We’re all familiar with New Year’s Resolutions involving health, wealth and opportunity, but what about books? Today we share with you our staff reading resolutions for the year ahead!
I have two New Year’s resolutions for 2016.
Number one is I’m going to record all the books I read otherwise I get to the end of the year and I’ve forgotten some of the gems.
Number two is that I am going to read more books from an Islamic perspective and from authors of the Middle East. I’ve always made sure I read books from all around the world but this year I’m going to concentrate on these writers. So far I’ve read Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman by Zarqa Nawaz and am currently loving Orhan Pamuk’s wonderful new novel A Strangeness in My Mind.
Now I just need to remember to write them both in my spreadsheet!
My reading resolution is to read more poetry and more graphic novels this year. Those two forms have been some of my best finds of 2015 and it is easy to forget them hidden away in their little corners of the shop.
Some of my reading is sorted with my dear friends and some of my favourite writers Ashley Hay (a novel) Ellen van Neerven (poetry collection) and Steven Amsterdam (a novel) releasing new books. I have read all three in early draft form and everyone else will have to pick up their act trying to write anything as beautiful and challenging as these three books. I looking forward to savouring the final drafts.
Another resolution is to beat the other staff members to the new Annie Proulx that is dropping sometime this year. Might need some arm wrestling skills to get my hands on an advanced reading copy of that one!
2016 is the year I’ve (finally) finished tertiary study, so I’m just excited to read freely and voraciously. I’m planning to start with two essay collections I’m very excited about: Susan Sontag’s Sontag on Film and When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie Bellamy.
Every year I say that I’m going to read more non-fiction, and every year I fail, so 2016 is the year that I finally break the curse. I’m kicking it off with Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl and Stacy Schiff’s The Witches.
My reading resolution is to read books written by POC (People Of Colour) authors in 2016.
I’m starting with Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
My reading resolution is to read more non-fiction ‘hard’ books, and also to read more work by women of colour.
This year I both want and am academically required to read an intimidating list of philosophy books regarding concepts of beauty and aesthetics. I’d also like to read an entire book in Spanish.
My 2016 reading resolution is to read more and to read more diversely, that is to prioritise works by authors from varied religious backgrounds and identities. I also want to read more Australian Young Adult (YA) books, having had my own published late in 2015.
I’m a sucker for book lists, and have already marked off a few books to try and get my hands on ahead of publication date. The first one I’ve gotten my hands on is Sunil Yapa’s Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.
In 2016 I also want to read more books written by men. I was surprised on looking back at 2015 to realise just how many of the wonderful books I read were written by women. So this year I want to have a little more gender balance and also to read more writers I have never read before.
Since starting at avid in the middle of 2015 I have been reading more and better than ever before! But I’ve also become familiar with the constant low-level panic of having a list of must-read books that would take several lifetimes to get to the end of. With that in mind these are my 2016 reading resolutions:
– If I don’t like it, STOP READING. I’m a terrible completest and even if I’m hating a book I have to finish it before I can start another. Next year I want to stop wasting time and be able to move on to a book I might enjoy more.
– More nonfiction! I only read one nonfiction book last year (Hilton Als’ teriffic White Girls), which is ridiculous.
– More books by authors of colour, especially indigenous authors. Only three books I read last year were by white dudes, but I definitely want to try to read a more diverse range of voices in 2016.
This year I’m going to try some crime. I plan to begin with Japan and then work my way around the world.
2015 was the year of middle readers, so I’m trying to be a little more grown up this year. I want to create an exact replica Jane Austen Book Club.
I really want to read more literary fiction. I plan on reading contrasting authors and actually accurately recording my reading history this year. But really I just need to stabilise my ‘to read’ pile so I can balance my coffee on it.
This year I am determined to even up the scale between fiction and non-fiction. Every novel I read has to be matched with a non-fiction work. I’m aiming for more delight in my reading too – I want books to fall into. I want challenges and charm, which I guess is what we all want to some degree.
GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!