The Resolution Dilemma



So it’s that time of year again when those of us who have made New Year’s resolutions sit back and think ‘Ok, that resolution might have been a little ambitious.’ Well that’s what usually happens to me anyway. This year I’m determined to set a goal I can actually stick to.

In December I started out setting myself up for failure. I suggested to a friend that on New Year’s Eve we should share our resolutions and then we can all support each other to achieve them. I started thinking about what I’d like to do and ended up with a whole list. In 2014 I was going to get fit, lose some weight, quit smoking, get paid for writing, travel to 1 overseas destination, get back into writing fiction, sleep better, and see more live music.

Then I realised that, sadly, I’m not superwoman. They are all great goals but that’s just what they are: goals. These are great life changes and things I want to do, but they’re not things I need to achieve in the next 12 months (ok, the smoking has got to go). I see a resolution as more of a fun goal that you can work towards throughout the year, not a whole list of things can leave you stressed and disappointed as the next year rolls around.

So with that I’ve decided that my official New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is to read 100 books before the year’s end. I came up with this because I have a real problem finishing books. Of the 94 books on my Kindle there are 43 that have been started and never finished. This isn’t to say that there are 43 books I don’t like, it’s just that I often start something and realise I’m not in the mood for that genre, or something else comes out that I must devour straight away. Having a whole bookshop at my fingertips doesn’t help either. Not digging the new crime novel you just bought? That’s cool, just jump on the Amazon store and grab some fantasy. Yep, I have a problem.

Being the mathematical genius that I am I’ve worked out I need to read an average of 2 books a week. I’m feeling pretty confident…sorta. I’m on my fourth book already but I’m trying to smash some pretty easy YA fiction early on so I can have some time up my sleeve later. The challenge is really going to be finishing everything I pick up.

And with that I am going to beg for your help, please. If anyone can recommend some interesting reads I’d really appreciate it. War & Peace and Ulysses need not apply!

Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Do you find it hard to stick to them?


  • Tamsin Howse

    Snow Crash!

    I’m he opposite – I can’t pick up a new book until the last one has been finished. Which is really annoying when I really am getting bored of a book. I feel like not finishing a book is not an option and to this day there are only 2 books I’ve ever not finished – It’s Like This, Cat which I put down when he stepped on a kitten and instead of trying to fix its broken whatever, he stomped on it and threw it in the trash can, and the other being The Book Thief which I was so scared of where it was going that I couldn’t face it and had to stop.

    I’m never going back to Cat, but I might read The Book Thief one day. I was thinking I would see the movie when it came out so I knew where the story was going, and then I might be able to read it (or I might be right about where it’s going and decide I don’t want to read it after all).

    As for resolutions. This year I started with 3, but I’ve already dropped that down to 2 as I realised they were all really big life changes and 3 in one year is just stupid.

  • Tamsin Howse

    PS: You really need to quit smoking

  • Bek

    Anything by Charles de Lint is a good read (urban fantasy). Some fun YA fiction is the Mortal Instruments series, anything by Tamora Pierce and anything by Isobelle Carmody.

  • Melissa Savage

    Wow! I finished 25 books last year and it felt like a lot. I too have a heap of unfinished books on my kindle.

    For 2014 I’ve made a resolution with Jelly to only eat fast food once a week.

  • PerthWife

    I only had one resolution and that was to stop doing so much for other people (especially people who don’t appreciate it or people who I don’t like). It got broken within days thanks to my demanding in-laws. According to my husband I am too polite to say no and he’s not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing. (Thanks darling.) PS: Good books – The Good Women of China by Xinran (incredible!) and I’m currently enjoying some wonderfully trashy Philippa Gregory (The White Queen series) novels.

  • Monique Fischle

    As I say everywhere that asks for book suggestions: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green and any of his other books.

    As for my resolutions, I’ve made one that I will actually do: get married in April. At the moment I’m struggling to see beyond the wedding/honeymoon because most of the past year has been spent planning for it, so after I come back from the honeymoon, I think I’ll make some resolutions then.

  • Jen

    hmmm book suggestions Gone Girl was a page turner that I definitely wanted to finish, that’s all I can think of on top of my head, although I’ll second The Fault in our Stars. A friend posted this link this week maybe having to finish the book before seeing the movie would be a good motivator?

    As for resolutions my aim was to do a ‘job a day in january’ around the house – things i normally don’t do, havn’t kept it up but made some progress which I’m happy with, hope to get some bigger jobs done that i’ve been waiting five years for!!