In snatches of time between here and there, I read. Five minutes here, ten minutes there. Weeks go by and books get finished.
I don’t keep a standard to-be-read list.
Rather, I get samples of books I’m interested in sent to my Kindle from Amazon. I currently have 343 books (too many!) in my Samples folder (I create my own folders on my Kindle). These book suggestions come from other bloggers, podcasts, library shelves, friends, other books, etc.
After reading the sample, I decide if I want to read the full book. If I don’t, I remove the sample altogether.
But if the book does make the cut, I move it from my Samples folder to one of these folders:
- My Borrow These folder (206 books, groan!)
- Or, if I really like it and can’t find it at the library or on NetGalley, to my Buy These folder (47 books, and let’s be real, I’ll only buy maybe 5 a year).
When I’m ready for a new book, I look to those two folders on my Kindle to choose from.
Occasionally someone will loan me a book or I’ll get a pre-published book to review on my blog or I’ll pick something off the “New” shelf at the library.
Sometimes they’re a dud. Sometimes they’re fascinating. And occasionally they’re life-changing.
So I’ll keep reading when I wake up too early in the morning or when I can’t sleep at night or as I’m folding towels at home or waiting in line at Walmart.
Almost every day I read. Definitely every week.
Reading books make me happy.
2020 Reading Challenges
This year I’m returning to reading challenges.
- They’re fun.
- They provide camaraderie among readers.
- They push me to expand my reading selections.
Here are the 2020 challenges I’m participating in. With each, you choose the books you want to read in each category. And you choose your preferred level of participation.
You can also include the same book in multiple challenges (crossovers are usually encouraged). Books can overlap.
Most have a monthly or quarterly linkup if you want to add your book reviews and see what others have been reading.
You can also set your own goals and/or create your own shelf on Goodreads, or join several of these challenges on Goodreads or Facebook.
Look into one or more of these challenges for yourself if you’re interested. We can read together.
For the Love of Ebooks Reading Challenge
Details: Any number of ebooks from any source, any genre
My Goal: Pro Status, 20-29 ebooks
Host: As Told by Tina
The 2020 Reading Challenge
Details: 12 books total over 10 categories (such as, a book by a local author, a re-read, a classic you didn’t read in school, …)
My Goal: 12 books
Host: Modern Mrs. Darcy
Library Love Challenge
NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge
Details: Any book from NetGalley or Edelweiss
My Goal: Bronze, 10 books
Host: Reading Between the Pages
New Release Challenge
Details: Books released/reviewed in 2020, minimum 100 pages per book
My Goal: New Release Newbie, 1-30 books
Hosts: Linda and Brandee
Nonfiction Reader Challenge
Details: 1 book each from 12 given categories (such as memoir, disaster event, psychology, …)
My Goal: 12 books
Host: Shelley Rae at Book’d Out
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I don’t always set reading goals. Do you? How many books do you want to read in 2020? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Here are my favorite books from 2019.
- Top Books I Recommend of 2019
- On the Blog – December 2019