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    2018 Reading Challenge

    I love books. More than almost anything else, actually. More than wine, more than coffee, I could learn to live without ice cream, cardigans, and houseplants – but not books. Before I was a writer, I was a reader, my nose in Ramona, Nancy Drew and Anne with an E, since before I can remember. I still consider myself a reader first – both because reading is always enjoyable, (while writing not so much,) and because writers have to be readers in order to be any good at what we do. You wouldn’t trust a Chef who doesn’t eat, would you? So, every year, for work (HA!) and for pleasure,…

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    2017 Reading Challenge

    I love reading. Possibly, it seems a little silly that every year one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read more. But.. as you know… I want to be a writer, and according to Stephen King, one of the biggest rules for writers is to read – constantly and voraciously. According to Mr. King, if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time – or the tools, to write, and I completely agree. (It of course helps that he is telling me that I HAVE to do something that I love to do. Sort of like my doctor telling me that what I really need to do…

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    2016 Reading Challenge

    Hello Friends! So, somehow it is March, and I have 4 papers due this week, and so I might be procrastinating, but I thought this was the perfect time to talk to you about my 2016 Reading Challenge. Possibly I am 2 months too late, but you know… The plan was to read 52 books in 52 weeks, from 12 categories. My intention was to broaden my reading. I have a tendency to only read books that are in my favourite genre (dark, thrillery fiction) and I wanted to mix it up a little. I kept track of my reading on the paper you see below. I hung it on…

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    First Quarter Update

    Hello Friends! As the first quarter of 2016 comes to a close, I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know where I am in the reading challenge. The good news is I’ve read some really terrific books. The bad news is, not enough of them. As of the end of March, I’ve read 9 books. I should have read at least 12 to be on track. I’m sad that I’m already behind, but I’m telling myself that 3 books is not a terrible deficit to make up, right? RIGHT? How is your reading coming along? Leave me a comment!!

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    2016 – Your Best Year Yet – Reading Challenge

    Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but the first of the year is a time that I want to make plans. New Years Eve is about reflection, New Years Day is about action. One of the challenges I’ve set for myself this year is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I did it last year and I struggle to put into words the positive change that it made in my life. Pushing myself to read a lot of books make me make time in my already busy life for me. Reading books that are outside of my usual fare made me think about different perspectives and issues…