I love writing reading resolutions because they are fascinating to look back on. They make it easy to see how much you’ve grown and how your interests and values have evolved. (Needless to say I plan to read a lot of Own Voices this year. If your resolution is to read more diversely, check out my 2018 Diverse Voices Reading Challenge.)
I would love to hear about your resolutions, whether they be personal, reading, writing, blogging, or study goals. I wish you the best of luck in everything you dream of achieving xo
I want to remind myself that life doesn’t have to be about finding my next favourite book. I want to take time this year to revisit some of my past faves – books that shaped and inspired me, and hopefully will do so again. You can see what books I plan to reread in 2018 here.
I’ve already learnt how to live with quitting a book partway if I’m not enjoying it. But what about those books I know I should read but can’t be bothered?
I need to keep reminding myself that I’m wasting my time by reading anything that I’m not in the headspace to enjoy right now. I should remember that the right mood will eventually return, and I’ll get so much more from the experience if I’m in the right headspace.
Read Like a Writer
My uni lecturers said being a writer “ruins” reading because it’s nigh impossible to turn off your analytical eye. That said, I’m enjoying picking up tips and tricks by reading amazing books and making note of what they do well and how. I’m also planning to turn this into a blog series, where I reflect on what I learnt about writing by reading some of my favourite books.
Read for Fun
I don’t want being an adult to mean reading is serious all the time. Sure, there’s a time and a place to read difficult, life-improving books. But I want to feel joy and delight towards books as well. So this year I’m freeing myself to read for fun.
Some of the best books I read in 2017 were outside of my genre comfort zone. Lesson learnt. I’m going to try a bit of everything in 2018. I should take the advice I always give to my library patrons: if the first pages don’t hook you, give yourself permission to move on. Trying new things with no strings attached means I’m more likely to stumble upon amazing discoveries, and be less hard on myself if it’s not the right fit for me.
Past Reading Resolutions