Here at FFL, we love promoting great books and connecting with our readers who also love to read. Whether you prefer long non-fiction tomes or quick, light fiction reads, you’re still a reader. Yes, audio-books count as reading. With the new year coming up, lots of people are thinking about resolutions, and I truly believe that we should make our resolutions based on where we are in our lives. Generic resolutions fail, and the resolutions that succeed are the ones that are tailored to our lifestyles, our personalities, and our interests. 

With that in mind, here are five possible resolutions for voracious readers looking to try new things, meet new goals, and just read, read, read. 

Read a book over 800 pages

This is one of my goals for the year, because I tend to enjoy shorter books. But there’s something to really learn from these huge books. One, there’s usually a really intense story and lots of world building. Two, you really get to know your characters. Commit to a book over 800 pages in 2020 and see how it feels. It may just change the way you read! Some suggestions from me include almost anything by Stephen King, any of the Outlander books, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Game of Thrones, Priory of the Orange Tree, or Hamilton. If this feels unwieldy, try shooting for 500 pages.

DNF (Do Not Finish) a book

Dear readers, hear me out. I used to finish every book I started, even if I hated it. The world is full of good books and we don’t have to finish a book if we don’t like it. A revolutionary idea, I know. Our time is more valuable than that. So, I challenge you to not finish (DNF) a book this year. This both shows you value your own time but can be a sign you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone with reading. Sometimes you’ll like that area outside. Sometimes you won’t. But you should try and not be afraid to put away a book if it’s not the book for you at that time. 

Use your public library

Am I biased on this one? Of course. But as readers, we should be supporting the institutions that support us and build future readers. Schedule one day a month to go to the public library. Browse the shelves and find a new read. Or decide to put a book you’re skeptical about on hold at the local branch instead of buying it on Amazon. 

Write and share your thoughts on what you’re reading

One of the things I love about reading so voraciously is sharing what I’m reading with others. Now that I talk and write about what I am reading, I remember each book so much better and have a lot of great engagement with people. Whether you want to start a blog, use Goodreads, or simply compose a tweet or two about the books you’re reading, I hope you’ll see the value in it this year.

Reread a book you read in school

No matter what you studied in college or what high school you went to, I’m sure there was “assigned reading” that you felt some way about. I was an English major and am now a librarian, but I still hated reading Great Expectations my freshman year of high school. What do I think of it now? Well…it’s complicated. There’s beauty in revisiting a book years later and sliding into a story you know in a new way. So, I challenge you this year to reread a book you read in school. See if your feelings have changed. Does it hold up? Some popular books for this include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22, Beloved, and pretty much anything by Shakespeare. 

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member