Bookish Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t always easy to set…or to keep. Every year we start out with the best of intentions: to start a new exercise routine, eat healthier, or budget our money better. But by mid-February our best intentions can fall by the wayside.

About four years ago I discovered one resolution that I could keep: a reading resolution. Every year I follow along on a reading challenge (or two!) to push myself out of my usual reading rut. Taking on a challenge like the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge gives me the push I need to read outside of my favorite genres.

I’m a big fan of Book Riot’s format. The challenge consists of 24 tasks ranging from “Read a nonfiction YA comic” to “Read a book recommended by a friend with different reading tastes.” Over the course of several year’s challenges I’ve read westerns, romance, and even science fiction. Honestly, I would never have picked up those genres if it hadn’t been for the challenge tasks.

Some of the gems I read this year include:

If At Birth You Don’t Succeed by Zach Anner (Task: Read a book by a disabled author)

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Task: Read a book set in a bookstore)

I also try to set a goal for how many books I’ll read in a year via Goodreads. Sometimes I accomplish it, sometimes I don’t. If you’re interested in mixing up your reading habits this year, try one of the following task-based challenges. Recruit a book-loving friend or coworker to join the challenge alongside you!

Barnes & Noble Reading Challenge

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

The 52 Book Club Challenge

Popsugar Reading Challenge

The Storygraph

Here at RRPL we have our own reading challenge to kick start your year with some good books! Winter Reading Bingo begins January 20, stop by or visit rrpl.org/winter-reading to join in on the fun!

-Melinda

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