10 New Year’s Resolutions for Book Lovers

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Book Lovers

Forget fad diets and detoxing, do yourself a favour and make all your resolutions bookish ones in 2022. Here are 10 bookish New Year’s Resolutions to try this new year:

Make more time for reading.

Easier said than done, but this really is a worthwhile use of your time. Reading is good for you? It’s good for the soul, your health, your brain, develops empathy, and makes you a nicer person. According to one study, reading even helps you live longer! And it’s a lot more enjoyable than going to the gym or changing your diet.

Start a book club.

Well, not only is reading good for you but apparently starting a book club is too. Of course, it makes perfect sense – something to do with the community, or maybe it’s the wine, who can say for sure, but if you’re not already in a book club why not give it a try? There are plenty of online options in our new world, so put finding your perfect book club on your to-do list this year.

Give yourself goals around reading.

One a week, one a month, 100 a year. It really doesn’t matter, but if your aim is to read more, making some goals will help to keep you on track.

Make lists or keep a book diary.

Ever go into a bookshop or library and forget what you wanted to read? Making a list will help with that. You can also make lists, either in a notebook or on a site like Goodreads.

Spend less time on the screen to make more time for books.

Okay, every screen except the one you read your book on if you’re an e-reader. Think about how much time you spend on social media, scrolling mindlessly through inane posts. Less of that, more reading in 2022!

Keep your books tidy and well presented.

Without going all Marie Kondo, organise your books this year. Get rid of the ones you really won’t ever read, or won’t read again, and make room for new ones.

Embrace those classics!

Read the books you’ve always wanted to. It might be the complete works of an author like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, or it might be a really long book – say, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, or a book that you feel daunted by, such as James Joyce’s Ulysses. What’s holding you back? Get started today.

Share with friends.

You don’t have to start a book club to share your books with friends. Pass on the books you love, talk about books, get recommendations from friends. Or start a community library, where everyone in your neighbourhood can swap books.

Try something new.

We often hear that people love book clubs because they discover new authors and read books they would never have otherwise tried. If you’re stuck in a reading rut and only ever read romance, try crime. Only read fiction? Try a great non-fiction read. Or think something is too high-brow for you… give it a go. You never know until you try.

And finally… make a habit of stopping by our Better Reading Facebook Page, where we review, share book ideas and news, and hold amazing author events. Best of all, our community of readers support each other, talk to each other, and often become reading friends. It’s an amazing place to spend time in 2022.

Happy reading and Happy New Year!

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