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BookshelvesI haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in years. They never seem to work for me. Much like WIPs, I start out strong, and then set the resolution down “just for a little while”. Eventually, a little while turns into the rest of the year. I didn’t like that I beat myself up over not sticking with the resolution, because that pressure/guilt only made me feel bad, it didn’t help me to actually keep the resolution. Once I realized that, I stopped making resolutions for the new year.

This year, I decided I’d try the whole “resolution” thing again. I kicked around a few ideas: finishing all those WIPs I’ve got stacked up (there’s that afghan, though…), learning how to use the Serger that was given to me (I’ll get there), doing yoga every day (not likely, but I can get most days). None of those were things that I wanted to commit to doing for the year (or within the year). I wanted a resolution that I would actually finish.

One of my favorite things to do is read, and I read an “eclectic array” of genres, to quote my 11th grade English teacher. I also have shelves of books that I have not read. Most of these books are ones I picked up used before I moved to Arizona. I was stocking up, since I knew that the town I was moving to did not have a bookstore. Of course, the town does have a thrift store and a consignment store, both of which get a nice variety of books, and neither of which help me to read through the books I’ve already got. I also reread books, especially if it’s been a stressful week and I’m looking for something relaxing. So now I have 5 shelves of books that I’ve been meaning to read someday…

My resolution for this year is to read at least 52 books I haven’t read before. I won’t count a book if I do not finish it, or if I’ve read it before. I’m going to start with The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, a book that I actually bought new at a bookstore/outdoor store/coffee shop as a reward for a very difficult day back in September. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy 2013, and that, if you make resolutions, they are ones that you enjoy keeping.

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