It’s a new year! Some people make resolutions, and some people resolve not to make them ever. I prefer making general goals rather than specific ones, that way I don’t feel as crushed when I inevitably mess up at “wearing makeup every day like a grown up lady” or “only having one Coca-Cola a week” or “not drinking before 11 AM” etc. Like this year, I “resolved” to read more books. Not really a specific number, just more.
My attention span has shrunk significantly, and I find myself reading a lot of short articles on the A.V. Club or Slate all day but not having the concentration to read a book all the way through. Or most of the way. I did set a number on Goodreads though, of 40 books for the year. Some of you may find this heinously small. But I thought it was a nice one.
To help me out with both my reading goals and to inspire my writing, I purchased The Best American Short Stories for 2012 last night. It looks like the price has gone back up again sadly but yesterday it was $1.99! A steal. I have read one story already and I think this will be a good way to help me get back into reading something that isn’t a review of a TV show or letters from people who make me feel way better about my life by comparison.
So… what are you reading? Do you have a guilty pleasure read? (Come on. We know all about your Downton Abbey fanfic. It’s okay.) Have you read anything other than the back of the cereal box lately? Feel free to show off if you decided to plow through Les Miserables before seeing the movie; the rest of us will try to shower you with praise and conceal our irritation with your over-achievement.