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Who is getting excited for Nonfiction November! Something about knowing the event was on the horizon really kicked my nonfiction reading into gear this month -- more than half of what I've picked up in October has been nonfiction. It feels really good to be getting back into that groove. I'm also excited to share [...]


  Hello? Is this thing still on? The last couple of months have been strange. They felt full, but looking back I can’t really pin down what they were filled with. I’d been feeling worn out, physically and emotionally exhausted, but couldn’t seem to admit that to myself or to really figure out what to do [...]


Last week, in a bit of packing-related procrastination, I decided to check in on how I was doing with Book Riot's 2016 Read Harder Challenge. Last year, I managed to finish 19 of the 24 tasks, which I thought was pretty good. Unfortunately, I'm not doing as well on the challenge this year. After seven months, [...]


I don’t know about you, but the new year seemed to really sneak up on me. All of a sudden it was the last week of December and and it was time for reflecting on the year and setting new goals for 2016. I was talking to one of my coworkers about this, and she [...]


#15in30: An October Reading Project

On Monday, Andi (Estella's Revenge) put out a little reading challenge for October: 15 books in 31 days. In her post, Andi said she felt like she needed a little push to "dig into some reading with a vigor." And, like she said in the closing comment of her post, "No pressure. If we do it, [...]


#ReadHarder: Five Books to Go!

I'm almost done with the Read Harder Challenge! End-ish of September seems like as good a time as any to check in on how I'm doing on this challenge I didn't think I'd actually be able to finish. Since I first wrote about Read Harder in May, when I'd finished 12 of 24 tasks, I've managed [...]


About this time last month, I shared how I was doing unexpectedly well with Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. When I posted in May, I’d completed 12 of the 24 tasks on the list. Since then, I’ve crossed off four more (audiobook – Missoula by Jon Krakauer; retelling of a classic story – Northanger Abbey [...]


Generally, I am terrible at reading challenges. It seems that as soon as I challenge myself to do something, it turns into work and I automatically don't want to do it anymore. The best way to ensure that I won't ever read a book is to put it on a reading challenge list. Imagine my [...]


Happy first day of 2015, friends and fellow readers! Over the last few years as a book blogger, I've realized that I am not very good at keeping book-related goals. I start the year with great intentions, but inevitably fall to the siren song of reading whatever the heck I want. I'm sure you've all [...]


This post is part of the Bloggiesta, a weekend challenge where bloggers spend time on pesky blog tasks or work to get ahead on their blogging. This mini challenge is about thinking outside the box for better blog posts.  One of the biggest challenges for me as a blogger is staying motivated and excited about [...]