Announcing the Backlist Timey Wimey Reading Challenge

Lately, I’ve been morose, realizing that I’m going to finish this year having read approx. 60 books, the same as the last two years, give or take. This year I focused mainly on new releases, attempting to answer my eternally plaguing angst question of: What does it mean to be “well read”? This year, my answer was, read enough new releases to be up to speed, to be able to have read enough books published this year to legitimately craft a year end “best of” list. Cocktail party chatter for cocktail parties I never went to. And yes, I’ve accomplished that, and yes, I know it’s still the end of September, but I feel like I’ve cheated myself, and I’ve cheated my ambitions to be “well read,” and wasted time on some admittedly mediocre 2016 books—that I knew going into it were not going to rock my world and were probably 3-4 star reads at best—while overlooking some books that are older and that could indeed be life changing reads. After all, I read The Secret History, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Flowers from the Storm, and A Song of Ice and Fire backlist. So here I am, readers, hoping...

7 Bookish Alternatives to the Goodreads Reading Challenge

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I am blown away that my article on “5 Reasons Not to Do the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2016” has become my most viewed and most commented-on blog post so far in 2016.  It seems that there are others like me who wanted to live off the Goodreads grid and take a year off the Goodreads challenge. This makes me feel like less of a misnomer and more of a community member. If you’ve found this post chances are you’re looking for alternatives to the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Maybe you still want to challenge yourself to read more books or read more widely. Or maybe you want to stay connected to the bookish world even though you’re not participating. Friend, I welcome you to try out some or all of the following seven bookish things to do instead of the Goodreads Reading Challenge. You can cut the chord (er, the progress percentage bar) and still stay connected to the book world, accomplish your personal reading goals, and challenge yourself to grow as a reader. Read on. Do an alternative challenge Goodreads is an amazing way to push yourself to read more books—but it’s not so great at helping you...

10 Ways to Totally Rock a Book Buying Ban

We’ve all been there. We’ve all reached the breaking point, when a little voice whispers in your ear, “Do your really need that book? Can you actually afford to keep buying books and not read them?” You swipe your card, you pay your cash, you hit “Submit order” and banish the little voice, but it creeps in just the same… Watershed moment: Realizing you need to do a book buying ban Have you spent way too much on books lately? Are your shelves overflowing with books you haven’t read? Friend and fellow reader, join me on a book buying ban. I can no longer afford to keep buying books. This winter I realized that I really need to reign it in and do a book buying ban. First of all, I cannot afford to spend money on more books. I just can’t. Second, I have way too many books already, and I just know that there are some on my shelves that could become new favorites. My instincts are usually pretty good for purchasing things I might like, and I bet yours are, too. Third, my social anxiety is loosening up (as is my phobia of leaving the house), so I’ve been checking...

How to Set Reading Resolutions for the New Year

Over the years, I’ve had all sorts of New Year’s resolutions, from the classic “Lose 20 pounds” to “Go completely vegetarian” to “Be happy and content with who I am.” But the only ones I’ve ever completed were reading resolutions. In December 2013 I resolved to read 52 books in 2014, and by god, I did it. That sense of accomplishment propelled me to read more ambitiously and fearlessly in 2015, so I set a higher number goal. As this year draws to a close, I organize for the new year and realize I want to read with more intention. I want to read with more purpose and intent. Today, I’m really excited to share with you my process for how to set reading resolutions for the new year. Grab a pen and paper, make yourself a cup of piping hot tea, and put on some relaxing music. Let’s brainstorm big. When I think about resolutions, I think about myself a year from today and wonder about the person I’ll have become having lived another year. What will I have learned? How will I have changed in a positive way? How will I have overcome challenges? What new places will I have seen? What...

5 Ways to Reach Your Year-End Reading Challenge Goal

There are just a few days left until the clock strikes 12:00 am on January 1st and we’re ringing in a new year. For many readers and bookworms now is the time that panic sets in. If you are freaking out over how to reach your Goodreads reading challenge or other personal reading goal, chances are the end of December is a time of anxiety and angst. It doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re 1, 5, or even 10 (yes, 10! I know you people are out there, and I salute you!) books away from having read that magical number of books in your Goodreads or personal reading challenge, it’s possible. You can do it. You can do it! And here’s how. Here are my five ways to read more books during crunch time when it counts. 1. Rescue and finish abandoned books (the low-hanging fruit method) I’m the worst at finishing books. Even though I, like most people, have issues with abandonment on the emotional level, I totally have no bad feels about putting a book down, returning it to the library, or leaving it at 63% read on my Kindle. This year I realized that these are the low-hanging fruit...

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