When the clock strikes 12 on New Years Eve, a world of pain awaits us as we embark on our journey of self-discovery – attempting a New Year’s resolution. But not all New Year’s resolutions are for us book lovers, so we have listed a few that you may want to avoid when trying to think of one for 2015…
A fit and healthy lifestyle is something that we should all hope to abide by. Our bodies are temples and need looking after and treating right. A great way to treat your body is to allow it a little exercise every now and then. And that’s the stumbling block: we don’t have time for exercise. I mean, we could sit on an exercise bike or similar and read our books, but it’s not quite the same as having our feet up in front of the fire. And what if the characters in the book aren’t performing exercise? We’re supposed to slog away dripping in sweat, looking less than appealing while the Mr Darcy’s of the literary world continue being suave, clean and well rested? I don’t think so!
Learning something new
New skills are great and all, but why would we want to learn something new when we already have the best skill ever, EVER: the ability to read. Learning a new skill is just going to take far too much time and eat into our precious reading time. Time is precious, so use it wisely. A good book is the natural choice!
This New Year’s resolution is a pretty standard one for everyone. New Year’s Eve gets a bit heavy, the Merlot gets hit a bit harder than any normal night, the morning headache proves over-indulgence of our plum-coloured friend was a terrible mistake. But what is a good book without one measly glass of wine? Just one… no need to be silly. And if we’re not going to be silly with our alcohol consumption, what’s the need for a New Year’s resolution dedicated to it? Nah!
Travel to new places
Travel broadens the mind, but we won’t be seeing anything when we travel. We may enjoy some peripheral greenery and such like, but our heads will be so deeply buried within the pages of our favourite novel we won’t have any time to take in the scenery. Don’t waste your efforts. Stay home, stick your feet up, pour the aforementioned glass of red and get stuck in to your book. It’s not like a train could take you to Middle-earth or Mars anyway…
Unless we’re volunteering to read brilliant books to those less fortunate, we’ve got reading to do and can’t spare the time. Sorry!
Be less stressed
Be less stressed? BE LESS STRESSED? How can we be less stressed when these stupid characters keep doing stupid things that get them deeper and deeper into trouble. I won’t be calm until the thrillers stop thrilling and the action-packed adventures stop action-packing. And then there are the times when we’re not reading but we’re deep into a brilliant book. What happens next? What do you mean we have to wait until we finish work? We can’t wait that long!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!