Reading, More or Less (Pt. 1)

January 15, 2011

Part 1:  Reading More

A good book and a cat in one's lap. . .

Although I’ve sworn off New Year’s resolutions this year, I did enjoy reading a recent Shelf Talk post on January 3rd about “Reading Resolutions” (you can link to the blog here:  As you can imagine, many of the staff at the Seattle Public Library are passionate about books and reading.  Some of them contribute to the library’s Shelf Talk blog, and I’ve always found the Staff Favorites to be a good source for book ideas to add to my personal reading list.

I’ve just recently become aware of how individuals with special interests – like reading or art – can link up with others on the internet to work collaboratively to get inspired and to develop their specialties.  For example, for the past several years, artists around the world logged in to the Learning to Love You More website ( to find art-related assignments.  They would complete an assignment and then post their work to the website.  The website has since been purchased by the San Francisco Museum of Art, and there is a published book about the project called Learning to Love You More by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July.

The “Reading Resolutions” post offers a similar list of assignments for book lovers to complete in 2011.  A few of my favorites are:

  • To read a book in translation
  • To read a local author
  • To read a book of short stories

I’ll have no trouble at all finding something good to read this year.  Winter is an especially good time to hunker down with a book.

“A book on the arm of my chair
and the morning before me.”
     — Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry

One Response to “Reading, More or Less (Pt. 1)”

  1. Lynne Says:

    Great photo! I was just having an email conversation with a friend on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We were both saying that the weather outside makes us want to curl up in an easy chair with a cup of tea, a good book, and something to warm our lap – an afghan for me, a cat for her. Luckily for all of us, there is no shortage of good books to choose from!

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