Another January and a new year which means new books to read and a few reading resolutions.

Another January and a new year which means new books to read and a few reading resolutions.

I stock up each May at the annual CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale but as a new year begins the pile beside my bed, waiting to be read, no longer topples over because I’m actually running low on the gently used books I bought to read.

Right after the holidays, I am always eagerly at the book stores list in hand, getting lost in the shelves and perusing staff picks. I know I should wait for the next Big Book Sale because I can buy so many more, for way less money but I’m not patient enough and I am addicted to reading!

So, my resolutions: This year I am committing to not buy as many books – yes, I’ve actually written these words! I have just moved house and I have packed too many heavy boxes of books. My heart hurts after touching each book in my library to determine if it is one of the chosen ones which still gives me joy and will travel with me down the street to my new home.

So, to ease the pain of parting with some books and buying less, I am also committing to 2017 being the year of rereading – another infinitely rewarding yet increasingly lost art. There are so many wonderful new books released each year – “So many books and so little time” – but I’m committed to reduce my voracious appetite to read all the hot off the press beautiful children’s books and anything else that looks awesome  (yes, I do at times judge a book by its cover!). This year I will buy less, read more slowly and re-read again my favorite words, sentences, stories and self-help advice.

The books I chose to revisit this year will be read aloud in the silence of my home office and in the company of friends. I will escape yet again from reality and learn something new, as if for the very first time, by selecting my most cherished books, the ones that transformed me in some way, but this time around I’ll go deeper. I can hardly wait to scan the spines of the books I have just unpacked to determine which ones deserve more attention.

As Will Schwalbe states in his new book Books for Living: “Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life’s questions big and small.”

Imagine how much better the world, or we ourselves, could be this year if we slowed our hectic pace, bought less, shared more and focused on a few things instead of being so distracted by too many choices and the next shiny new thing.

I hope you will join me in 2017 and ask yourself and those around you “What are you RE-reading this year?

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