What’s your New Years resolution? Have you gone for the classic diet and exercise option or something a bit more off-piste? Perhaps it’s something, that like me, means a bit more ‘me-time’?

Working (nearly) full time with a young family has been an amazingly busy time for the past 6 years, but now, looking forward to 2018, I’m ready to make a bit more time for ME. I need it, and now realise that I can say that guilt-free knowing that a happier me will have a positive impact on how I am at home and in the workplace.

I love books – that’s why I became a librarian, but I don’t actually read very much. Through my work, I’m lucky to see all the amazing books Warwickshire Libraries purchase for loan; I borrow lots of wonderful picture books for my children (Here we are by Oliver Jeffers a current favourite), but I rarely even make a dent in my ‘to-read’ pile of books which I relentlessly renew in the hope that I will finally, one day, read them.


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So, I’m daring myself to say NO to ‘just one-more’ series episode from that well-known streaming app and read more in 2018. Not a lot – just a bit more. Not just because I love books but because I know there’s opportunity for me to be, well, a better me…

Research by The Reading Agency has found that:

‘There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life…

…Reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on life outcomes”

With this in mind Warwickshire Libraries is encouraging everyone to make reading their New Years resolution by promoting #ReadingResolution. Whatever you think about reading, if you read a lot, a little, or not at all,  they will find you something to help you read more.

Library staff have created an online reading list to help get you started. Included are shorter books, easier reads, books you won’t want to put down and stories that are re-read just because they’re so good.

In the libraries, where you’ll find friendly staff to help you find your next read, you’ll also find displays during January of free tote bags filled with books ready for you to borrow and start your #ReadingResolution.

So will you give it a go? No pressure. Unlike those previous resolutions which included a gym membership that didn’t get used, if you don’t finish your borrowed book you won’t have wasted your money.

I can’t promise your stress levels will reduce, and that your well-being will improve if you read more, but surely, it’s worth a try? If you do finish the book, and maybe borrow one more than you usually would, I do know that your Reading Resolution will have been a fantastic success.

Amy x

Staff #ReadingResolution recommendations…. for the full list click here



Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

Funny, touching, truly gripping”





Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland

Absolutely hilarious – if like the work of, for example, the Coen Brother, this book will make you laugh out loud continuously. Raymond Gunt could well be the Worst Person. Ever.”




The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman

I love anything by Gaiman but this story was also enjoyed by my whole family, who don’t normally read this genre. Less than 300 pages, it’s epic without being a long novel”



Pawn of prophecy by David Eddings
When I was young and didn’t believe it was possible to read more than twenty pages, my brother lent me this book….”