Right now I’m reading When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy, but I’d better finish it soon. Over the break, my English class is supposed to read one of the 50 or so books the teacher and librarian picked out about “big ideas” and do a ten-minute presentation on the book when we get back. I picked out When Elephants Weep and Party’s Over by Richard Heinberg, but I want to actually do my presentation on Party’s Over, which I haven’t even started yet. Ack! I’m also supposed to, for my English class, listen to a 45-minute radio program (CBC Ideas) and take extensive notes, then fill out a sheet, then do an academic response to it. Which I haven’t done. But I think I saw in passing that Alberto Manguel was on the program once, so I’ll try to find that one to do, if I find the time to do my homework at all…
In other book news with me, I’ve joined BookMooch and have sent my first three books. I have also requested a few books, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll be getting them. I’m having fun so far!
Well, I have a simple resolution this year. I resolve to meticulously record every book I read this year and gather some data on it. I want to read more, but I first I have to know how much I read already. So.
1) I have to blog the title of every book I’ve read, noting the author and the month I read it in.
2) I have to record how much fiction I read every month, how much non-fiction, how much poetry, and what, if any, gender of author and genre I am reading more of.
3) Record every book I buy/receive, and how much of my own money I spend in a year on books.
4) Rate each book I read out of five, and do a short best-of list at the end of the year.
5) Gather all this info at the end of the year to figure out what a good goal is for next year.
That’s my resolution for the year! I gave up on those classic doomed New Years resolutions ages ago. Get healthier? Do better in school? Be nicer? Ha! No, thank you. We’ll see how this one goes.