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New Year's Resolutions for Readers

2018 promises to be a banner year for new release titles and debut authors. January alone included nearly 40 books that are worthy of your consideration. News about what to expect in the New Year are still coming in, so check our Coming Soon guide.

Enjoy these resolutions already revealed:

#1 Read a Book a Week

Reading can definitely improve your mood and make you happy, but we have six proven ways it impacts your life and make every aspect of it happy and healthy: 1. Reading improves your memory: 2. Reading reduces stress (and anxiety!); 3. Reading helps you live longer (2 years longer); 4. Reading increases your attention span; 5. Reading increases your emotional intelligence;and 6. Reading expands your world view.

#2 Discover a New Author

Is time to pry yourself away from the latest book by your favorite author and explore something new? We think so! Every year is loaded with releases by first time authors that pushed the limits of creative expression. This year is no exception, it is filled with an exciting list of newcomers, too. But you don't have to wait for somebody new. Choose a title by an author that you have skipped or overlooked, and open yourself up to the possibility that you may just discover your next favorite author. One way to get a glimpse into an author's voice or style is by reading a short story or novella. To help you achieve your second New Year's resolution - Discover a New Author - check out our Short Story and Other Collections section.

#3 Give a Signed Book to a Friend

Anyone who enjoys reading or collecting books can see how a signed book makes a great gift. Modern fiction can transport the reader to imaginary lands, allow them to sleuth with the greatest detectives, or thrill them with heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety. "Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't." It is our responsibility, as readers, to help raise the bar. Share the joy and pleasures of modern fiction with a friend. Make a reader today!

1. Books are easier to wrap than footballs; 2. Books donít require batteries; 3. Books donít hurt when you step on them in the middle of the night; 4. One size fits all; 5. Books are easy and cheap to mail; 6. Books never need ironing; 7. Books don't need assembly; 8. When you are finished with a book, it is not empty; 9. A book is a gift you can open again, and again, and again; 10. VJ Books is here to help!

#4 Help Make a Child a Reader

Did you know that some of the bestselling authors of adult fiction also write for younger readers? It's true! Kathy Reichs, Clive Cussler, James Patterson, and Ridley Pearson are just a few of those using their remarkable abilities to tell a story to a younger audience. We have found the quality of the YA stories to be as good as those written for adult audiences - they are not dumbed-down, are usually a little shorter in length (great for my time-conscious self), and carry storylines that hook, grab. We've made fulfilling #4 of your Reader's Resolutions is easy! Take a look at our YA category!. Make a reader today!

Resolutions Coming Soon:
  • Add a New Author to Your Collection
  • Explore a New Genre
  • Organize Your Shelves or Collection
  • Read Everything by an Author
  • Read Everything in a Series
  • Let us know how it's going!
  • Stop Worrying About the Lives of Fictional Characters
  • Read the Book Instead of Seeing the Movie
  • Join a Book Club