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Are You Ready for the 2017 Reading Challenge?

November 30, 2016
Are you ready for a 2017 reading challenge? Click through to get your 26-book and 52-book challenge checklists!

With one month left in the year, it’s time to start thinking about 2017! I love reading and, the last few years, I’ve read over 100 books per year. This year, with a new baby, I’m changing things up and creating my very own 2017 reading challenge I want to share with you.

There are two versions of this challenge you can try depending on how ambitious you’re feeling. The first is a 26-book version, which evens out at a book once every two weeks. The second is the 56-book version, which is the equivalent of a book a week. I’m planning to start with the 26-book version and see how things go. Join me?

The 26-book 2017 reading challenge

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years ago
  4. A book published in the last year
  5. A non-fiction book
  6. A book written by a male author
  7. A book written by a female author
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson)
  9. A book that became/is becoming a film
  10. A book published in the 20th Century
  11. A book set in your hometown/region
  12. A book with someone’s name in the title
  13. A book with a number in the title
  14. A book with a character with your first name
  15. A book someone else recommended to you
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with a one-word title
  20. A book translated from another language
  21. A book that will improve a specific area of your life
  22. A memoir or journal
  23. A book written by someone younger than you
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year
  25. An award-winning book
  26. A self-published book

2017 Reading Challenge! Are you ready for a 2017 reading challenge? Click through to get your 26-book and 52-book challenge checklists...

The 52-book 2017 reading challenge

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years ago
  4. A book published in the last year
  5. A non-fiction book
  6. A book written by a male author
  7. A book written by a female author
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer
  9. A book that became/is becoming a film
  10. A book published in the 20th Century
  11. A book set in your hometown/region
  12. A book with a name in the title
  13. A book with a number in the title
  14. A book based on a true story
  15. A book someone else recommended
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with a one-word title
  20. A book translated from another language
  21. A personal growth book
  22. A memoir or journal
  23. A book by someone younger than you
  24. A book set somewhere you’ll visit this year
  25. An award-winning book
  26. A book you were supposed to read in school but haven’t yet
  27. A book with a character with your first name
  28. A book with a place in the title
  29. A book set in the future
  30. A play
  31. A scary book
  32. A funny book
  33. A book of short stories
  34. A trilogy or series
  35. A bestseller
  36. A book you own but haven’t read yet
  37. A book about philosophy
  38. An epic poem
  39. A Victorian novel
  40. A book of poetry
  41. A book with a colour in the title
  42. A book with an appealing cover
  43. A book about psychology
  44. A book about science
  45. A graphic novel
  46. A self-published book
  47. A book based on a true story
  48. A famous author’s first novel
  49. A book of non-fiction essays
  50. A book by an author you haven’t read before
  51. A book set in a country you’ve never been to
  52. A book set in the place you live today

2017 Ultimate Reading Challenge! Are you ready for a 2017 reading challenge? Click through to get your 26-book and 52-book challenge checklists...

The idea behind these challenges is to encourage myself to read books I might usually overlook or wouldn’t otherwise consider. If you’re not a huge fan of reading but would like to try to read more, creating a reading challenge is also a great way of gamifying this activity and making it more fun.

So what do you think? Are you planning to do a 2017 reading challenge? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

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Creative Coffee Break: Saying Yes, Writing Psychology & a Rousing Pep Talk

November 14, 2015
Creative Coffee Break: Saying yes, writing psychology & inspiring pep talks

Reading

For a year, Shonda Rhimes said “Yes” to all the things that scared her
A good read on writing psychology: Top 10 writing tips and the psychology behind them
Amazing advice: The art of asking: or, how to ask and get what you want
It’s not you: three things to consider in the face of failure
Overcoming the 10 biggest obstacles to creating
Entitlement vs. worthiness
Read this when you need a pep talk: I’ve been wanting to tell you
How (and why) you should read more
6 ways you can build good karma into your business (without losing lots of money)
The difference between selling and sharing

Making

Filing this Gold Moon Wall tutorial from A Beautiful Mess under “For when I’m not renting anymore”.

Watching

Grab your tissues, and get ready for the most beautifully-made and moving tribute to a pet man has ever seen:

 

What are you reading, making and watching this week? Leave a comment and share your favourite resources.

 

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Creative Coffee Break: Self-editing, fear and creative flow

October 30, 2015

To read:

7 things to fix in your first self-edit
It’s called work for a reason
Why fear isn’t a factor
Why no one understands you (and what to do about it)
How to feel unproductive and worthless in one easy step
4 ways to conquer self-limiting beliefs
If I waited until I felt like it, I wouldn’t have a business
The psychology of money
A simple secret to success: teach what you know

To make:

Printable calligraphy Halloween favour bags
DIY light box

To watch:

What are you reading, making and watching this week?


 

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Creative Coffee Break: Creative genius, information overload & overnight success

October 23, 2015

To read:

How to be an “overnight success”

The 4 phases of developing your creative voice

10 truths about money that changed my life

A beautiful explanation: The woman in the arena

5 writing books that have made me a better, more creative writer

You can be your business’s “why”

12 of the most powerful questions you can ask a mentor

The gentle art of trying something and sucking at it

10 steps to conquering information overload

You can have an easy life or an awesome one. Choose wisely.

To make:

24 DIY Halloween costume ideas

Double dark chocolate gluten-free zucchini bread <– THE BEST

To watch:

What are you reading, watching and making this weekend?


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For the Love of Books: Recommended Reading September Edition

October 3, 2015

After the chaos of moving in August, I enjoyed getting back to regular reading this month. Here were my favourite books finished in September:

What have you enjoyed reading recently? Leave a comment and share your recommendations!

Image: Alexander Solodukhin

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Creative Coffee Break: Money, mantras, and time management

September 18, 2015

How to break the stop-start cycle so you can finish up

Should I give up on my writing?

What to do about fleeting passion

The way you make your money matters

How to do a career change detox

The best time management strategy

Let’s just be: a manifesto for the creative class

The fallacy of “go big or go home”

21 mantras for people who are ridiculously, painfully, excruciatingly overwhlemed

Why clients are not buying from you

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Creative Coffee Break: Netiquette, optimism, finding support & more

September 11, 2015

How to take productive breaks

Super inspiring: How to be an optimist in tough times

Instead of following your passion, follow your principles

Designing your own apprenticeship: how to build a team of mentors

So… your friends, parents or spouse do not support your business dreams? Read this

9 Facebook groups for entrepreneurs and bloggers

5 rules to curb overeating when you work at home

Finding your voice in the crowded sea of the internet

How to handle rejection

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