk. I am not sure whether or not this book will take me into 2012 or if I will somehow blast through it before midnight on Saturday.