2011 Reading Resolutions!
Welcome, 2011! I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation and am excited to be back here in blogland with all of you. Thanks so much for the warm response to our 12 Days of Books posts. We will be drawing the winner today and will post it with our Thursday post. Hopefully all of you had a chance to unwind with your families and friends over the holidays and to squeeze in some pleasure reading. I tackled Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and, although I was prepared for it to not live up to the hype, I couldn’t put it down.
I want to kick this year off with some Reading Resolutions. It’s a new era in book publishing, but in many respects nothing has changed- there are still too many amazing books being published every month for any of us to keep up with. Here are a few things I am vowing to do this year!
1. I vow to venture outside of my reading comfort zone.
I love reading literary fiction, young adult novels, and mysteries but I’ve recently discovered the pleasure of a well-written biography, and I’d love to read more non fiction in general. Maybe this will be the year I broaden my reading horizons!
2. I vow to finish more books instead of setting them down partway through.
My e-reader that I have for work has made it all to easy to dip in and out of many books instead of sticking with one until it’s done. While I get a taste of many books, I’m missing the satisfaction of living fully in one book at a time.
3. I vow to visit more independent bookstores (for fun!)
Since I work with independent bookstores, I don’t often spend my weekends visiting them, just for fun. This year, I’d love to find more time to explore smaller or newer stores, either on vacation in different towns, or here in my own city. This ties into my 2011 Shop Local vow as well!
4. I vow to spend more time at my local library.
I use the online reservation system a lot already for my county library, but I rarely walk through the doors of my local branch. After spending some time on the county library’s website the other day, I was thrilled to see all of the fun, free activities going on at library branches- story times, book clubs, workshops, author events and much more! If we want libraries to still be around in the future, we need to support them NOW!
5. I vow to respect reading in all forms.
Due to the nature of my accounts, I have always viewed eBooks with a healthy dose of suspicion and even resentment. After all, an eBook sale takes away from a print book sale, right? Well, now that independent bookstores can sell Google eBooks, I no longer feel quite so conflicted. My heart will always be with print books, but I vow to appreciate the concept of readers finding books they love in any format.
6. I vow to READ MORE BOOKS!!
I’m inspired by Books on the Nightstand’s +11 in ’11 Reading Challenge and will be participating. I’m not sure how many books I read in 2010 (just counting the ones I read purely for myself and not in a work-context) but I would estimate I averaged 4 or 5 a month? If I replace a couple of hours of bad tv a week with reading time, I should be able to fit in one more book a month. First few on my list: The Heights, Super Sad True Love Story, Crush It! (for school) and The Distant Hours.
What Reading Resolutions will you be making this year? Please share in the comments so we can all be inspired!