According to Wikipedia, the ancient Babylonians made New Year’s resolutions, promising their gods that they would pay their debts and return objects they had borrowed. So … we are following a time-honoured practice when we form a list on the 1st of January that will / might / should modify our behaviour for the rest of the year. Wikipedia also helpfully provides a list of the most commonly made resolutions, but I was extremely shocked to see that the most important one of all was not on there – where, Mr Wikipedia, is the resolution to READ MORE BOOKS??
I have two standard resolutions every year – lose weight and read more. My problem is that they are not especially compatible, though I would get through more audio books if I did more walking in 2019. The other problem is that books, food and wine all combine so beautifully. It is so truly and utterly wonderful to curl up with a crisp dry white wine, a selection of cheeses and a really good book.
Another website suggests that your reading goal for 2019 should be to read a book every month. If that was all I could achieve, I think I’d be badly in need of far more alcohol than is good for me to calm my frazzled nerves. A book a day would be a far healthier resolution for me! The site goes on to say why you should read more – good for the brain, reduces stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, improves your capacity for empathy, gives you a better social life, teaches you so many new things, it can even lower your heart rate and it just makes you a more interesting, intelligent and nicer person. Throw away those video games and gadgets, don’t even think about cleaning the house, pick up a book and get started!
Charles Lamb, the essayist, once said that “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday”. I hope this one is a good ‘birthday’ for you and that your year is full of books. I’m now off for a long walk to start putting my two resolutions into practice.
Have you made a New Year’s Resolution this year? Have you kept past ones? What’s your favourite reading accompanyment – do you like wine and cheese also? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.