Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a safe and happy start to 2013. As always, with the arrival of the new year we take time to reflect on how to make this year better than last year. That’s right, it’s time for New Year ‘s Resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I never seem to remain resolute for very long. My resolutions often fall into the old standby categories like diet, exercise, etc. But this year, I thought why not make a resolution I would actually want to keep?
So, this year my New Year’s Resolution is to read at least one new book a week. I want to really take the time to expand my mind, imagination, and sense of the world around me, and what better (and easier) way to that than to read a book? I’ve decided in order to really learn and experience new perspectives, I will make an effort to branch out from my usual fare of literary fiction, and include reading more picture books, children’s literature, nonfiction, science-fiction, and every other genre in between. And, to keep me honest, each week I will feature a review of the selected book right here on the blog. Who knows? You may find a book featured here that strikes your fancy as well. Also, if you have a book selection for me to try, tell me right here in the comment section and I’ll add it to my list.
Now, I realize that many of you are busy with family, jobs, and various other commitments and may not always find the time to read that you would like. However, I would encourage you to think about reading more as part of your New Year’s Resolution(s) as well. Perhaps, you could read a book as a family and have your own unique book club. Or maybe, when it comes to that bedtime story, read two instead of one. It’s no secret that making a practice of reading for you and your children increases their literacy skills, not to mention over-all school achievement–but it can also be just plain fun! So with that, I wish you all happy reading in the new year…I know that’s what I’ll find in mine.