As I type this, a part of me is saying to myself: What is she, crazy? It's only the middle of December! But today seems as good a time to lay down your intentions for the coming year as any.
For 2008, I intend to stay more focused on my readings.
I often start too many books on impulse, so much so that at times I have ended up with 15 titles half-read and unfinished. For the coming year I am going to try to reduce that number. I shall make an effort to finish up most of these half-read books.
I shall also try my best to resist starting new books on impulse. Hopefully I can control the number of Books In Progress to a maximum of 3~5 titles at any one time. This may still seem like a lot – yet, still a healthier figure than 15!
My purpose is to allow myself to slow down and better appreciate the books I am reading. I think my usual approach to reading has been a little misguided. It's what Robertson Davies calls "end-gaining" – where I am reading a book just for the sake of being able "to be done" with it.
So for 2008, let's see if I can take time to read more deeply and thoroughly, if not more. Will I have more fun, or will I learn more? Who knows?
I will also need to look into writing more on my readings. Not just the usual pooterish, descriptive posts -- or maybe not even a blog post. Besides this blog, I also keep a handwritten journal where I write everything inside. Sometimes, I use it just to keep notes of my readings, how my yoga practice went, how things are like at work. I would like to write more, and who knows - maybe they would make it as blog posts eventually.
The purpose is just to be more reflective about the things I read.