Hello and happy new year, my lovely fellow book lovers!
By now I’ve posted my best and worst of 2018 and what I’m looking forward to reading in 2019. I also wanted to share how I’m going to work to be a better reader in the new year. The new year is about setting goals and looking forward to challenges and accomplishments to come, and this applies to the book community as well.
So, here are a few of the things I’m going to work on to help me become a better reader in the new year!
1: Buy Less, Borrow More!
I think it’s safe to say that we all have this problem, but I can never resist a trip to the bookstore. Afternoons spent at Half Price Books or other shops are my absolute favorite days and I always end up adding to my stockpile that grows and never slims. Despite the fact that I have three (yes, three) library cards, I seem to never borrow and always buy instead. So this year I’ll be checking the libraries before the bookstores!
Pro Tip: You can even buy subscriptions to a library’s ebranch so you can use their apps to get audiobooks and ebooks, so I think I’ll make it four library cards and get a subscription to the Austin Public Library’s ebranch this year!
2: Beat. That. Backlist.
I need to start working my way through some of the older books on my shelf and Kindle/Nook, so I think I’m going to start alternating between new releases and older books. That way I can keep my website fresh and trim down my TBR! Also, I’m completely guilty of forgetting my Kindle/Nook even have books on them and I’ll just let them sit forever until I remember them. Have to work on this for sure, so if you have any tips for this let me know!
3: Read More Classics
I honestly haven’t read like any of the classics aside from the ones assigned in high school (that I didn’t just google for tests, whoops), so this year I want to read a few of the classics. Mainly the romance classics like Pride & Prejudge, Emma, and Wuthering Heights. I want to be a more well-rounded reader, I can’t just read smut for the rest of my life!
4: Hit That Nonfiction Shelf
I tend to read mostly (like 99.8%) fiction and listen to nonfiction in terms of podcasts and things like that, but this year I want to read a few nonfiction pieces. I do have a few nonfiction pieces in my personal collection and I do have a lot of interests that don’t include shirtless dukes and bad-mouthing villains, believe it or not. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I love love love true crime and so this year I’ll probably branch into true crime novels instead of just podcasts and documentaries. Let me know if you have some good recs!
5: Diversify My Shelf
Let me be completely honest here and say that I haven’t paid much, if any, attention to who writes the books I read. I think I only care if they’re my favorite authors, but I want to change that this year. I want to read more books from people of color, specifically women of color, and minority authors. I also want to read more LGBTQA books, something that hasn’t been on my shelf in like, ever, I think. This year I’m aiming for both quantity (amount of books) and quality (who writes the books & what it’s about).
6: Read More. Period.
There are days that I don’t read at all and I want to change that. This year, I want to read every single day. Even if it’s only just for five minutes before bed or ten minutes on my lunch break. I think this will help me unwind after long days and will remind me why I love reading so much.
There you have it! Six simple ways I plan to be a better reader in the new year. Let me know what you’re planning to do this year to mix up your routine and set the bar higher for yourself!
Overall I had a great reading year in 2018 and am so happy with all the success my blog has had since it started! I’ve read so many great books this past year and have discovered so many great authors and genres and created relationships with great publishers. Can’t wait to read more, create more, and share more this year! Here’s to an incredibly bookish 2019!