Check Out the Bookish Staff’s 2019 Reading Resolutions

Check Out the Bookish Staff’s 2019 Reading Resolutions

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January is here, and it’s the perfect time to think about your reading goals for the year. At Bookish, we’re looking ahead and making big reading plans, and we invite you to join us. Below, members of the Bookish staff chat about their reading resolutions for 2019. Check ours out, and make some resolutions of your own! We think 2019 is going to be a great year.

In 2019, I’m planning to read 50 books. I’ve never been great about quantifying my reading goals (I tend to just read as much as I possibly can and call it good), but I think having a concrete goal in mind might push me to enjoy even more books this year. Fifty seemed like a nice number since it’s roughly one a week plus some wiggle room. —Elizabeth

2018 was the year that I fell in love with graphic novels. I started reading several big series such as Saga, Monstress, the new Archie comics series, and several new Marvel character series. But in 2019, I really want to expand my graphic and comic reading beyond the few series and publishers that I have tried. I think reading at least one graphic novel a month would an easy and fun goal since most graphic novels are quick reads. —Dana

2019 is going to be the year that I get into audiobooks. I received an Audible subscription for Christmas, and I’ve already spent an embarrassing amount of time combing through their catalog and trying to decide how to use my first credit. The only audiobooks I’ve ever listened to are the Harry Potter books, all of which I first read before listening to them. I’m excited to dive into a new reading format that I’ve never truly explored before, and to have a few fiction characters as my gym buddies this year. My coworker Dana recently recommended that I give Courtney Summers’ Sadie a listen. I can’t wait to check it out! —Kelly

My 2019 reading resolution is to read 24 books this year. I’d also like to (finally) read some books that have been sitting in my TBR pile for years, and I’m going to use the Bookish 2019 Reading Challenge for inspiration. —Brianna

This year, I’m going to read more with a pencil in hand. Towards the end of 2018, I did some projects that required me to read in a more engaged way than I have in some time. So, I penciled in annotations and, if the book was borrowed, used an embarrassing number of sticky notes. These projects reminded me how good it feels to read in that way. Taking notes as I read encourages me to be a more active and critical reader—to engage more deeply with the subject matter. It forces me to be in conversation with the author, rather than passively receiving their argument. So, for 2019, more pencils and more sticky notes! —Nina

In 2019, I resolve to read more poetry. I read at least a few poems a week but I want to buy and read more poetry collections. It’s lovely to read poems as one-offs but it’s also extremely satisfying to read the poems as a cohesive whole. I have my favorite collections that I return to time and again but I’m definitely looking for suggestions. If anyone has any, please leave them in the comments or social media! —Myf

The Bookish team put together a list of literary resolutions based on zodiac signs, and it just so happens that they completely nailed mine. I’m a July baby (thus a Cancer), and they were correct in predicting that my goal is to be kinder to myself when it comes to reading challenges. Working in this industry, it’s easy to put pressure on myself to keep up with every buzzy new release and to read a certain amount of books each year. I’d catch myself reading books just to hit my Goodreads goal rather than because I genuinely wanted to pick them up. In 2019, I still plan on tackling a veritable mountain of books, but I want to focus less on the number of books and more on reading for the pleasure of the experience. —Kelly

This year I hope to read at least 30 books. My goal for 2018 was only 15, and I hit 29.5 (the 1/2 counts!). Last year I read a lot of fantasy novels, so this year I hope to explore a new genre I don’t typically pick up—maybe some romance or historical fiction. —Amanda

I always set my Goodreads challenge to 100 books a year. I’ve exceeded it for the past few years since I count graphic novels, comics, and short stories. Plus I’m always reading multiple books at a time. But this year I want to try and read a certain number of pages every day to make reading a daily habit. —Dana

I want to read more non-fiction! In 2018 I found a number of memoirs that I couldn’t put down—Becoming by Michelle Obama and Educated by Tara Westover —but this year I’d like to delve into more history and politics. —Kristina 

2019 is going to be my year for reading classic books about monsters, a theme that ties into a project I’m working on. So far, I’ve got Dracula, Frankenstein, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde on my nightstand and I’ll likely return to Beowulf for the millionth time. If anyone has suggestions for me, please leave them in the comments or social media! —Myf

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