It’s the perfect time to start thinking about the things that we want to accomplish, be better at, and try next year. And, because we are who we are, we are adding some bookish and reading resolutions on our 2021 list!
Here are some of our resolutions for the upcoming year:
1. Read more books than we buy
Okay, this one is hard, I know. But it must be done. We all love buying books, but I can admit that sometimes that habit starts to get out of hand and we buy more books that we plan or realistically know we can read. For next year, I propose trying to actually read more books than we buy. Believe me, if we accomplish this, we will feel really good. Then, maybe we can reward ourselves with more books!
2. Read more books by Diverse authors
It’s not only the publishing industry’s job to publish more books by diverse authors (authors of color, LGBTQ+ authors, authors with disabilities, etc.), but also our jobs as readers to support these authors when their books get published. Diverse authors write amazing books that many times don’t get the promotion or attention they deserve, so next time we are looking for books to read, let’s add some of these books to our lists.
3. Read a book club book
If there is something better than reading a great book its’ reading a great book with other people and then getting to talk about it with them. So, celebrity book clubs, bookstore book clubs, or whatever your choice of book club is, let’s pick up a book club book next year!
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4. Read a Pulitzer prize winning book
Maybe we’ve done this already, but doesn’t mean we can’t do it again! Pulitzer prize books always get a lot of attention, and probably for a very good reason. Let’s read one (or many) of those books this year and see what all that fuss is about.
5. Read a translated book
Books written by authors of other countries, and in languages that are not our own, are an amazing way to see what literature is like in other places and widen our horizons. Let’s find some books in translation to read next year and, who knows, maybe even find a new favorite.
6. Read a book on a scientific subject
Plants, animals, physics, whatever science suits your fancy… let’s learn more about it! As much as I love fiction, learning more things about the world we live in is always important. So, let’s pick up some science books and get learning.
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7. Read a debut author
Debut authors need all the support they can get. Putting your work out in the world in scary, especially if it is for the first time. Also, debut authors need good sales in order to be able to publish more books, so let’s make it a point next year to support some debut authors!
8. Read a book from a genre we don’t often read
We all have our comfort zones when it comes to reading, and there is nothing wrong with only reading books from genres we know we love. But, it is also important to break out from our own comfort zones sometimes. Whether the genre you don’t really read is poetry, short stories, horror, non-fiction, or anything else, give it a chance this upcoming year. If you find you don’t like it, you can at least say that you tried.
9. Read our oldest book in our TBR lists
Our TBR lists are ever-growing and ever-changing, but we all have that one book that we’ve been meaning to read for years. Why not make 2021 the year we finally read it?
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10. Read (or try to read) every day
It seems like our days have been completely taken over by other things. But, just as it is important to make time to do all the things we need to do, it is important to find time to do things we enjoy. Next year, let’s try to read, even if it’s just a little, every single day. But, of course, don’t beat yourself up over it if you don’t; this is about doing things we love, not trying to reach reading goals, and the last thing we want is to make reading a task we dread.
11. Donate a book…or two or three
Giving is just as important as receiving. If you find yourself cleaning out your shelves, or if there are books on your collection that you don’t particularly like/ don’t think you are going to read, donate them! There’s always people in need of books, and those books that are just sitting on our shelves collecting dust could maybe change someone else’s life. So let’s find our local book drives and donate some books!
12. Buy books from independent booksellers
2020 has been a hard year for all small/independent business, and bookstores are no exception. Let’s make it our mission in 2021 to support our local business and purchase as much as we can from them. Your local booksellers will love you forever.
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We hope that next year we have our best bookish year yet, and we also hope you join us on these resolutions for 2021!