I almost never make New Year’s resolutions, and I keep them even less, but this year a resolution found me and grabbed hold: to read more.

The reason this idea resonated with me is that I’ve always considered myself a reader, but lately have found myself reading less and less, and I missed it. It didn’t take much to figure out that Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were the problem with my reading life. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how scrolling through social media can eat up your time, and it turns out that for me my reading time was what was lost.

Even when social media led to reading of some kind (blog posts, online articles) it wasn’t the same as finishing a book and I missed reading books. Once I realized that, a resolution was made.

At first, my goal was to read three books a month during 2019: my book club books plus a few others. Now that we’re a couple of months in that seems a bit ambitious. Last night I finished my fifth book of the year, so I’m thinking 24-30 books might be more like it.

For a while now I’ve been keeping track of the books I read on Pinterest. To help with my new resolution I started a Pinterest board just for books I read this year, and I find it so, so satisfying to add a pin to the board when I’m done with a book. (You can see my 2019 board here. I also have boards for books to read, bookstores and libraries, living with books (great eye candy), and other bookish stuff.)

Last week my longstanding book club (that’s our latest group photo above) chose the books we would read for the year. We do this once a year so we can read ahead, get on waiting lists at the library, etc. Here is our list in case anyone is interested:

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

When All is Said by Anne Griffin

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (This seems to be on everyone’s list.)

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (My pick.)

Educated by Tara Westover (I just finished this one. Wow.)

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Dry by Jane Harper

Have you read any of these? What else are you reading?

P.S. Playing with books and a to-read shelf.

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit.