6 New Year’s Reading Resolutions
It’s a new year, which means new goals! If you’re working on building healthy habits in 2021, don’t forget about your mind. As Joseph Addison once wrote, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Picking up a book is the perfect way to take a screen break, relax and maybe even learn something new. Are you in need of some bookish inspiration? Here are six New Year’s reading resolutions to make you a better reader in 2021.
1. Visit the Library
You can’t beat free books, right? With seven branches across town, there might be a Leon County Public Library location closer than you think. If you’re trying to get your hands on a popular title, it’s helpful to log into your library account online and get on the waiting list.
Don’t have a library card? Register online here.
2. Check Out a Local Bookstore
If you prefer buying to checking out books, be sure to support local! Tallahassee is home to several unique bookstores. A few include Midtown Reader, which currently offers private browsing appointments; My Favorite Books, which sells both new and gently used books; Cosmic Cat Comics, a full service comic bookstore; and Fat Cat Books, a non-profit used bookstore and cat adoption center.
3. Join a (Virtual) Book Club
Itching to discuss your current favorite book? No matter what genre you’re reading, the Leon County Public Library System has a book club for you. Options include:
- History Book Club
- Young (Adult) at Heart Book Club
- Mystery Book Club
- Bucket List Book Club
- Teen Book Club
As of January 2021, all of their book clubs are meeting virtually via Zoom. Some of the clubs have their book selections listed for the next several months. Others meet to discuss various books on a particular theme. There’s something for everyone!
4. Trade-In or Donate Your Old Books
If your shelf is overflowing with books you don’t want or need, it’s probably time for a clean-out. My Favorite Books allows you to bring in your gently used books to exchange for potential store credit. You can also donate books to a non-profit thrift store such as The Living Harvest or Lighthouse Children’s Home, Inc. Clean out your shelves while doing good for your community – it’s a win-win.
5. Download the Libby App
Did you know that your local library has thousands of audiobooks and ebooks that are available to you completely free of charge? The Libby app makes browsing and borrowing those titles easier than ever, and all you need is a library card. Download the app, log in with your library card and you’re instantly granted access to a large selection that has been hand-chosen by your library. You can even read checked-out e-books on your Kindle device.
6. Sign Up for a Reading Challenge
Challenge yourself to meet your reading goals this year! There are numerous 2021 reading challenges available online, such as the PopSugar Reading Challenge, the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge and the Beyond the Bookends Reading Challenge. You can also set your own reading goal using Goodreads and track the progress of your reading resolutions. The sky’s the limit!
What are your reading resolutions for 2021? Let us know in the comments below, or tag us on social media and use the hashtag #TallyConnection.