Hello and welcome to Books & Beets!
I created this blog as a way to keep track of what I’m reading and eating. I’ve always been an avid reader, but lately I’ve been finding that work and life keep getting in the way. Even though I’m a school librarian who’s literally surrounded by books all day every day, I often end up watching TV in the evening instead of picking up a book. I’d really like to change this, and so I’ve set myself an ambitious goal to read FIFTY books in 2018.
Step One of my reading goal is to read all the books in my #TBR pile. Like most bibliophiles, I have a terrible habit of buying books that I never end up reading. By the end of this year, I’m hoping to get through all the books that have been collecting dust on my shelves for far too long.
Step Two is to start reading outside of my go-to genres. When it comes to literature, I’ll admit I’m a bit set in my ways. I love a good character-driven work of literary fiction, and I find myself returning to them time and time again. But I would love to start reading more widely, both for personal growth and to improve my readers’ advisory skills. In particular, I’m hoping to read more YA, fantasy, and science fiction in the coming months. (If you read any of these genres, I’m very open to suggestions!) A few books that are already on my radar include:
And finally: Even though I’m aiming to diversify my reading habits this year, I still need to leave room for some old favourites. That’s why Step Three is to continue reading and re-reading the kinds of books I know and love. What will that consist of? Probably lots of memoirs, narrative non-fiction and literary fiction. (What can I say? I know what I like.)
Are there any books I absolutely MUST read this year? Let me know in the comment section below! And if you have an ambitious 2018 reading goal of your own, I’d love to hear all about it 🙂