Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Stretching Myself with a 2016 Reading Challenge + Another Under Duress Giveaway!

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In the past, I've not been too structured with my reading choices. I've tried, and it didn't go well, primarily because I have no idea what books are coming out that year and because my reading is determined, to a great extent, by my writing.

But Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy has issued her annual reading challenge, and I'm diving in for three reasons. 

First, it's only twelve books, so the rest I read can be whatever tickles my fancy at that point in time. 

Second, it'll stretch me into books I might not normally pick up. 

And third, it just sounds fun!

I haven't decided yet books for each category, but here's what I have so far. I'll choose the rest as I go and then post here.

A book published this year. This will definitely be a Love Inspired book. Not sure which one, but with compelling plots and only 200 or so pages, almost any one will do.

A book you can finish in a day. Once Upon a Winter's Heart by Melody Carlson. I’ve read several of her Christmas books, and they are good, quick reads!

A book you've been meaning to read. Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace, a homeschool book that's been making its way around the blogosphere. 

A book you should have read in school. To Kill a Mockingbird. I know. It's shameful. Through high school and college, I read a lot of classics outside of the required reading just because I wanted to. I have no idea why this one never appeared on my radar.

A book chosen for you by your child. Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories about Jenny Linsky by Esther Averill. This was my 10yo's birthday gift from her siblings. It comes highly recommended.

A book that was banned at some point. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I read this in high school, but I don't remember it well at all. It appears on all the high school reading lists, but I want to revisit it before my children pick it up to be reminded as to why it was banned.

A book you own but have never read. Coffee Shop Romances, Warm, Inspirational Stories with Faith, Hope and Love! (Seeker Collection Book 6). They're queued up on my kindle, just waiting for me.

What do you think? Are you in?

To get you started on the reading challenge, I'm giving away another copy of Under Duress! I think it will fit into at least the first three categories, but I hope it doesn't fit the category of a book you've abandoned! J Like before, just leave a comment or send me an email and you'll be entered. {Stay tuned through January and February. There are more giveaways to come!}

And now...the winner from last week is ~~

~ Jessica McBride ~

Please contact me with your mailing address, and I'll get it out to you! 

Thanks for entering, and happy reading!

What do you think you'll read for the reading challenge?

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  1. please enter me in your giveaway:) My favorite series is the Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers, have you ever read it? I also like Mesu Andrews biblical based fiction. I just read the Galway Chronicles by Bodie and Brock Thoene because I love Irish stuff!

    1. I think I've read the first book of Mark of the Lion, but everything Francine Rivers writes is excellent! I'll look into the Galway Chronicles. We share a fascination with the Irish. :-)

  2. Hello Meghan, I never read a catcher in the Rye either. It's on my shelf, but I have never gotten to reading it yet. Thanks for the encouragement this week!

  3. I hope to fit more reading in this new year! And I would like it if one of the books I read is your new book!! Thanks for the chance to make that happen!

  4. If I dont read it through a giveaway, I shall have to keep my eyes peeled at our library! :~)

    1. Most libraries will order a book you request if they don't have it, Moriah. So if it's not there, ask. :-) Thanks!

  5. I'd love to enter again! Great do-able reading challenge! I'm in!!!

  6. I am IN for the reading challenge! I would love to read your book Under Duress as part of the challenge. I love to read but have a hard time fitting it in when I want to play with my 4-year old every chance I get. This year though I plan on doing some things for myself and getting back to reading for pleasure is one of those changes I want to make. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  7. I would love to be entered for a chance to win. Thanks

  8. I would love to win a copy! It is snowing here today and we have been trading books all day.

  9. Would love to win your book! The reading challenge sounds fun and a good way to get me going on my GoodReads goal for this year!

  10. Please enter me as well. Would love to read this!

  11. Hi Meghan,
    I've loved every Melody Carlson book I've read, though I haven't read this one.
    I didn't like To Kill a Mockingbird or Catcher in the Rye. But, now that I think of it, I was in high school and they were assigned books. I think you can read 12. Be blessed!

    Please drop by and say hello!

    Have a wonderful winter season!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  12. This Reading Challenge looks like a doable challenge for me. When children are toddlers, it seems like life is incredibly busy but now that they have reached the teen years I see that I didn't know what busy was. :) I must make more time to read! I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

  13. Yay 2016 book challenge!
    I found you at Hope in Every Season.

    Lexie Robinson

  14. I've read a couple of Love Inspired books! Shirlee McCoy originally pointed me in that direction. I used to follow her blog because of her Chinese daughter (we have kids from China, too).

  15. To Kill a Mockingbird is on my list for 2016 -- I have never read it and I decided it is time to read it. I found it at a charity shop for 50p so I am happy.

  16. I would love to be entered in your give away. I am doing several reading challenges this year and may just add this one in as well! Thanks!

  17. To Kill A Mockingbird is heavy! It is one of those books that will stay with your for quite a while after you read it.

    Toni Morrison has some books on the banned list that are VERY good. Also very heavy and I can understand why they were banned, though. Not something I would want my teenagers reading in high-school. Important subject matter, though.

    This is a cool challenge.

  18. I would love to win. This is such a great giveaway. I just finished reading the Melody Carlson book from the library. I do enjoy her books, too. thx
    Su Ann huneke6 (at) zoominternet (dot) net

  19. Hi, this sounds like a great challenge and giveaway. Be sure to link up with us Literacy Musing Mondays. I would like to read a book by a new author. :)

  20. Meghan, I enjoy reading your blog, and I am anxious to read your book. I too am an avid reader. There are so many books to choose from. The reading challenge is an interesting ones. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.


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