Traditionally, I’m not one for making resolutions. I’m not big on “starting fresh” just because I swap the calendar that hangs in my kitchen. According to several articles I’ve read, studies show that only 8% of people keep their New Years Resolutions all year long. (I should note these articles didn’t provide citations for said studies – so take this with a grain of salt.) A whopping 80% have given up on them before February even shows up. Given my time working at the YMCA during high school, I can anecdotally support this given how January was always our busiest month of every year I worked there.
So I’m leery to call this a resolution. But I’d like to attempt to read a short story every day this coming year. I say attempt because if I’ve learned nothing else these last two years, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected, and I don’t want to feel as though I’ve failed if I miss a day or a week. (So perhaps I’ll amend this as I’d like to read 300 stories this coming year. Gotta love a little wiggle room.) I’m also going to have a mix of new stories along with rereading stories I’d like to revisit for various reasons.
I’m surely not the first person to attempt this. And I won’t be the last. So I’m curious – any of you out there that might be reading this – what’s your favorite story? What should absolutely be on my list this year?
My plan is to give a monthly update rather than post every single day. So fingers crossed that I make it at least into February. 😉