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New Year's Reading Resolutions

The New Year is here, and whether you celebrated with a champagne toast, stayed up and watched the ball drop at midnight, or were sound asleep by 10 pm, there’s one thing that most people seem to have in common—New Year’s Resolutions.

The tradition of setting goals for the New Year dates as far back as two millennia ago. In ancient Rome, people set moral resolutions and often vowed to be good to others and work towards being a better person in the coming months. Today the most common resolutions have a similar attitude as people aim to better themselves. This may mean going to the gym more often, traveling, making a new friend, learning a new language, or reading more just to name a few examples.

For book worms who like to set goals and challenge themselves, here are a few resolutions to try out this year:

  • Revisit your high school reading list
    • That book you hated from tenth grade English class, you know the one you did a report on by skimming SparkNotes? Make it your goal this year to finish it!
  • Finish and entire author’s catalog
    • Find an author you love and try to read all of his or her works. (Note: James Patterson and his 135+ novels might not be the best author to choose.)
  • Go to the library more
    • We don’t need to explain this one, right?
  • Read more diverse books
    • Reading books by non-American authors. Find a new genre that you enjoy. Ready old books and new books. Add some titles that are a little different than what you’d normally read to your To Be Read pile.
  • Go to a book event
    • As fun as reading can be, being part of a community of readers is a true joy. From author signings to comic book conventions there are plenty of opportunities to be part of the wonderful world of books. 
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