When you’re making your New Year’s resolutions (not that we’re implying that you need to! We love you just the way you are), keep books and reading in mind. Bookish resolutions can be a fun, feel-good challenge, and you can customize them to set an achievable goal. Here are a few suggestions/examples:
- Organized reading challenges: Did anyone try one of these reading challenges in 2013? How did it go?
- Set an achievable goal: If you read two books in 2013, you probably aren’t going to read a hundred in 2014 (not that we would stop you trying!). Set a goal you think you can attain, then carve out some reading time every day – a few minutes in the morning, or right before bed, or in the evening instead of an episode of TV. If you read e-books on your phone (remember, you can download them from the library), it’s even easier to read a few minutes here, a few minutes there. Time spent waiting in line finally becomes productive!
- Join a book club: You can start one with friends, or come to one of the many book clubs at the library.
- Consider joining a website that helps you keep track of your books, like Goodreads or LibraryThing…
- …Or go low-tech and keep a list with pen and paper. Keep the list on your desk, on your bedside table, or on the fridge in the kitchen. You can keep two lists, one for books you want to read, the other for books you’ve read. Alternatively, get a little notebook you can carry around with you, so when you hear about a good book, you can write down the title and author.
- Read outside the box: Do you usually read within one particular genre – detective novels, or romances, or true crime? Try reading something a little different. If you need suggestions, ask a reference librarian, or look through the Readers’ Advisory section of Reference (that’s where we keep Book Lust), or try our database NoveList.
Will you make a reading-related resolution (really rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it?) in 2014? Tell us about it in the comments. And have a happy and safe new year!