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Reading Resolutions 2014

Here are my reading resolutions for 2014:

Read 100 books
I failed miserably last year, but I’m going to jump back in with this again.

Post more reviews and book lists
Here’s another I’m going to try again, but I’m changing it up a little.  Each month I want to post at least 1 book review, 1 movie review, and 1 book list.

Read more non-fiction
I used to love reading non-fiction as a kid, but I stopped doing it as much somewhere around college.  Maybe it was all the required reading.  Who knows?  In any case, the older I get, the more narrow I find my reading.  I’d like to start expanding it out again, including finding more non-fiction and memoirs to enjoy.  I want at least 2 books I read each month to be non-fiction.

Read more adult books
I read a lot of YA. As I’ve written before, I love YA, probably more now than I did as a teen.  However, I really miss reading the adult books I used to love back then and discovering the new authors now.  I want at least half the books I read to be from the adult section.

 

What about you?  Do you have any reading resolutions?

Reading Resolutions 2013 – Update

In January, I posted a list of reading resolutions for 2013.  So, how did I do?  Unfortunately, not so great.  I’ll blame this on starting a new job, which is a pretty great excuse to have.

Read 100 books
I didn’t even come close to this.  I finished out the year at 39 books, which is the lowest number of books I’ve read in about 8 years.

Review more books
I did actually manage to review more books than usual – 13 this year as opposed to 2 last year.  I was pretty short of my goal to review 3 a month, though.

Make my own must reads for 20-somethings list
Check!

Find books outside my usual interests
I’ve worked on this a little, especially when I opened the blog up to review requests.

Read the books I own but haven’t read
I made a dent, but it doesn’t help that I keep buying books.

 

Check back tomorrow for me 2014 resolution list!

Link Round Up: July 2013

Book Ads: Steimatzky Makes Cool Posters For Reading

These are so clever! I wish I’d thought of it.

 

Jane Austen Bank Note Earns Huzzahs and Nitpicking

Jane Austen is going to be on England’s new £10 note as only the third woman ever to do so. It’s a great day for women and literature, but of course the trolls and misogynists are popping out in droves.

 

Why I Banned A Book

This academic librarian banned a book at his library to prove a point to the community that apathy towards censorship is dangerous.

 

And here are a few lists to enjoy…

YA Summer Reading: 17 Amazing Books To Get You Through September “

19 Book Cover Clichés

‘This Did Something Powerful to Me’: Authors’ Favorite First Lines of Books

Link Round Up: June 2013

The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech

Though I know there is a subset of library users (and, unfortunately, librarians) who are not thrilled with the changes and advancements libraries have made to keep up with modern users, I am a big fan of innovative library programs, services, and spaces.  While I still love a beautiful old building filled to the top with books, we have to admit that the public needs more than that if we want to stay relevant.  These are some examples of interesting ways libraries are trying to do that.

 

Authors for Library Ebooks

If you are interested in learning more about how ebook pricing and availability affects libraries or you support revamping both, this is a good site to check out.

 

Adagio Tea Fandom Blends

I need all of these.  I don’t even care what they taste like.  I mean, how great would it be to drink some Veritaserum or Felix Felicis while re-reading Harry Potter?  Or the TARDIS or Dalek blends while catching up on Doctor Who?  I’m aware that I sound like a commercial right now, but, seriously, how cool are these?

 

The First 10 Works of Fiction You Should Read If You’ve Never Read a Book Before

I’m including this because I completely disagree with it.  While the books on this list are all good books, they are exactly what someone who cares more about image than literacy would suggest.  First time readers should pick a book that excites them.  Very few people who’ve never made it through a book before are going to be excited by Hamlet or Mrs. Dalloway.  Very few people started out loving these books; they worked their way up to them and then, perhaps, found a love for them.  Unfortunately, too many people are concerned with the idea of people reading the “right” things rather than the idea that they’re reading at all.  New readers would be much better off going to the reader’s advisory at the local library to get help finding a book they’ll love.

And here are a few lists to enjoy…

23 Images That Will Change The Way You Look At “Harry Potter”

Clever Photoshopped Covers of Book Titles Missing a Letter

15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America

13 Utterly Disappointing Facts About Books

Vintage Library Posters

Vintage Library Posters

Buzzfeed has a list of 19 super neat vintage library posters.   So creative!