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Bout of Books 21: Thursday Update


Pages Read: 78
Total Pages Read: 362/400
Books Read: 1
Total Books Read: 2/3
Daily Challenge: 
Comment on 1 blog:
Time Read: 00:45:00
Total Time Read: 2:49:43/5:00:00

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Bout of Books 21: Wednesday Update


Pages Read: 141
Total Pages Read: 284/400
Books Read: 1
Total Books Read: 2/3
Daily Challenge: 
Comment on 1 blog:
Time Read: 1:15:15
Total Time Read: 2:04:43 / 5:00:00

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Bout of Books 21: Tuesday Update


Pages Read: 120
Total Pages Read: 143/400
Books Read: 1
Books in Progress: 1/3
Daily Challenge:
Comment on 1 blog: 0
Time Read: 29:48
Total Time Read: 00:48:48 / 5:00:00

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Bout of Books 21: Monday Update


Pages Read: 23
Total Pages Read: 23/400
Books Read: 0
Books in Progress: 2
Daily Challenge: 

Comment on 1 blogs: 
Time Read: 00:19:00
Total Time Read: 00:19:00/05:00:00


2018 Goals and Challenges

Oh 2018… what do you have in stored for us? I love the start of a new year because it’s teeming with possibility. You can make all the plans that you want, but you have no idea what the year has in stored for you. It makes my Type A side crazy that I can’t plan for every single thing. Taking that into consideration, I like to make my goals as flexible as possible. Also, if I set the bar really, really low, than it’s a lot harder to not achieve my goals. So, here are my three goals for the year.

  • Try to blog at least 4 times a month
  • Try to complete as many challenges as possible
  • Try to read as much as possible (super vague but I didn’t want to put a number down)

Here are the 2018 challenges that I want to complete during this year. Challenges for me are not top priority and mandatory. I see challenges as a fun way to see if I can expand my reading scope and motivate myself to read a little more. If I can complete them, then that’s awesome. However, it’s not a big deal if I don’t.

I’ll be doing quarterly updates of my goals and challenges, so we’ll see how I do!

100 Best Books 14 100 14%
Pulitzer Prize Winners 12 100 12%
Dewey Decimal Challenge 13 1000 1%
The Classics Club 3 75 4%
Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli 3 23 13%
Book Bingo 0 25 0%
Alphabet Soup 0 26 0%
Goodreads 0 20 0%
Beat the Backlist 0 16 0%

Let me know below if you have set yourself any reading goals or are partaking in any challenges.

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Bout of Books 21 TBR


Alright, let’s do this! *cue Space Jam music* I came up with a little more ambitious goals than last time, but I’m hoping to complete them. I just want to have fun and read as much as I can. Positive vibes appreciated. Also, let me know in the comments what you are reading and what you hope to get out of Bout of Books 21.

My Goals:

  • Read at least 500 pages
  • Read 3 books
  • Read for 5 hours
  • Do 3 daily challenges
  • Visit and comment on at least one person’s blogs
  • Have fun!


  • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  • Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
  • LumberJanes, Vol.7, A Bird’s-Eye View
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

2017 Challenges Wrap-up

I’ve got to say that I’m pretty happy with myself. I’m a pretty slow reader, and I work full-time while running around after a 1 year old. So, yay me! I completed my Goodreads goal (even though it’s set pretty, pretty low), and I had fun trying to complete the other challenges. Challenges for me are not top priority but rather a fun way to motivate me to read more. I’m super proud of my progress, and I love seeing how I did. The first five challenges are long term, so they have pretty low completing percentages. I’m hoping to increase those completing rates in 2018. Stay tuned for my 2018 goals and challenges!

100 Best Books 14 100 14%
Pulitzer Prize Winners 12 100 12%
Dewey Decimal Challenge 12 1000 1%
The Classics Club 3 75 4%
Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli 3 23 13%
Book Bingo 11 25 44%
Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge 9 13 69%
Alphabet Soup 10 26 38%
Goodreads 27 15 180%
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Beat the Backlist January and Q1 TBR


You can watch how I selected these books in my Instagram highlights. I use a random number generator to select a monthly physical book TBR and a quarterly Kindle TBR. We’ll see how many I actually get to. Wish me luck!

Physical Books:

  1. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  3. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  5. A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin


  1. The World’s Last Night by C. S. Lewis
  2. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  5. The Rose Project by Graeme Simsion


My #beatthebacklist January TBR. Let’s see how many of these I can read. #prayforme

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Beat The Backlist 2018


This is the reading challenge I have been waiting for!! Novel Knights is hosting this challenge for those of us who have let our TBRs run wild.

Basically, you set your own goals goals to try to read as many books that you own. Then, you get added to a team at random and help your team by accruing points by reading books. #teamplayer I have a ton of physical books I have bought at used bookstores as well as way more Kindle books I have purchased because of the Modern Mrs. Darcy daily deals. Since I’ll be moving in 2019, I want to decrease the number of books that I physically own to make it easier on my husband and myself during the move.


  • Read at least 12 of my physical books (1 per month)
  • Read 4 ebooks (1 per quarter)


  • I’ll choose a monthly selection of 5 physical books to choose from.
    • They will be chosen at random by using a random number generator to pick the shelf and book.
    • I’ll draw from this selection all month, but add any books to the pile that I want to add from purchases, Book of the Month, or the library.
  • For the quarterly ebooks, I’ll use a random number generator to also pick out a selection of 5 books per quarter.
    • This is in addition to any Netgalley books or Overdrive books I have on hold.

I’m really excited about this, and I really hope it works!

I’ll be doing my monthly/quarterly selections live on my instastories if any of you guys are interested.

I also created a Goodreads shelf to keep track of all of my books for this challenge.


2017 Challenges Quarterly Update

Looking at the first 3 quarters of the year, I’m doing pretty good. I’m farthest along in my Goodreads Challenge and least farthest along in the Dewey Decimal Challenge. However, the Dewey Decimal Challenge has 1,000 books to be read. That’s a whole lot.

The first five challenges in the table below are multi-year challenges because of the magnitude of the books to be read. The other four are for this specific calendar year. I’m not doing that bad. I’m pretty proud of myself for having read so much especially with my hectic personal and professional life. Yay, Sofi!


100 Best Books 14 100 14%
Pulitzer Prize Winners 12 100 12%
Dewey Decimal Challenge 12 1000 1%
The Classics Club 3 75 4%
Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli 3 23 13%
Book Bingo 7 25 28%
Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge 7 13 54%
Alphabet Soup 8 26 31%
Goodreads 11 15 73%
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Bout of Books 20 TBR

Bout of Books

Since this is my first read-a-thon since coming back, I’m going to set my expectations really low. I mean, EXTREMELY low. I’m going to try to do daily updates. Continue reading “Bout of Books 20 TBR”


Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli


Welcome back! This is my second (or third?) attempt to keep this blog alive. Hopefully, I will do a better job. My main approach is to keep my expectations for myself really low. Like, EXTREMELY low. Life is a busier than it has ever been. We now have a 10-month-old who is constantly keeping us on our toes. Continue reading “Year of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli”


Classics Spin #10 and Group Check-in


The Classics Club is doing another Classics Spin. This is where you create a list using your own Classics club List. Then, the moderators choose a random number between 1 and 20. That number correspond to the book you have to read. The books on my list were selected using a random number generator. Leaving it all to luck! Here is my list. Continue reading “Classics Spin #10 and Group Check-in”