Day 2737 – What I’m Reading Now – or – Reading Challenges

I finished last year reading 75 books, a goal I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t active on Goodreads. Some of those were kid’s books (about 14). As I started the year with a goal of reading 100 books. I also came across a few other challenges – The Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenges (I’m doing both) and the BCPL Reading Challenge. I’ve already read 29 books, but about 25 of them are kid’s books. I have no idea how many kid’s books I’ll read this year, but I think 75 books that are not kid’s books might be a goal. We’ll see how the year progresses.

Why am I reading so many kid’s books? Well, they’re super fun! Duh! But also because I’m writing a kid’s book too! It’s an idea that has been marinating for years and I hope to get it to paper sooner rather than later.

What have I learned so far? First, that having a challenge pushes me to read books I wouldn’t otherwise read. A perfect example is from the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading For Growth Challenge – to read a book that’s more than 600 pages. I thought I was set reading Bonhoeffer because Goodreads said it had 608 pages, which it does….technically….but the actual book is only 542, the rest is front materials and indexes. I still hope to read it because it’s been so highly recommended and the source material for my favorite Thrice song, Firebreather. So, I found myself wandering the library looking for a big book. Yesterday, I found, Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You – a novel told completely in lists. Oh friends, I LOVE lists! This has been such an interesting way to tell a story that I’m already 1/6 of the way through. I NEVER would have picked up this book. It’s exciting to see how just by adding a little bit of structure to my reading, it’s opening up new worlds of books.

Another one I wouldn’t necessarily pick up is Unprecedented – a book on the recent election. I’m curious to see how it skews (if at all) and what I learn.

You’ll also see Love Comes Softly in the photo – this is a book I picked up because of the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading For Fun Challenge – A book you’ve already read. I read this book when I was a teen and it really holds up. 🙂

What are you reading right now?

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About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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