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  • Writer's pictureMichele Thomas

Bookish Resolutions for the New Year: A Literary Journey Awaits

As we usher in a new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on the past and set intentions for the future. For book enthusiasts, this means embarking on a literary journey filled with captivating stories and enriching experiences. Here are some bookish resolutions to inspire readers and a special recommendation from AcuteByDesign's treasure trove of tales.

1. Expand Your Literary Horizons:

Challenge yourself to explore genres and authors you haven't ventured into before. Whether it's delving into historical fiction, diving into non-fiction, or discovering a new voice in contemporary literature, broadening your literary horizons adds richness to your reading life.

2. Set a Reading Challenge:

Establish a reading goal for the year. Whether it's a specific number of books, a diverse reading list, or tackling longer novels, a reading challenge provides a sense of accomplishment and motivation. Platforms like Goodreads offer tools to track your progress and connect with fellow readers.

3. Support Local Bookstores:

Make a commitment to support local independent bookstores. These literary havens are not just retailers; they are community hubs that contribute to the vibrant literary ecosystem. Attend book events, discover hidden gems, and foster a connection with your local book-loving community.

4. Join a Book Club:

Engage in lively discussions, exchange perspectives, and build connections by joining a book club. Whether in-person or virtual, book clubs offer a communal experience that enhances the joy of reading. Share your insights and gain new perspectives on the stories you love.

5. Read a Classic:

Revisit a timeless classic or explore one you haven't encountered yet. Classic literature provides a window into different eras, cultures, and perspectives. Choose a classic that resonates with you or one that challenges your preconceptions.

6. Incorporate Audiobooks into Your Routine:

Embrace the convenience of audiobooks to enjoy stories during daily commutes, workouts, or household chores. Audiobooks offer a dynamic way to experience narratives, and they can be a delightful addition to your reading routine.

7. Support Diverse Voices:

Make a conscious effort to include books by authors from diverse backgrounds. Seek out stories that reflect different cultures, experiences, and viewpoints. By diversifying your reading list, you contribute to a more inclusive and representative literary landscape.

AcuteByDesign Book Recommendation: "Just Indian" by Jackie Nyepes

For a meaningful journey into cultural diversity, we recommend "Just Indian" by Jackie Nyepes from AcuteByDesign. This book offers a glimpse into the life of a modern Native American boy, breaking stereotypes and connecting rich cultural heritage with contemporary experiences. It's a heartwarming tale that aligns with the spirit of embracing diversity in your reading journey.

8. Create a Cozy Reading Nook:

Transform a corner of your home into a cozy reading nook. A comfortable chair, soft lighting, and a warm blanket can make your reading space inviting and conducive to immersive literary escapes.

9. Document Your Reading Journey:

Start a reading journal or use social media to document your reading journey. Share your thoughts, favorite quotes, and book recommendations. Engaging with fellow readers online can open up new conversations and bookish connections.

10. Prioritize Self-Care Reading:

Set aside dedicated time for self-care reading. Choose books that bring joy, comfort, or inspiration. Whether it's a comforting favorite or a feel-good novel, prioritize reading that nourishes your soul.

As you embark on your bookish resolutions for the new year, let each page turn be a step toward a literary adventure filled with discovery, empathy, and the sheer joy of storytelling. Happy reading!

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