I’m of the opinion/assumption/hypothesis/whatever that New Year’s Resolutions actually hinder people from getting things done throughout the year because the phrase itself suggests that there’s only one time of year appropriate for making resolutions, making it psychologically satisfying to make resolutions around New Year’s but not during other times of year — as if making a resolution in October was somehow a failure at its outset.
So, I’ve decided to formally make an Almost-End of the Year Resolution to finish reading the following books before 2015’s coronation.
- Get Me Out by Randi Epstein — history of childbirth, ART, and sperm banks
- All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld — great voice; fascinating protagonist; lit fiction
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin — started but never finished; great voice; feminist scifi classic
- About Looking by John Berger — started it in grad school but never finished (don’t tell my profs); ways to see and share the world
- The History Boys by Alan Bennett — a play I’ve been meaning to read for ages
- Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers — because I somehow still haven’t read it
- Isaac Newton by James Gleick — read the first half ages ago and it changed me entirely; I only put it down because, frankly, it became overwhelming
- Experiment in Autobiography: Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain by H.G. Wells — needs no explanation; great opener: “I need freedom of mind. I want peace for work. I am distressed by immediate circumstances.”
- Anti-Story: an anthology of experimental fiction edited by Philip Stevick — one of the cooler anthologies I’ve ever picked up
- Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson — current read; it’s *awesome*
Also, the Telegraph came out with this list of 100 Novels Everyone Should Read, if you’re interested in yet more Reading List suggestions/inspirations. (Disclaimer: I’ve got no idea how they decided what novels made and didn’t make the list.)