New Year's Resolutions

Monday 18 January 2016

It’s that time of year again when we reflect on last year and maybe set a few resolutions for the year ahead!

4,000 years ago the Babylonians started the tradition of new year's resolutions with promises to their gods in the hope of a good year ahead! The Romans continued the tradition but moved it to January in honour of Janus, the god of new beginnings. At that time, they made their resolutions, most which had a moral flavour - being good to others!

Many of our resolutions are based around our fitness, health or lack of it! However, maybe a resolution involving reading is the one for you this year?

Last year, Mark Zuckerberg’s resolution was to read a new book every other week with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. Meanwhile writer Ann Morgan’s resolution was to attempt to read a book from every country in the world!

So why not resolve to read more in 2016?

Maybe you want to read a certain number of books?

Or perhaps you want to try a new genre?

Maybe there’s a specific title you’ve always meant to read?

Or do you want to set yourself a specific reading challenge?

We have plenty to help and inspire you, both in the libraries and in our e-book collections.

Related links:

 Check out Ann Morgan's TED talk here