January 1st has no sooner dawned than hordes of eager, hollow eyed bibliophiles a.k.a. book-nerds or read-a-holics, whatever you want to call us, are blearily tapping out their hopes, and dreams for 2017 onto their blogs. It’s infectious. I, too, am about to unleash my modest To Do Reading Vow List into the Blogosphere.
I’m fully aware that not all my followers are book addicts. We’re a vast, myopic tribe , populating bookstore, Libraries and the dusty corners of the Web while other folk are busy working, playing, socialising, exercising (we’ve dimly heard of this strange activity), sleeping , etc, while the Book Tribe has its collective nose buried firmly in a book, or is adding to its TBR list (To be Read). Turns out many dedicated readers are keen list makers. We have to be, you see. So many books, so little time, groaning shelves of our latest purchases – we need to try to establish some control over our addiction.
I’ve been surfing the many Bookish Blogs to which I subscribe (how do I ever find time to read real live books? It’s tough, but I make the effort) and I’m amazed at the plethora of tasks that readers set themselves . For example, during the coming year they promise to :
- Read more than 100 books (last year they only managed 70 odd, and are mortified)
- Enter a minimum of three Reading Challenges by 31 December
- Join a Ulysses (James Joyce) Reading Group (no thanks: pass on this one)
- Only read novels written by women
- Read national literature for 365 days e.g. Australian, South African
- Read translated novels and nothing else for a year
- Restrict their reading to Award Winning Novels
And so it goes. I’m alternately impressed and depressed by the tasks readers set themselves.
My own goals are much more modest. Hesitantly I publish my own feeble promises:
#1 Read 12 books from my TBR pile by 15 December. It’s only one a month. Easy.
#2 Read 2 books a week. I’m aiming for that Gold Star 100.
#3 Not to buy any new books between now and 31 March. My credit card has smoke coming out of it. This should probably be in #1 slot.
#4 Watch less TV.
And that’s enough to be getting along with. Bye for now – back to my current book.
P.S. Don’t you love my Book Brick? Painted by Steve, at the Milnerton Library, Cape Town.