2012: Read Differently, Read Better

With a new year come new resolutions. Do your resolutions involve reading? Read differently and read better with these tips to meet your reading goals. We promise, this resolution will  be a lot easier to stick to than cutting sweets out of your diet! Here are some tips to make your 2012 reading experience the best one yet.

Read what you like.
Like to keep up-to-date with current events? Read the paper over breakfast. Love romances? Read one on your morning commute. Mysteries or horror novels? Dare yourself to read a few chapters before bed. The easiest way to read is to dive into what interests you.

If the books on your shelf are well-loved and often revisited, try something new. Ask a friend with similar tastes what he or she has been reading and try out a new author, or look at www.yournextread.com.

Not sure where to find good books?
Walking into a bookstore can be overwhelming if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Try looking at www.goodreads.com for suggestions and reviews, or go to your local library and ask a librarian to point you toward his or her favorite section.

The Minneapolis public library – what a great place to read!

Get comfortable.
Find a good chair under a bright lamp, curl up with a blanket or pillow to get comfy, and consider making a cup of coffee or tea to drink as you read. Carve time out of your day when you can sit and relax without having to worry about your to-do list. Be completely immersed, and let the reading take you over, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes a day.

If you want to get out of the house, try looking for a reading room, like the Reading Room MPLS. A reading room is a space set aside for quiet reading that can open you up for new experiences. Check out the Reading Room MPLS Facebook page and blog.

Get Involved

Don’t be afraid to interact with your book. Write in the margins (as long as you own it), circle words you don’t know, or underline passages you like. Respond to what you read.

Have you ever kept a book log? Keep track of what you read and what you thought of the book. This article suggests creating a Gmail account for a reading log. Email yourself with the title as the subject and write notes in the body of the email.

Ever thought about joining a book club?

Getting involved in a community of readers is a great way to stay motivated with your reading goals. You can read, discuss, share, and meet lots of people in a book club. If you’re interested in an online book club, visit www.booktalk.org, or check out www.bookclub.meetup.com for local book clubs in your area.

Make 2012 the best reading year yet with these tips. Read well, read often, and stick to your reading goals!

-Liz McElligott

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