top 5 wednesday: reading resolutions

Amersham, England © Ashley Paolozzi, 2017

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! 🙂


4 thoughts on “top 5 wednesday: reading resolutions

  1. Birgit says:

    Excellent reading goals. A Romance book I want to read is Dr. Zhivago which is more than just a romance but an epic spanning the time before during and after the Russian revolution and it is almost a love letter to the author’s real love since they were kept apart often, by the KGB. I love Agatha Christie and one of my fav’s was 10 Little Indians. If you read the novel, the ending is different from the play she wrote-same plot and characters but different endings. Since I love film and have an extensive book collection on film and actors, I would say to read Marlene written by her daughter Maria Riva. It is well written about her very famous mother, Marlene Dietrich. Marlene was born Maria Magdelena and she hated her name so, when she was in school, she fiddled with her name and created the name Marlene! That’s right, that name did not appear until she created it.

    • Ashley says:

      Dr. Zhivago sounds like a great one to start with! I’ve definitely heard good things about it. I think that’ll be a great start into the genre.

      I think I watched a BBC remake of that Agatha Christie book a couple years ago called And Then there were None. I really really loved that, I should read the book. Or any of her books, really.

      Very cool! I’ll add Marlene to my ‘to read’ list! 🙂 Thanks!!

  2. bilbobookins says:

    Welcome to book blogging! I’m new to it as well, so I’m definitely interested in watching your blog grow over the year.
    I’m envious of how close you are to your local library. Definitely take advantage of the proximity! After all, if you like a book you checked out, you can always buy your own copy later.
    Good luck with your goals this year (:

    • Ashley says:

      Thank you! It’s nice to meet someone else new. I’ll be sure to stop by and check out your blog!

      It’s wonderful being so close to the library. I used to have to take the bus to get to my old one so this is a major improvement. Bit of a dream, really!

      Good luck as well! 🙂

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