Friday, January 02, 2009

New Year Reading Resolutions

There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book. –Josh Jameson

With all the choices on today's TV, it is no longer an abomination when re-run season starts. If we choose, we can flip to one of many networks to find and to enjoy an episode of a show that we never got to see the first time around.

The same thing can be said about reading.  It's always exciting to read a new book when it's released, but we can't forget to search out the older, even classic books that we never got to read the first time around. Even re-reading something from our bookshelf gives us the benefit of catching something new: a word of wisdom or a hidden plot detail, that we may have have missed the first time.  

Re-reading a favorite is something that C.S. Lewis recommends.  

"It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between." - C.S. Lewis


My resolution for the new year is to read more. Read more novels, read more non-fiction, read more of my bible. This year, I'm going to make the effort of putting down the remote and picking up a book from my overly stuffed bookcases. It may be a new adventure, or an old favorite, but my intention is to turn more pages in a book instead of closing them.
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