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.
- SLASH (A good recommendation by Nitmos)
- Belushi (A favorite that I can’t seem to finish…due to my affinity with Animal House)
- 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)
- Off Season (Love Anne Rivers Siddons, but novels…eh. I’m having a harder time with that genre these days)
- 1000 Places to See Before You Die (See? I can’t even finish the book, much less see the places)
- 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)
- Reading Lolita in Tehran (Have no interest here)
- Count of Monte Cristo (Read the beginning and the end for a book group, but never READ it.)
- 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.