January 17th is National Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day. If you’re feeling like your original resolution isn’t working, we’ve got a few literary replacements.
Organize your shelves
Rearrange your books by genre, color, author name, or title! As long as there’s a method to your madness, you’ll be able to find the books you’re looking for.
Join a community IRL
With January’s frigid wind blowing, we’d like nothing more than to stay locked inside with our books until spring comes (61 days and counting). But trekking over to your local indie for an author reading is totally worth it.
Are you always one step behind the trends? Commit to reading books published in 2017 this year and get ahead of the curve.
Start a club (or join one)
Contrary to the jokes, book clubs are about a lot more than wine. You can find them online or in real life. If you’d prefer to start your own we have some advice.
Kondo your shelves
If you’re feeling disorganized and haven’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this is the year to start it. Kondo believes that you should let go of items in your life that don’t bring you joy. Donate some of the books that no longer give you that positive feeling. (Bonus: This makes room for more books!)
Read your oft-neglected genre
Are you a nonfiction reader who steers clear of fiction? Or a fiction purist who scoffs at reality? Broaden your horizons and try to read more books in a genre you aren’t as versed in.
Read the books you’ve claimed to have read
Stop pretending to have read Infinite Jest and just crack the cover already.
Give yourself permission to leave a book unfinished
Some readers finish every book they pick up, even ones they don’t enjoy. We say, life is short. Read good books and allow yourself to accept when you aren’t connecting with what you’re trying to read. You can always try again in the future.
Read a book, buy a book
We’re all guilty of buying more books than we could ever read. This year, if you find yourself tempted into a purchase, try reading a book you own first and then treat yourself to the new one as a reward. (Psst: There’s also a magical place called the library where you can get books for free. This is especially handy if you aren’t sure you’ll like a book or don’t feel the need to own a copy).
Support local stores and libraries
Online retailers have the advantage of delivering books directly to your home, but stores have staff recommendations, coffee, comfy chairs, and endless other great things. Shop local.
Commit to a reading challenge
If you’re someone who likes to have a plan, then a reading challenge is perfect for you. There’s the Gilmore Girls challenge, Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge, and our own TBR challenge.
This resolution can mean anything you want it to: Read more women, more authors of color, more LGBT+ authors, more authors with disabilities, or (better yet) all of the above!
Read more translations
Books allow you to travel anywhere in the world, so why stay in your own country? Check out books written in translation and first published in other countries.
Don’t be so hard on yourself
Reading slumps happen, life happens, and it’s okay to have your goal be to read less or to take a break while you focus on other things. Reading is one of life’s greatest joys, not a competition. Whether you read two books or 200 this year, we hope you enjoy every book you do pick up.