One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016 is to read more. Finding the time to read became really difficult once I entered the workforce. In school I used to average three novels a week. And more during the summer holidays. Reading was always my favourite thing to do. Even in university I still found time to read, even though by then I had dropped down to about a novel every 2-3 weeks. Once I started working, reading became even rarer for me. The last time I read a lot, was when I read the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, in 2010. Five books. E-books. On a Nokia N900. It took me about three months, if I remember correctly. The next book I read, a year later, was Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. That might have taken me a month to finish. Last year, I finally finished reading World War Z, a book I had started reading the year before. The reason it took so long to read Z was because I found it to be rather grim, and so I had to take numerous breaks in between chapters.
After World War Z, I spent about a month reading Leviathan Wakes, the first in the Expanse trilogy, which is now a TV show. I started the second book of this trilogy, Caliban’s War, but I found it boring at and never finished it. I will also not be watching The Expanse TV series, for this reason. I figure, if the books weren’t interesting enough for me to read through the trilogy, then it is highly unlikely I can sit through the hollywooderization of it.
And speaking of TV, another reason I find so little time to read anymore, is my TV/movie watching has gone through the roof. I watch far too many TV shows. I just finished watching the first season of Jessica Jones, before that the third, fourth and fifth season of Homeland, before that the first season of The Strain. At some point I watched the first seasons of Penny Dreadful, and of Humans, the entire Star Trek Voyager series, the entire series of Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, the series Sons of Anarchy (rather bleak finale, wasn’t it?), all the Orphan Black (LOVE IT!!) that exist to date, I rewatched all five seasons of The Wire, watched the whole Breaking Bad series, watched the first two seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise, almost started rewatching all four seasons of the Battlestar Galactica (2004 series), I watched eleven seasons of a certain show, which shall remain unnamed, …. basically, I have been watching more than my fair share, and I hardly read anymore.
Notice how I didn’t link any of the TV shows? I do not want to enable you to spiral out of control with binge-watching shows, like I have. So, for 2016 I made the resolution not to watch more than season two of Daredevil (starts in March 2016), and season four of Orphan Black (starts in April 2016). Other than that, my girlfriend and I have started watching Dr Who. The 1960s Dr Who, that is. Rather interesting, watching pre-political correctness TV with 21st century eyes, I must say. “Red Indians”? “Savage minds”? Really, Dr? Really??
On Goodreads I have set myself the goal to read 12 books this year. That’s one a month. I have already fallen behind in my schedule, but I remain optimistic that my self-imposed TV embargo will aid me in achieving this goal. In addition, I hope to write a review, each time I finish reading a book, this year. Fingers crossed. I have started reading Un Lun Dun, by China Miéville. Let’s see how it goes. 🙂