It’s 2020. It has been for over a month, but I didn’t make punctuality a resolution for this year. I did make some reading goals part of my resolutions this year, though. I’m very much a mood reader; I pick up books on impulse, sometimes because the story intrigues me and sometimes because I just really want to read a book with a blue cover?
With that said, I usually don’t make rigid goals for my reading. In the past, I’ve found that strict expectations can make reading less enjoyable for me, almost like I’ve returned to high school and have been forced to spend my summer trudging through Tom Sawyer. Therefore, I decided to incorporate a few general, achievable reading resolutions into my goals for 2020.
Read more classics
Now, with what I just said about Tom Sawyer, you may wonder if I hate classics and am forcing myself to read them. I do not dislike classics. In fact, I’m sure I would like Tom Sawyer now, especially since I’ve not been told by my mom that I must finish it before I can go to the midnight release of Breaking Dawn. Did I just date myself? Well, then I’ll date myself along with these classics.
I have a general wish to read more classic books, both modern and “true” classics (whatever that actually means). To achieve this goal, I’d like to have at least one class on my list each month to read.
Read more poetry
This is the year of poetry for me, I hope. I’ve always enjoyed poetry, in a distant sort of reverent way, but I hope to really dive in and find poetry that I truly love in 2020. When I was in undergraduate, I took a Modern American Environmental Literature class that quite literally changed my life; one of the changes was my introduction to Mary Oliver, the late environmental poet. Her poetry moved me and still does, and I hope to find more moving poetry throughout the year.
The truth is, I haven’t read enough poetry to know what I really like in a poet or poem. I don’t think that I’m not a huge fan of the modern tendency of poetry to:
just write one sentence, but break it up on different lines.
With that said, perhaps I will find that I do love it. We’ll see. Have poetry recommendations? Let me know!
Read more nonfiction
Now, I read quite a bit of nonfiction last year, mainly because I was working on my master’s thesis. This year, though, I’d like to read more nonfiction for the general pleasure of learning. Being out of school (for now) means no assigned reading and no established academia in my every day life. I’m a true lover of lifelong learning, so I’m excite to take the opportunity to learn through nonfiction books of my own choosing.
I’ve always enjoyed the history books I’ve read, and would like to look into more obscure, lesser researched portions of historical writing. Do you have any recommendations for nonfiction books, history or otherwise? Let me know in the comments.
Read more diversely
This year, I’m trying to make a conscious effort to read more diversely in all manners. I want to read more works from marginalized communities and own voices stories, particularly when it involves lived experiences. There’s so much work to be done in the book community to ensure that a diverse and representative body of voices is being heard and read. Recent events have told us that we still have a long way to go, but it’s encouraging to see more diversity in some of my most loved genres, like young adult. There will always be more to do, and I hope that by seeking out diverse stories I learn about others’ experiences and grow as a human being.
So, there you have it. These are just a few goals that I plan to stick to in 2020. I hope by expanding my reading, I open myself up to new favorites and finds this year. What are some of your reading goals this year? Let me know down in the comments and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @teabookrepeat to keep up with my reading!