Since I’m new to the whole book-blogging world I was looking around for advice on what types of things to blog about. One of the fun ideas I stumbled upon is a Goodreads group called Top 5 Wednesdays. The idea is that every Wednesday a prompt is given for creating a book related ‘top 5’ list. The first prompt is to write about your Top 5 Reading Resolutions for 2018. So here it goes!
1. Read books in genres I don’t necessarily love
I’m the first to admit that I tend to get stuck in certain genres, usually horror and science fiction. While I would never dream of skipping over a newly discovered horror novel, I do need to make a point of reading books in genres I usually disregard entirely. For instance, I actively avoid anything in the Romance genre. Not because I have a heart of stone but because they don’t seem all that exciting to me. I like a good love story when its embedded within another genre, but the idea of a relationship being the center of an entire novel seems a bit drab. How do I know this? Because I’m making a wild assumption that I have absolutely no evidence of. So in 2018 I will read at least one Romance novel (and stop making assumptions about genres I haven’t bothered to read anything from).
2. Read more books by POC and female authors
The majority of the books I read tend to be written by white male authors. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but after reflecting on my favourite authors and novels it’s a pretty obvious trend. So in 2018 I’m making a point of reading books by POC and female authors. A couple I have been eyeballing include The Colour Purple by Alice Walker and Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.
3. Take advantage of my local library
For the first time in my life, I live less than a five minute walk from my local library. How incredible is that? I hate admitting that I didn’t take advantage of this until nearly 6 months after moving. So naturally, in 2018 I will be taking full advantage of not having to spend as much money books. As much as I love to own my own copy! The other great thing about the library is being able to take out e-books and audiobooks for free from my phone. So it lets me be a little lazy as well.
4. Read War and Peace
This one is a bit more specific, and I already went into detail in my last post. But to very briefly summarise: 2018 will be the year I finally read War and Peace!
5. Ask more people for book recommendations
Despite the amount of time I spend reading book reviews and recommendations online I don’t ask enough people in my life what their favourite books are and which ones they think I would enjoy. This year I’m going to try and read more favourite books of friends and family members. If it’s a book they loved then there’s almost a guarantee that I will love it as well
There you have it! As much as I want to make a resolution “read x amount of books in 2018” I worry that setting a hard reading goal will discourage me from reading longer or more complicated books. So my main goal for this year is to be more adventurous with my book selections. I can’t wait to head to the library and see what I can find! 🙂