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Back to the Challenges in 2019

Last year, for the first time since I started book blogging I took a break from participating in blog hosted challenges. The only one I did participated in was the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Looking back I am happy with my reading progress from 2018 and the selection of books I read, however I miss the structure that different challenges bring. So for 2019, I am going to jump back on the bandwagon and create some challenges for myself. 

Here are the challenges I will be participating in this year:

The TBR Jar Challenge 

In an attempt to read the piles of books I own on my physical shelf, I have decided to try out the TBR jar method. I have put all the names of the books on my shelf into a jar and I will select one that I must read each month. If the selected book turns out to be a sequel of another book I have yet to read, I will have to read the previous book first. My ultimate goal is to read one book from my physical shelf per month. Which will add up to 12 for the year. Naturally I will get to this goal faster if I am required to read more than one book off it in any given month. 

Any additional physical books that I add to my collection I will put on my shelf backwards (providing that there is room), unless they are 2019 releases, in which case they will qualify for my next challenge. 

The New Release Challenge

I would really like to keep up with the newer books being released this year. So to do so I have decided to do the New Release Challenge. 

Like the previous challenge, I hope to read at least one book per month that is released in 2019. These books may be in the form of ARCS, Library books or any physical books I may buy. 

2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Like every year, I will be participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge once again. I have decided to keep with my same goal for 2018 and attempt to read 40 books this year. 

Will you be participating in any challenges this year? Have you set a goal for a certain number of books you’d like to read? Leave me a message in the comments. 

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Monthly Wrap-up: February 2018

I’m a little late posting this wrap-up because cold and flu season is just sweeping through my house at the moment. First Charlie had a cold and was teething at the same time. So this made for one unhappy baby. He finally kicked that then got hit with a stomach bug. Thankfully he seems to be feeling more like his happy, cheeky self again.

I seem to be having trouble with my images in the past couple of posts I’ve made. I’ve tried to save them on my Google account, then add them through there, but the link up option hasn’t been working. Instead I was copying the image link from my Google albums then pasting them into my posts. It looked like it worked at first, but once they were published I noticed the link was broken. Its getting kind of frustrating to be honest. WordPress is still new to me, so I’m slowly figuring it all out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Books Completed

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling
♥♥♥♥       4/5
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Series


Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
♥♥♥     3/5
Genre: Non-fiction, Humor, Autobiography, Audio book


Summer at Sunset (Summer, #2) by Beth Labonte
♥♥♥.5          3.5/5
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Series
Note: I was sent a copy of Summer at Sunset (Summer, #2) by Beth Labonte from the author in exchange for an honest review.


The Stats

Total Number of Books Read: 3
Total Number of Fiction: 2
Total Number of Non-fiction: 1
Total Books Sent for Review: 1
Total Books Read from My Shelves: 1
Total Library Books Read: 1

Formats Read

Physical Books: 1
eBooks: 1
Audio books: 1

Total Books Read in 2018: 4

2011 Reading Catch-up Challenge Update:
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
Books Completed: 4/15

Currently Reading

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris


Wishing you all a wonderful March.

Happy reading.

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21 Day Anxiety Challenge

When I think back over the years of my life, I know that I’ve always been an anxious person. I tend to worry and overthink everything. Even before I’d ever heard of anxiety I recall having these nervous feelings. However it wasn’t until I entered high school and was diagnosed with heart disease, that it began to get worse. I wasn’t actually diagnosed until about 7 years and a half years ago when I had the emergency open heart surgery, that would save my life. Combined with depression and PTSD, there were many days where I couldn’t even leave my apartment. There were times when I would panic so bad that I had a hard time breathing.

I’m very lucky to have a strong support team around me, who I can rely on, along with good doctors. I’ve come a long way since then and have learned several coping strategies, however there are still times when the panic sets in all over again.

Recently my cousin came across a 21 Day Anxiety Challenge which was shared on the blog Love + Marriage and a Baby Carriage and we decided to give it a try together. It is a great lead in to a second challenge from the same blogger called The Happiness Challenge.

Even though my cousin and I live in different provinces, we thought that participating in this challenge together would be a great way to motivate each other. And to further ensure that I stick to the 21 days, I decided to share my progress here on my blog.

As you will see from the list of tasks below, it really is quite easy. Just one simple activity a day is aimed at improving your state of mind and relaxation by spending a short amount of time on yourself. Considering that we are both mom’s with young children, finding time for ourselves can be tricky, but it is definitely important.

21 Day (2)

Only time will tell if this challenge will bring any positive changes, but I am looking forward to finding out. Our starting date is Monday February 26.

Would you like to join us in this challenge? If so let me know so I can follow your progress.


2017 Challenge Wrap-up

I started 2017 knowing that I wouldn’t have a record breaking reading year, but wanted to participate in some challenges anyway. Although I didn’t make regular updates with the hots blogs, I’d like to share my progress.

2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge: 28/45

Objective: To read Audiobooks.
Books Read:3/5

Objective: To read books with a release date prior to 2017
Books Read: 21

Objective: To read as many eBooks as possible.
Books Read: 16/10

Objective: To read books from my own shelves.
Books Read: 11/12