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2018 Reading Challenge: February Update

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Reading Challenge Update

Thankfully, my reading life is not quite as behind as my blogging life.  This has definitely been the most difficult year of juggling all.the.things so far, but I’m still plugging away!  Unfortunately, between homeschooling and taking care of my family, reading, studying web design, and outlining/researching my next novel, this poor little blog has been grievously ignored again.  According to Goodreads, I’m 2 books ahead of schedule right now.  I’m not as happy with my progress on the more specific goals (You can read about all my reading goals for the year here) but I’ll be more focused on them this month as a result of that, so it’s not all bad!




What I read in February

I finished twelve books in February, 7 fiction and 5 nonfiction.  A couple were books that I made a lot of progress on in January.  Most weren’t planned reads, just found on the library shelf. A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War by Joseph Loconte was one of my favorites, and Rethinking School revolutionized my world.  The Fellowship is always delightful to go through, but my perception of it really deepened after reading Loconte’s book.  That Summer by Lauren Willig was a particularly fun novel for me; I love stories about people discovering the past, and it was just that kind of book!  The other novels were pretty good, too.  Mostly historical fiction, and my least favorite is the one that wasn’t historical fiction.  What can I say?  I like what I like…


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March Reading Challenge Plans

I’m going to really focus on finishing up the books I’ve had in my currently reading stack for a while.  I have at least 10 library books right now, and more on hold that I need to pick up.  But, I’ll save y’all from that until I’ve actually started reading them and just give you the ones I’m actively involved in right now.

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That’s what I’ve been reading, and what I am reading!  What’s in your to-read stack this month?

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Reading Goals for 2018

Reading Goals 2018

It’s a new year (even though January is somehow already behind us) and time for new reading goals! But first, let’s discuss last year.  My goal last year was to read 120 books, of which 40 would be nonfiction.  That was basically my only criteria.  I knew that the nonfiction take me longer to get through, but I did try to have one going all the time.  At the end of the year, I had read 128 books, of which 41 were nonfiction.

This year, I want to go for a little more structure and depth to my reading.  I’m keeping the number goal of 120, but upping my game to 50 nonfiction.  I’ve made a list of about 30 classics and professional development books I want to get through.  Not all of the 30 will qualify as nonfiction, but there are some challenging classical fiction reads in there.  I’m anticipating that I will easily fill in the gaps just by following my fancy at the library.


What I read in January

And since I’ve been stupendously slow about getting back to blogging this year, we’re already to the point that we can evaluate how I did in January.  I’ve read nine books so far, and Goodreads is telling me I’m one book behind schedule.  However, I’m currently reading 8 books, so I’m not really worried about that right now.  As I finish these off and work in some lighter fiction reads I’ll get back on track.

Miss Buncle was my favorite light fiction read, and Miss Prim came in a close second.  “How to Homeschool” by Gayle Graham was the best nonfiction read of January.  If you’re beginning to homeschool, the practical tips on how to manage house, littler kids, and school are invaluable.  The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder was absolutely fascinating.  Honey for a Child’s Heart was a thoughtful discourse on the benefits of reading aloud in a family life.  It also included some great booklists, broken down by general age/reading level.  I always love a booklist!

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What I’m Reading in February

Hopefully my currently-reading stack on Goodreads. Ha-ha.  I have 2 books by Susan Schaffer McCauley going (For the Children’s Sake and For the Family’s Sake) and Ourselves by Charlotte Mason.  The Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the classics on my list for this year too.

A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War by Joseph Loconte, which has started me on The Fellowship of the Ring (and Narnia, but I’m doing those as read alouds with my kids and I don’t count kids read alouds towards my reading totals even if they’re books I would have absolutely read alone.  Hey, I have to TRY to keep it reasonable! ha-ha…)

I haven’t started any of my light fiction for the month, but I have 4 from the library that I plan to get to.  We’ll see how it goes.  I’m working myself into a lovely hole here of reading plans that outscope my reading time already this year.  It’s a good problem to have 😉

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Hopefully I’ll check back in here at the end of February and let y’all know what I’ve finished!  What’s your reading life looking like this year?  Favorite book so far?  Let me know in the comments!

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