New Year’s Resolution 2012 – Cultivate the Habit of Reading

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2012?  Why not cultivate the habit of reading? 

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Have a few set times every day to read for 5-10 minutes.
  • Always carry a book or magazine or an ereader with you.  If you end up waiting somewhere, reading is a great way to pass the time.
  • Keep a list of the books you want to read.
  • Find a quiet, comfortable place where you can read without interruption.  Make it a pleasure for yourself.
  • Reduce your TV/Internet time.  Step away from the screens!
  • Read out loud — to your kids, to your partner, to someone in the hospital or a nursing home.
  • Keep a log or journal.  Write down what you read (author & title), when you read it, and what you thought about it.
  • Talk to others!  Tell them about what you’re reading.  Ask about what they’re reading.  Join a book club and go to book discussions like BookTalk at BSC.
  • Visit your favorite library every week!  Go to used book shops and used book sales and bookstores.
  • Read things you like and also challenge yourself by trying something new.
  • Aim high (50 books this year?) and set out to do your best to accomplish that goal.



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