January 5, 2017

Reading resolutions for 2017

It’s January and that means Goals! Resolutions! Plans to do better next year!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve pulled out my bullet journal from under the junk on my desk and am charting my plan to be a better reader in 2017. Since I’m looking for inspiration, I surveyed the NoveList staff for ideas.

NextReads Bibliographer and children’s literature specialist Rebecca Honeycutt has a goal to read or browse 200 books, including picture books. That’s a lot of books! Her recommendation for success: make smaller, dedicated TBR lists of specific books she intends to read and share them publicly so the world holds her accountable.

Amie Reno, a Metadata and Database Design Librarian, has never set a formal goal, but my query was a good reason to start. Her goal is to read 35 books for the next year, though her bigger goal will be remembering to keep track.

Shauna Griffin, another NextReads bibliographer, is sticking with her usual goal of 50 books for the year and tracking them on GoodReads. For 2017, though, she’s adding a sub-goal of 12 nonfiction reads.

Last year, Marketing Specialist Lori Reed had the ambitious goal of reading 365 books (including all the Walking Dead comics and the picture books she reads with her kids). Life got in the way so she didn’t get anywhere close and this year she’s concentrating on 12 books that will help her meet some personal goals. Lori always sets personal goals on New Year’s Eve and turned me on to YearCompass, useful for both reading and life reflection.

Bibliographer Katherine Bradley Johnson had a succinct goal most of us can sympathize with: “Not falling further behind.”

Like Amie, keeping a log of the books she’s reading is NoveList Consultant Kathy Stewart’s first goal. Her second is to join and stick with a book club.

If you’re looking for more structure and interesting themes for your 2017 reading year, try out Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge. “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try.”

Of course, you may feel like Metadata Librarian Leslie Gardner and believe “setting a reading goal would take the joy out of reading.”

Are you a goal setter or do you lean to the Leslie-side of reading? We’d love to hear about your reading goals and if your library does any year-long challenges to support patron reading goals. Share in the comments below.

Jennifer Lohmann is a NoveList Consultant.


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