The New Year signals a wide range of personal resolutions - most of which are broken within the first month (oops). But we hope that our 2018 literary resolutions stick! Below, our staff share their reading resolutions for this year.
Fiona - co-owner
My new year's resolution is to keep a spreadsheet of the books I read during the year and record gender, nationality, category, and format. Then I can use that info to generate some great pie graphs! But the truth is, I make this resolution regularly. Hopefully this year I will follow it all the way through to December.
Kev - co-owner
In 2018 I am going to read history, politics, biographies, essays, and cultural studies so I can make sense of this weird world we are living in. I’ll read some fiction when I need an escape.
Sarah - book buyer and bookseller
It seems it's always a New Years resolution to read more - there are so many books that come out each month - but sometimes Netflix wins out. This year I would like to read more non-fiction. Before I worked at Avid, I read a lot of history and biographies, and I felt I needed to catch up on my literature so I kind of stopped. After reading 1947: Where Now Begins by Elisabeth Asbrink for a review last year, I realised what I've been missing. I will definitely try to get some more non-fiction on my reading list in 2018, and I promise I'll start after straight after Don't Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin.
Chloe - social media manager and bookseller
This year I plan to read all my required uni books in advance so that I have the rest of the semester to party (and by party, I mean read more books - but ones that I really want to read!). I would also like to finish my bedside table reading stack before buying more books and to read more biographies and essays. I'm really looking forward to reading Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin which keeps staring at me as I slog through academic articles.
Trent - SF expert and bookseller
This year I am aiming to read for delight, as well as keeping up my non-fiction reading (which can be just as delightful), and to try new things. I've got a picture book coming out in 2019, so I’ll definitely be reading plenty of those in 2018.
Krissy - events manager and bookseller
My new year's resolution is to read more books by writers from non English-speaking backgrounds. I have started the year well with a graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki and Han Kang's The White Book. I have a bunch of Eastern Europeans lined up too. Despite my resolution, I actually squealed when I saw an advance copy of the new book by Willy Vlautin at work. Don't Skip Out On Me comes out in February and I have snuck this book to the top of my to-be-read pile. I have read every book Vlautin has ever written and I can tell you he has never written a bad sentence or a dull book. The man is a genius. Keep your eye out for this one.
Spencer - events assistant and bookseller
My resolution is: less news; more literature
Next on my list of books to read this month is An Area of Darkness by V.S. Naipaul. First published in 1964, it is a travel book about Naipaul’s first trip to India – the home of his forebears. For a time, the book was banned in India. It is part social commentary, travel memoir and the quest to find a sense of place. A classic, Paul Theroux cites it as having had a profound impact on his career.
Zach - events assistant and bookseller
My resolution for this year is to get more political with my reading.
I am looking forward to reading Economics for the Common Good by Nobel Laureate Jean Tirole. It is a defence of the philosophical underpinnings of modern economics, an updated explanation of the most import developments of the past two decades, and explores the role of economics and economists in an increasingly digital, political, and unequal world.
Helen - special orders and bookseller
2017 was all about happily turning page corners to mark my place. My New Year's reading resolution for 2018 is to work through the pile of my books which have overflowed from the bedside table and onto the floor. I've started with the oldest, 2016, The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh. I'm looking forward to reading Paul Auster's 4 3 2 1. I always look forward to losing myself in his fiction. This one is over 1000 pages - I'm sure I'll eventually come out from the other side.
Maddy - events co-ordinator and bookseller
Because I'm VERY SADLY leaving Avid soon to move to Hobart, my resolution is to not get lazy! I feel like I've become not only a much better reader and writer, but a better person because of all the wonderful books and ideas I've been exposed to at Avid, and I don't want to lose the drive to discover new authors when I'm no longer working here. Though it will be nowhere near as fun!
Genevieve - Wild Things events manager and bookseller
My reading has been pretty determinedly magical despite previous resolutions. So I'm not going to begin the year pretending that I'll read anything but battles of good and evil in all realms of space and history this year. I would like to sprinkle it with a bit more magical realism and I want to ensure I'm reading from authors of diverse backgrounds. To help ensure this I am going to keep a (very brief) reading journal to record my reading thoughts and details on the books. Lastly, I will suck it up and actually finish a non-fiction book this year (that's not an instructional manual).
I'm just finishing a reread of Abhorsen by Garth Nix but I'm really looking forward to beginning Eowyn Ivey's To The Bright Edge of the World. Her first book, the Snow Child, was one the last books my Grandma gave me and is one of my favourites. I really want to be immersed in Ivey's wonderful imagery of Alaska again, I can almost smell the wildness she writes just thinking about.
Bri - events co-ordinator and bookseller
This year I want to read more books before I attend festival events. I realised in 2017 that I would attend talks and panels, and listen to an author speak before deciding to buy their book or not, but then almost always bought the book in the end anyway. When I don't read the book before arriving I miss the opportunity to listen to the author on a deeper level, or to ask a better question, or to have a more full understanding of other people's questions on the day. I love writers festivals, and I want to be a better attendee and participant in 2018 by doing my homework beforehand!
Kathy - Music and DVD buyer and bookseller
My reading resolution is to read more graphic novels. I used to be quite dedicated, but in recent years have lost track. I especially want to dig deep into graphic novels by women and other less-represented writers/artists. The book I am looking forward to starting this month is Lincoln in the Bardo. This is both because it looks fantastic, and because I want to then crack into the audiobook, because of the stellar cast of voice actors (not least Nick Offerman/Ron mother bleeping Swanson from Parks and Recreation!).