Setting goals and measuring progress can be fun, especially where books are involved. Here are some suggestions for fun, literary resolutions that you might consider in 2019.
- Set a reading goal. Use a tracking tool like Goodreads’ Reading Challenge. (If you’re a member of Goodreads, join the BOOK CITY ★Roanoke group to connect with local readers.
- Put some structure behind your reading. Try using a list such as the Modern Library 100, the winners of an award program you respect, such as the Man Booker Prize or the National Book Award. Enjoy being up to the moment? Read the short or long lists of all the nominees when they’re announced.
- Join a new book club. Check out a list of local book clubs here. A monthly book club will up your reading by a dozen books. You’ll meet new people and gain new insights. Is your club missing from the list? There’s a submission form on the page.
- Memorize a poem or two. Or even more! Consider having a poem in the old memory bank to recite on special occasions. Prepare for April’s National Poetry Month. Internalize the inspiration of a favorite poem.
- Strike up new conversations. Get suggestions from new people, by asking “What are you reading?” “Have you read any good fiction you’d recommend?” “Is that book in your hand any good?”
- Shop and read local. Talk to Doloris at Book No Further or Linda at Too Many Books to get a book recommendation. Attend a reading by a local author at Book No Further, the library, or a local school.
- Read along with a young person. Know a young reader? Read along with their assigned reading and talk with them about the characters and situations in the book.
- Read to young people through Star City Reads. A pride of the community, this collaborative literacy effort is looking for good volunteers.
- Write a novel. You don’t have to wait until November to start. But if you want to, that’s National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org). Check in with the local folks supporting the effort here.
- Set a submission goal. Have you been writing all along, but not sharing it? Consider using www.submittable.com to start sending your words into the world. Commit to submitting your best work to a certain number of very targeted journals.
Where’s your resolve? Let us know below what other literary resolution you’re and we’ll add your suggestion to the list:
And happy new year! ★