The finished list in the spirit of #1 nine is enough.
1. Don’t impose too many rules on yourself!
2. Read widely. Books are about expanding your view of the world so don’t give yourself too small a window.
3. Read the classics when you’re younger. Then you’ll know about them.
4. If you’re not enjoying it then stop. It’s okay to give up on books, you don’t have to like them all.
5. Don’t skip bits. That poor author thought it was important, so read it, my friend skipped a whole section of Holes – Loius Sacher and to my mind missed the symmetrical beauty of the book!
6. Think about what you are reading. It’s not wallpaper you know. Take notice of the books that stay with you, think about why. These are important and tell you something about yourself.
7. Don’t be a snob. Classics, popular, pulp fiction – so what? If you enjoyed it then good, don’t be afraid to own up to it.
8. Stockpile books, but don’t be afraid to ignore them for something that catches your attention. I always have a pile of books in waiting, but I never read them all.
9. Take recommendations of books, take notice of where you got a good recommendation from and go back there for more. Seek out more obscure book awards as recommendations (e.g. Commonwealth Book Prize is a favourite of mine discovered from an early BIB Galore – Michael Crummey)
Going well – The threads of the story are coming together in a predictable but not obvious way.