already wrote one last week.
But I've noticed that a reading resolution can differ from person to person. On one of my list groups, participants rattled off huge numbers of books they'd read in 2010. My eyes widened at 50-60. I was amazed at someone flaunting 150. But when someone said 250, I rolled my eyes. That's when I realized that there's a difference between skimming and experiencing a book.
Just because publishers are spitting out books at the rate of half a million a year, doesn't mean you have to increase how fast you read. Frankly, it means you should be more selective, because even though self-publishing has allowed opportunity for overlooked quality writers to make a break, that industry has also allowed every Tom, Dick, and Harry to throw a story together. And most of them are on Amazon.
We want to be well read, but we need to remember the experiences that consume days of our lives. We don't attend any concert, purchase any music, or buy any clothes. We stop and think about our options. And we want to be able to remember the tunes, the performance, and would prefer to wear the clothes more than once or twice. Gosh, I've seen people agonize about their e-reader purchase, so why not enjoy it more by reading good books?
Then I read a blog post at Like the Dew, A Journal of Southern Culture and Politics entitled A Good Resolution to Make. Tom Poland describes his favorite books, some of his book moments. He's collected signed books, some which bring back memories. Sure, he prompts us to read more, but we can't settle into a book we race through so we can meet a book quota.
Read more, but read wisely. Make each book add quality to your life.