This year I thought I’d do a different kind of New Year’s resolution. Reading is my default state so in the interest of actually completing a resolution, the following are 10 of the books/authors/reading goals I’ve set for the new year. You can check out Meredith’s and several other’s January 10 here.
- Charles Dickens. My specific goal is to read A Christmas Carol before next Christmas. Setting this goal is what put this list in mind.
- I’d like to complete the Bible studies I start. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t finished a Bible study in about four years. I’ve started many, but finished none. Bffe and I started one together last week. I’m already behind, but have a very solid plan to be caught up before our telephone meeting tonight!
- I’d like to be more aware of what’s going on in the world, so for me that means finding a news site online. I usually want entertainment when I turn on the TV and I find that so much of today’s ‘reporting’ is a little to opinionated for my tastes. Can you subscribe to the AP feed?
- The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I’ve heard it’s got everything I love: mystery, suspense, the paranormal and intrigue. I didn’t read near enough of the ‘classic’ authors while growing up. I really need to see a good Literature teacher’s reading list.
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. And as an adult I haven’t read any of the ‘classic’ Christian authors. Is there a list of those out there?
- We’re looking for the rest of the Seven Sleepers collection (a fantasy parallel to Christianity.) My niece suggested this series several years ago and this year Jack received several of the books for Christmas, but I hate to start reading until I have the entire collection. And no, our local library doesn’t have them; the list of things our local library doesn’t have is very long. Maybe I should be less conscientious about due dates so they’ll have more money for books!
- And now for something completely frivolous: my SIL and her family held a Harry-Potter-movie-a-thon this weekend and while I started to join in, I decided I’d rather re-read the books I’ve read and read the ones I haven’t. I love series; it’s like making new friends and living with them for a while.
- I’d like to find a new mystery author or two. There’s dozens of Christie novels I haven’t read and I always forget to pick up a PD James or an Arthur Conan Doyle when I’m at the library.
- I’d like to read the children’s classics I skipped as a child. Ideally I’d like to read them to my children. Again, I’m looking for the list.
- And I’d like to keep up the practice the kids and I started last week of reading a devotion while eating breakfast. This is probably the most important goal on my list. I remember my mama doing a devotion with us while we waited for the bus each day. It’s an excellent habit I want my kids to have.
And there’s the list. Anybody care to join me? If bffe and I can do a Bible study by telephone, surely we could do a book club online. Let me know; I’ll be here! Reading!