Category Archives: Discussions

Discussion: To do a reading challenge or not to do a reading challenge?

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Okay, I’ve been seeing all these different posts for 2016 Reading Challenges, and you guys are SO tempting me! I’ve never done one. And now I’m weighing the pros and cons of doing one this coming year.

PROS

The possibility of completing one! – I love feeling like I accomplished something, so I know that if I complete a challenge, I will be ecstatic and have to throw myself a party or something, which will probably consist of buying myself more books 😉

Motivating myself to read books I have been wanting to read  – This is probably the biggest reason I want to do a reading challenge. There are so many books that I have that I just don’t have time to read. I put review copies and blog tours ahead of books that I have. I can’t remember the last time I just read a book for fun and not because I had to. So, a challenge would definitely help me here…

Reading books I wouldn’t normally read – I have a type. And I stick to it. So, getting out of my comfort zone would be awesome. I know I’m missing out on so many books because I’m so stubborn and I look over or avoid books for one reason or another.

Updating my blog more often – Lately, I have been neglecting my blog because life has been getting in the way. If I have a challenge to commit to, maybe I can MAKE time for my blog. I’m having withdrawals. I miss my blog, and I miss reading so much!

I might have FUN! – Come on. Some of these challenges sound so fun!

CONS

Life will get in the way – Student teaching is kicking my butt right now. Yeah, I may be done in 2 weeks (YAY!!!), but then I will be applying for teaching jobs, doing my other part-time jobs, and taking care of my 3-year-old, so I KNOW that life will get in the way, and I may not complete the challenges, which will totally bum me out.

The stress – Knowing myself, I will stress myself out. I always tend to add too much to my plate, which then just causes unnecessary stress. I’m stressing myself out just thinking about this! Lol.

SO, do I try a couple challenges out? And even if I choose to, how do I choose the right one? I’ve seen a few, but I know there are so many out there that I’m missing. IF I do decide to participate in some, I think I would want something broad and not like a specific genre or anything. Any suggestions?

HELP!

Discussion: What do you think about those adult coloring books?

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So, I keep seeing these coloring books for teens and adults on other blogs and in bookstores. I am so tempted to buy one. I used to love coloring as a kid. My sister and I won so many coloring contests at our local grocery store that they told our parents that we weren’t allowed to win anymore (total BS by the way, but that is beside the point). Even now, when I color with my daughter, I’m the one who ends up enjoying it more than she does. She gets bored easily. I could color for hours. The one that keeps catching my eye is Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford.

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It looks AWESOME! This is like an adult coloring-lover’s dream. The images look so detailed. They are just dying for some color, which I would happily like to provide.

So, here’s my dilemma. While I would love to channel my inner eight-year-old and just color all day, it does seem time-consuming. I already have no time as it is, what with my daughter, my job, this blog, reading, etc. I know that if I start, I won’t stop. And since I’m a perfectionist, I would spend a ridiculous amount of time making it perfect and just right. Why does the day only have 24 hours?!

So what do you guys think? Have you bought any? If you have, are they as addicting as I think they might be? And if you haven’t, are you tempted to buy one? Let me know your thoughts on what may become my latest obsession.