Fall represents major change for me, and I suspect for many people. It's a new year in several ways. For some, it's the start of the school year, with new teachers, classes and school supplies (the best part). The seasons are changing from summer to fall or winter to spring. For Jewish folks, Rosh Hashana, which falls usually in September, is the Jewish liturgical new year.

I tend to make what I call "Jew Year's Resolutions" in the fall and another set with the January 1st new year a few months later. The purpose is the same: Identify something I'd like to change for the better, and get on that. This year, 5773 to be specific, is much like the new school year for me; it represents a lot of new office supplies as I attempt to better organize myself. That is, alas, an annual resolution.

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But I'm also trying something new: I've made some reading resolutions.

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My first resolution: Read more, surf less. There is, if you hadn't noticed, a LOT TO READ on the internet, and I have about 16 different locations wherein I can discover the latest comments on any of the 70 zillion topics I'm curious about, from travel to cooking to organization and efficiency. The problem is, I end up reading fewer books if I'm spending more time reading other things like Zite, Google:Reader, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

So my first resolution is to read more books and surf for short topical reading less. I already read a lot of books in a given week, but I know I can, and have, read more in the past. My goal is to spend more evenings on the sofa with my Kindle, instead of on my sofa with my iPad, the Kindle, and possibly my laptop as well.

My second reading resolution is to read more outside of the genres to which I'm most attracted. I read and enjoy historical romance, contemporary romance and novellas. I'm wary but warming back up to paranormal, and have read a few paranormal romances in the past year that I've really enjoyed. Perhaps it is time for me to try a few more and test if my paranormal weariness has dissipated somewhat.

Alas, I do not think I will ever warm up to romantic suspense, mostly because of the frequency with which I encounter things that I can't abide reading about, such as children in peril or as victims, or excessive gore and entrail-related mayhem. I'm often reading before bed and these are not the last images I want in my head as I attempt to sleep.

But one genre I am going to try to read more of in the coming year is inspirational romances. I am partially inspired by this guest review on SBTB of a Carla Kelly book, My Loving Vigil Keeping, which is a Mormon inspirational romance. The guest reviewer, Susan, wrote:

I am very ambivalent about inspirational romances, because the religion in them is not mine (I am Jewish), and because the higher purpose often comes before the story and so religious devotion is not smoothly assimilated. However, I love Carla Kelly’s writing and have read ALL of her fiction…

Susan so enjoys Kelly's writing, she followed Kelly into inspirational romance, which is quite a testament (ba-dum-dum) to her support of the author.

I do not have a similar writer who has begun to write inspirational romances, but I've been reading an increasing number of inspirational romance reviews, particularly after the RITA Reader Challenge, in which every book nominated for the RITA—the annual award for romance fiction given by the Romance Writers of America, including all of those nominated for Best Inspirational Romance—receives a review. In many of those reviews, readers who volunteered to read a book in that category said they did not usually read inspirational, and that they were surprised how much they enjoyed it.

That's plenty reason enough for me. If there's good books out there that I'm not reading, I need to correct that immediately. So one of my reader resolutions this year is to try more inspirational romance.

Do you have any recommendations for me? Authors I should try first? And do you make reader resolutions for yourself? Share, share!

Sarah Wendell is the co-creator, editor and mastermind of the popular romance blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.