I’m a sucker for New Year’s Resolutions. I love thinking about how on January 1st of each year, I will magically be able to wipe the slate clean of bad habits and finally start doing all the things I say I will….
It generally doesn’t happen. But that’s a different topic altogether.
For the past couple years, in addition to the usual: lose weight, stop snoozing, declutter… I’ve starting making some more fun reading resolutions as well. I started in 2017 by setting a goal of 40 books on my Good Reads Challenge. I met it–just under the wire, by listening to the audiobook versions of the Harry Potter Series. This felt a little like cheating.
In 2018, I upped it to 52 books. I ended up reading 53 (#winning). But I wanted to add more to my reading life than just more books. So, I also made goal to start a book club. I’m proud to say that it’s going strong with 13 members after a year of consistently meeting. Less consistent was my resolution to start this book blog. But hey, it’s here. And I did post a handful of times, so that counts for something, right?
2019 Book Resolutions
Read 60 New Books
This year, I’m setting the bar high with a goal of five books a month. And I want those five books to be new to me. I love to reread, but there are so many books out there and only so much time to read in a day. I’m trying only to reread using audiobooks. I’m actually really enjoying this. It makes my commute more pleasant and livens up chores and making dinner. It also leaves my coveted before bedtime reading free to new material.
I must admit, I’m struggling with this already. My official goal–I’m putting it out into the universe–is to post twice a week. By the end of the 2019, I want to publish 100 new blog posts. This is quite a deviation from my post-whenever-I-have-time strategy of last year. By having a specific, numeric goal, I hope to be able to get myself to do something that I’ve wanted to do for (literally) years now: becoming a regular blogger.
Connect with Other Readers
Reading is a solitary activity, which is part of what appeals to my introverted nature. However, I feel like nothing deepens my experience with a book more than discussing it with others. I get to do this once a month with my book club, regularly with some of my bookworm friends, and occasionally with my husband. However, this goal speaks directly to my desire to connect with the online book loving community–book bloggers, in other words. I don’t know what shape this is going to take just yet, but consistently reading and commenting on other book blogs seems like the place to start.
How about you? Do you make book-related new years resolutions? What is on your to-read list? Do you have any great book blog recommendations?
Happy New Year and Happy Reading,