It’s pretty common knowledge that 2016 sucked. Hard. Like most of you, I have been patiently waiting for this year to finally be over so I can move on to a better and brighter 2017 (fingers crossed). And with that comes some New Year’s resolutions that are guaranteed to make this next year rock. Usually, I make the typical resolutions: more gym time, less TV (yeah, right), and no more chocolate after 10 p.m. (sure). But, obviously, I tend to break them by about – oh – yesterday. This year, I want to do it right, which is why all of my resolutions are about something I genuinely love: books.
Not only do I want to read more, but I also want to step outside of my comfort zones and expand as a reader in general. So in honor of a better 2017, here are the five book-themed resolutions that I swear I’m going to keep:
Read More Books
I have always been a voracious reader, usually devouring at least a book a week. This past year, I definitely allowed other distractions to get in the way. I partially blame Netflix, as it’s just way too easy to stream show after show after show. Plus, how was I supposed to resist that Gilmore Girls reboot? Or Stranger Things?? But of course I also blame myself, as I let work and life get in the way of something I truly love doing. After all, reading isn’t just for fun, it’s also a stress reliever and a way to keep your mind actively engaged. This probably explains why 2016 felt so off in general. Think of how great 2017 will be if we all just start reading more!
If I had to guess, this past year I probably read around 25 books. My goal for 2017 is to read at least 50, but hopefully more.
Keep Up with My Favorite Authors
Finally Put a Dent in that To-Be-Read Pile
For some reason, lately I’ve been neglecting all those young adult books I wanted to read in 2016. While there are hundreds I can’t wait to dive into, I might be most excited for Lauren Oliver’s Replica (HarperCollins, October 4, 2016), a book with two narratives that you can read in multiple ways.
Read Outside My Genres of Choice
Still, there are so many great genres out there to choose from. I dabble in scifi/fantasy and read a ton of young adult novels, but mystery, horror, thriller and nonfiction are mostly untapped areas for me. So I pledge to read with more variety this year, starting with How to Murder Your Life (Simon & Schuster, January 31, 2017), a memoir by Cat Marnell about addiction, partying and the New York fashion scene.
Join a Book Club
Reading is great, but it can get kind of lonely sometimes. For years, I’ve been saying that I’m going to join a book club – and this time, I actually mean it. I’m not talking about a weekly hangout where we pretend we read a book but mostly just drink wine and gossip. No, I want a real book club, where we dive deep into the heart of the narrative, dissect the characters, and analyze the plot. But obviously we can still drink that wine.
Want to join me with my book resolutions, or have some of your own? Let us know in the comments!