The new year is not an easy time for bookworms, as our resolutions tend to be less to do with ‘exercise’ and ‘clean eating’ and more to do with ‘stop starting books at 10pm and staying up all night finishing them,’ and ‘stop spending money on books when you already own hundreds of unread books.’ It isn’t always easy to emerge from the holiday reading haze in time to come up with your own resolutions. Never fear, we’ve put together a list of the top eight bookworm resolutions that you can aim for this year.
1. You guessed it! Stop starting books at 10pm and staying up all night to finish them.
Give yourself a reading schedule that actually factors in sleep. You’ll be the better for it. You’ll be less crazy. You’ll actually be able to absorb what you’re reading. You’ll be able to tell what’s real and what’s fiction…
2. Stop spending money on new books when you already own hundreds of unread books.
The Japanese call this phenomenon ‘tsundoku’ and you must stop doing it. You’ll save money, maybe save space (if you’re the type of person who can bear to let a book go after reading it), and you’ll feel less guilty about those piles and piles of unread beauties eyeing you from all corners of your room.
3. Stop dog-earing your books!
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Y’all nasty book abusers, stop defacing your lovely books and invest in some bookmarks.
4. Stop procrastinating your life by arranging your bookshelves.
They’re already in alphabetical order. You won’t be any happier if they’re organized by genre, or by color, or whatever other order you suspect may give you much more satisfaction than doing your homework, cleaning your kitchen, going to the bank or whatever it is that you’re putting off. Sorry, but it’s true.
5. Find your local independent bookstores and support them!
It’s not all negative! Find your local indie bookstore and hang out there, buy books from there rather than from Amazon, post about them on social media (if you can find time for social media between books, that is). The benefits of shopping at indie bookstores are endless for you, your community, and the environment—check the full list here!
6. Use your local library!
Libraries are an invaluable resource and they can help you with your book-buying addiction! They’re also a cool, quiet place to hang out and a good spot for mingling with fellow bookworms if you’re looking to expand your bookworm social circle this year.
7. Read the books before the movie adaptations come out this year!
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There are a bunch of amazing books being made into movies and TV shows in 2018, and it is your obligation as a bookworm to read the books before you see them on screen. They include Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Into the Water by Paula Hawkins! Check out a full list here!
8. Join a book club!
Another good way to expand the bookworm social circle, and an excuse to talk at length about books, is to join a book club. Lots of celebrities have them in an online capacity, including Florence Welch, Emma Roberts, and Reese Witherspoon. Check the bulletin board in your local library, or in your school or college for news of book clubs looking for members, or get your existing book pals together to meet once a month and gush about your chosen text!
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