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Propel Your Reading Goals

A new year for many is a time for new reading goals. For 2021, I decided to read two books per month. I found myself not reading the pile of books I had. The new year brings me a reset. As I read, I will immerse myself in the narrative.

These suggestions are to shape and propel your reading experiences. Happy New Year!

  1. Don’t finish a book you’re struggling with. 

Hi, your bookmark is bored. Break up with the book already! Also, your bookmark might listen to Ariana Grande. 

  1. Read a book from a genre you haven’t or normally don’t.

Discovering books from genres you haven’t or normally don’t read from can give you a perspective as a reader. It can also reignite your love of the genres you read from. Romance novels and I are two ships in the night. If you have suggestions, please tweet them to me @driedinkpen. 

  1. Solely listen to audiobooks during the summer, or winter, or spring, or fall. 

If you live in a place that still has seasons, listen to audiobooks during one of them. Let the stories illuminate in your ears and into your heart. Now, I’m inspired to write a romance novel. 

  1. Don’t read a book from a list, especially a list of anticipated books.

Lists are a consistent part of the news. “The best songs of the hour.” “The top fifteen mayonnaise flavors.” “The five socks you must wear before you CROAK.” Book lists can be a succinct way to be in the know of literary releases. However, open your horizons on learning about book releases. My friend and I share book recommendations. We connect through trusted reading experiences. The exchange between you and a friend could be monthly or as timely seen. 

  1. Invest in a reading and/or writing literacy non-profit. 

The power of reading is often not accessible. Reach Out and Read, 826 National, Pajama Program, and Reading is Fundamental are a few wonderful organizations supporting youth in reading and writing opportunities. 


I recognize the irony of telling you not to follow a list as I just compiled a list. Reading is an evolving experience. I hope this year brings you and your bookmark to the Universe. 

What suggestions do you have to propel your reading experiences?


Ashley Paul is a traveler, runner, and baker. She is an Everlasting Bookworm and Culture Maven. She is passionate about supporting high school juniors and seniors to write compelling stories for their post-secondary careers. She loves stories with social commentary, atmospheric writing, and compelling characters.

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