Readers … resolve to read more in 2019!

HUGE THANKS to Allan Hudson for hosting me once again on his blog, South Branch Scribbler!
Following is much of that original post. Please visit Allan’s link to read in its entirety.


I am a reader and I read a lot of books! No matter how many I read however I never seem to catch up with my ginormous to-be-read stack/list of books. Even though I try to follow Dr. Seuss’s advice:

I never manage to come even close to catching up.

But then that’s part of the fun in reading, isn’t it? The search for new books to read, test-driving new authors’ writing, the joy in “discovering” a new-to-you book or even a genre that you’ve never read before. I’ve spent my entire life reading and working with books and authors and am an author now myself, yet I never tire of reading, thinking about, discussing, recommending and discovering new books!

I know there are many others out there just like me, too, so that’s why I say to you now – Make it your New Year’s resolution to read even more in 2019! You don’t need to count the books you do read, or compare numbers you’ve read with others. We are all different, we readers, not only in how fast we can read, but also in when and where we like to read, how we approach our reading, and even why or what we read in the first place. So no judgement calls here at all, folks! Just the suggestion that if you enjoy reading, you might want to make it a priority in your life to read even more.  I won’t go into the many ways that you can make more time to read. I’ll let you figure that out for yourself.

To help other readers along a little bit with suggestions as to what they might consider reading, I recently created a Facebook Group Your next great read … suggestions for readers and authors that I hope will not only generate lists of books and authors for other readers to enjoy reading, but also some discussion about books and reading in general. It’s an open group and anyone may join – authors too, because authors are (or should be!!) readers themselves. Self-promotion is allowed, but authors are requested to contribute information on other books and authors, as well. I would love to see – eventually – a large membership of readers from all around the world (and we already have the beginnings of an international group) who benefit from the reading experience of everyone. I’m particularly interested in world literature (although only what is available in English, in my case) so I would love to hear about authors in other countries, especially non-English-speaking, who are publishing books that are available in English translation. I know other members already contributing to the site are also interested in particular genres or types of writing. Why not join us and see if you find something new-to-you that becomes Your Next Great Read!

So, Readers, are you ready to resolve to read more in 2019? I hope so, and that you will consider joining us. And, if you’re not on Facebook but are still looking for ways to encourage yourself to stick with this resolution of reading more, I suggest you consider following these blogs …

(This one, of course!) Allan Hudson’s South Branch Scribbler

Seumas Gallacher’s blog

And my own blog, Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing (I’m planning on writing a series, actually, about all the How, When, Why, Where, What, and Who on reading – subscribe to my blog and Stay Tuned!)

I mention these blogs primarily because we three authors make a habit of promoting other authors and their books. We also all write or have written about writing and publishing as self-published authors and we reblog interesting articles and blog posts written by other authors as well. As my personal interest has swayed from selling books to finding more readers for writing in general, I’ve written a number of posts aimed at readers (as well as addressing directly authors who continue to promote their own work too much!). You might find something interesting in one of these articles:

Why not read books simply because they’re well-written?

A challenge to all Readers …

HOW to get promotion for yourself and your book … 

14 responses

  1. Inspiring! I WILL read more in 2019!

    1. Thanks for taking the challenge, Rae!

  2. Thanks for reblogging this post, Seumas. Thanks, Susan for this informative post. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne, for reading and commenting!

  3. I read 104 books in 2017 and 97 books in 2018. So yes, while I’m 6 books behind compared to the year before, I’m HARDLY disappointed in myself! LOL There are PLENTY of great books to read, and quite a few duds as well, but my local librarians have been WONDERFUL for sharing book recommendations. I highly encourage people to read from multiple genres and platforms. Read e-books, and dead tree books, and listen to audiobooks in your car. Good luck and happy reading!

    1. Thanks, Juli! What are you reading now?

      1. I’m slogging through The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff for my January book club read. It’s not to my tastes. Probably would have chucked it about a quarter of the way through, otherwise. Too much angsty/melodrama/insta-love for me. Not enough details to be a good example of historical fiction. But…the book had a LOT of potential! That’s the point of being in a book club. You’re exposed to books you may not have picked up otherwise. Sometimes you get a good one. Sometimes you get a stinker, but it makes for lively discussion!

  4. Reblogged this on A Creative State of Mind and commented:
    This post by Susan Toy is right up my alley! I’m definitely committed to reading more this year.

    1. Thanks for reblogging, Tricia! And welcome to the club!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Felicity!

  5. Reblogged this on Seumas Gallacher and commented:
    …my dear pal, m’Lady, Susan Toy has this great news about the new group putting readers and writers together… have a read and then join up, join us, and join in! ! enjoy 🙂

    1. Thank you for reblogging, kind sir!

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