New Year’s Resolution: Read Better, Not More

Every year, at least one of my New Year’s resolutions revolves around reading. It’s usually a general “read more” goal, but this year, I decided to be more specific. Instead of reading more, I want to read better. Here are some of my resolutions that you can also try:

  1. Listen to audiobooks while running errands or doing chores. I usually dread meal prep or cleaning, but when I’m listening to a great story, those tedious chores become so much more enjoyable. I used to only listen to audiobooks in the car, but with CCPL’s great digital apps like Hoopla, Libby, and RBdigital, I can stream audiobooks on my smart phone. Call or visit a branch to learn more, or check out our collections online.
  2. Give yourself permission to not read a book! With almost three million books being published every year, you don’t have time for a lackluster reading experience. This past month, I told myself, “You can’t read anything new until you finish this particular book.” Well, after slogging through a book for weeks, I finally got fed up and picked up another book. I finished that book in two days! It’s not that I didn’t feel like reading; I was just uninterested in the book I had originally picked up. So, if someone doesn’t grab you in a few chapters, put it down! Maybe it’s not what you need to be reading at that moment. Remember, you can always come back to it. Not sure what to read next and need a recommendation? Try our Bookmate service – fill out a quick survey online and a librarian will get back to you with 3-5 titles or authors for you to try.
  3. Throw away your preconceived notion of “good” reading. Many people associate “quality” reading with the classics. While yes, there are many advantages to reading classics, be honest with yourself about why are you reading them—for your own personal enjoyment, or because you think you’re supposed to? This year, expand your idea of reading! Read something for the pure pleasure of getting caught up in a story. The classics will always be there. Need a suggestion? Come in and ask a librarian or check out our Staff Recommendation page on the website.

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