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2014 Reading Resolutions

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for new reading challenges and resolutions!

Last month I wrote a blog post about the 50 Book Challenge and at the time I had read a total of 30 books. Now that December is over I can tell you that I only made it to 40 books, which seems to be what I end up with most years. I don’t really mind not completing the challenge, because I did read plenty of amazing books last year. Of course I will take on the 50 Book Challenge again in 2014. I have already set my goal on GoodReads and I’m ready to start my first book!

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 11.16.13Over the last couple of days Twitter has been filled with people sharing their reading resolutions and after asking around the office, I’ve compiled a list of our book related resolutions:

I’m doing the 50 Book Challenge, too! And I’ve already begun – I read Sally Gardner’s TINDER yesterday and started THE ISLAMIST by Ed Husain (recommended by our very own Livs). I’m definitely going to re-read the Old Kingdom trilogy and I also really want to read THE MARRIAGE PLOT again. I’ve also decided not to include any Hot Key books in my total, so wish me luck…  – Cait

My resolution is to read at least one book for pleasure a month that is outside the area we publish! Oh, and go to bed early enough to have time to read in bed more! – Sarah B

I want to read 24 non-work just-for-fun books this year, two every month. – SOC

At least once a month read a book from a genre I don’t usually read from, maybe a crime or a non-fiction book. I also aim to finally finish the books that I’ve neglected and only partly read. – Monique

Besides reading 50 books I have also made a list of every book that was ever assigned to me while studying English literature at university and I plan to pick one book from that list every month. I want to revisit some of my favourite books and tackle some that I missed out on because of an essay deadlines, etc.

So, what are your reading resolutions this year? Want to get rid of that ‘to be read’ pile or explore a new genre? And did you reach your 2013 reading goal? Let us know in a comment or on Twitter @hotkeybooks.