You’re stuck in a reading rut.
When you approach a local bookstore’s fiction aisle, your favorite employee kindly asks, “The usual?”
Fortunately, the season for change has arrived. Why not include your reading habits in your New Year’s resolutions?
Your goals don’t have to tackle daunting tasks — feel free to save that dusty 800-page philosophy text for 2011.
Instead, start this year with a simple mission to broaden your literary horizons.
Don’t know where to start? Try these reading resolutions:
Experiment. We understand your lifelong passion for flipping the pages of a traditional paperback. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give other methods of reading a trial shot.
Put your preferences aside and read with a digital application like Kindle. Or, try a Webbased Vook — a combination of text and video.
Even if you end up unhappy, at least you’ll learn what everyone’s talking about.
Conquer library phobia. Perhaps you’re still haunted by memories of an elementary school librarian. Maybe you’re terrified of overdue fees.
Either way, it’s time to stop fearing your local library. Acquaint yourself with your neighborhood branch this year — you’ll never know when you’ll need it.
Dare to swap. Learn more about your closest friends by exchanging reading recommendations. If you’re feeling really adventurous, pick a book and promise to discuss it together.
Like they say, you don’t really know someone until you’ve walked a mile holding her favorite piece of chick lit.
Write. You stare at your fourth grade creative writing trophy, longing to return to the good old days.
Fortunately, the Internet has made things a lot easier for aspiring writers.
Many Web sites offer daily writing prompts, as well as advice from published authors. Find a digital home, and then type away.
Re-read. Remember when you settled for the CliffsNotes version of "Great Expectations" instead of reading the real deal? Fix that.
This year, revisit at least one book in your "most hated" category. And yes, that means reading beyond the first page.
You don’t have to love it the second time around, but you might just realize your opinion has changed with time.
After all, isn’t a new year supposed to be about second chances?