- I am going to read more nonfiction. I have a few biographies I’d really like to get to – namely, Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges and John Adams by David McCullough. I would also like to start reading history books again, like Jared Diamond’s Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel. And finally, in this category, I would like to better myself by reading more philosophy this year. I enjoyed taking philosophy classes in college, and would really like to read more classics – Plato, Aristotle, Sun Tzu, Nietzsche, Emerson, Thoreau, and Voltaire are all on my list.
- I am going to discover new authors. I have a tendency to stick to authors I’m familiar with, so this year, I have decided to read (at least) one new-to-me author a month.
- On the other hand, I also want to return to some authors I used to love but haven’t read in a while. In high school, I was obsessed with Philippa Gregory, but it’s been at least three or four years since I’ve picked up one of her books.
- I am going to pick out a few great classics and take my time with them. If it takes me all year to read War and Peace, at least I will have read War and Peace. I will definitely be tackling Tolstoy’s masterpiece this year, and depending on how that goes, I may move on to Moby Dick (which I was supposed to read in college… don’t tell my professor).
- I am going to read what I want when I want to. Last year, I think I challenged myself a bit too much. And between school, book clubs, and reading challenges, I hit a bunch of reading slumps due to reading things I wasn’t that into. So even though I’m going to do all of those things again this year, I’m doing to try to be less hard on myself about finishing arbitrary reading goals – nothing bad’s going to happen if I miss a challenge or don’t finish a book for my book club.
- I am going to buy only books I really, really want. Last year, I discovered Book Outlet, which is a very dangerous place. I did get some really great books from them, but I also just got a lot of books. Which I don’t really have space for. This year, I’m going to try to read what I have, and cut down on my book buying. And if I’m not sure about a book, I’ll get the ebook or visit the library before I buy.
- Which brings me to my next resolution, which is to actually visit the library. It’s been years since I’ve borrowed a book from the library, and I need to start doing that. With the amount I read, it’s definitely more practical.
- I’m going to read more historical fiction. Historical fiction used to be my favorite genre, but in the last couple of years, I’ve read surprisingly little of it. I have a ton of historical fiction books on my TBR, so I’d really like to get to some of those this year.
- This year, I am going to try to be less impatient with books. Lately, I’ve found that I get restless when a book takes me longer than a few days to read, even if I’m enjoying it. I think I just need to slow down and appreciate them a bit more.
- And finally, this year I would really like to be better at keeping up with book news. Last year, I feel like I missed a lot of the books that were getting attention because I was a bit out of the loop.
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What are your reading resolutions for 2016?