Soon it will be the end of June, which reminds me to make some mid-year reading resolutions. In this blog post, I will not only write my goals, but also share tips on how I manage to read effectively. Yes- we often break our resolutions, yet through planning and strategy there is no reason why you can’t meet some of your goals.
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Resolution One: Read More Jane Austen
Jane Austen and I haven’t always had the greatest relationship. Yet I’ve moved on from that high-school angst, and I’m currently reading Sense & Sensibility. I may not be the biggest Austen fan and her writing is out of comfort zone, yet I’m enjoying her stories so far. Adding onto that, I plan to read Mansfield Park sometime in the next six months. I believe this mid-year reading resolution is feasible.
My situation, however, is not unique. Many people struggle with ‘classic’ authors and want a sophisticated understanding of literature. However, they are taken aback by a single book. So here is my advice.
When I struggle with authors, I tend to allocate one book by them at least once a year. I don’t rush or overburden myself trying to read all the books by them. Because of that, I don’t experience burn out.
Resolution Two: Read More Modern Fantasy
I love fantasy. Yet alot of the fantasy I read tends to be historical or epic fantasy. Because of that, I have dismissed modern fantasy. And I believe it’s time to change that. There are wonderful works of modern fantasy out there- and it’s not just by well-known authors such as Neil Gaiman. A book series that I have my eye on is The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I’ve only heard positive things about this series.
There are other genres I’d want to read more of: Westerns, being a major one as well as historical non-fantasy fiction. I’ve also got a new interest in non-fiction. Because of that, my mid-year reading resolutions thrill and excite me.
Resolution Three: Take The Stress Out Of Reading
Reading is supposed to be enjoyable and enriching. However, I often try to read as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. Because of that, reading can often be stressful and sometimes not fun. When I was reading Dune, I took my time reading it. As a result of that, I enjoyed the novel more.
So one of my mid-year reading resolutions is to put my competitive streak aside, and focus on quality- not quantity. What seperates books from other entertainment forms such as movies, is that you can decide how long each scene takes to read. Adding onto that, readers should take advantage of that fact. I always encourage people to read, yet know your limits. You don’t have to read every book within a year. Take your time, and you will enjoy it more. Just because I learned that lesson the hard way, doesn’t mean you have to as well.
Resolution Four: Engage More With The Reading Community
There’s something so satisfying about talking to a fellow bookworm. It’s like a potion of ideas, brewing. My resolution is more personal and has less to do with physically reading, but I’d like to get out of my comfort zone and chat with other readers.
When I was reading Dune, I made posts about it on Twitter. I got kind messages and enthusiastic responses. Because of that, my experience reading was enriched. I believe that people- from all walks of life- can be united through a fantastic story. Book Twitter is proof of that. On other blogs and on social media, people are having terrific discussions about a variety of topics. It’s time I put on my shoes, and engaged with other people.
I strongly believe one of the best things about book blogging are the people you interact with.
Because of that, I aim to engage more with the reading community.
So there it is! My mid-year reading resolutions for 2019. What are yours? What do you think of mine? Comment below, I’d love to read your thoughts!