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Read Books This New Year: A Personal Plan

Updated on January 12, 2018

Books are Important


Are You a Reader?

A poll taken by the Huffington Post/YouGov in 2013 found that of 1,000 adults surveyed, 28 percent had not read a single book in the past year. To balance this figure, 8 percent had read 50 or more books that same year. Which group of people do you think would make more informed voters? Which people would you want to teach your child or run the state university? Which group might make better decisions about personal finance, make better dinner conversation, or better understand the evening news? I'm betting on the readers, myself!

I make it a point to read daily and usually manage several books at a time. I have a book or e-reader in my bag at all times in order to take advantage of snatches of time between appointments. Books are a source of pleasure, inspiration, and education that have enriched my life. I love to share that passion with others whenever I can.

If you would like to read more, let this librarian help you develop a personal book list for the upcoming year--starting now.

My Reading List Formula

The formula for a balanced reading program is simple: something old, somethig new, something borrowed, and soemthing to do.

Something old means I read some classics every year, either fiction or nonfiction. Even if I read a classic novel in high school, reading it as a middle-aged woman is bound to be a different experience. Nonfiction classics include works of history, religious texts, and biographies such as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

I am constantly reading something new, as I am a book reviewer for NetGalley and for a number of Christian publishers. I could even say I read something before they are new, as I sometimes get electronic galley proofs or advance reader copies for review. The Best Seller lists are also a potential source of new books.

Something borrowed includes books physically borrowed as well as books recommended by friends. Amazon, though not an actual friend, makes good recommendations as well. Any time I purchase a book, I am shown a list of books that other readors of that book also purchased--and often one of those books appeals to me, too.

Why something to do? Well, I love to learn to do new things or do old things better. You can bet I will read several knitting books a year and skim many others for fresh ideas. I will also read books about writing, teaching, or business.

My 2015 List (For an Example)

Theory of Moral Sentiments
Something Old
Stealing from God
Something New
We are Soldiers Still
Something Borrowed
101 Creative Writing Prompts
Something to Do
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
Something Borrowed
America (D'Souza)
Something New
The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts
Something Old
I almost finished it!

Something Old from Adam Smith

Your Reading Habits

How Much Do You Read?

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      Kimberly Schimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I'm still reading!

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      lizziejohns 3 years ago

      Jodi, sent me over and I enjoyed reading about your theory on book reading...Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed. It's a good rule to follow.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I learned to read at the age of four, and reading is still one of my greatest pleasures (at the age of 71). I firmly believe that reading a lot and reading discriminately can provide a broad self-education regardless of one's level of formal education. Besides, it's so enjoyable!

      I own so many books that I'm currently re-reading several series again (and enjoying them just as much as the first time) preparatory to either selling or donating them for others to read. I have nine large bookcases in my home, and each is filled to bursting. It's time to downsize.

      While I have several Kindle books on my computer, I don't want an actual e-reader because I love to hold, see and even smell 'real' paper-and-board books. Are books an obsession with me? Perhaps, but there are worse things with which to be obsessed.

      Thanks for encouraging others to read and to read wisely.

      Voted Up++


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      Kimberly Schimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I went years without fiction, tehn started reading again so I could preview YA novels for my daughters. I still love nonfiction, but some fiction needs to be in the mix.

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      mbuggieh 3 years ago

      I recently started reading fiction again---mostly science fiction, and I am finding that I do enjoy it.