It’s that time of year again; the end of one year and the beginning of another is a time for setting new goals and making resolutions for the coming year. Many make new year’s resolutions to eat healthier or to get more exercise. But what about taking care of your mental health, too? Why not make a new year’s resolution to read more books in the year ahead?
Reading is a great way to expand one’s vocabulary, explore new worlds and experience both the past and the future without leaving the comfort of one’s own home. Whether reading is a pastime someone has been enjoying all their life or one that is just getting underway, there are a few steps to creating a reading list. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing the books to add to one’s “to be read” list, but some simple steps will make choosing the books a bit easier.
Set goals: Do you have the time to read only one book a month or is one book a week more your speed? Knowing how much time you have to devote to reading is a good place to start when choosing how many books to add your reading list.
Choose a genre: Do you want to learn all you can about a particular time in history? Perhaps you recently discovered a love for cozy mysteries. Maybe you want a variety of books on your reading list so you will feel like you are learning a little bit about a wide range of subjects.
Do some research: Do you like reading what thousands of others are reading or do you want to feel like you are reading something no one else has discovered yet? If you prefer to be reading a book that you can discuss with others, check out bestsellers lists. If you would rather read something that only a few others know about, check out sites that list up and coming authors who might turn out to be the next big thing.
Make your list: You can make a list the old-fashioned way with pen and paper in a notebook or you can use an online resource. Websites like Goodreads and 22books let users create lists of books they have read, would like to read and rate each book on their list. You can browse through reviews written by other readers and write your own reviews. You can even connect with friends who share the same taste in books and make some new friends.
Start reading: The best part about making a reading list is reading the books on the list! Whether you want to meander through your list at a leisurely pace, jumping from title to title or start at the top and work through each book on the list methodically, the choice is yours. It’s your reading list.
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