New Year’s resolutions are tough to keep, which is why we made our first reading challenge of the year to pick up a book that supports a goal you’re set for yourself in 2017. We started by offering a list of our own recommendations, but we wanted to hear from you too. We asked the Bookish community to share the books they picked up and their thoughts on the challenge. Here’s what you guys had to say.
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“My New Year’s resolution is to read 40 books this year. I started the year off with a book I knew would be a page turner: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). It’s the first in her three-part crime series. Thank goodness there are three because this novel will leave you wanting more! Happy reading!” —Kim
“This year I want to read at least 30 books. Thus far, I’ve finished two! I’ve read America’s First Daughter and Hillbilly Elegy. Both were eye-opening and inspiring. Now I’m on to Into Thin Air.” —Leann
“My book club just happens to be reading The Happiness Project right now. So I guess I’m doing this challenge. Why not? :-)” —S. Hopkins
“Last year I challenged myself to read 50 books. I made my goal but December became a read-a-thon. As a retired librarian, I love to read and am very appreciative of the advanced reader copies provided by many publishers. I have found, however, that I don’t read things that have sat forever on my to-read shelf. I promised my blog readers I’d read The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, a title they picked, in January. My next book will be H is for Hawk. I bought a copy long ago and it sits there begging me for attention.” —Sue
“I made some resolutions this year, one of which is to be kinder to myself. I’m reading a few books on mindfulness and self compassion that I hope will help towards my goal.” —Kiwi
“The book club I plan to join has The Underground Railroad slated for February’s discussion. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more. Therefore TUR suits the resolution category. I am also intrigued by The Emperor of All Maladies as well as 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain. Maybe I should read something about procrastination. Now that might be the perfect book.” —Beth
“I read 81 books last year. Hopefully I will be able to read more in 2017. I set a goal to read 60 books, and have already read four and started three more. Happy reading everyone!” —Wanda M.
“This year I’m not letting my #GoodreadsGoal boss me around. I’m tackling the biggest TBRs first.” —Resa
“I love your recommendations, but my TBR pile is taller than my granddaughter! And that doesn’t include my weekly pile from the library. I guess my pile will grow! #booksaremylife” —Mary L.
“Twelve books in 12 months. A different theme each month. Very doable. It will help to make a small dent in my TBR mountain.” —Emma
“I posted your challenge on the Facebook page of the library I work in. I am totally taking the challenge. I am currently reading a book about bipolar disorder and another on diabetes because my resolution was to learn about the two ailments that plague someone close to me.” —Rebecca
Some submissions have been edited for length and clarity.