2018 Reading Challenges

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Building on my post from yesterday, I wanted to take a moment to share the Book Riot and Popsugar Reading Challenges for 2018. You can click these links to access the editable/printable PDFs from their websites: Book Riot , PopSugar , and PopSugar Advanced.

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Personally I love doing these challenges. I don’t take them too seriously and I have never completely finished one but I think it is a fun way to push yourself to keep reading throughout the year and expand your horizons by trying books in new genres.

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I have noticed that my reading has expanded through these challenges and there are a few categories of books that I love to read now that I probably would have never tried otherwise.

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I hope you will join in me in at least one of these challenges this year.

Happy reading everyone!

xx

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Doin’ that reading thang

Do you ever feel pressure when you’re reading?

I do.  A lot.  As in, it’s a problem.

I feel completely stressed out when I take too long to read a book, or I’m not just knocking those guys down.  Probably because I know I could never read all the books I want to, even if I lived to be one hundred and eleventy. But still, not a great idea to turn one of life’s greatest gifts into a task on the mental checklist.

One of the New Year resolutions I set in 2015 was to bring my TBR shelf on Goodreads from about 90, down to under 50.  At the time, that seemed like a reasonable goal for the year, given that I knew I would read more books that weren’t on the shelf, especially new releases that didn’t have pages yet.  But I think I’ve only knocked one off of it and we’ve already reached mid-March!

Part of the problem is that I naturally read thick, heavy books in winter (I have no idea why, it just happens).  For example, right now I am working on a few text books because I went back to school for a semester to finish an old degree.

Then I’m also working on the third Game of Thrones audiobook, which has 82 chapters and is 48ish hours long! Craaaa-zy.  I’m trying to finish it before the next tv season starts up in April, and I’m confident I’ll make it but it leaves no time for anything else.

Luckily, I’m in a position where I can take a bit of a break from school for the next two weeks, so I just ordered the first book in a series called Suddenly Royal, from Interlibrary Loan.  It will be a great change from the heavy books I have been into this year and should be a quick way to knock a book off my TBR list, while adding one to my Goodreads challenge.  I swear I am dedicated to my goals, but I think the challenge is a little skewed when it gives you the same credit for a 48 page novella as it does for a 1300 page tome.

When Suddenly Royal arrives, I’ll be sure to leave a review.  Check back soon if you’re in the mood to hear about a little YA chick lit.

xx