I, quite frankly, suck at fulfilling New Year’s resolutions.
In my defence, getting healthy, losing weight, being nice to people, etc are, let’s face it, pretty friggin boring and the reasons why it’s impossible to carry them out (ie I’m in the middle of a book, I’ll just have a snack while I’m reading, those people rang me when I was just about to find out who did it!) far outweigh the benefits.
Still, the looks of scorn and pity at your lack of willpower when you admit the reasons why you don’t make New Year’s resolutions get old pretty damn quick. So this year I thought I’d set myself challenges associated with my main interest, reading.
Since I need to be realistic about this, especially given my lack of success in the past, I’m acknowledging a couple of things from the outset:
~ There is no way in hell I will ever, ever meet a resolution that involves any kind of a book budget.
~ I will never be able to solely exist on ebooks (I still NEED MY PRINT).
~ The word ‘resolution’ is so… final. Can’t I call it something else, something less, ummm, restrictive??
Anyway, without further ado… drum roll please…
1. Me: Try to avoid (as much as possible) lack of restraint brought on by book pimpage.
The good fairy: Like everyone else, create wish lists and buy books in bulk. Just because you like the sound of it, doesn’t mean you have to read it NOW. Buying in bulk will also save you on shipping fees because inevitably the books you want will not be available in Perth.
2. Me: Try to decrease the number of times I buy ebooks (ie wait until after ALL the new releases for that week are out).
The good fairy: Again, buy books in bulk from one-stop shops such as All Romance eBooks and Fictionwise. The exchange rate is NOT your friend. Consider beginning petitions to Ellora’s Cave and to Loose Id re: releasing their books and their new releases to these stores.
3. Me: Try different authors and genres.
The good fairy: It’s good to challenge yourself by trying different things. Look at how much you liked m/m romance in 2008. Why don’t you try something new every month?
4. Me: Try to write a review.
The good fairy: Hmmm, this one we might need to work on. I’m afraid you are suffering from an acute fear of RED PEN.
Me: So that’s them. Now I just have to try and stick with…
The bad fairy: Yeah, yeah, but do resolutions count if you make them on the first day of the year? Isn’t there some rule which says you already need to have them in mind at the actual time of the New Year? *good fairy whispers* Yeah, I thought so. No wonder you suck at this.
Oh well. Wishing you all a happy and healthy year of reading!