Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year! Bookish Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year!

When making New Year's resolutions, most people focus on health: start the Couch to 5K running program, quit smoking, take up yoga or join a gym, learn how to make healthier, more nutritious meals.

But how about some bookish resolutions, too? After all, you'll need something to read while recovering after your jog, or to distract you when you have a nicotine craving, or while dinner's in the oven...

Bookish Resolution #1: Read more
How many books did you read in 2012? Were you keeping track? If you'd like to set yourself a personal reading challenge this year, become one of over 130,000 readers who have accepted the Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge. You can pledge to read ten books, or fifty--it's all up to you. (And you can see which books your friends are reading for the challenge, if you need some ideas!)

Bookish Resolution #2: Expand your literary horizons
If you're a fan of paranormal romances, why not mix it up with some non-fiction? If you like historical fiction, throw your brain a curve ball with some futuristic science fiction or a gritty dystopian tale. And if you haven't picked up a young adult book or a graphic novel recently, you might be missing out on lots of great stories! No matter what you normally read, make it a goal to try at least one book that's outside your comfort zone this year.

Bookish Resolution #3: Experiment with e-books
I love books, in all formats. There's a time and a place for trade paperbacks, mass market paperbacks, hardcovers... and yes, e-books. If you've staunchly insisted that only paper books are "real books," how about seeing what all the fuss is about? You don't need to invest in an e-reader right away: just download Adobe Digital Editions (free!) on your computer, or if you have a smartphone or tablet, install a free book app (there are lots to choose from). You'll find a wide selection, from free public domain books to the latest blockbusters. In fact, your main problem will be deciding what to read first!

Here's a video from Open Road Media of famous authors discussing e-books:

Do you have any other bookish resolutions for 2013? Let me know in the comments!

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