Maybe your New Year’s Resolution for 2012 is to read more? Or maybe it’s just to read a book in general. YAY YOU! If you are already a voracious reader, here’s a few ways I’m going to challenge you this year…
- Read Outside Your Normal Realm of Reading: If you only read YA paranormal, try a YA contemporary or a historical fiction. If you never read adult novels, give one a try. Read a classic! Try a YA book if you’ve always scoffed at being an adult reading teen books. It spices up your reading life so much to try new things that you’ve never read before. This year I’m going to try to read more fantasy and maybe a romance novel. I find that when I read something vastly different than what I’m used to, I either find something new that I like or just learn to appreciate the things I like to read even more. I’d be HAPPY to give recommendations since I read pretty much anything. THERE ARE SOOO MANY NEW THINGS TO DISCOVER!! I’m not telling you to stop reading what you KNOW you love…but there is such a place for venturing out and trying new things! I promise! Variety is the spice of life, *insert more cliche things about variety and trying new things* Follow a blog that covers different books than you do!
- Try an audiobook: I never thought I’d enjoy them but let me tell you…I am no longer a raging bitch during my commute anymore. Ask around for good recommendations. I’ve never been steered wrong when I ask people what are good audiobooks! If you think you can’t concentrate on an audiobook, try something that is a reread for you.
- Don’t be afraid to pick up that 400+ book: I know huge books can be daunting. I’ve been staring at my bookshelf wanting to pick up a few HUGE books but I’ve been too focused on the NUMBER of books I read rather than the page count. I’ve been such a slave to my blog because I’ve wanted to read books more quickly that I don’t pick up those HUGE books that I know will take me longer to read. This year I vow to let myself read these long books and not worry about the fact I could have 3 books read and reviewed in the time it takes me to read a longer one. Which leads me to my next one…
- Allow yourself to savor what you are reading: It seems that ever since I started blogging I also started being really aware of how long it takes me to read a book. I keep trying to read faster so that I can get more books read for my blog (and my final books read count for the year–which I have begun to NOT tally up this year and it feels so FREEING!). This year I’m going to allow myself to really savor some books. It’s like food…sometimes you need to just savor all the tastes and really enjoy a meal rather than devouring it….to really appreciate it.
- Read with a group: Whether it’s a real life book club, an online book club, a group read-a-long or just a few friends…read a book in a group! It’s amazing the discussion and the new understandings that come from a group read. Plus it’s way more fun to have people to be reading the same thing as you so you can freak out about something or mourn the death of a character knowing that someone is experiencing it right along with you. It also really helps to continue to make reading a social activity.
- Re-read more often: Along with savoring your books, I think re-reading also helps you to enjoy great books that you read. I always learn something new when I reread or sometimes I’ve grown up since I’ve read a book and relate a little more to it.
- Don’t be a slave to new releases: I’ve found myself abandoning all the backlist books for all the new, shiny books. As a book reviewer I know it’s important to highlight what is new and upcoming but it’s also important to take some time to read “older” books.
- Write your own blogging manifesto. This is more blog related but writing my blogging manifesto really helped me in my blogging/reading life.
My specific goals for 2012:
- Reading more books from my shelf. I’ve neglected them for packages of shiny, new ARCS so this year my ratio of “old” vs. “new” needs to be a little more split.
- Re-reading at least 5 books. My Re-Readathon this year was a good start so I’m hoping to read more beloved books or books that I think I can get more out of a second time around.
- Getting back to being an eclectic blogger/reader. I’ve always read a little bit of everything but this year seems that it was the year of YA for me…which was GREAT. I found some amazing young adult books but towards the end of the year I started to get burnt out on them and really craved some good adult novels and some non-fiction. This year is going to be a year of balance for me. I’d love to help other readers see the beauty of reading a little more eclectically from time to time.
- Try reading fantasy and romance. I’ve avoided these genres for a while.
- Find or start a book club in the Philadelphia area.
- Reading the 2 lengthiest books on my shelf.
I’m hoping that writing them down here will keep me accountable. It seemed to help last year with my bookish resolutions.
What are some of your bookish resolutions or reading goals?