2018 Reading Challenge

For the past 4 years I've participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge.While the Challenge is fine, I don't remember most of the time to go and update my reading list. I'm hoping keeping it right here on the blog will make it easier for me to keep track of everything. I know I read more than 54 books in 2017, but I completed the challenge, so it's not really a huge deal now, is it??


This year, while I'll still be doing the Goodreads Challenge, I've decided to participate in Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge.

This challenge is sponsored by Libby. Are you wondering who Libby is? Well, Libby isn't a person. Libby is the BEST one-tap reading app from OverDrive. By downloading Libby to your smartphone, you can access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks from your library for free anytime and anywhere. You’ll find titles in all genres, ranging from bestsellers, classics, nonfiction, comics and much more. Libby works on Apple and Android devices and is compatible with Kindle.

                                                     I LOVE Libby.                                                                                           


 So what's this challenge all about?  There are 24 tasks, averaging two per month over the course of the next 12 months. You may count one book for multiple tasks or read one book per task. From Book Riot: “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try." Here is the list and I'll be updating my finished book throughout the year.        

  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (Mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance, etc...) FINISHED: My Name is Mary Sutter
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

I've finished one book already, so I am right on schedule.

Are you participating in any Reading Challenges in 2018? Which one(s)??

Happy Reading!



Happy 14th Birthday, Haley

14. It's so hard to believe you are now 14. That seems like more of a big deal than 13. Maybe it's because I remember being 14 so vividly, and I swear it wasn't that long ago!

This was a big year for you. You really blossomed as a flutist. 

Over the summer you participated in the Stetson University Flute Camp. 


You did a great job at Stetson, and realized that playing the Flute was perhaps something that you'd like to consider doing professionally. 

When the new school year started up, you skipped a level in band, AND were chosen as FIRST CHAIR/PRINCIPAL flutist for your middle school band. Your band director, Mrs. Richardson is awesome and is always telling me how much you remind her of herself.


You (with some encouragement from me, Mrs. Richardson, and your private flute teacher) decided to audition for All County Flute. You worked so hard to learn the music, you practiced non-stop and finally audition night arrived.


You didn't think you did very well, and highly doubted you'd be selected. There were HUNDREDS of flutists that tried out.

But SURPRISE!! You were selected!! Only 9 Flutists were chosen, and then they ranked the flutists. You ranked 4th. 4th!! You are one of the TOP flute players in Pasco County and we are so proud of you!!

You did some other things this year besides play the flute.

You attended your FIRST Halloween event at Busch Gardens. You LOVED it and said you weren't scared at all. 


You were also interviewed by the news! You did great on camera! No fear of public speaking for you kid!                             

You also participated in the National History Fair. And no surprise here....you did something on Alexander Hamilton.