I'm typing up this post late Saturday night because the rest of the family (read husband, his brother and our fathers) are busy drilling holes in the house to set up our home theater system. Since I can be prone to the enlarged-eyeball-sickness and panicky-heartbeat-syndrome when I see things like holes in the wall and hear loud sounds, I am staying in the home office reading books and blog posts.
Brain on Fire, about a woman who had a mystery brain illness and whose experiences are quite similar to what my brother went through couple of years ago (making this read a very personal experience for me). I also went and got my new library card from the county that I now reside in and immediately left with a book - Reamde by Neal Stephenson. My new library has a four-week withdrawal period as opposed to three in my previous library - how awesome is that?
Lately, I've been thinking about my reading plans for 2013. Or rather my intention not to have any plans. Last couple of years, I joined a few challenges, but never completed any. Being a heavy mood-reader, my reading tastes change rapidly over even a month, making it hard to want to read a title I always wanted to read until a month ago. Sometimes, all I want to read are cookbooks or home design journals.
But I still like to have some plan, some structure or direction for my reading. My big mantra lately has been declutter. It started when I began to pack before my move to the new place, but I've been applying it to even my online junk - the newsletters I no longer read and automatically delete, the many emails that come brandishing a 10% coupon, the many feeds in my Google Reader that I overlook without a second thought. The less stuff, the better.
|Books I hope to read in 2013|
Of course, that doesn't apply to books. The more books, the better. While I don't have too many books, it's still a lot, considering I haven't read a good chunk of them. I love the idea that I have many unread books at home - it's like having a home library but I should probably make an attempt to read more of them. When I started shelving my books, I decided to use a shelf only for books I will regret not reading on my deathbed (talk about morbid incentives). I wanted to keep the number of books on the minimum side but I am not sure I really succeeded. But whatever the case may be, I hope the above shelf slims down over the next year.
And that, I hope is my only resolution for 2013. More importantly, I hope it doesn't end up joining the countless other challenges that went up in smoke.