Beth

Stepping up my Reading Game

I have talked multiple times already this year that one of my goals for 2016 is to read more. I used to be an avid reader – and then I became a mom.  But really, that’s a bad excuse.  My kid is good, he goes to bed at a reasonable time and I have time to myself in the evenings, so I really shouldn’t be using that as an excuse.  The bigger problem is laziness.  After Ollie goes to bed, Nate and I usually settle into the basement with some TV shows and while there is nothing wrong with zoning out to TV, I simply need to make an effort to turn it off a little earlier and start reading before bed again.

I mentioned in a post last month that I saw a really cool reading challenge on my friend Cara’s blog.  She found it on the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. I decided it seemed like a really do-able reading challenge for 2016, so I’ve decided to give a try.  Here is the list:

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So I realize I’m already a month into the year and am just now starting this challenge, but I’m trying to wrap up my current book and then am going to dive in. I’m not necessarily going to do this list in order, but I think it’s manageable!  The librarian one will be easy – my mother-in-law is a librarian so I’m sure I can get a good recommendation from her. I think the first book I will conquer on the list will be the book you previously abandoned.  I have at least three books I have tried and given up on sitting on my nightstand, so I think I’ll choose one of those, most likely Insurgent.  I would like to to see the movie, but feel I should finish the book first, so there’s a good reason to do it!

I’ll track my progress here on the blog, I feel it’s the best way to keep me accountable! I hope to finish two books this month to keep me on track for a book a month.  So here we go!  If you have any suggestions for some of the items on this list, I’d love to hear them!

6 thoughts on “Stepping up my Reading Game

  1. That’s a great idea for reading more – especially to get some variety into your books that you read. I’ve been reading during my half hour breaks at Target (which can be a bad thing – especially since I want to keep on reading after my break!). Can’t wait to see what books you read and which ones you recommend!

  2. I love this list…and that you’re “stepping up your reading game.” 😉 I need more reader friends. 🙂 You should definitely make some time for The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I just finished it a few weeks ago and am still completely captivated! Such a gripping memoir.

  3. This is a really cool challenge. The librarian one would be hard for me, and the ‘book you should have read in school’ feels concerning! (I’d have to look back at those college classes I didn’t enjoy). I’ve read a list of banned books before-and I totally have to recommend the Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian, if you’ve never read it. Sherman Alexie is pretty crazy good.

    Feel free to keep us posted on what you read and what you think of your challenge

    -JL

  4. Ooh I can’t wait to hear about your progress on this challenge Beth! (And hear about which books I should add to my list of course!) Modern Mrs. Darcy is one of my favorite blogs, and I thought about doing her challenge too but for whatever reason never did jump on board. I’m excited to hear about how you like it!

  5. The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips — it was the second last book I finished (review up on Friday).
    And anything Atwood. Maybe not anything Atwood, but Alias Grace is certainly my favourite of hers. I’ll likely read is as a book I have read at least once before.
    I always start reading in January and often fall off the reading wagon as the months crawl by. I hope to sustain it this year. Must try to pace myself now!

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