Hey everyone! It’s exciting to be back after taking a 2 1/2 week-break from blogging at All Eyes On Screen. I had a wonderful Christmas and fun New Year’s celebration with family and friends in both my hometown state of Illinois and my current residence in Wisconsin. While I was starting to take down all of my holiday decorations, I was thinking through all of the resolutions I have for this new year that has already started. Reviving All Eyes On Screen in 2014 was one of the most fulfilling and fun resolutions to accomplish. As I’m looking to the future, I hope to continue to update and improve All Eyes On Screen, from upping the quality of writing content, to publishing more posts on a consistent basis. I anticipate some major changes happening personally in my life over the next year, but I am hoping to learn to balance my time better, and regularly write for the site. With that all said, I do realize that breaks from writing will be inevitable and necessary to take from time to time; however, I will be aiming to publish posts as consistently and regularly as possible. Looking to the future of 2015, I have been composing lists of resolutions that will serve as an accountability and goal for me to work towards bettering myself and All Eyes On Screen. My first goal related to the site is to read more books. So many of the movies we see today are based on someone’s written work, and I think we often get a more well-rounded view and appreciation for source material when we read it. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge reader, but I’d like to change that. I read ten books in 2014, so I’d like to improve that number by reading twenty-five books over the year 2015. I’ve separated my list into sections that I can work towards. Note: I’ve starred all the books that have (or will have) a movie/TV adaptation (that I’m aware of) with one star. I added a second star for all of the movie/TV adaptations I’ve already seen.
Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
This past year, I just started watching the awesome show Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) from the beginning in order, after Netflix so graciously added the show to their streaming service. Gilmore Girls has become my current TV addiction, and with it, a desire to read more, given that Rory always has a book in her hands. I found this awesome list on Pinterest that states: “Over the course of seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore was seen reading 339 books on screen.” I selected five on the list that piqued my interest:
25. The Virgin Suicides** by Jeffrey Eugenides
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (Finished 2/16)
23. The Shining** by Stephen King
22. The Great Gatsby** by F. Scott Fitzgerald
21. On the Road* by Jack Kerouac
Finishing (or Continuing) Series
Here is my list of books that are part of series I’d like to finish. It’s embarrassing to admit that I haven’t finished the Harry Potter collection, but I resolve to conclude the series this year. And since we’re talking about J.K. Rowling books here, I decided to add the second book of her Cormoran Strike novels to my series list. Without apology, I also admit to never finishing Tolkein’s The Return of the King after struggling through the first two in the trilogy.
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix** by J.K. Rowling (halfway through)
19. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince** by J.K. Rowling
18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows** by J.K. Rowling
17. The Silkworm* by Robert Galbraith
16. The Return of the King** by J.R.R. Tolkein
Five Personal Choices
Here are five books I’ve been looking forward to starting:
15. Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)* by George R.R. Martin
14. The Count of Monte Cristo** by Alexandre Dumas
13. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling
12. Divergent** by Veronica Roth
11. The Bourne Identity** by Robert Ludlum
Book Club Selections
When I moved to Wisconsin halfway through last year, I joined a growing book club. Thanks to that club, I got back into reading. We usually have six meetings a year (one every other month). The future ones have yet to be determined, although talk of reading Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken has surfaced . . .
To Kill a Mockingbird** by Harper Lee (Finished 1/22)
Unbroken* by Laura Hillenbrand (Finished 3/12)
8. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times* by Jennifer Worth
7. To be determined
6. To be determined
I handed this section over to readers, commenters, and anyone who mentioned an idea via word of mouth, Facebook, or Twitter. These are the five books I picked, thanks to your recommendations:
5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
3. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo** by Stieg Larsson
1. The Fault in Our Stars** by John Green
Stay tuned for more New Years Resolutions posts this week and next, and don’t forget to check out my Reading Corner on the bottom left of the site, where I list what I’m currently reading.
I’ll be making the rounds on everyone else’s sites over the next three weeks in hopes of catching up to my lengthy feed of unread posts.
What are your reading resolutions for 2015?