For several years in a row I would set a reading resolution related to the number of books I read. I don’t think I ever actually hit that goal. Eventually I stopped making that particular resolution and started to adopt reading goals beyond the number of books I happen to finish between January and December.

For readers looking to get creative with their own reading resolutions, here are some ideas!

5 bookish resolutions beyond “read more books”

Support your library 

Now more than ever it is critical that libraries receive support at the local level. From attending programs, checking out materials, donating if you can, and even just speaking out in support of libraries can have an impact. 

Complete the Professional Book Nerds Reading Challenge 

There are plenty of reading challenges to choose from, so we might be a bit bias when we say the annual reading challenge put out by the Professional Book Nerds is the best. Visit their website here to get your own copy of the 2024 challenge! 

Multitask with audiobooks 

Studies consistently show that one of the things that makes audiobooks so popular among users is the ability to multitask while listening. In a study from Panorama Project, 70% of audiobook listeners reported multitasking. From being a great workout partner to listening while doing chores, adding audiobooks is a great way to make tasks more entertaining and engaging. 

Update your Libby tags (or make new ones!) 

Whether you are a Libby Tag power user or new to this feature, Libby Tags are a great way to organize titles in Libby. I tag books for all kinds of reasons, but the one I use most frequently is my TBR or To Be Read tag. But sometimes after a book is read I’ll forget to untag it. The start of the new year is a great time to go through my tags and see if the titles under a tag are still in the right place. 

Read the book then watch the movie on Kanopy 

Unpopular opinion: sometimes the book isn’t better. But the only way you can know is if you read the book and then watch the movie. Luckily, streaming service Kanopy has a ton of adaptations which will let you decide for yourself. Check out this episode from the Professional Book Nerds for some page to screen suggestions.

About the Author: Jill Grunenwald is a Marketing & Communications Specialist on the North America Public Library Marketing Team. A former librarian, she joined OverDrive in 2015. Outside of the office she can be found writing, hanging out with her cats, collecting more Tarot decks than she has room for, and playing competitive pinball. Her favorite genre is something she calls “Murder at an educational institution that involves a close-knit group of suspicious characters.”