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January 03, 2005

2005 Goals Part Two: Reading


You didn't think I'd stop at just knitting, did you?

1. Keep track of what I read. Yes, keeping track is a theme this year. Actually, though, I used to do this quite faithfully, but stopped for some reason, and I really want to start again.

2. Read fewer books at a time. I have been known to have two towering stacks of "in progress" books on my bedside table, and, well, the stacks have been known to topple over, causing all sorts of mayhem. I'm not going to say I'll read one book at a time, because that's just setting myself up for failure. But I'll try to keep it down to one reasonably-sized stack.

3. Read more classics. I was a lit major. I like classics. I really do. I just don't read them very often, because somehow they are "more work" in my head. I must get into the habit.

More specifically . . .

4. Finally read War and Peace, Gone with the Wind, Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Scarlet Letter. Those are some classics I've particularly been wanting to read, for various reasons. There are six in that list, which averages to one every two months; that shouldn't be at all hard to fit in and still have plenty of time for other stuff.

5. Read more poetry and drama. Again, I like them. It just doesn't often occur to me to read them.

6. Read at least one book in a language other than English. My language skills are getting rusty and I really don't want that.

7. Put at least one book review a week up here on the blog. You all want to know what I think about what I'm reading, right? Sure you do. It'll be fun. You'll see.

Posted by Kat at January 3, 2005 10:10 PM

I own War and Peace and I pull it out every few years and take another whack at it. I've not got more than fifty pages into it yet. I've never even tried Moby Dick. The other four I've read; my favorite of them is Jane Eyre. I re-read it every year when we get our first good spell of wet weather; somehow it's not a book I can read when it's bright outside. Would be like reading The Long Winter in August. ;-) After I finish JE I sometimes have dreams about Mr. Rochester (*sigh*).

Posted by: Rachel at January 7, 2005 01:49 AM

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