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Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re still searching around for New Year’s Resolutions ideas and you’re a reader, you’ve come to the right place! Now, I’m not usually one to make resolutions because I’m not at all interested in actually following through. However, I came across this post by a fellow group of book bloggers and I loved their idea for bookish resolutions. I’m won’t be adopting all of these, but I might focus on a few of them throughout the year.


Bookish Resolution Ideas:

Complete a Reading Challenge – Both Modern Mrs Darcy and PopSugar have great reading challenges for the year. Modern Mrs Darcy’s is more manageable with a lot less categories. The PopSugar one seems like it’d really expand my reading genres, though.


Set a book goal – Every year Goodreads prompts me to set a goal for the number of books I’ll read in a year. Since I hit 92 in 2017, I upped my goal from 50 to 75. With 7 under my belt already I’m right on track.


Join a book club (and actually attend!) – I love the idea of joining a book club, but is it ridiculous to admit I’m nervous about getting together with strangers? Libraries are often a good place to start or create one with your friends!


Read a genre you normally avoid – I’m hoping to delve more into nonfiction this year. My go to blogger, Modern Mrs Darcy, put out a list of fascinating nonfiction (which for some reason seems to have disappeared from the internet). That’s piquing my interest and makes me wonder what else is out there I’m missing… Since my ten minutes of searching for that article were fruitless, the titles I added were Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, Hitmakers: The science of popularity in an age of distraction, Text Me When You Get Home: The evolution and triumph of the modern female friendship, and Nabakov’s Favorite Word is Mauve: What the numbers reveal about the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing.


Try a new reading format – You’ve got paper books, ebooks, and audiobooks. I used to read ONLY paper books (and would tell everyone I know about how and why they’re better). Over the past few years I’m fully embracing ebooks for their portability. Plus, packing 3-4 books in a suitcase starts to get really heavy! I’ve yet to try audiobooks, but I might finally get on board in 2 or maybe 10 years.


Read books you already own – This is for all you book hoarders out there. At last count we own over 550 books. I practically have enough to start a library, yet I keep buying more at book sales and visit the library at least twice a month. Why??? It’s time to finally pick up some of those I own (or reread old favorites).

Check out my Book Survey for all of my favorites and disappointments from 2018!

What other book related New Year’s Resolutions would you add to my list?


  • Reply
    Allison @ My Novel Life
    January 23, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Great advice! I’d like to join a book club, but I get nervous around people I don’t know. Getting involved with the library is a great idea!

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Down The Book Hole
    December 31, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I want to join a book club so bad !

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