I know, I know. January is almost over and I’m just getting around to posting about my New Year’s book resolutions! I guess I’ve already blown it if I say that my first one is not to procrastinate about blogging, huh? KIDDING. Anyway, without further nonsense, here they are:
To Finally Read Ellen Glasgow, Edna Ferber, and Rumer Godden
As it turns out, I did the same darn thing with all three of these bestselling writers: I started collecting their works without, technically, having read anything by them to test out if they were any good. I have at least three books by each of them.
I’ve at least seen a few movies based on Ferber’s books: she wrote books that tended to get turned into Oscar-nominated films (Cimarron, Saratoga Trunk, Show Boat). And, come to think of it, I’ve seen a Rumer Godden film too: Black Narcissus, where Deborah Kerr plays a nun living in the Himalayas (sadly, they didn’t film on location, although the painted backdrops were amazing).
In any case, I’m determined to finally dig in to all of these writers’ works in 2019 to ensure that I actually want all these books I’ve collected by them!
To Broaden My Horizons
In doing an assessment of the geography of books I’ve already read in the library not too long ago, I noticed that I tended to read books over and over from the same geographic concentrations (NY, CA, the southeast U.S., North Dakota, New Mexico, London, and Paris). Despite having read many novels by women authors set in New Zealand, I’ve never read a single book by a woman author set in Australia. How can this be?! But so it is.
I’m already looking to remedy this – I’ve begun Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career, and I’m enjoying it as much as I enjoyed the Judy Davis film that was made of the book. I’m also thinking of tackling Sigrid Undset this year, and looking to fill in some U.S. states that I often don’t gravitate towards (like those in the Midwest).
To Buy And Read All The Works Of Zora Neale Hurston
I mean, this might be a bit ambitious, but then again, every time I read one of her books, I burn right through it. So I don’t think it’s all that much to bite off. I’d have to track down Moses, Man of the Mountain, Tell My Horse, Seraph on the Suwanee, Mule Bone, and Barracoon (which was just published last year!). Some of these books are non-fiction, but hey – it’s Zora Neale Hurston. She’s a matriarch and one of the great writers of the 20th century – whether a book of hers technically is fiction or not is a piddling detail to me!
On the one hand, it doesn’t seem like much, and on the other, these goals seem like quite enough to get me started! Especially since at the rate I’m going I’ve only got 11 months to get these goals accomplished…better get to it!