2013 is getting better. My eyesight is improving, slowly but surely, and the bronchitis is going away. Now if only we could have some semblance of winter, I’d be happy (it’s been in the 80s here, which is too darn warm).
Now that I can read again (albeit in HUGE type on my Kindle), here’s my 2013 reader resolutions, adapted from a list by Camille Del Vecchio of the Penfield Public Library (in NY).
1. I will reread a book that I loved as a child.
2. I will finally read that classic from high school that I’ve been avoiding.
3. I will find a book of poetry and read some aloud.
4. I will spend an hour in aimless browsing at a library.
5. I will read a book written in the year I was born.
6. I will create a journal and keep notes about the books and magazines read.
7. I will assemble a list of my favorite people and send them my ideas about books (favorites, recent reads, and the like).
8. I will read a book to a child.
9. I will gather a few friends and read a play out loud.
10. I will read a book on the history of my town.
11. I will read a book written from a political point of view totally opposite my own.
12. I will read a book about a place I’ve never been.
13. I will reread a book that I just didn’t “get” when I was eighteen.
14. I will read a book written by a non-American.
Items 4, 6, 11, and 12 should be fairly easy, as they’re things I do anyway. I’m really looking forward to items 1, 5, and 8!
For #14, I can offer a suggestion — My Own Country, by Abraham Verghese. It’s a chronicle of his experience with AIDS coming to a very small Tennessee town after the main onset in NYC, San Francisco, Boston, & Atlanta. He is an Indian, but raised in Ethiopia before immigrating to the US.
I read that last year. It was fascinating!
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