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Resolution – reading or writing?



So here we are at the end of 2013, and a brand new year is waiting around the corner. What will it hold for you? Would you like to know if you could? How many of the resolutions you made last year have you actually kept?

It’s a strange thing, making resolutions on one particular day. There’s nothing to stop us doing it all year, but somehow we make this day the key to changing things in our lives. When I was young I used to make long lists of resolutions. I found one recently and it seemed to be full of things such as working hard at school and helping more around the house. I don’t write lists of them any more, but I still can’t resist making promises to myself about things I’d like to change or do better.

The main thing I’m going to be doing in 2014 is read more. I’ve been writing and writing (and editing and editing!) for the last 18 months, and I’ve just submitted the final draft of the new book. It’s been a tough journey, as I’ve had very little time to work on it (I have a full time day job too), but it’s now done, and the revisions have been worth it. My ‘to be read’ pile is huge, and I barely know where to start. (Below is a random selection of books gathered from around the house which I want to read – there are dozens more I could pick!).



But if I use my precious spare time to read, I won’t be able to make a start on my next project, so it’s a tough choice. Perhaps I should give myself a little time off. What do you think? And which of my ‘to be read’ pile should I read first?

Happy 2014!

11 thoughts on “Resolution – reading or writing?

  1. Firstly, what an amazing to-read pile! I loved the Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness, which I read this year, and the next two books in the series are brilliant! Also, Geek Girl is such a fun read and I recommend picking that up as soon as possible! I say, take a little break! If you’ve been writing for 18 months, you need one! I’d enjoy a few books, go back to writing for a while, and then take a week – if just that – to read a book.

    On the whole New Years note, I’m only setting a small-amount of goals this year, like a Reading Target, as this is something I always do on Goodreads. No more resolutions I know I won’t keep – because last year I made 7 and kept one for half-a-year. Oops!

    Happy New Year, Sue!

    • Thanks Sophie – I think I’ll have to take a break. My mind is whirring and it probably needs to calm down before I start on the new secret project! Good call on the resolutions too. Have a brilliant 2014!

  2. A break, definitely. With some creative, different, inspiring stuff in it. You know the old saying about ‘filling the well’. As for the reading, I’m 200 pages into The Luminaries ( a Christmas present) but you need stamina and concentration for it! So maybe something a bit lighter?

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