New Year’s Resolution season is upon us. This could be the year you lose the extra pounds, finish writing the great American novel, or just stop picking your nails. If you want to make this your best year ever, it’s time to add a few bookworm resolutions to your list.
Check out this list of New Year’s Resolutions for Book Lovers. Feel free to put your resolution plans in the comments section below.
#1 – Set Reading Goals
We all know that reading changes everything. That quirky fictional character might inspire you to book a trip to Paris. That idea in your latest business book could help you earn your first million.
Make this the year that you read with intention. Do you want to read 10 personal development books this year? Could you tackle 10 books on Amazon’s List of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime? Might you commit to reading 10 minutes of positive content each morning?
Set some reading goals. Put it in writing. Get a fellow bookworm to hold you accountable. Monitor, and celebrate, your progress.
#2 – Rediscover an Old Book
An old book is like an old friend, great with coffee and they probably still make you laugh (or cry depending on the genre…and the friend).
Pull out a book that you haven’t read in a while. Rediscover what you loved about it. Rediscover what you hated about.
Find out what the author of that old book is up to. There just might be a sequel waiting to be discovered.
In anticipation of William P. Young’s 2007 “The Shack” hitting the big screen in March, I’ll be putting the book on my list of old reads for the coming year.
#3 – Put Your Unwanted Books to Good Use
The first rule of closet cleaning is if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. Not so with books. You can leave a good book on the shelf or on your tablet for a decade, and still get that lovin’ feeling when you go back to it.
There does come a time when you know that you are never going to touch that book again. You know it’s time to set that little guy free, but you’re not sure what to do. You could:
- Have a yard sale and use the cash to buy more books
- Throw a party for your book-loving friends, and give away your old books
- Donate them to your local library, senior center, school or other community group
- Turn your old books into one of those cool crafts on Pinterest
Whatever you do, resolve that this will be the year that you do something with your unwanted books.
#4 – Read Way Outside of Your Comfort Zone
If you’re like me, you only like a few genres. The idea of spending your precious reading time on anything else seems absurd.
When you read outside of your comfort zone, you open yourself up to ideas and revelations that you might not have otherwise discovered. While I’m partial to nonfiction, what if it’s that new murder mystery that reminds me about situational awareness and how to spot a psychopath?
This year, make sure to add one book that is way outside of your literary comfort zone.
#5 – Rethink Your Book Club
If you are not a member of a community of book lovers, be it in person or online, it’s time that you start. But this resolution is for those of us who are already in a group.
What is the real reason that you are in a book club? The books? The relationships? The snacks?
Take some time to evaluate your reasons for joining a book club. Determine if those needs are being met. If not, this may be the year that you find a new group of book buddies.
#6 – Share Your Love of Reading with Others
When reading is your super power, you tend to take it for granted. But your ability to sustain interest, block out distractions, and keep turning pages is to be praised.
Your love of reading is actually a gift that you can share with other people. Read to your children. Read in a classroom. Read at the senior center. Leave a glowing review of a book online, even if you are one of those people who never leaves a glowing review of a book online.
This year think about some ways that you can use your love of reading to brighten someone else’s day.
#7 – Keep a List of What You Read
We always assume that we’ll never forget a good book. Then another good book comes along, bumping that earlier book out of memory.
This year, write down each and every book that you read. Not only will this help you to reach your reading goals, but you’ll also avoid buying the same book twice.
While you’ve got your pen in hand, you might as well write down:
- Reading start date
- Reading completion date
- What you liked
- What you hated
- What friend you would recommend the book to
#8 – Break One of Your Book Rules
Do you cringe at the thought of writing in a book?
Do you skip audio books because you don’t consider them to be real books?
Do you only read books that make Oprah’s Book Club?
It’s time for you to break your own rules. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- If you only read new releases, add an old school read to the mix
- If you only read fiction, read non-fiction
- If you always buy books, borrow books from a friend or the library
- If you’ve never enjoyed an audiobook, try Audible’s 30-day free trial
- If your author has to be a household name, find a little known indie author in the same genre
This year, promise to break at least one of your book rules. You may discover something new about yourself.
#9 – Read Just a Little Bit More
John D. Rockefeller is credited with saying, “How much money does it take to make a man happy? Just one more dollar.”
How many books does it take to make a bookworm happy? Just one more book.
This year, read just a little bit more. If you would usually stop after 10 pages, stretch it to 15 pages. If you read for 30 minutes before bed, try to squeeze in another 15 before you hit the sack.
Read just a little bit more. You’ll be happier.
#10 – Read Something Positive Everyday
The world is on fire. Everything is terrible. There is just no reason to go on.
The world is full of sunshine. Everything is awesome. There is every reason to have hope for the future.
The story is very different depending on who you listen to and what you read. Now, more than ever, you have to make sure that you are feasting on positive things.
I’m not saying you have to totally give up your mind bending mystery novels or kick those political conspiracy books to the curb. What I am saying is that reading things that inspire, motivate, and encourage you will not only benefit you this year, but in many years to come.
Now, go make this year your best year yet.
Old School Readers: What are your reading plans for the coming year? What are you reading right now?
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