Day 3402 – 148 Books Read – Update Of Reading Challenges

I figured today was a good day to give you an update of my reading challenges! My current goal is 200 books, and I think I can make it. As I’m getting down to the end of a few of the challenges, it’s getting much tougher since I put off some of the harder categories.

Book #132 – To Make Monsters Out of Girls – this fulfilled a book by a female author in the Reading Bingo challenge.
Book #133 – Note to Self: Inspiring Figures Write to the Young People they Once Were – this fulfilled a book of short stories in the Reading Bingo challenge.
Book #134 – An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake – this fulfilled a book involving a sport in the Popsugar challenge. He talks a lot about surfing, so I eeked this one in. 😀
Book #135 – The Sun Is Also a Star – this fulfilled a young-adults best seller in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #136 – A Spark of Light – this fulfilled none of my challenges.
Book #137 – Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity – this fulfilled none of my challenges.
Book #138 – Way of the Warrior Kid: The New Recruit – this fulfilled a book mentioned in another book in the Popsugar challenge. His first book, was mentioned in Tools of the Titans (I think. Haha, eeked this one too).
Book #139 – The Death of Mrs. Westaway – this fulfilled a mystery novel in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #140 – Your Own True Colors: Timeless Wisdom from America’s Grandmother – this fulfilled a book published posthumously in the Read Harder Challenge.
Book #141 – That One Spooky Night – this fulfilled Read a creepy book in the BCPL reading challenge.
Book #142 – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – this fulfilled a book you read in school in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #143 – Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media (affiliate link) – this fulfilled a book with a one-word title in the Reading Bingo challenge. Haha, this was another eeker cus it technically has a subtitle. What can I say, it’s getting close to the end of the year. But all joking aside, this book was AMAZING for anyone thinking of being an influencer online. Very meat and potatoes and I love those kinds of books. I highly recommend it! As I mentioned, it is an affiliate link, which just means I get a small percentage if you order, at no additional cost to you. It’s a way of saying thanks for my recommendation!
Book #144 – We’re All Wonders – this fulfilled any book from the 2017 Good Reads Choice Awards in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #145 – Where the Wild Things Are – this fulfilled a book that was once banned in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #146 – The Amazing Social Lives of African Elephants – this fulfilled a book set in Africa in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #147 – The Boxcar Children – this fulfilled a novel that is considered a “classic” in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #148 – Made Out of Stars: A Journal for Self-Realization – this fulfilled a book with a blue cover in the Reading Bingo challenge.

If you want to see the full lists of the challenges, you can find them here!
The 2018 #BWELLREAD Reading Challenge
The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge
The 2018 Read Harder Challenge
The Mommy Mannegren 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
Reading Bingo – this was one I got from my local library. It’s from Penguin Random house, but I can’t find a link to it.

What are you reading right now? I’m ALWAYS looking for book recommendations!

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Day 3368 – Update Of Reading Challenges – Read A New Book Month Day 30!

I decided to use the last day of this awesome month to share what I’ve read recently and to give an update on my reading goal. As I close out the 3rd quarter, me thinks 300 books is not going to happen. I’m shooting for 175 at this point, but we’ll how the next three months go. p.s. holy smokes this year has flown by!

I definitely learned a lot about having one focus on this blog for a month…in that I’m a fan (because I knew what to blog about) and not (because I knew what to blog about). My life is too varied and too many different things happen to be limited to one topic and I really enjoy the freedom of this blog to share whatever the heck I want. So, I can’t wait to jump back into the “I have no idea what I’m going to blog about today.”

Without further ado, here is my update.

Book #112 – Obama: An Intimate Portrait The Historic Presidency in Photographs – this fulfilled A book you heard about online in the Reading Bingo challenge. This was a really cool read and I recommend you check it out.
Book #113 – Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You – this fulfilled A book with an ugly cover in the Popsugar challenge. This was a really helpful guide to meditation and opened my eyes to different ways to meditate I’ve never tried before.
Book #114 – The Cake Therapist – this fulfilled A book with food on the cover in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge. This was a slower read for me, but fun story. lol, made me hungry every time I read. 😀
Book #115 – Cape Cod and the Islands: A Drone’s Eye View by Christopher Seufert – this fulfilled none of my challenges. I’ve added in some photography books to my reading challenges and this one did not disappoint.
Book #116 – The Wendy Project by Melissa Osborne – this fulfilled a book with a character who shares your name (there was a Jen in there) in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #117 – The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish – this fulfilled a funny book in the Reading Bingo challenge.
Book #118 – Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd – this fulfilled none of my challenges.
Book #119 – The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan – this fulfilled a book written by an author under 30 in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge. This was one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Book #120 – Me & McDuff: How a Dog Inspired My Journey to a Creative Life by Leslie Oschmann – this fulfilled a book with bad reviews in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #121 – Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome by Robby Novak – this fulfilled Read a book you’ve always meant to read in the BCPL reading challenge.
Book #122 – Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus – this fulfilled a book with your favorite color in the title in the Popsugar challenge.
Book #123 – Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings by Kerry Miller – this fulfilled a book that scares you in the Reading Bingo challenge.
Book #124 – Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz – this fulfilled a book based on a true story in the Reading Bingo challenge. I highly recommend this one. We’ve already seen big changes in our finances because of this.
Book #125 – What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?: Moving, Unexpected, and Inspiring Answers to Life’s Most Important Question by The Buried Life – this fulfilled a book of social science in the Read Harder Challenge.
Book #126 – Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins – this fulfilled the first book by a favourite author in the Reading Bingo challenge.
Book #127 – PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren – this fulfilled a book about a current world issue in the Mommy Mannegren 52 books challenge.
Book #128 – Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability by Shane Burcaw – this fulfilled none of my challenges.
Book #129 – Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians! by Jason Eaton – this fulfilled none of my challenges.
Book #130 – Real Estate Fast Track by David Finkel – this fulfilled none of my challenges.
Book #131 – Santa Bruce by Ryan Higgins – this fulfilled a book with non-human characters in the Reading Bingo challenge.

If you want to check out the full lists of each of the challenges mentioned, here they are:

The 2018 #BWELLREAD Reading Challenge
The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge
The 2018 Read Harder Challenge
The Mommy Mannegren 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge
Reading Bingo – this was one I got from my local library. It’s from Penguin Random house, but I can’t find a link to it.

What are you reading right now? I’m ALWAYS looking for book recommendations!

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Day 3367 – Read My Books! – Read A New Book Month Day 29 (And Four Years As Sober Jennilyn!)

I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest my own books this month. As an aside, today is my FOUR-year soberversary! If God hadn’t changed my life four years ago, I don’t know if I would be able to say I published two books.

Being sober has changed so much of my life and I’m so thankful that reading more and writing more is included in that list. I have found my voice through this blog and my books. YOU my readers, have in many ways changed my life. Your interest in my alcoholism has encouraged me to pursue writing a book about my experiences. Your blog views have meant the world to me.

My first book, Trusting God With 2 Cents: 22 Days To Becoming A Successful Christian Business Owner, was quite a journey. I learned so much about myself, writing, and what God has to say about work while writing. It started in one place (very much about ME and MY experiences) and ended in a completely different (very much what GOD says about work, and very little about me).

I always said that I would consider that book a success if just one person was impacted. If you check out the link above, you’ll see a wonderful review. That book is a success to me.

Earlier that year, 2016, we took our fourth cross-country road trip. That trip changed me in so many ways. The biggest was my love of road trips was rekindled and my desire to share the joy of more travel was set ablaze.

The worst thing I hear is “I’ve always wanted to do that, but….” I want to grab folks and say, that’s just not true! I started my journey in sharing my knowledge about road trip travel in my second book, Planning an Epic Road Trip on any Budget. I also started my road trip community on Facebook.

I definitely see that book as a success as well because of the folks who have made changes in their travel lives because of it. I’ve loved growing with my community and sharing the joys of planning for and taking trips. If you want some help planning a road trip, come join us!

Even if you haven’t (and aren’t planning on) buying/reading one of my books, you showing up here on my blog means so much to me. I’ve blogged before about wanting to stop some days, but it is you, my dear readers, who help me to carry on. You are a part of my growth as an author and a blogger. Thank you.

Check out all of my 2018 Read A New Book Month recommendations.

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Day 3366 – Read More Tip – Reading Challenges – Read A New Book Month Day 28

Holy smokes, I cannot believe Read A New Book Month is almost over. I truly hope you’ve found a book or increased your read count based on my suggestions. Today I have another tip: participate in reading challenges. I mentioned this a few days back, but I wanted to expound on it some more.

A pretty big game changer for me in my reading quantity and variety was joining reading challenges. You can read about the ones I’m working through on this post.

The challenges helped me to seek out books I never would have on my own. They introduced me to a few communities of book lovers.

There is a big world of books out there and doing a challenge will really help you to find them. I think my favorite this year has been The Mommy Mannegren 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge. Her Facebook group is one of my favorites too.

Are you doing a reading challenge this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Check out all of my 2018 Read A New Book Month recommendations.

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Did you like what you read? Here’s some ways you can support us and this blog!
Join our Facebook group, Planning an Epic Road Trip on Any Budget
Join the Journey With The G’s email list (bonus – you get my Epic Road Trip Budget spreadsheet)
Buy my book, Planning an Epic Road Trip on any Budget
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Day 3365 – Santa Bruce – A Great New Book In The Mother Bruce Series – Read A New Book Month Day 27

I mentioned Mother Bruce as a book to check out last week and when going to the Amazon site to get my affiliate link, I noticed there was a NEW book in the Mother Bruce series!

Santa Bruce* by Ryan T. Higgins was another wonderful journey into Bruce’s life. Poor Bruce has had many cases of mistaken identity and every one has been a joy-filled journey. I’m so glad to have found this series last year. If you’re looking for a new book to read to your kids, this is the one for you!

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Santa Bruce*

As a reminder, the links to the book on Amazon are affiliate links. As a reminder, an affiliate link is one that if you click and purchase the book (or something else) I’ll receive a small percentage at no additional cost to you. I ruthlessly only share products, services, books, etc, that I have personally used and only recommend what I think is useful and valuable. I’ve marked all affiliate links in this post with this little guy –> *

Check out all of my 2018 Read A New Book Month recommendations.

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Did you like what you read? Here’s some ways you can support us and this blog!
Join our Facebook group, Planning an Epic Road Trip on Any Budget
Join the Journey With The G’s email list (bonus – you get my Epic Road Trip Budget spreadsheet)
Buy my book, Planning an Epic Road Trip on any Budget
Buy my book, Trusting God With 2 Cents: 22 Days To Becoming A Successful Christian Business Owner.
Shop on Amazon (no additional cost to you, this gives us a percentage of what you order).
Check out our resources page.
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel