Read more books in 2015

On January 1, my family and I sat down and filled out a “Year in Review” page. Under “Favorite Book,” I couldn’t choose just one; I finally picked “Murder of Crows.” My 8-year old son wrote, “Bunny Double, We’re In Trouble!” And my husband humorously answered, “Facebook.”

Coincidentally, on January 2, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, posted his personal challenge: “My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” He also created a community page titled “A Year of Books” to post what he’s reading and discuss the books he’s read. I think this a wonderful personal challenge for all of us.

National Readathon 2015

For readers who like to combine books and doing good, we can start on Saturday, January 24, 2015 with the first National Readathon Day. Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation have partnered with FirstGiving.com to encourage reading and raise money to improve literacy and reading proficiency for millions of Americans. You can help by reading a book – any book at all, joining a fundraising team, or even hosting a “reading party” in your local community.

GoodReads 2015 Reading Challenge

Want to read even more this year? Take the GoodReads 2015 Reading Challenge. Just decide on the number of books you want to read in 2015 and start the challenge. You can add books to your “to read” or “currently reading” shelves. When you mark your books as “read,” GoodReads tracks your books. In 2014, over 670,000 participants read over 19 million books.

It’s not too early to start Reading Resolutions for kids. I found two free printable reading resolutions for kids: Scholastic’s “New Year’s Reading Resolutions” (it’s dated 2014, but it’s timeless); Success Academy Charter Schools’ “Reading Resolutions: Make 2015 Your Family’s Best Year of Reading Yet!” Both of them encourage children to read more, try new genres, and share reading recommendations. For more ambitious kids, Scholastic has a checklist of “100 New Year’s Reading Resolutions” like “Read my best friend’s favorite book” and “Read 100 books this year.”

Have you made any new year’s resolutions? Will you join a reading challenge? What books will you read this year?

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