01 January 2013

New Year's Reading Resolutions 2013

1. Call an electrician to fix our power so I can blog because the handyperson my landlord sent over claimed he couldn't turn it back on till Friday, and my roommates refuse to pay for a real electrician, preferring to spend New Year's Eve in the dark

2. Read at least 12 books on the Modern Library list so I can finish it in the next 5 years.

3. Read THE POWER BROKER so the next time I rip on Robert Moses I will have concrete examples to cite besides "getting to LaGuardia Airport is terrible"...

4. In fact, read more biographies in general because they offer perspective that I badly need right now.

5. Read as many of the Tournament of Books picks as possible before the tourney. (One down!)

6. Keep reading the unread books I own and giving them away as appropriate.

12 comments:

Wade Garrett said...

Those are excellent resolutions! #6 in particular is a big one for me -- I recently took an inventory and counted more than 250 unread books in my apartment! Actually, my first step may be to read the books I've borrowed, or which other people have loaned to me, to get those out of the apartment first, before I tackle the books I own. But that's my biggest resolution for the next year.

D.H. Sayer said...

I've wanted to read more Caro ever since that excellent NYT Magazine profile on him last year. Is Power Broker available as a Kindle book? Last I checked it wasn't.

Ellen said...

D.H.: Not only is POWER BROKER not available on Kindle, Caro has said in interviews that he doesn't want it to become an ebook. What a curmudgeon! But his LBJ books are available digitally, so there's hope.

Wade, I am shocked/ kind of impressed by your unread totals. The last time I counted I was hovering around 100 (excluding ebooks), and I consider that too high.

chowza said...

Yeah to #6 as well! K and I had been discussing recently what percentage of books in our house are unread, so I guess we'll have to find out.

Ellen said...

R^2: Prepare to be alternately thrilled by possibility and confused as to how they all got there.

j.thrift said...

funny, getting through unread books in my house is on my resolution list for the year too.

Which TOB contender did you finish? I finished gone girl (which i enjoyed but did not like) and i am thisclose to finishing How Should A Person Be? Yay, only 13 more to go.....

jess said...

oh. j. thrift is me. i guess i usually post under my other name when i comment on your blog. how confusing.

Ellen said...

Wow, you have an alter ego! How spylike!

I took WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE on vacation with me and finished it, so I will try and send it to you today. It's a fast read and I liked it with reservations, but I'll be curious to see what you say! Only, ah, 11 to go.

jess said...

crap, you're onto me and my spylike identity.

yay i cant wait to read bernadette. my understanding is that it's very "pacific northwest" and people i know who live here and read it said it was like, everyone in seattle. it sounds funny and annoying, much like the seattle traffic.

i can't believe you only have 11 to go. i am so far screwed.

jess said...

also, im really annoyed that chris ware's book is sold out everywhere. my library won't buy it. good for him. bad for me.

Ellen said...

Yeah, my library has BUILDING STORIES listed as "on order," but I'm not holding my breath. And I kind of don't want to read BRING UP THE BODIES without tackling WOLF HALL first, but I don't know if I have time for both. We'll see.

jess s said...

I bought Wolf Hall so I could read it first, but I won't lie: it's not at the top of my list.

I think I'm just going to buy the Chris Ware book, even though I am pretty sure I might regret it. Not because it's not great, but because I don't want to own a "book" that's so giant.