Bookish Resolutions and Goals

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up that was recently moved over to The Artsy Reader Girl. It’s a fun post with a different theme each week. This week it’s bookish resolutions and goals, although I’m going to do a top five rather than top ten resolutions.

1.Read More Non-Fiction – One of the things I love about reading is the ability to expand your horizons and learn new things. Since I’ll be at home with baby this year, I want to make sure that I’m still learning about new things. One way for me to do this is to push myself to read more non-fiction books in addition to the fiction I already love. What are your favourite non-fiction books you’ve read? The only ones I’ve read recently have been baby/pregnancy related so I need to expand my horizons a bit.

2. Read 50 Books – My goal this year is to average around a book a week. Not because I’m particularly attached to that number, but because I want to make sure I’m still reading. Reading is a hobby that I really enjoy and find very relaxing and I want to make sure that I make time for it (and I’m reading for me, not just baby reference books). Although, who knows, maybe I’ll end up reading even more than I do now because I’ll be spending a lot of time breastfeeding and I imagine I’ll be able to read a kindle and breastfeed at the same time?

3. Expand My Reading Horizons – Similar to the first resolution, but I tend to get in book reading ruts where I get really into a certain series, genre, or author and then only read that for a while. A lot of the books that I really end up loving are ones that I end up with randomly. I found this really cool challenge from Tale Away to read 52 books this year, each one set in a different country. I won’t make it my goal to read exactly this list (I’ve already read seven of them) but to pick a few here and there, and let the list inspire me to get out of my comfort zone a bit more. Also it adds a bit of travel inspiration to my reading list.

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4. Stop Reading Exciting Books at Night Time – Wellness seems to be a very hot topic at the moment, particularly how to improve your sleeping habits. One of the top tips is to remove any blue light devices an hour before you intend to go to sleep and since I read mostly kindle books I pretty much never do this. On top of that I read a lot of fantasy and mystery books that have a lot of action, it’s very difficult to fall asleep straight after reading that. I really want to work on my so called ‘sleep hygiene’ since I haven’t been sleeping very well lately and this is something that I really need to work on.

5. Get A Library Card – Not that I think buying books is a waste of money, but I should take more advantage of my local library services. I don’t think I’ve even had a library card since I was in High School. I have to look into it, but I think my library may even have an e-book service where you can somehow rent kindle books. Also the libraries here often have free story time and events for babies and little kids so I imagine I’ll be going to the library more often anyway. I’m pretty lucky to live a five minute walk away from two libraries (including the Toronto Reference Library which is gigantic) it seems silly to not take advantage of these services.

What about you guys? Do you have any reading resolutions for 2018?

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