And with it comes more T5W and goals for the year. I’ll look back on my 2018 goals in another post, but for this year I want to do the following:
1. Read EVERYTHING on my TBR list.
This doesn’t include books bought in 2019, this is the 17 books that have sat, waiting patiently for me to pick them up, for the last year or more. Or to finish reading them (sorry, Locke Lamora).
2. CELEBRATE BOOK BIRTHDAYS
I don’t do this half as much as I should and I feel like I miss out a lot on celebrating with authors and hyping them up, so while not necessarily reading-related, I want to celebrate books being released. Cause that’s what it’s all about, right? New books!
3. Read More Diversely
It’s so easy now to pick up a book by an author of colour, a trans author, an LGBTQ, a disabled author… while there’s still a long way to go before we can stop having the discussion of why diverse books are necessary (hi publishing, please don’t put a quota on diverse books, thanks), I am so impressed by the books which are coming out from authors in the above groups.
I want to read more from native authors, queer authors (not just gay cis men), authors of colour, authors who have disabilities, authors of different countries. Which brings me to…
4. Read More Translated Books
There’s a whole wealth of stories out there – Russian lit, South American, French, Middle Eastern – that I need to read. I shouldn’t be scared off by a book which doesn’t feel like it might be ‘my type’ just cause it doesn’t have something magical in it. I need to read more books which are important not just because they show a different side of the world, but of the stories which are important to them there.
So yeah I want to read more, if my library has them!
5. Buy Independently
I want to support local indie book stores, and I would if indeed, we had any, but there are plenty of indie book shops online that I plan on buying from. This also ties in with another goal, which is to buy a physical book per month (if pennies allow) to support the industry, but I’m going for buying 10 new or old releases (from various houses) from indie book stores this year, no matter which month.
So that’s it! My top 5 Reading Resolutions – or at least book related – for this year. What’s yours?
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