Whether one is the type to make resolutions about daily habits or greater life goals or not, most diehard readers I know usually make some sort of reading resolution. Whether they resolve to challenge themselves by reading more or reading different kinds of books, or perhaps to read the books that they have on their shelves, to reread some favorites (a 2013 resolution that went completely unfulfilled), or read more with their children.
My goals this year are similar to others I’ve made in the past. And as always, I’m optimistic about keeping them, in spite of past failures. These are only reading goals, nothing serious and yet reading is something to which I give considerable time and effort, so I am always thinking about what I want to get out of it.
- Read what I want, when I want — I feel a little boxed in by review titles sometimes, but it’s my own doing, and honestly I love the opportunity to read all sorts of books. But I want to remember that it’s my choice and it’a a hobby. Whether that means taking a break from review copies, rereading old favorites, or just being more selective, I’m going to keep the pleasure in reading for pleasure.
- Keep better track of the books I’ve read and review books I’ve requested — I set up a Goodreads account a year ago, but I didn’t use it at all. I review most of the books I read right here, but I’d like to keep better track of them over the long haul. I’ve also decided to use it to keep track of the books I’ve requested, so that they don’t sneak up and overwhelm me.
This is nothing new for me, and it’s probably not even worth writing out (AGAIN), but I feel like I have a system to make it work, so maybe it will stick.
I’m curious if you’ve made any reading resolutions? Are they similar to others you’ve made in the past? Do you have a plan in action to make it work? Leave a comment and let me know.