So…another year of reading is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited! There are so many new releases that I’m looking forward to, and so many books on my shelves waiting to be read. This year’s reading resolutions focus more on quality than quantity while also spicing things up a bit with some reading challenges.
I do not believe that you should wait for a new year to start for you to take action and do something that you’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Having said that, I do love making yearly resolutions when it comes to books because I find them to be huge motivators for me to read more. Also, I can never pass up any opportunity to make a list! So here goes:
1.Read at least one book from every continent [Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Oceania and Antarctica]. I think this would be a great opportunity to discover new books and new authors while circling the globe from the comfort of my own home.
2.Read more non-fiction books. Last year my main focus was classics but now that I’m reading the latter on a regular basis, I thought I might put my efforts onto my least-read genre. I have so many non-fiction books on my shelves and the ones that I’m really looking forward to read are: Educated by Tara Westover, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben and How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman.
3.Read a book over a thousand pages. Sadly, I still find big books intimidating so I will definitely try to work harder on this ‘challenge’. What I found particularly helpful recently is reading longer books on my kindle probably because I focus more on the words than the number of pages I have left!
4.Read more magazines. These last couple of months I have been accumulating quite an eclectic collection of gorgeous magazines and I seriously need to find more time to read them. To name a few: Another Escape, Rucksack Magazine, In Clover Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Cereal Magazine and Ernest Journal. They are all gorgeous and unique, filled with incredible stories and beautiful photography.
5.Goodreads Reading Challenge: While I do want to focus less on quantity and more on quality, I can never pass up the opportunity to take part in this challenge, even if it’s just for fun and to keep tabs of all the books that I read. This year I decided to reduce my number from 80 to 70 though since I want to focus on bigger books this year.
6.Participate in Read The Year With Penguin Challenge from 2018. Out of all the yearly reading challenges, this particular one caught my attention. I only found out about it a year later but I decided to take part in it anyway because the prompts are quite interesting. They offer you the opportunity to discover so many news books from different genres.
7.There are obviously so many books that I want to read next year but these are the ones that I’m excited to get to:
- A Little Life // Hanya Yanagihara
- The Goldfinch // Donna Tartt
- Les Misérables // Victor Hugo
- The Name of the Wind // Patrick Rothfuss
- King of Scars // Leigh Bardugo
- Lord of the Rings // J.R.R. Tolkien
- Far from the Madding Crowd // Thomas Hardy
- A Tale of Two Cities // Charles Dickens
- Becoming // Michelle Obama
8. Quite often, half of my read books each year are rereads. I just love revisiting my favourite stories and these are the ones that I’m looking forward to revisit next year:
- Harry Potter // JK Rowling
- The Secret History // Donna Tartt
- The Illuminae Files Series // Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
- The Book Thief // Markus Zusak
- Atonement // Ian McEwan
- The Diviners // Libba Bray
- The Witches // Roald Dahl
And last but not least: READ FOR FUN!
Do you have any resolutions planned for next year?
I wish you all a wonderful 2019!