I love working online, but I've noticed that with each passing year I motor down the information highway, I leave more books behind. I used to be the kind of person who could hold a meaningful (impressive even!) conversation about contemporary literature, but now? Not so much. Whenever someone brings up new books I find myself rolling the conversation back a decade (The Marriage Plot? Yeah, sounds OK. But have you read Middlesex? It was so good).
That's why one of my 2012 resolutions is to get back in the books game. I'm resolving to read two new(ish) books a month, even if it means cutting down on the number of TV episode recaps I read online. What about you? Do you have any literary resolutions (or suggestions for contemporary books to add to my growing list)?
This is me in 2012. *wink*
The LA Times blog Jacket Copy asked a group of writers, publishers, and editors about their literary resolutions for 2012. Here are a few of their suggestions to inspire you:
Elizabeth Crane, author of the 2012 novel "We Only Know So Much" (HarperPerennial): I don't know if this is exactly literary, but the only real resolution I'm considering, which I haven't etched in stone yet, is to give up watching entertainment shows (ET, etc). This might or might not help my writing, if only insofar as it will free up an hour of my life every day, but the hope is that it will help my celebrities-and-celebrity-news-makes-me-want-to-pull-my-hair-out problem.
Marisa Silver, author of the short story collection "Alone With You": Read more poetry. Use fewer commas.
Laila Lalami, author of the novel "Secret Son": For the last couple of years, I've been working on my new novel and have been reading almost exclusively fiction and nonfiction that's relevant to it in in some way. In 2012, I'd like to read some new fiction!
Share your literary resolutions with us in the comments!