Reading Resolutions

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We asked some of our TBF Volunteer Chairs what, if any, reading resolutions they made for 2016. Will they read a book a week? Finally finish Moby Dick? Make their way through the classics? Vow to stop falling asleep the minute they open a book in bed? Let’s find out:


Brucette Beitz, Children’s Book Signing Tent

I had a friend who once challenged me to read a book a week.  Since I read 3 or 4 books at the same time, I thought it would be a piece of cake. Well, it wasn’t and I’m still trying to complete that challenge 18 years later. Maybe this will be my year…..I’m off to a great start, but I’m still reading 3-4 books…surely, I’ll finish one before Saturday, don’t you think?


Joshua Cano, Signs

I think my reading resolution is the same at the beginning of every year:  read more. I know that’s 51Y4nsgi71L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_
vague and terribly blasé, and maybe I could add an effect of reading more – writing more. Your email did cause me to consider what I read and why. It often seems random or based simply on
interest in an author.  I pull a book off the shelf and start. And then stop if I am not compelled to finish. Then I pull another book.  This can work fine with poetry but not so well with novels. (I will say that if the book is a gift, then I will most likely finish it.  Not always though.) I own many, many books that I feel I need to read so I have never given myself a specific goal or focus. I was at a bookstore in St. Louis during the holidays buying gifts and saw the latest William Gass collection. I immediately wanted to buy it, but I had difficulty justifying the purchase. My goal was to procure gifts for others.  More important though is this:  how can I justify buying (and then reading) this new book when I still have not finished his early novel Omensetter’s Luck despite beginning and abandoning it multiple times well before the back cover? That thought, along with your query for reading resolutions, led me to an idea or resolution. How about I try to finish reading some books that I have abandoned over the years, sometimes hundreds of pages into the text? As I age, my literary attention span improves, 
and longer, more dense novels have become somewhat less a chore.


So this year I would like to finish (perhaps start from the beginning although I have read the first couple hundred pages at least twice) Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain. And William Gass’s Omensetter’s Luck. And Roberto Bolaño’s Savage Detectives (again nearly 400 pages into it over a year ago, and I stopped?!). I will learn discipline this year.

I suppose I could have succinctly said my resolution is to finish books I have started, but that’s not as fun as my little realization replete with references.


Vera Vera Muniz, Children’s Book Signing Tent

I’m committed to reading 2-3 books/month and attending a book club about revisiting required reading titles.


Curtis Smith, Capitol Monitor lbj-books

My resolution is to finish Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson biographies. There is still
one more book which has not yet been released by Robert Caro, but I need to catch up on this great series.