Borrowed Books and Challenges

I really didn’t read much in 2017. I also didn’t write much, that is until around Thanksgiving. Then I started reading and writing again. I decided to do a reading challenge this year. I want to broaden my reading horizons so I am not just challenging myself to a certain number of books (otherwise I would just read old favorites again) so this year I am doing a genre bingo. I found a card online and saved it to my computer so I can keep track of the kind of books I need to read. My plan is to do a blackout card. By the end of the year I want to have each space marked off. If I do that I am going to reward myself. Every time I finish a book this year I am putting a dollar in a jar. I can’t touch the money in the jar until January 1 of 2019.I am also doing this with my kids. My youngest is reading a lot as he hopes to earn enough money to be able to purchase one a Nintendo 2ds.

genre bingo

It is nearing the end of January and I have only put $2 in my jar. My eight year old is doing better than I am. But still I am doing better than I was last year.

To help me along with this reading challenge I decided to give Amazon Prime a trial run. I signed up for the one month free trial period and am going to see if I read more now that I can borrow books with kindle unlimited. I borrowed my first book from there this morning (Oregon Dreams by Patricia Pacjac Carroll) and am looking forward to starting it tonight.

Do you read a variety of genres or do you get in a reading rut like I am currently in?



About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Borrowed Books and Challenges

  1. jeff7salter says:

    It’s a clever idea… for someone willing to read out of their familiar territory. Myself — what little time I find for reading, I want to spend it on something I really like. Not particularly interested in expanding my horizons — LOL

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  2. I found myself reading more and of far differing genres when I did challenges with my local library, so that is a good idea.
    I had gotten stuck because 1), I was reading series with one relative or another,(usually niece or grandson) or 2), I have been handed a lot of cozy mysteries by friends or won them by commenting on blogs.
    I have been reaching out more lately and will do so even more when they weather is better and I traipse off to the library again.I have been staying close to home .
    I have yet to read on Amazon Prime, although my grandson uses my account for it.I love Amazon Prime. Joe and I watch the movies.shows and I do a great deal of shopping on lit.It’s been a while, but I also used to order from Prime Pantry.There were some really good deals, but it is time consuming.

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    • I watched a video Prime earlier. I saw two shows I want to watch that are on there. I don’t order much online but the videos and books will probably make it worth the money.
      We don’t go to our library any more as the kids are allergic to the bushes that surround the doors at the new building.

      I hadn’t heard of Prime Pantry.


      • What a shame about the library! Prime Pantry lets you shop online, (some things are unusual, most are common). You fill a very large box and as you add an item, they keep track of just how full your box is, so you can maximize your value.Shipping is only $5.99 no matter what, and they often have offers where you can even get that taken off. There are actually coupons you can apply. It is time consuming, but I found it worth it for some bargains. Most prices are comparable to the grocery store. I imagine it would be a boon to very busy people or those who have little shopping nearby, (the one thing this town now has is great grocery shopping). One drawback was that I ordered a lot of liquids and things in glass jars, which made it extremely heavy.The post office would not deliver it here, since I am considered on a ‘rural route’. They loaned me a dolly to get it to the car and I barely got it in.(I could not do it now; that was almost 2 years ago). I half unloaded the box in my car when I got home. Otherwise , the boxes had been far from light beforehand and they delivered them.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Nice way to challenge yourself! I’ll look for your follow-up in December or next January!

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  4. Joselyn says:

    The Bingo chart looks fun! I have been getting a lot of ebooks through the library. Since quite a few of my books are on Kindle Unlimited now, I should use my Prime membership to check out some other ones.

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