If you’re a reader and you’re still searching around for book related New Year’s Resolutions, you’e come to the right place! I’m not usually one to make resolutions because I’m usually horrible at following through. However, I saw an idea for bookish resolutions and thought I might have a shot. I may not adopt all of these, but I’m hoping to focus on a few throughout the year.
New Year’s resolutions for readers can cover a broad range of goals. There’s quite a lot more to reading nowadays than just finishing a certain number of books. Reading challenges, book formats, genres, and more can all stretch your current reading status quo.
Bookish New Year’s Resolution Ideas:
Complete a Reading Challenge – Modern Mrs Darcy, PopSugar, and many other blogs have great reading challenges available each year. They provide a variety of categories and you have to read a book that fits into each one throughout the year.
Set a # of Books Read Goal – Every year Goodreads prompts me to set a goal for the number of books I’ll read in a year. While I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this goal, it does help to track actual stats about how much I’m reading. The downfall is that I sometimes avoid larger books because I know it will take longer to hit my goal. As an alternative, you can set a number of pages you’d like to read!
Join a Book Club (and actually attend!) – I have long looked from afar at book clubs and wistfully thought of joining one someday. It’s a daunting leap, but most libraries have easy to join options! You can also check out local neighborhood apps or Facebook groups to see if one meets around you. If not, send out a message seeing if anyone is interested! You might be surprised at the response.
Read a Genre You Avoid – I’m hoping to delve into more nonfiction this year. It’s one of those genres I always say I’ll read, but never do. Maybe you stay away from sappy chick lit, scary thrillers, or sci fi? It’s worth a shot to give at least one book from that genre a try! You never know what you’ll discover. And if you hate it, you can enjoy writing an “I knew this would be horrible” review on Goodreads 🙂
Try a New Reading Format – Nowadays you can read a book format just as easily as any other. Paperbacks, hardcovers, audiobooks, and eBooks are all widely available. For the longest time I stuck my head in the sand and only read books I could hold in my hand. Then, someone gave me a Kindle and I slowly succumbed to the allure of eBooks. Just within the past year I’ve truly embraced audiobooks and heard how excellent narrators can enhance a story. Subscriptions and apps such as Kindle Unlimited, LibroFM, and Scribd help offer a huge selection of digital books. So, the hardest part is just deciding what to read next!
Read Books You Already Own – This is for all you book hoarders like me. At last count, we own over 700 books. I could practically start my own library, yet I keep visiting my town’s library and buying more books at used book sales! Why?? My wallet would be happy if I actually read the books I already own.
If one of your resolutions is simply to read more, check out my tips for how to read more books!
What other bookish New Year’s resolutions would you add to my list?