New Year’s Bookish Resolutions 2013

2013 New Year's Bookish Resolutions
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?

29 thoughts on “New Year’s Bookish Resolutions 2013

  1. I really should make a list of bookish resolutions. I wholeheartedly agree with 7. I don’t want to feel pressure when reading. I will still make lists, but preferably after I finish books haha.

    As for 2, I hope you don’t mind a book shop recommendation? I really love this one: http://www.skoob.com/
    I’ve gotten quite a few beautiful books (as-new hardback first editions for no more than 4 or 5 pounds!) there. They’ve got a huge warehouse and you can request them to get books from the warehouse, but the store itself is lovely too.

  2. I agree with Carola about resolution number 7. I read some great books, but sometimes it felt daunting because I was going to review it and I felt like I was reading them just to review and not for fun. So I think I’m going to probably not review every single book I read because some books are truly hard to review, especially non-fiction ones. I’m really sad that I can’t adhere to resolution number 1 next year since I’m not working or getting any student loans. I really do wish that bookstores would have the online prices in store since that would make book buying so awesome. However I was really pleased that there were actual lines up at the bookstore in my university town because it meant that 1. People were giving books as presents and 2. People wanted to support the store.

    Great resolutions Stacey! I’m looking forward to reading even more awesome posts on your blog next year :).

    Have a Happy New Year!

  3. These are great resolutions. If you’re looking for good London bookstores, can I recommend the Big Green Bookshop: http://www.biggreenbookshop.com/
    It is a bit of a trek if you don’t live in North London but they are wonderful booksellers and offer so many amazing events, book readings and general awesomeness.
    Good luck for your book reading in 2013!

  4. I do agree that bookstores are lovely and nothing can quite compare to their magic. Just the ambling and browsing and the smell of books make me all happy and cozy! But Bookdepository is so convenient and afforable too.

    I’m with you on reading more classics and Life of Pi is on my list. Have you watched the movie yet? I’ll also eagerly recommend The Secret Garden for your classic reads! It’s heartwarming and hopeful and for all ages, I believe.

    I’ve been reading many books lately but I don’t feel like I’m truly savouring them and am considering starting a book blog myself. I’m sure it’d be fun (especially seeing so many delightful ones like yours and enjoying the recommendations and opinions from them) but I have no idea where to begin!

    A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ❤ Here's to a good year of reading. 🙂

    • Absolutely! I love that feeling of buying a book in a bookshop and then reading it on the way home, but it’s one I rarely experience.

      I haven’t seen Life of Pi, which is why I thought it’d be appropriate! I’d love to see it in 3D, but I don’t think I’ll get to. I actually have The Secret Garden too but haven’t read it yet. In a spur of the moment I also bought the film, so perhaps I’ll do a double review.

      I just began by posting some book reviews (some of which were bad written, looking back!) and from there on, you get more ideas for what to post 🙂 Good luck!

  5. I am terrible at reading the books I buy! I will buy a stack of ten books and then only read two of them and then buy more books XD

  6. I plan to do the same soon, I love making up lists with New Year’s resolutions. 🙂
    Good luck with your resolutions and btw, I would love to here about some London bookstores.

  7. my husband and i are making our book resolutions (or bookalutions as we call them…) on new years eve… we always pledge to read one classic a year (and this has to be at least 100 years old) and i’m determined to read moby dick.. tho have been saying that for years. we are also planning to read together (kind of) an author we feel we should have read but haven’t… like this year we’ll be aiming to read 100 books in 2013!! happy bookish new year!

  8. I’ll be doing some book resolutions over at my blog by the 1st. I Capture the Castle is a beautiful book and one which I really want to reread again soon. My stepdaughter just started it and loves it. I also finished The Life of Pi a couple of days ago. Its a nice book but I didn’t love it. Good luck with them all!

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  10. You’re going to love The Picture of Dorian Gray!
    I so agree with the reminder that reading is fun. Sometimes it feels too much of a mission that we forget it’s something we’re doing to enjoy ourselves!

    • I do hope so! And yes, definitely, so I’m still participating in the reading challenge, but it’s more of an excuse to make a list (and use the Goodreads widget) than a goal to reach!

  11. Love it! I also love your previous resolution of reading 70 books in 2012! The friendly folks at Facebook have allowed me to create a new 52-in-52 page, if any of your readers are interested: https://www.facebook.com/pages/2013-Challenge-52-Books-in-52-Weeks/310183925748974

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  14. Decided to scrap my Goodreads challenge and maybe just add it at the end of the year and see what number I come up with. Last year, there were some times I felt like I was reading only to make sure I completed it. I’d rather take my time and enjoy the books more.

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