Happy New Year!
It’s that time of year again when many of us make resolutions for the new year ahead. Alongside my other New Year’s Resolutions, this year I thought I’d make some ‘Reading Resolutions’ – some goals for my reading in the new year.
1. Read well.
As with every year I want to read more but this year, I also want to read well. I don’t have a goal of how many books I want to read over the next 12 months, as long as I’ve read the books I do read well. I’m keeping the phrase ‘quality over quantity’ in mind here, as I don’t think it matters if it takes me a week or one month to read a book, as long as each word and each page has been read well. The author chose the words for a reason, so I want to make sure I read each one well and really consider the book before quickly moving on to the next one.
2. Move out of my reading comfort zone.
I like to think that I’m not biased when it comes to reading – I’ll read nonfiction and fiction, but I normally gravitate towards fiction. I will never stop reading it, but I want to push myself out of my reading comfort zones and read more non-fiction books this year. Biographies, books on history, science, religion, the list could go on…
Of course, it isn’t just moving into nonfiction that is pushing me out of my comfort zones – I can challenge myself by reading fiction, too. In November of 2013 I read Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary (and reviewed it here) and felt that I’d pushed myself out of my comfort zone by reading that novella. I want to do more of that in 2014. Challenging myself runs the risk of reading some books that I don’t like, but there’s also the possibility that I’ll find books and authors that I love. And that’s always a good thing.
I love going to the theatre too and before Uni I never really read plays unless it was for school. I enjoy reading plays so I want to make an effort to read more of them in 2014, too.
While I’ve only got 2 Reading New Year’s Resolutions for 2014, I hope that these are achievable goals. As the year goes on, I may even add to my list but these are the ones I’m planning on working towards for now. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions this year?