A couple of years ago now, I filmed a video on delayed gratification and my tendency to leave the things I most enjoy until an undisclosed time and place in order to "best" enjoy them. This is a habit formed from some seriously flawed logic and was a habit that I had, for a time, managed to quell. That is, until last year. After a fantastic reading year in 2014, I allowed myself to slip back into my old (somewhat dysfunctional) ways and put off the books I anticipated most in favour of more lacklustre volumes I had sitting on my shelves. I still managed to read a large number of books I greatly enjoyed, but very few I loved.
I am not going to make the same mistake in 2016. I never make an actual 'to read' list, for me that sucks any joy and spontaneity from my reading life, but I am going to make a conscious effort to pick reads from all over my shelves, including those titles that sit there, glowing and buzzing in hopeful anticipation of becoming a new 'favourite', a book that promises to excite and delight while confounding and gratifying.
It will take some legitimate effort on my part to make this a regular occurrence, as my behavioral defect runs deep, but I know It will be worth the struggle to help make 2016 a fantastic reading year.
Do any of you have any similarly silly habits, especially when it comes to reading? I'd love to know any reading goals you have for the new year!