Do you have a certain amount of books you'd like to read in 2022? Or maybe you have specific books on your TBR (To Be Read) list that you're absolutely determined to get through? My personal goal is to read one book a month for a total of twelve for the year. Whatever your goal, here are some suggestions to help you meet or even exceed it by December 31st!
1) Set aside a specific time to read every day.
One of the best ways to build any new habit is to make it part of your routine. Block out a small portion of time in your daily schedule and devote that time to reading. If you're an early bird, pair your morning coffee with your current read. If you're a night owl, curl up in bed and finish the latest chapter before turning out the lights. And of course, always keep a book on hand in case you have extra time throughout the day! (One great way to do this is by downloading Libby, our free ebook app!)
2) Don't like a book? Don't finish it.
I know, I know, this one is controversial. If you're someone who just has to finish a book on principle, I completely respect that. However, in my opinion there's no faster way to kill your motivation than to force yourself to keep reading a book you hate. If you're just not feeling Pride and Prejudice at this time in your life, give yourself permission to put it down (or return it to the library) and move onto the next one on your list. Sometimes it's just not the right time for a certain book, and that's okay. It will be waiting for you if and when you're ready to pick it up again!
3) Find a reading buddy!
There's power in peer pressure! You're much more likely to stay on track if there's someone else in the race with you. Reach out to the bookworms in your life and make a game plan together. Avon Grove Library has book clubs for adults that you can join to meet like-minded readers. We also recommend following our friend Shannon's book-themed Instagram. She makes hilarious videos (that sometimes feature our library!) and always has new reading recommendations. And remember: when you need a little encouragement, your local library staff is here to cheer you on!
Kati Davis has been working for Avon Grove Library for over five years. Some of her favorite books are The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (who she had the opportunity to meet in college!) Kati loves cats, bubble tea, and graphic novels. One of her favorite parts of her job is running the library's social media accounts. She especially enjoys making TikToks with her coworker!