A Reader’s Resolution–Take Time to Smell the Ink

Writers are fond of making writing resolutions for the first of the year. I did some last year and most of them were things like “sell paranormal romance series” and “finish editor’s revisions on XYZ manuscript.” Those resolutions, I quickly learned, are silly. I have no control over whether the vampire series sells, or whether revisions come to me in a certain calendar month or year.

This year, I want to make resolutions as a reader. Because, first and foremost, that’s what I am. I’m a fan of all the speculative fiction genres, yet I found myself reading a lot of books last year because someone asked me to, or I felt an obligation to a publisher who sent me a review copy (for which I’m always grateful), or I wanted to get enough reviews written to fill up the Preternatura blog every week :-). As a result, I ended up neglecting some of my favorite authors and series. (I’m behind with both Black Dagger Brotherhood and Dresden Files…Holy cow…This is unacceptable!)

So my resolution for 2012 is to slow down and really read the books I want to read. It means I might feature a book or giveaway on the blog for something I haven’t read–not that it isn’t a terrific book, but because I have so many books ahead of it in the TBR pile and want to feature it while it’s a relatively new release. The actual reviews will be things I’ve savored, enjoyed, spent time with, and given thought to.

I’ll still do a lot of giveaways…don’t worry ๐Ÿ™‚ and I’ll be starting a new blog in the next month or so from my paranormal romance-writing alter-ego. Details to come on that one.

What are your reading resolutions for 2012? Looking to start a new series? Explore a new genre? Have any particular releases you’re looking forward to (besides Royal Street, of course–LOL)? Today, let’s just chat.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

10 thoughts on “A Reader’s Resolution–Take Time to Smell the Ink

  1. Looking forward to Royal Street, of course & Kim Harrison’s A Perfect Blood & Stephen King’s The Wind Through the Keyhole.

  2. I like your taste, Roger! (LOL) I’m looking forward to the new Stephen King, too, and am trying to time my Tor read so I can read it in sequence.

    Sandy–I hear ya! My TBR shelves are seriously overloaded. I haven’t counted since it hit 150 books but it’s well over that now. I can’t seem to find enough time! (Evil day job–grrr.)

  3. I have made some resolutions for my self as well. Read one book a month that has been on my shelf for over a year (went very well last year), read 2 cozies a month, and a new one: finish a series I like before I start a new author.

    I’ve only recently started reviewing books on request, and I don’t like it. I want to read what I want, not what I have to read. So, quick stop to that, though I am very flattered to be asked. I feel so guilty when I just don’t like the book. Better to buy them myself.

  4. ah my readers resolutions this year I’m so excited for. I got asked to review for a Crime website, so I’m super excited to read more adult novels. I have read almost nothing but YA this last year and my brain needs something different! I have also decided that every book I read off my shelves that I already own I will put $1 in a jar for something special at the end of the year. Looking to read books with more substance/content as well by joining the “big book” challenge going on by a goodreads group including any book 400 pages or more.

  5. I set my goodreads goal to 75 books. But i want to read at least 100.

    I definitely want to read the books on my shelf. Although I do get most of my books from the library.

    Plus I’m starting to read more on my kindle!

    Looking forward to a lot of books in series (where i loved the first book): like Insurgent, Pandemonium…

  6. Happy new year, Suzanne! I hope to try new genres this year. Been hearing a lot about steampunk and historical romances so I thought I’d try it out.

  7. My reading resolutions are:

    -read as many books as last year (200)
    -try a genre I’ve never ever read or that is far from my comfort zone
    -write a review, even a short one, about each book I read
    -more middle grade books.