Treat Yourself – GO READ A BOOK

Hey friends. How are you? How is your stress level? How are you sleeping? Yea, me too.

Current stress levels after reading and discussing all that is going on in the world have caused me to develop a very prominent eye twitch. I hope no one has noticed.

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 It is  stressful time right now, for multiple reasons. There is work to be done – always. It seems like it is never enough. BUT if you are so stressed (that your eye twitches TOO) then you need to take care of your yourself! There are a million and one ways to do that!

• Take a walk • pick up a new hobby • exercise • walk • be creative • hang out with your friends • binge watch something FUN and silly •

My go to for turning everything off is BOOKS. Picture books, children’s books, books about other books, cooking books, pattern books, kindle books. I try to be an equal opportunist when it comes to all things BOOK. It is also a bonus for the queen of the hermits because usually this is a SOLO venture. The quiet of this activity plus taking in the info on the page is pretty much the only thing that is helping me de-stress – even if it is just a few minutes at a time.

My challenge to myself this year, or rather a version of a new years resolution is to READ ALL THE BOOKS. Obviously I cannot read ALL THE BOOKS but I am going to try to read twice as many as last year. This should not be a problem as I read books and either didn’t finish them or simply didn’t mark them down. My memory is crap and until it is documented somewhere I just do not remember.

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There goes that eye twitch again.

So to aid me on this literary adventure was a link my mom sent me (HI MOM!):

Pop Sugar 2017 Reading Challenge

I don’t read pop sugar often and in general I am not much of a joiner but this list of book prompts is kind of awesome. A book about someone you admire, a book in a genre you are unfamiliar with, A BOOK WITH A CAT ON THE COVER. These topic suggestions run all over the place and are completely open to interpretation. It has really gotten me excited to venture out to some books I would have normally never read as I like to hang almost exclusively in the memoirs/autobiography/biography section.

The only problem I had was with their printable sheet. It was impossible to read and to scribble notes on so I made you a NEW ONE!

2017 Book Challenge Worksheet

Feel free to share it, save it, print it, keep a crumpled up copy with you at all times! I have a few that I scribble on and move my to reads around to different spots.

Another great fun resource for this is a group on Goodreads –  book suggestions and to read lists for all the topics you may not be familiar with. What the heck is a STEAMPUNK NOVEL? I guess I will use this awesome group to find out.

If you aren’t on goodreads I highly recommend it. It is a great resource for finding your next favorite book.

I also like to look to A Mighty Girl for book suggestions. They are separated in category by age but there is a 14+ section I like to check through.

While 40 + books looks like a heck of a lot for one year, with all the life happenings that need to be taken care of day to day, that shouldn’t detour you from at least trying to tackle a couple. Use to the list suggestions to find a book you may never would have tried otherwise!

I am going to try my best to get through the list, I am already 4 down, but I am just happy to ride along on this literary vacation. Join me!

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HOMEWORK:

• What are you currently reading now

• Share with us your book recommendations that might fit into the categories

• Friend me on goodreads!

 

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