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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Reading Resolutions

Yesterday, over on the Capstone Connect blog, Mandy — who does not care for resolutions — wrote about her non-resolution for the year. Unlike Mandy, I love the idea of a resolution. If I don't have a specific objective to shoot for, life tends to get in the way and I fail to make the progress I would like.

Normally, I have no problem coming up with a list of goals for the new year. However, this year, I really struggled to come up with something that would be obtainable and actually interesting and enriching to me. So I turned to my reading habits and thought about what I would like to achieve as a reader this year. Here is what I came up with.

1. Read at least 30 novels. I plan to use goodreads to keep track of them, so that I can remember authors I liked and get great suggestions on reads I may enjoy.

2. Read at least five biographies/memoirs. Often, I forget about non-fiction books (other than cookbooks and craft books). But that means I am missing out on great reads that have the potential to enrich my fiction reading. And books like Tina Fey's Bossypants are just plain funny!

3. Visit the library at least two times a month. I love the convenience of reserving books online from my home, simply stopping quickly to pick up my stack. However, I am far more likely to discover new authors if I walk up and down the aisles, admiring the covers and spines. Plus, the fireplaces and comfy chairs in our local library make it a home away from home.

4. Read one chapter book aloud to my school-aged children every month. I have two great readers in my house. It is tempting to ask them to read to themselves in the evening, so I can focus on their three-year-old sister and getting ready for the next day. But books are meant to be shared and enjoyed with others. This year, I want to do that together on the couch.

Do you have any reading resolutions to share? I would love to hear about them!

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