Reading Resolutions 2010

I am so tempted to start this post with one of those ‘where did the year go?’ questions, but 2009 is over, and a new year is already in the making. So out with the old, in with the new, and included in the new are some reading resolutions. They are quite general ones – much as I love making lists, I don’t want to set my sights too high, too specific.

Graphic Novels – 2009 was, for me, the year of the graphic novel. I’d never read so many before! I found myself completely absorbed in the colourful world of Fables, and eagerly followed Yorick’s adventures in Y: The Last Man. I also read graphic novel-memoirs such as David Small’s Stitches.

So this year, I hope to continue with this graphic novels run. And fish out some more delightful reads.

Science fiction and fantasy – I’ve enjoyed fantasy books for a while now, but science fiction, eh, not so much. That is, until I read Octavia Butler’s wow-worthy Parable of the Sower and Fledgling. Her strong and incredibly determined female characters generated a new interest in this genre, which I realise now might have been sparked by the amazing BSG series which concluded last year. However I’m not quite so sure what other female sci-fi writers are as good (any suggestions?).

In 2010, I hope to continue reading science fiction, and opening my eyes to whole new worlds.

Books older than me – Truth be told, my knowledge of the classics is incredibly scanty. I haven’t read much Dickens, James, Tolstoy, Cather, Kipling, Eliot, Gaskell, London, Hawthorne, Hugo… the list is endless the more I think about it. How scandalous!

I’ve decided that with each Library Loot (quite effective as most of my reads emerge from the library), at least one book must be older than me (I’ll be 31 in July!).

Non-fiction – I have definitely been reading more non-fiction since 2009 and hope to continue my streak! Like the classics, I hope to borrow one non-fiction book with each Library Loot.

I also have some Blogging Resolutions!

Reviewing – Technically not a reading resolution, but I do want to write more regularly about the books I’ve read. Otherwise, if I don’t, there’s a tendency to forget or for different books to bleed into each other in this very poor memory of mine. I know that I won’t be able to write about every book I read, but I would like to make sure I write at least 3 book reviews a week. Fingers crossed!

Challenges – I entered my first reading challenge last year and then joined a couple more (see my Reading Challenges page for details). I know plenty of book bloggers love joining challenges and there are so many tempting reading challenges out there. However, I’m not quite sure that they are for me. I already have this (reading geek alert!) crazy excel spreadsheet (with several page within) of books, which include some book awards lists (like the Booker, the Pulitzer, the Kiriyama) and some other longlists that have caught my fancy (the 1001 and the Guardian 1000). I take such satisfaction from ticking books off these lists (and erm, knowing the percentage of those I’ve read – especially with the 1001 and G1000!).

Having said that, however, I did have a great time with the reading challenges I joined last year. As you can tell, I love making reading lists and that was one of the best parts about the challenges! I do think that some of them helped to widen my reading scope as well – would I have read The Stand were it not for the RIP IV challenge? I’m not quite so sure! And more importantly, they forced me to blog my thoughts on these books. So I think that while I will continue with a selection of challenges, I will continue to keep these very reading resolutions firmly in sight – and continuing ticking off those reads!

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7 thoughts on “Reading Resolutions 2010

  1. I read a lot of newer books myself. I have a lot of older books on my Fill In The Gaps Challenge because I feel like I should have read them already!

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  2. Just stumbled onto your blog today and really enjoyed reading some of your entries, especially your reading resolutions. I took a class on feminist sci-fi in college and am a general fan of the genre (loved BSG, Babylon 5, and Firefly). Some other female sci-fi writers I love who you might want to check out (besides Octavia Butler, who might be my favorite) include Ursula K. Le Guin (The Dispossessed is great), some of Margaret Atwood’s books (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake), Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series, Marge Percy, and James Tiptree Jr. (the pseudonym of Alice Bradley Sheldon). Also, P.D. James, best known for her mysteries, wrote the sci-fi novel Children of Men, and it’s worth reading too.

    Glad I discovered your blog! I’ll definitely be back. If you want to, read some of mine: theartofreading.wordpress.com. Good luck with all your reading in 2010.

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    1. Hi and thanks for taking the time to comment! I love BSG and Firefly too! Le Guin is one of my favourites – I loved the Earthsea Quartet but haven’t quite managed to get my hands on The Dispossessed (the last I read of hers was The Lathe of Heaven – fantastic!). Haven’t picked up Atwood for a while though I’m looking forward to reading The Year of the Flood, and honestly I can never remember if I’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale (or just watched the movie… how silly of me).

      I look forward to checking out L’Engle, Piercy and James Tiptree Jr (I’ve only ever heard of L’Engle)! However, I think they might have to wait till I move to my new place (and a much bigger public library!)

      A feminist sci-fi class sounds amazing!

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