Of course I’ve been thinking about new year’s resolutions. It’s that time, after all, however cliche it might be. I like beginnings, and I like choice. We have this whole new thing that we get to choose how to begin, how to fill . . . well, not to be too Hallmark card-y, but how to live.
A lot of the resolutions that have been bouncing around in my head are personal and uninteresting to anyone who isn’t me. And some are resolutions that I realize I make every year. Not necessarily because I fail to keep them in the previous year, but because I like to remind myself to keep going with them. Nothing’s ever really finished. One of those is not to shy away from making eye contact with people I walk by. (Unless they’re obviously crazy people, clearly.) The other is to continue to work on balancing my friends, my work, my family, and my alone time in a way that makes me feel that I’m doing my best by everyone.
But this year I’m also resolving to make time for some of the books that I own and really, really, really want to read, but haven’t yet. So here’s the list. I wonder how I’ll do!
–The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt
–Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
–Marcelo and the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
–Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (I promise, Angie, this is the year!)
–Bonk by Mary Roach
–Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (if I wait much longer, I think the shelf life of this one might expire)
–The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
–Jacob Have I Love by Katherine Paterson
–Ulysses by James Joyce (I read this one nearly 10 years ago in college, and am curious to see how a second time might go.)