Resolved: The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge for 2014

New Year's Resolution Reading Challenge / Joy Weese Moll
New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge / Joy Weese Moll

A writer-friend, Joy Weese Moll (librarian/blogger extraordinaire), has launched a reading challenge for the month of January. The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge involves a commitment. Joy explains it better than I can:

Whether you want to write a novel, start a new career, or be happier, there are books to aid you in your quest. The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge is to read one to four books that will stimulate action on your goals. Here are the levels:

Resolved: 1 book
Determined: 2 books
Committed: 3 books
Passionate: 4 books

The books can all be about one subject, or they can vary.

I’ve committed at the Determined level to participate in the Read-Along portion of the challenge. Joy has recommended The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin for a “communal” read and  discussion via our blogs and/or on Facebook and Twitter. So I’ll be reading Rubin’s book and blogging here each Wednesday in January with thoughts and responses.

I’ve also promised (in a very public way, thanks to Joy!) that I’ll read Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, a book I bought recently but haven’t yet read. Both books invite me to consider my life and my writing work in thoughtful, fruitful ways.

For complete info re these challenges, visit Joy’s links posted above. Or read along with me and follow on Wednesdays as I explore The Happiness Project.

Here’s to new starts in 2014!

4 thoughts on “Resolved: The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge for 2014

  1. Hi Gerry!
    I haven’t heard of ‘Still Writing,’ but it sounds like a great book. The writing life is unique and I’d like to read a thoughtful take on it.

    I also like the idea of the reading challenge…although I read a lot, there are many books that I’ve been meaning to read (and *need* to read), that I haven’t gotten around to.

    Thanks for the link to your blog–I’ve added it to my RSS reader. 🙂

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