2020 is almost here. I can actually feel the new-ness of the year ahead creeping up on me.
This year has taught me many things but among all the lessons, I appreciate the ‘Spark Joy’ principle that Marie Kondo explains in her book, ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’. (Read my review of her book here)
I’ll probably write a wrap up post for 2019 later this month (because I love how this year has turned out).
In the meantime though, I’ve come up with a very different resolution for the year ahead.
This one has to do with my reading habit.
For the last few years, I’ve fallen into the act of racking up books on my Amazon wishlist, primarily because I see good friends recommending them on their blogs or Instagram feeds.
When people ask me what I want for a gift, I invariably send them my wishlist of books.
And second hand bookstores? Sigh, they are designed to draw me in and I end up spending a lot of time (which is good) and a lot of money (not that good) when I enter one of those places.
Net result? I keep having an ever-growing TBR (to be read) list and wind up not doing justice to them at all.
Instead, for the year ahead I am going to refrain from buying any new books.
We’ll see how long that resolution actually lasts though. 😉
My intention is to read all the unread books I already have, both on my bookshelves and on my Kindle.
I also intend to read books that I can borrow from friends. I so wish that we had good public libraries in India the way they exist in the US or other countries.
Finally, I want to re-read some of my favourite books through the year.
There’s so much joy in re-reading a book or re-watching a movie, have you noticed?
Apart from the expense saving bit (which is a very small reason for the resolution), I am hoping that this will encourage me to be more mindful of what I read.
Information overwhelm is a real thing. And as much as I’ve enjoyed absorbing all the new information over the years, I think I’ve reached a kind of saturation point when it comes to daily stimulation.
I’d like my reading to be relaxing.
If I pick up a book, I want to do it with the idea that I’m completely devoting myself to it.
Reading has always given me joy and I’d like to marry that joy with some frugality when it comes to buying new titles.
As much as I haven’t used the word resolution in the last few years, I’d like to begin 2020 with the idea that this one will be more than a resolution.
It’s an intention.
Wish me luck 🙂
(Oh, and share your own resolutions/intentions for the year ahead in the comments below)