So at time of writing I have read 33 books this year, but hoping to make it 34 by the end of the day! Which I think is less than last year, but I didn’t keep count, so I’m not sure. It’s been a strange year for everyone, but I hope you, like I, have found a lot of solace in reading. It has helped me to escape times of loneliness and sadness, by diving into a chapter or two and returning to life afterwards a little more calm.
Having spent the majority of my time this year at home, I’ve realised I generally read while travelling, which probably explains why I’ve read less this year than I did last year. After moving into our flat, the time I spent reading decreased, which makes sense, but I want to use my New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 to ensure I dedicate more time to reading, instead of just playing Mario Odyssey when I can’t be bothered to do anything else! For that reason my first resolution is:
– Read a minimum of 10 pages a day
Mainly because if I start reading I’ll probably carry on for at least another 20 minutes, but if I really don’t have a lot of spare time one day I can still afford to read 10 pages before I go to bed.
Secondly, as much as I love fiction, I want to keep educating myself on topics I am either not familiar with or I am simply interested in learning more about. So my second resolution is:
– Read 2 non-fiction books a month before starting a fiction book
And finally, like many others I’m sure, I came to the realisation this year (far too late of course) that my reading is not very diverse. I want to read about and from more cultures and backgrounds because it interests me, because I want to support the work of all talent authors, not just those that are cis, straight, western and white, and because I am aware of the pressing need for me to educate myself about race and white supremacy. Therefore, my third resolution is:
– Read 1 book a month by an author from a different culture or race
I find that being specific in my resolutions really helps me to stick to them and also to plan for them, for example I have already decided that my first two non-fiction reads of 2021 will be Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, alongside the Guided Journal, and No Logo by Naomi Klein, which I started this year, but never finished as I had to return it to the library, but my friend @nonfictionmillennial has kindly leant me a copy so I can finally finish it!
Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions, book related or otherwise? I saw a lovely post by @book_roast on Instagram that I thought was worth sharing, so I will paraphrase: While a new year is a great time to set goals and think about how we can improve ourselves, it’s also important to remind ourselves of the things we already love about ourselves!
With all that said, thank you for visiting and reading my blog this year, I hope you have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and that 2021 brings you good fortune!