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Since the year is almost half over I thought I would post a mid-year update on my alphabet reading challenge.

So far I’ve read 20 books this year, but I’ve had a lot of repeat first letters so I’ve only completed 8 books towards my alphabet challenge. I guess I’m going to have to start paying more attention to the first letter of the titles for the rest of the books that I read this year. 😉

Beautiful Disaster  by: Jamie McGuire

Dark Secret, The  by: Tui T. Sutherland

Forgetting, The  by: Sharon Cameron

Legend of Holly Claus, The  by: Brittney Ryan

One Was Lost  by: Natalie D. Richards

Pack  by: Jeaniene Frost

Shadow of the Wolf  by: Tim Hall

Witch Song  by: Amber Argyle

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Thought this was funny and worth a share. I’ll never look at emotion the same again.


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This year in addition to tracking my books read on my Goodreads page, I will be using my Bead-A-Book jar. For every book I finish I’ll put a bead into my jar. At the end of the year I’ll string them all together and hang them in my mom cave/book room. I selected a different bead for each of the 11 genres that I thought I might read something from.

  1. Fairy Tale Inspired – Red with Silver
  2. Fantasy/Science Fiction – Metallic Blue with Gold
  3. Paranormal Romance – Lt. Blue
  4. Contemporary Romance – Pink
  5. Historical Romance – Orange with flowers
  6. Christian – Silver
  7. Contemporary – Purple
  8. Horror/Paranormal – Red/Blue splatter
  9. Mystery – Black with Gold
  10. Graphic Novel – Green
  11. Nonfiction – Peach



My Bead-A-Book jar was inspired by one of my favorite booktubers, Giselle Bradley. Since I don’t know how to fold origami, but I have lots of beads on hand, I made a small adjustment to my jar. She does have a link to where she learned to fold the stars, but I’d already picked out my beads before I noticed the link. 😉

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For 2017 I decided to attempt the alphabet reading challenge. I would like to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet. I’ve heard some people try to complete this challenge by reading the books in alphabetical order, but I’m not setting that rule for myself. As long as I’m making progress I’ll be happy. I’m also going to allow myself a small cheat…if I don’t have a book that starts with a certain letter, but I have an author whose first or last name starts with that letter, I’ll count it.

Below is the challenge image that I created to track my reading. Please feel free to use it for yourself if you’d like to attempt this challenge. Also, I’d love to know if anyone else is attempting this or any other reading challenge this year. I think it makes it more fun when you have other people to talk to about your progress. 😀 You can follow my progress and see what I’m currently reading on my Goodreads page. Happy Reading!


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At the beginning of 2016 I created a reading challenge for myself. I didn’t quite complete all of the challenges, but considering I was in a reading slump at the beginning of the year, I’m pretty pleased with how I did. I had a total of 16 different challenges and I managed to complete 13 of them. I also had a 40 book reading goal that I set on my Goodreads page. I actually managed to pass that goal and finish out the year with 50 books read/listened to. In 2016 I discovered the joy of audio books and listened to 8 books. Four of them were books that I started out reading and then switched to audio and the other four I listened to the full book. This was a great help in surpassing my reading goal. This year I’m hoping to keep up with my new reading goal buy multitasking and taking advantage of my libraries audiobook app. to listen to books when I don’t have the chance to just sit and read.



For those of you that may be interested here are all of the books that I read/listened to in 2016.





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I recently created this reading challenge for myself and thought I’d share it here for anyone who may be interested in taking the challenge themselves. If you do take it, I’d love to hear what book you read for each of the challenges. Please feel free to comment below and let me know.


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