Saturday, January 01, 2011
Reading Resolutions for 2011
1. Re-read the four books in Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series in the real-time order in which they occur, not in the order they were published. That means reading them in this sequence: Dead Man's Walk (the prequel that introduces McCrae and Call), Comanche Moon (the middle years), Lonesome Dove, and Streets of Laredo (covering McCrae's later years as a bounty hunter).
2. Finally read Pat Conroy's Beach Music, a book I've owned since the week it was published and have still not read. I tend to hold books of my favorite authors for a few months before reading them, sort of like saving some Halloween candy in reserve as a kid. Through some weird fluke, I've been saving this one for almost 15 years - that's ridiculous.
3. Much in the same vein as number 2, above, I plan to read last year's The Glass Rainbow (James Lee Burke) and This Body of Death (Elizabeth George). I bought both those last year and set them aside for those perfect times during which I knew I could savor them; those times never happened.
4. Finally read Toni Morrison's Beloved. As I recall, I started this one several years ago but set it aside for some reason. It's been laughing at me from the bookshelf ever since.
5. Get my page-per-day average back up to 100 pages. I slipped a little this year, coming in at almost 2,000 pages short of the number I hoped to read in 2010, leaving me at 95 pages a day for the year.
6. Find time to read and re-read some of the classic literature I pretty much avoided during 2010. There's no excuse now that all the classics can be downloaded in e-book format free of charge. It's just too easy now...no more excuses.
7. Participate in C.B.'s Western Read-a-long challenge in which all one has to do is read one western novel during the month of May. Surely, this is one challenge I won't fail to complete...surely.
So there you have it. Simple enough on the surface, but if my past track record is any indication, I will fail on at least two-thirds of even these.