I set myself some bookish resolutions in 2012 and wanted to do it again in 2013. I’m really happy with what I’ve come up with and I think if I adhere to these resolutions, it’ll help me make the most of reading!
1. Buy fewer books online and more from bookshops
I rarely go to bookshops and I find that really sad because it’s one of my favourite things to do. I know books tend to be cheaper online and I know it’s more convenient, but it’s just not as fun. I’m going to attempt to buy the majority of my books in actual bookshops and I’m hoping to combine this with the below resolution. I’ll also enjoy supporting many different businesses, rather than just Amazon and The Book Depository, although no doubt I’ll still use them throughout the year, especially as I own a Kindle.
2. Visit more London bookshops (and then blog about them)
One of the questions I get asked most frequently is ‘Can you recommend any London bookshops?’ and aside from the few obvious ones – Waterstones Piccadilly, Foyles, Daunt Books, Southbank Book Market and Hatchards – I generally have nothing to offer. I’m hoping to change that this year and perhaps you’ll join me along the way.
3. Do not buy books unless they’re going to be read
This was one of my 2012 resolutions but it did not go as planned. I really do not need to purchase books unless I’m going to read them in the same month so that’s what I’m going to attempt to do.
4. Read one ‘classic’ book per month
I really enjoyed this challenge so far and so I want to continue. I’ve chosen The Picture of Dorian Gray to be my first classic of the year and I’m also hoping to read Life of Pi, The Shadow of the Wind, and I Capture the Castle.
5. Read more that isn’t young adult or children’s fiction
This doesn’t mean I want to read less young adult or children’s fiction. Not at all. I’d love to read more if I could, but I have been neglecting books that are not shelved in either of these sections in a bookshop – I want to get back into reading more ‘adult fiction’ (and non-fiction).
6. Read books I already have (especially books I purchased myself)
I currently have 170+ books on my ‘to read’ list and although many of these are review copies or gifts, the majority are books I’ve purchased but haven’t yet read. I want to change that this year and try to read as many of them as possible.
7. Remember that reading is fun (so read what I want, when I want)
I’ll be honest with you, in the last 6 months of 2012 I wasn’t really enjoying reading any more even though I read some fantastic books and it’s probably because I constantly felt pressured in some way. I don’t want to make a list of books I have to read before a certain date or books I need to review ASAP and then feel guilty when I don’t. I just want to enjoy it again and so I’m going to try to accept fewer review copies, scrap my reading schedule, and challenge myself to read fewer books – or, at least, read more because I want to rather than because I feel I have to.
Have you set yourself any 2013 bookish resolutions?