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New Year’s Resolution: Read More Books

Gloria Ukaoma

Posted on January 10, 2021 01:24

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In a year full of uncertainty, let’s take some time to enjoy a good book.

2021 is off to a tumultuous start. Coronavirus is still rampant, and political unrest is shaking the United States. Despite the doom and gloom of the new year, I have continued with an old tradition of mine: setting a reading goal. It sounds simple enough: just write down the number of books you want to finish in the year. However, it can be much more exciting than that.

Whenever I set a reading goal, I try to cater it towards exploration. I want to discover books in several different genres, eras, and cultures. There’s nothing better than going into a book completely blind and coming out with a new understanding of the world. Classics like Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray have a lot to say about the fundamentals of human nature. But, like most people, I don't particularly enjoy reading only 19th-century literature. That’s why I divide my goal into different categories. It makes the overall goal more approachable when you have little checkpoints along the way.

Think of it this way: if you plan to read 15 books in a year, you can create three small groups of five books each. Each group can be assigned a different genre or theme, providing structure and diversity to your reading schedule. By the end of the year, you may have found a whole new interest in reading.

All that being said, I do have some reading recommendations for this year. Considering the chaos that filled 2020, reading some casual nonfiction would be a big help. It would be nice to have something that reminds us that the world is never as dark as it seems. Becoming by Michelle Obama or I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai are both full of hope and inspiration. In addition, I think that financial literacy should also be a prominent reading topic going forward. Millions of people are out of work, and having some extra knowledge may help you stay afloat financially throughout the COVID-19 recovery.

As for fiction, there are so many fun and engaging books to read. I could go on and on about the best new series and upcoming releases. I’ll limit myself to two of my recent favorites: Waypoint Kangaroo and We Hunt The Flame. The amount of worldbuilding that went into them is really astounding. It’s like stepping into another world. I hope these books (and their sequels) make their way onto your “to-read” list for 2021.


There’s no end to the turmoil of everyday politics and current affairs. Nonetheless, there are still little pockets of time where we can sit down and enjoy a good novel. I hope 2021 is the year for all of us to recover and reform with the help of some profound reading. 

Gloria Ukaoma

Posted on January 10, 2021 01:24

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