Ask any author and they’ll tell you the same thing – to be a good writer, you need to READ. Believe it or not, as much as the Mafia loves to read, we still have to be deliberate in making time for it. I polled the family to ask for their 2017 Reading Goals. Ours are below. Add yours in the comments and we’ll check back in a few months to see where we are!

Alison Hertz

My reading goals are simple – 17 MG books in 2017.

As both an author and an artist/illustrator, my creative goals include more than writing and reading. Last year, I opened an Etsy shop, a Society 6 gallery, and sold my paintings at Art Fairs. This year, I plan to continue painting and selling my art in those venues. Finally, as the creator and host of Doodle Day, an online daily drawing challenge, my goal is to continue doodling every day with the 600+ doodlers in my Doodle Day community. When I write stories, I also see them, I see the characters and the scenes (as many writers do) and feel compelled to draw them or paint them, too.  I have many creative goals for 2017 but I am confident that I can achieve them all.

Debbie D’Aurelio RebeccaStead

Read at least 15 MG novels

Because I like magic and mysteries, I also plan to re-read three of my favorites . . . When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo and Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald.

Lisa Lewis Tyre

Read as many books by SCBWI- Southern Breeze authors as possible. (They are my peeps!)

Read at least 5 non-fiction books. (I’ve gotten lax about that lately.)

Buy and read one book a month from someone who retweets me on Twitter. (Loyalty can be rewarding.)

Discover a diverse, debut author to love. (Feel free to send my your suggestions!)

L. S. Bridgers

General Goals:

Read more middle grade action/adventure.

Read more non-fiction, poetry and short stories.

Specific Goals: read these books that release in 2017.


 Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh, Editor (releases Jan. 3, 2017) (A collection of short stories published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books.)

Action /Adventure

Horizon by Scott Westerfeld  (Jan. 17, 2017) (First in new action adventure that sounds like LOST meets MAZE RUNNER.)

Masterminds: Payback by Gordon Korman, (March 7, 2017) (Finale of the amazing Masterminds trilogy about children who discover they are part of an experiment.)

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (March 28, 2017) (When children get trapped in a mechanical board game, adventure follows.)

Kevin Springer

My reading goal for 2017 is to continue to read books that grab me and take me for a ride. In the past, I have read mainly adventure stories, with a couple other genres sprinkled in. As I prepare for new writing projects, I plan on expanding the number of graphic novels and stories written in first person POV. I will also look for a few paranormal stories to prepare for 2018 projects.

Now that you know OUR reading goals, don’t forget to post yours in the comments. Happy Reading!

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