What happened to January?
As a general rule, I don’t make resolutions for the new year. I always forget to keep them so eventually stopped trying. This year was different though. I had guilt.
Over the past year and a half I have accumulated a slowly growing stack of unread manga. Some of it I bought as part of bulk sales at conventions, some I was saving to read in a batch and others have just slipped through the cracks. So the resolution? I can’t buy any more manga or graphic novels until I read the backlog. I’ve tried this before with little success, but this is not only a resolution, but I’ve told enough of my friends that I’ll feel incredibly lame if I don’t follow through.
It shouldn’t have been a problem. There aren’t that many, really, and if I read one a day I should have been done in no time! Unless (of course) I shift into novel mode and stop reading manga all together. I’m not even reading *new* books. I’ve been rereading things. Sigh.
Up until a week and a half ago I managed to read:
-the last 2/3rds of the first One Piece omnibus. I really like One Piece, but wasn’t buying it for some reason. I figured with the 3-in-1 books coming out it would be a great place to start collecting. I still enjoyed reading them, but man, those collections take forever to get through! I started it while on vacation at Christmas (which included many failed atte
–Happy Cafe 1 during my lunch at the bookstore. I had a lot of fun reading this one, but sadly it is published by Tokyopop. I’ll probably buy it once all the volumes are out if I like the rest of the series as much.
-half of All My Darling Daughters. I figured if anything was going to get me through my manga stack it would be the knowledge that this was coming out in mid-January. Nope. I read most of it at the bookstore – again, during lunch which isn’t long enough to read a manga like this. You need time to savour it! I’ve decided to wait until I can read it properly.
So now it’s February 1st, I’m officially missing another batch of Shojo Beat releases (Baby and Me! Kimi Ni Todoke! Beast Master!) and I’ve only read about 8 volumes. I’m not even going to mention what I did to myself by maxing out my hold list at the library. I’ve got some vacation days coming up for which the plan is: no plans! I think the new plan is to lug some manga to a coffee shop and get reading before I’m whining about not being able to buy March’s new manga!
Mental note: no more New Year’s resolutions!
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