My Excuses to Read More in 2015

Okay, the time has come for me to actually commit to a challenge (or three).  I decided to put them all in the same post instead of making you suffer through a series of posts, so it may be a long one.

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Let's start with the Goodreads Challenge.  It's the generic challenge that will encompass everything I read this year.  I'm challenging myself to read 40 books this year.  With a full time job and graduate school (and possibly an additional part time job) it will be definitely be a challenge but I tend to aim high.  This will also require me to actually enter the dates that I read books.  I didn't really do that last year so I have no idea how many books I read in 2014.
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Next up, The Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge.  This one is hosted by Chapter Break and Terri at 2nd Run Reviews.  The premise is simple.  We all have a backlog of TBR books, right?  We buy them and then for whatever reason they just end up on the shelf, under a pile of books that we'd rather read first.  So this challenge is to read what is on your shelf instead of buying any new books (library books don't count for this challenge).  This is a great challenge for me personally because I need to save some money this year.  I  I have a bad habit of going to the bookstore when I've had a bad day and I can't walk out of a bookstore without a book.  Connect with others taking this challenge by using #ShelfLove on twitter.  These are the levels:
Yellow Belt —-> 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves
Blue Belt    —->11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back  <--This is my goal.
Green Belt  —->21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
Purple Belt  —->31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
Brown Belt —-> 41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff
Black Belt —->51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady

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I've always loved fairy tales.  It started with the Disney movie versions of course.  Then I read re-tellings, which of course led to reading the originals for comparison.  So naturally I love that fairy tales are trending in movies right now.  Don't even get me started on the show "Once Upon a Time".  I am absolutely obsessed.  Anyway, back to the challenge.  This one is hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy.  Connect on twitter with #fairytaleRC.
  • There are 6 different levels you can aim for:
    -Prince Charming: 1 – 4 books.
    -Magic mirror: 5 - 9 books.  <--This is my goal.
    -Big bad wolf: 10 – 15 books.
    -The wise princess: 16 – 20 books.
    -Wicked fairy Godmother: 21 – 25 books.
    -Bluebeard: you are killing it! 26+ books.
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I'm hoping to find a reading challenge for christian historical fiction.  I know it's a rather specific genre, but it's my favorite.  So if you know of one let me know and good luck with your 2015 challenges!

Happy reading book nerds!!

Comments

  1. Glad to have you as part of the #ShelfLove Challenge!

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

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    1. Thanks Terri, I'm excited to be part of it!

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  2. Great challenges you picked ;) Looking forward to your updates and thanks for joining #ShelfLove

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    1. Thanks Julie! Goodness knows I don't need to buy any more books for a while.

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  3. I see you've changed your name! I like it!

    Good luck on your challenges. I don't think I could go that long without buying books.... Still, I always make it a point to, every once in while, scour my shelves for books I haven't read.

    Glad you're doing the Fairy Tale Challenge! That's one I'm excited for.

    Ally @ The Scribbling Sprite

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    1. Thanks Ally!

      I think I'm going to have to give myself a little wiggle room on the No Book Buying Challenge. Maybe just get one new book a month?

      I'm excited about the Fairy Tale Challenge as well. You can never read too many fairy tales!

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  4. Welcome to the fairytale challenge! I'm so excited to get started and that so many people are participating. I hope you get to read a lot of good books :) Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for hosting the challenge for us Mel!

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  5. Ohh fun, good luck on these goals! I definitely hope to show my shelves more love this year than I have in the past... And of course, who doesn't love fairy tales? :)

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    1. Aylee, the problem is my to-read list keeps growing and my free time keeps shrinking lol.

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  6. Good Luck and thanks for joining our #Shelflove Challenge!!!

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