Read More in 2018

Books are stacked on a table. One lies open. A teacup and flowers are also on the tableIf you are like me, your list of New Year resolutions looks a lot like last year’s list. This year, though, I am taking a different approach to at least one of my perennial resolutions (to read more books). As the author Antoine de Saint-Exupery (best known for The Little Prince) said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” So this year, I am planning to read more books and I would like to invite you to join me.

For the last few years, there have been a number of annual reading challenges posted on the Internet. The best known one is PopSugar’s Reading Challenge, but there are many others including BookRiot’s Read Harder Challenge and Bookish’s Reading Challenge. I have tried these in the past but have not been very successful in completing them. Obviously, I was lacking a plan (and probably not enough time, but that is another conversation). I also thought more public accountability might help, so I convinced a few friends to do a 2018 reading challenge with me.

When December rolled around and I started thinking more seriously about what my “read more books” resolution really meant, the challenge list I had started to share with friends met another ponderment rolling around in my brain…how to launch the Library’s new GoodReads Group page to our customers. One light bulb moment later, the Library’s first annual reading challenge was born!

2018 Year-long Reading Challenge, part of the Readers' CaféThe challenge consists of reading 25 books over the course of 2018 in a variety of areas and includes the opportunity to read both fiction and nonfiction. Signing up is simple…just visit the Library’s GoodReads page and respond to the discussion post about this challenge that you would like to participate (a GoodReads account is required but it is free to sign up). To find out more about the challenge, visit 2018 Reading Challenge page.

I hope you will join me in our first year-long reading challenge, help us build a supportive reading community on GoodReads and share some of your favorite titles!  Together, we may be able to keep at least one resolution this year.  I am certainly planning on it.

P.S. Want to find out more about GoodReads and other reading apps? Come to our Great Apps for Readers class on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Library’s computer lab. Bring a mobile device and we will help get the apps downloaded, too!

P.P.S. If you are doing our Adult Winter Reading Program, you can count the books you read for both!