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January 13, 2009 / C.T. Henry

My New Year’s Resolutions

1. I will not buy a single book until July 2009.  Since it’s so easy to click the “Add to Cart” button on my Amazon Wish List, I spend way too much money on books.  My wife keeps telling me that I have plenty of books to read on my bookshelf.  And she’s right.  I have over 70 books that I haven’t read yet.  I don’t need to buy more books. (I pre-ordered some books on Dec. 31, so receiving new books before July doesn’t count.)  😉

2. I will alternate between reading books by my favorite authors and reading new-to-me authors.

3. I will post to my blog at least once a week.

4. I will read the following new-to-me authors, which I’ve had on my TBR bookshelf for over a year:

A Killing Frost – Michael Black
When One Man Dies – Dave White
Speak of the Devil – Richard Hawke
Citizen Vince – Jess Walter
The Devil’s Redhead – David Corbett
Sidetracked – Henning Mankell
Don’t Look Back – Karin Fossum
Out – Natsuo Kirino
Mr. Clarinet – Nick Stone
Cypress Grove – James Sallis

5. I will set aside a chunk of time each weekday (between a half-hour to an hour) just to read.  Since I enjoying reading so much, it’s important that I make time for it.  On occasion, some books may not appear as appealing, simply because of my piecemeal reading.  Instead, I want to take more time to really get into the book, before having to put it down.

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  1. Corey Wilde / Jan 13 2009 4:04 pm

    Wow, that’s a list that I wouldn’t dare make, especially #1. I’d break that resolution in about 72 hours. Or less. ‘You’re a better man than I, Gunga Din!’

  2. Kara / Jan 14 2009 7:57 am

    Great list! As for #1, does BookMooch count??? As for #4, I think I should do the same thing, but for writing instead of reading. Although I’m not the mystery lover that you are, I enjoy your blog!

    • henryct / Jan 14 2009 8:39 am

      BookMooch doesn’t count. I’m not going out of my way to “purchase” the book; it just happens to be available.

  3. john sheridan / Jan 30 2009 11:45 am

    Well I’ve already purchased 7 books this year so I wouldnt do very well but it looks like you’re overdue on your weekly blog posting!

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