Your New (School) Year's Resolution

Jason English

I don't remember if I made a New Year's resolution back in January, but if I did I certainly haven't kept it—my abs remain, shall we say, ill-defined, I have 32,170 messages in my inbox waiting to be filed, and I've still never been to Portland. Rather than wait four months to make another meaningless promise, I'm going to try something new this fall.

To coincide with the start of the new school year, I'm going to make a New (School) Year's Resolution. Something educational and a little _flossy; nothing fancy or unsustainable (like, for example, "crunches"). I've decided to read books on five different periods in American history that I'm a little hazy on (and I'm not even going to count all the 1970 Yankees history I picked up reading Marty Appel's insightful Thurman Munson bio). My resolution starts with The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War.

Who's with me? Make your New (School) Year's Resolution in the comments. Also, if you email your resolution to, I'll check in with you in December and post an update about everyone's progress.

Looking forward to hearing your resolutions! (And if you have any book suggestions for me, recommend away.)