2015 Reading Challenge

I’ve already told you about my 30 book goal for this upcoming year, but why don’t we kick it up a few notches? This list has 50 different challenges so hopefully I’ll be able to knock out a few with each book.

I can already see that some of the books I plan to read fit these categories, but several look to be far out of my typical genres/preferences. Thanks to Lynette for posting this list!

Lynette Noni

Look what I found! I am SO doing this! Anyone with me?

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Bring Back the Books

Edit: For some reason all of my spacing went away. That has now been fixed!

All through middle school and high school, I was rarely without a book. Whether I had one stuffed in my purse or was blatantly reading at the dinner table, I always had one on me. With the advent of the Kindle, I could even read on my iPod without people being any the wiser. Unfortunately, as college grew harder and life started to pick up (ie. grad school), the books got shoved to the background.

What’s sad is that I still have the same amount of leisure time. Something else has filled my time. I have to confess it. I have a Netflix problem.

Where I used to read at least a book a month, I have barely read a thing these past few without solid nagging from a friend waiting on me to catch up in a series. (Read Brandon Sanderson. It doesn’t matter which book, just go.) In the same few months, I have watched many seasons of Scrubs, a few of Buffy, a few of Community, and even more. It needs to stop. As wonderful and amazing as these shows are, I need to get back to what made me the person I am. Get back to what helped me get into Notre Dame: reading for pleasure.

Therefore, thanks to gentle (or not so gentle) nudging from a friend, I have a list of books that I am going to read.

1) Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King

Seeing as I am 70%(ish) of the way through overhauling my first manuscript, I should have finished this book months ago. Better late than never? There’s always the second revision pass. Continue reading

Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot

Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was written by two authors writing chapters back and forth to each other, a style known as the Letter Game. I first read this book back in middle school, and it inspired a friend and I to start our own letter game. Little did I know that those thirty pages of drama shoved back and forth between the two of us would be the spark that set my writing brain alight. As I work now on editing my own novel, I can’t help but look back on Cecelia and Kate’s adventures.

This book is the tale of two girls who write letters back and forth to each other about their adventures in a way that inspired me to write myself—first with a coauthor and then alone. I can give no higher recommendation.

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