I am a member of several reading groups on goodreads and one of the moderators for the Historical Romance group asked its members to come up with their Reading Resolutions for 2012 and post them. We’re supposed to update on that thread throughout the rest of the year so that we can see our progress. I thought this was such a brilliant idea. We have diet resolutions, writing resolutions, family resolutions and so many more. Why not have reading resolutions while we’re at it?
In my humble opinion this promotes reading and education and because of that I’ve introduced it to my kids. While my oldest boys just rolled their eyes at me, my youngest is delighted to read with mommy. I’m hoping to instill a healthy reading habit in him and hope that out of the three he’ll love reading as much as I do. My other two boys like to read to an extent but they have to be in a reading mood, which doesn’t come as often as I’d like, honestly.
So with that said I’m introducing my New Year’s Reading Resolutions for 2012 and hope that maybe some of you will play along.
1. My first resolution is to read in two new genres I’ve never read in before. I’ve always believed reading outside of your chosen genre can teach a writer or anyone something new. You never know you may find a new genre you love. I’ve chosen the Young Adult and horror genre for this year. Perhaps later this year I’ll report back in and let you know how it goes.
2. My second Reading Resolution is to read at least one book a month just for pleasure. All too often I’ll crit or beta read for someone because they’ve asked or I need to catch up on my crits for the group because I am behind. Well, I’ve decided that I need to rediscover the joy of reading again, not because I have a quota to meet, but because I love it. It’s been far too long since I’ve picked up a book just because. I think last year I maybe read a half a dozen books that weren’t required of me. I need to increase that because it’s time I take a little more time for myself. And reading is a joy of mine but somehow over the years of trying to become an author I’ve forgotten that.
3. My final Reading Resolution is to read to my four-year-old at least four to five nights a week. Somehow over the craziness of our lives we’ve strayed from that and I think he’s getting behind. I want him to be more than prepared to go into Kindergarten when the time comes. But that’s the least of it, I’m really hoping to inspire his imagination and a love of books. In my mind there’s nothing quite like the escape of a good book. I’d love to be able to pass on that love to at least one of my children.
So here’s to a wonderful reading year and some time spent doing things for myself. I’ve already started on parts of my reading challenge. I picked up two new books this week, sat down yesterday morning with a cup of double Mocha cappuccino and snuggled up with a blanket on the sofa. Oh what a wonderful way to pass the afternoon. It was the best time I’ve had in months. I’m looking forward to a lazy weekend with my husband and children, as well as some time to myself with a good book. What about you? Have you thought of a Reading Resolution and what is it? Btw, I picked up The Last Viking by Sandra Hill and Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen. What about you? What are you reading right now?