READ MORE in 2019

Part 1 – CREATING YOUR GOALS

I imagine that most people’s bookish New Year’s resolutions revolve around an amount of reading such as “read x number of books” or, more broadly, “read more.” Here are some creative ideas on that theme:

When you set your goal, make the number attainable. Reading should be enjoyable and you don’t want to end your year feeling bad about not making your goal. You can even break it up into something more manageable, such as “Read two books per month.”

Concentrate on forming a habit of reading, such as “Read a little bit each evening” or “Only listen to audiobooks when driving or while at the gym.”

Focus on reading more diversely, like taking part in Book Riot’s annual Read Harder Challenge, There are lists for your favorite author and even your favorite band!  There are challenges like this one from Bookish that let you pick and choose.  So if you’re a speedy reader you might hit all 52 suggestions; but if you struggle to find time to read, you could pick out 10 of them for all of 2019.  And you can simply make your own reading challenges, such as, “Read a book from every section of the library,” “Read 3 books received as gifts that I’ve not yet read,” or “Reread a book from my childhood.”

Don’t forget to mix in shorter books, graphic novels, picture books (if you have little ones or have little ones to whom you gift books), and audiobooks.

This reading is for YOU, so remember to have fun.  Keep track of your titles, use a notebook, app or journal to list the books you’ve read and rate them, maybe even write reviews.  Don’t be afraid to quit books you don’t like. I know that, for me, if I’m reading a book I’m not enjoying, I read much more slowly or find excuses to do other things. You’re not some kind of hero for reading a book you don’t like. You’re not going to get any award at the end of it!  Read because you love to read.

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