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June 1, 2016

New Year! New Me! New Book!

Come mid-January, I’m usually finding it pretty difficult to keep my resolutions. Weirdly enough, the promises to “volunteer for a worthy organization,” “drink more water,” and “stay on top of current events” that I made on January 1 get a whole lot harder when I actually have to follow through on them. However, this year, I decided to make my resolutions a little easier…by making other people do them with me.

For my first resolution, I’m taking my entire book club with me. A few weeks ago, when we were trying to pick our first book of the new year, someone called for a classic. Everyone groaned but then I had a brain wave—what about Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy? The movie version is coming out this spring, so why not read the book before seeing the movie? That way, we can all look super-smart when we leave the movie theater and loudly say to each other, “Didn’t you think the book was better?” “Oh, yes. So much better!”

We quickly agreed that it was a dream we would all like to see realized. Now that only leaves the challenge of reading a 500-page 19th-century novel. Luckily, I’ve got some more tricks up my sleeve for this type of challenge, which I highly recommend you try:

1: Invest in the audiobook too. We don’t like to admit this at Scholastic, but there are times when you will be too busy to read. You shouldn’t drive your car with a book in your lap, for example, and it would be hard to flip through pages while folding laundry or shopping for groceries. Enter audiobooks—they are a multitasker’s best friend. Get the print book or e-book as well, for when you have time to focus on your reading, and you get the best of both worlds.

2: Set page goals. Remember in school when you had to read a certain amount of pages for class? Just pretend you’re in class again. Divide the number of pages in the book by the amount of days you want to spend reading the book and go! If you’re like me, you’ll also factor in a few cheat days.

3: Plan a reward for reaching the end of your goal. For me, this is going to be a trip to the movies. But for you, it could be anything—another (shorter) book? A nice dinner? You deserve it!

I don’t know about you, but this goal now seems a lot more attainable to me. And who knows? I’m drinking more water and I’ve signed up for a yoga class. So anything is possible.



About Author: Emma is the merchandising coordinator for the Early Childhood, Kindergartners, Honeybee, and Firefly Reading Club catalogs. She hates resolutions…except when she manages to keep them.


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