Only in the last year or so have I started making literary resolutions at the end of each year. Since getting more involved in Goodreads, specifically the annual reading challenge, I’ve become more purposeful with the books I choose to read and each year I want to challenge myself.
Here are my Literary Resolutions for 2019…
Read Different Genres
Originally I was planning to read a few cozy mysteries to see how that genre appeals to me, but the first and possibly last one I read was such a disaster that I’ve taken that off my list for good. The primary genre I’d like to reconnect with in 2019 is Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Read At Least 5 Classics
The classics will be easy to choose from because I have a handful on my bookshelf now that I have yet to read, mostly because I never had a burning desire to do so. I plan to make use of those books (finally) this year. I’m setting a smallish goal for this one on purpose with the hope that I will surpass it and then some without feeling pressured to do so.
Read More Fiction
If it seems like I have been reading a lot of non-fiction lately, it’s because I have. But I think I’ve had my fill now, and I’m ready to delve back into the fun of fiction. Currently I do not have any non-fiction on my to-read list and it feels great (although I might make an exception for My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper whenever it’s my turn to check it out at the library).
Listen To At Least One Audiobook
I still have not been able to get into audiobooks despite several attempts to give them a try. My reasonably attainable goal, and I am purposefully setting this bar incredibly low, is to get through at least one audiobook. If I accomplish anything on this list, I am 99% sure it will be this one.
My overarching resolution is to only read the books that I want to read, not the books I think I should read simply because “everyone else is reading them.” This can be a tough one because whenever there is a popular book that everyone is talking about it’s hard not to jump on the bandwagon. But there is (frequent) disappointment when I end up not liking the book and feeling as though I wasted my time. I don’t want as many repeats of that this year as I had last year.
What are your bookish resolutions for the New Year?