2018 Reading Resolutions

Maark Abbott

Journeyed there and back again
#21
I want to finish Bakker's second series, finish off Crown of Stars, but mostly I want to finish writing my second book.
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#22
It's just that I've spent too many hours reading books that I felt I should read based on popular opinion, and not really enjoying them (Numerous SF classics and the Culture books for example), so I'm just going to go with my heart rather than my head. If that makes sense.
Good for you! IMO, that’s the only way to go when reading for pleasure. Can’t recall a time, other than assigned school reading that I felt obligated to read a book. Perhaps around 30 “classics” but that was more like “Well they’re free so may as well check some out”. But even then only the ones of interest. Admittedly, I feel really good for doing so.

These are most likely to be a miss for me too. I'm big on characters, and character development and these books are big on big ideas, low on characters. In case that I don't care about that idea that the author is trying to convey, I'm left with flat characters and author's philosophy. Not my idea of a good book
Ditto!
 

Theophania

Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune
#23
It's just that I've spent too many hours reading books that I felt I should read based on popular opinion, and not really enjoying them (Numerous SF classics and the Culture books for example), so I'm just going to go with my heart rather than my head. If that makes sense.
That's the way to go: reading for fun should be.... fun. :)

I don't get on well with the old SF/F classics either - style has changed a lot in the last twenty or thirty (or forty or more) years. I've read some Arthur C. Clarke, and while I can certainly appreciate his skill as an author, and found his books enjoyable enough on a personal level (and A Fall of Moondust is one I particularly remember), it's just... not my style. On the other hand, I think I got about a chapter and a half into The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant before giving up. Wild horses couldn't drag me back to that series.

I'm sort of steering away from challenges - particularly the really long ones. My aim this year is to reduce my TBR list to manageable proportions, so I'm mostly reading books I already own. Except when I buy new books, of course...
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
#24
It's just that I've spent too many hours reading books that I felt I should read based on popular opinion, and not really enjoying them (Numerous SF classics and the Culture books for example), so I'm just going to go with my heart rather than my head. If that makes sense.
sounds great.

this is why I like this place, instead flowing on the whims of the mob I get informed real opinions from friends very familiar with the content.

BFB has only steered me wrong once. American Gods.
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#25
BFB has only steered me wrong once. American Gods.
You thought it was going to be bad but it was good? Me too. Although I felt all the way through that it had been done before in Small Gods.
 

Ryan W. Mueller

Ran bridges next to Kaladin
#28
I want to stop forcing myself to read books that aren't holding my attention. There are so many books I'm dying to read, and I hate getting stuck in my reading because I feel the need to finish a book I'm not really enjoying.
 

Ryan W. Mueller

Ran bridges next to Kaladin
#30
BTW, @Ryan W. Mueller congrats on your book releasing today!

You should make a post in the Book Releases thread.
I always forget to do things like that. The whole self-promotion thing can feel very awkward at times.
 

GiovanniDeFeo

Might as well be a Malazan regular
#31
I want to read: four classics and one fantasy book every month. That's the ideal. So I got 12 fantasy books for next year. I'd probably give another go at China Mievillle, and see from there. Anyone that is not The City and the City I should start from?
 

Bill Door

Listens to The Unbeliever whine about life
#32
I was thinking I wanted to finally read the rest of Glen Cook's bibliography this year, but I already have so many books on my docket already that I doubt I'll get around to it.