2016 Reading Challenge

I am SUPER DUPER excited about what we are discussing today.  Thanks to a friend on Facebook, I was introduced to the “2016 Reading Challenge.”  Don’t know what that is?  Stand by for a photo…

I am starting to feel like my old self in regard to reading so this challenge came at the perfect time.  I’m going to share my tentative list in hopes that you will get some inspiration.

• Published This Year – “Land of Silence” by Tessa Afshar | “A Spy’s Devotion” by Melanie Dickerson

• Finish in a Day – “Bookplate Special” by Lorna Barrett | “A Caribbean Mystery” by Agatha Christie

• Meaning to Read – “Zoo” by Michael Ledwidge & James Patterson

• Recommended by Bookseller or Librarian – “The Girl on The Train” by Paula Hawkins

• Should Have Read in School – “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ” by Lew Wallace

• Chosen by Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF – “As Sure As The Dawn” by Francine Rivers

• Published Before You Were Born – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote

• Banned at Some Point – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

• Previously Abandoned – “Elixir” series by Hilary Duff

• Own But Never Read – “First Light” by Bodie & Brocke Thoene

• Intimidates You – “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

• Already Read at Least Once – “Sisters of the Quilt” by Cindy Woodsmall

A few of those titles refer to a series so I am challenging myself beyond what is necessary.  However, I am only expecting one book in each category.  I don’t want to set myself up to fail and be disappointed before I have even started.  Can I do it?  Can you do it?  Yes we can!  We shall reconvene and discuss our triumph next January.  On your mark.  Get set.  READ!!!!! :D

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”  – Mary McLeod Bethune

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Bibliophile No More???

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Isn’t that title horrific?!!  It should strike fear into your soul, if you’re a serious reader that is.  I have loved books for as long I can remember.  They are an escape from reality, an airline ticket to any country or fictional realm; no money or actual travel required!  After I graduated college, I was ecstatic to return to my fifty books per week schedule.  My excitement was quickly dissipated by my inability to finish one book in one week.  Since my graduation in September, I have read ten books or less (The exact number is unknown).  This change is depressing and frustrating.  I desperately want to devour books, but my ability to focus has weakened.  I wasn’t really sure what was going on or what to do until an acquaintance’s words gave me a revelation.  She went through the exact same struggle and advised me to patiently wait for my mind to readjust.  In college, I was FORCED to read numerous articles and chapters every week for three years.  Eventually my mind will catch up and realize that I am now reading for recreation, not necessity and survival (HA HA!!).  The process is far from over, but I am slowly readjusting.  In fact, I recently finished a book in two days.  That is major progress!!  Thanks to Half Price Books, I made a pledge to attempt to read 30 book this year.  I obviously have high expectations for 2015.  Well, I am off to start another book.  If anyone is curious, the book is “Fire in the Night” by Linda Byler.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”  – Charles William Eliot

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