I’m comfortable with the cycle of commitment and lapse that is the New Year Resolution habit – the practical ones relating to living well & being healthy.
But I was surprised to hear on the BBC over Christmas that the most popular resolution this new year is:
Journal Prompt: What books were memorable in 2012? What do you remember about them now?
Several people said to me words to the effect that ‘You? You couldn’t possibly read more’ which is perhaps true in terms of time. As a bookish child I was as comfortable inhabiting the interior world of a novel as my own family back garden I would choose the characters of a fictional world over those in my school playground. A literature degree trained me to read fast – an author a week plus a clutch of critical essays.
Journal Prompt: What’s your reading history? How were your reading habits formed? Do you remember learning to read?
But I could read better – so my resolution became:
Read Better – meaning pay more attention, take notes, read more of the words, process information, think about it, assimilate it. Or at least with some books.
Here’s some of my reading this New Year:
Laurence Gonzales: Surviving Survival – the art & science of resilience
Inger Christiansen: Alphabet (poems)
Stephen Dunn : Walking Light – memoirs & essays on poetry
and some novels of course (not read better) …………..
Thank you for gifts or recommendations of these books.
What are you reading this New Year? Let us know.
And finally…….. The Third Eye: A Reflective Writing Group for Therapists & Healing Professionals resumes on Monday 14th January. For information click here.