2018 Midyear Update … what am I reading?

We have officially reached the halfway point for 2018. Have you gotten to the halfway point on your reading challenge?

I set a personal goal of reading 52 books this year, which I think is the same as last year’s goal. I have currently finished 30, which puts me 4 books ahead of schedule 🙂

I am actively reading three books right now: A Higher Loyalty by James Comey, which I am about 90% finished. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman, which I am about 25% finished. And I am re-reading Judgement Road by Christine Feehan for about the fifth time.

I am also working on both the Popsugar and Book Riot 2018 Reading Challenges. Here is my progress so far this year…

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I will never finish all the categories before the end of the year, but I am enjoying the journey and that is all that counts!

What are you reading these days?

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Reading Challenge 2018

Well, we are three months gone in 2018 and I thought I would write a quick post updating on my adventure in the 2018 Reading Challenge!

I am working on both the Popsugar and Book Riot’s challenges and have definitely made more headway into the former as this point, but it is also a much longer list. I set a goal on Goodreads to read 52 books this year, which is two more than my goal for last year.

Thankfully I am staying a few books ahead of schedule right now, after a strong start in January and listening to audiobooks while I commute and perform some household chores is helping me to keep caught up.

I am lucky to be surrounded by so many avid readers, such as my co-workers, close friends and Mum.

Here are three snapshots of my progress to this point:

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Are you doing a reading challenge this year? What list are you working on and how are you doing?

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Reflecting on 2017’s Reading Challenges

This year I participated in the Book Riot and Pop Sugar Reading Challenges, as I did last year. I don’t take these challenges too seriously, but they are a fun way to track my reading and to push myself to read different books than I would normally gravitate to.

Here are my results from the last twelve months!

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Read Harder Challenge (Book Riot)

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Clearly, I didn’t finish every category but that’s ok. You are technically allowed to use the same book in multiple categories but I chose not to … it felt like that defeated the purpose of the lists, which was to get me reading outside my normal niches.

Looking forward to starting the next year’s challenges tomorrow 🙂

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Read Harder Challenge 2016

Book Riot published their inaugural reading challenge in 2015 and released a new challenge for this year. They provide a list of 24 tasks, designed to help you read outside of your normal comfort zone. Looking through the list, I’d guess there are at least 5 categories that will feel “at home” to the average reader, but in others, you will definitely be stretching yourself.

Here is the link to the Book Riot challenge page. They provide lots of helpful tips for finding books to fit each category if you are struggling, and if you post about, use the hashtag #ReadHarder ! The printable pdf is on the link provided as well, but here is a quick snapshot of the current challenge.

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My co-workers and I are all participating (I work in a library, so we’re obviously all “book-y”) and I’ve been meaning to post about it on here for a while! I got a late start because I worked two jobs all winter and had no time for books. Don’t feel as if you are behind, come join me in the challenge!

I’ve only checked off a couple of categories so far. For a book under 100 pages, I used Saving for School by Gail Vax-Oxlade, which I already reviewed on this blog. And for the book that you read to another person, I used the Teddy Bears’ Picnic in my story-time program. I’m still working on the others, so when I review, I will try to remember to note that it was a part of this challenge! Hope this helps inspire you to read something new 🙂