January is upon us, which means it’s time to make some resolutions! Here are a few bookish resolutions that I will endeavour to keep in 2016.
- Stop dog-earing books – I have book marks. I’m a librarian. I should know better. I’m just lazy. No more excuses.
- Finish what I start – I have the attention span of a gnat. I am notorious for getting bored and not finishing books, and my bedside table is littered with the partially-consumed remains of novels.
- Branch out – I know what I like and I tend to stick to it. This year, I resolve to branch out of my comfort zone and venture into genres I typically avoid. YA fiction, I’m looking at you.
- Give ebooks another go – I tried ebooks when they first appeared on the market and I wasn’t a fan. I have a years-old Kindle that hasn’t been taken out of the box, and this year I swear to at least read a single ebook from nose to tail.
- Stop being a snob – Oprah’s Book Club? Not a chance. Celebrity author? Wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole. Glowing review in People magainze? Ugh. But that was then. This year, I resolve to stop judging a book by its cover, author, or fan base, without at least giving it an honest go.
- Read around the world – The majority of the books I read are either American or British, and this year I want to expand my literary horizons and read more novels from around the world, including works in translation and literature from my own country.
- Listen to more audiobooks – I’ve always been wary of audiobooks, but I took the plunge in 2015 and downloaded my first-ever title. I spend two hours a day on transit, and on busy days I end up standing, which makes reading difficult. This year, I’m going to face my fear of rotten narrators and try more audio titles.
- Get involved – I’ve discovered an exciting world of book nerds out there on the web, and this year I resolve to get out there (virtually, of course) and get involved. As a relatively new librarian and literacy educator I’ve still got a lot to learn, and there are so many talented, inspiring writers and bloggers out there who are sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm. It’s up to me to take it advantage of it.
So there you have it, a handful of bookish resolutions that I hope will help me be a better reader, writer, blogger and librarian, or at least make my paperbacks last a little longer…! 🙂
Any of my resolutions sound familiar? What are some of your resolutions this year? Let me know in the comments below!