I forgot.  I do have a New Year’s Resolution.  I won’t bore you with how many books I own.  Suffice it to say, that behind this table is a full wall of books.  I was going through them this morning, and I have them arranged by:

  • college texts (when will I need functional anatomy?  My foray into the Nursing program as a freshman)
  • therapy texts (still am licensed, but don’t use these…much)
  • mothering books (need those, but not the baby ones, but can’t get rid of them)
  • novels, memoirs
  • Hardy Boys books for my sons (the originals-from the 40’s-that were my Dad’s)

I started pulling out books that I never finished, and here they are in the photo above.  That is my New Year’s resolution:  Not to buy another book until I finish the ones I have.

  1. SLASH (A good recommendation by Nitmos)
  2. Belushi (A favorite that I can’t seem to finish…due to my affinity with Animal House)
  3. What Color Is Your Parachute? (I bought this when I started my current job, hell bent on changing careers from this hell of a teaching job I have…never even cracked it)
  4. Off Season (Love Anne Rivers Siddons, but novels…eh.  I’m having a harder time with that genre these days)
  5. 1000 Places to See Before You Die (See?  I can’t even finish the book, much less see the places)
  6. Georgia O’Keefe (I took the Amtrak from hell in 1989 to see Georgia’s home with a gf who was very artsy, and I purchased this book.  20 years is a bit long not to have finished it)
  7. Reading Lolita in Tehran (Have no interest here)
  8. Count of Monte Cristo (Read the beginning and the end for a book group, but never READ it.)
  9. Gone With The Wind (still have a book mark in it)

After I took the pic, I looked around my house at others I’ve started and not finished:  The Measure of A Man (Sidney Poitier), Cesar Milan (This dog needs a job)…and the task just got bigger and bigger.

SO, my New Year’s Resolution is either to read these books, or give them to someone who will read them.  I will attempt it, though!

I spent 13 years in two book clubs, until this last October, and for the first time, I’m a free reader! 

You may see What I Talk About When I Talk About Running there too.  Just finished it this morning.  When Murakami has finished a triathalon, he writes:

Maybe it’s some pointless act like, as I’ve said before, pouring water into an old pan that has a hole in the bottom, but at least the effort you put into it remains…To be able to grasp something of value, sometimes you have to perform seemingly inefficient acts.  But even activities that appear fruitless don’t necessarily end up so.

That, my friends describes not only my reading endeavors, but my running plans as well.  It seems, at times, that my running is for nothing…but I have a plan.  I do.  To just run, and be well, to feel my breath evening out.  To nail that Half Marathon.  All good stuff.

Half training resumes on Monday.

12 thoughts on “how reading is like running

  1. GWTW?! Gasp! I read that book in highschool probably 15 times. Love it 🙂 I want to read the Murakami book! I discovered him this year (thanks to the Hipster) and adore him. And the Lolita in Tehran book is tough to get through but good – read it for a book club a few years back. Good luck 🙂

  2. and I welcome any book recommendations sent my way.
    my DREAM is to just loll about all day every day reading.

    just finished my jesus year (seen it?) and rereading holy cow.

  3. Actually I started reading: “The Power of Now” by Eckahart Tolle. I’ve had it on my shelf and its one of the books for some reason I shipped over here, so I figure it wants to be read.

    I’d never heard of Murakami, but I read his interview with Runners World after reading the quote on your site, he seems pretty amazing.

    BTW I stole your quote for my blog 😉 Smooches!

  4. Oh and I forgot, I looked up 5k runs in the area? There seems to be almost one a month around here! And the running group I joined, the girl that runs the class is into Marathons, I guess there are some coming up in June and July she says I can train with her for… pretty cool I’ll keep you posted.

  5. I had that resolution a few years back. I still have a bookshelf for the unfinished, and I just bought The Lazarus Project and Every Day Drinking a couple months back.

    Something something intensions something something astray something Steinbeck is over-quoted.

  6. I made a promise to myself fifteen years ago to read a classic book (‘classic’ to me is a very broad term) every summer, since the summers were when I had the most free time to read. GWTW was first on my list. It took me all summer, but I did it. Not bad for a 15 year old.

    Good luck with your resolution!

  7. I have the same problem. I am reading a book now that I got last year for Christmas…and I asked for (and got) 5 new books this year. Count of Monte Cristo is great.

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