Happy New Year!
Hopefully by now you’re recovered from New Year’s Eve festivities and enjoying the Rose Parade. We live a mere five minutes from the parade route, so yesterday I got a sneak peak at the floats as I was driving home:
This year, I want cross some bookish resolutions off my list, and I want to revolt against some of the bad habits I’ve developed. 2014 will be different. So here are my resolutions and revolutions for the new year:
Spread the love of reading by participating in World Book Night on April 23, 2014.
If you’re not familiar with WBN, basically: you can volunteer to give a book of your choice to people FOR FREE. The goal is to encourage people to read by giving them a great book. This year, one of the books is The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is the Literary Wives pick for April, so I (and possibly some other Literary Wives bloggers) will be handing out The Zookeeper’s Wife. Good news! You can do it too! Sign up here.
Re-read as many books as I want.
I have a very long TBRR list. It’s time to get cracking.
Hold a book swap party.
I will not participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge.
Like my friend Cecilia wrote about, I’ve been trapped by the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It’s a great idea, but I’ve found myself choosing shorter, lighter, “easier” reads rather than challenging myself with more complex texts, just to reach my totally arbitrary goal. There’s nothing wrong with light reads—there are times when a good YA is exactly what I need. But I don’t want to stop pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I don’t want to stop engaging with classics and really complex texts.
I will re-read as many books as I want… and not feel guilty about neglecting the stack of unread books.
This ties into my first revolution. The way Goodreads works, if you re-read a book, it still only counts as one read on Goodreads. Not fair. And it’s kept me from re-reading some wonderful books. (I know this is a pretty childish complaint against Goodreads, but hey, that’s why I’m revolting.)
I will buy books only from independent bookstores.
It’s time to put my money where my mouth is. Like everyone else, I love a good deal and a sale. I LOVE free, two-day shipping from Amazon. But I know indies have good sales, too. Never have I ever not found what I wanted for a good price at Powell’s in Portland, OR. Though I don’t live there anymore, I can still shop online, and I can be patient for the delivery. I hate seeing and hearing about indies closing. And I don’t want to be part of the problem.