What Are Your 2019 Reading Resolutions?

Sure, exercising and cooking at home more often are good goals for 2019, but have you thought about the really important things? Namely, your reading resolutions! What kind of plans do you have to improve, expand or support your reading goals for 2019? For true bookworms, it may not seem necessary to attach objectives to something you already spend so much time on, but we can all benefit from reading with intention in the coming year.

Expand your reading horizons in the coming months with a challenge to yourself to get out of your comfort zone, whether that means joining a book club, looking for reading material far outside of your preferred genre or giving a new voice a chance to make an impression.

Join a book club

Resolve to join a book club this year and discover (or rediscover) the joy of reading with a group. Find a book club to join in person, or take a look at the many book clubs available online, for every type of reader.

Read more

If your resolution were to read as much as possible this year, it would be hard to beat 52 books in 52 weeks. There are lots of challenges like this one to help you stay on track and keep things interesting.

 

Read diverse voices

Resolve to read diverse voices in 2019. Challenge your habits and change your perspective with books by authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors, disabled writers and Indigenous voices to help round out your resolution.

Read the classics

You know those books that you skipped in high school but said you’d always read, eventually? Well eventually is here! You’ll be able to think more critically about these titles as a well-rounded adult, anyway.

Read outside of your comfort zone

Think you’re not a sci-fi fan? Usually stay away from historical fiction? Why not get outside of your comfort zone this year and resolve to try a genre you normally wouldn’t read. If you’re not sure where to start, check out best-sellers lists, Goodreads community lists, ask friends for recommendations or browse online or bricks-and-mortar stores. Go ahead—judge a book by its cover and dig in! You may surprise yourself.

Read different formats

If you’re a reader that relies mainly on one format (probably physical, paper copies) of books, why not resolve to become an adept user of ebooks or audiobooks in 2019? Change can be tough and habits hard to break, but reading via different formats can integrate books into parts of your life they may not have comfortably fit before. Bonus—authors and publishers often get creative with different formats, from having celebrity guest readers on audiobooks to including free previews of upcoming works in ebooks.

So what are your reading resolutions for 2019? Let us know!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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