Hello out there!

edited to add a fourth reading challenge, because I like to set my goals perhaps too high 🙂

My (albeit cliche) plan was to start this blog January 1st, but I have a couple things to mention before the new year (and my first blog!) “officially” begins. I have huge, as in, unreasonably huge, goals for this blog and for 2016. Totally unsurprising if you know me. However, I am officially giving myself permission to not follow through with all of my plans. I’m not perfect and so my blog won’t be either. I have lists upon lists of things I want to make, books I want to read, photography projects I want to try, etc. But ultimately, I have two goals for this blog: to motivate myself to be more creative and to record the joy and beauty of my daily life, both as a way of better appreciating life as I live it and as a record for my children.

So, if I don’t meet my lofty goals of posting several days a week, taking pictures every day, teaching myself to sew, or completing multiple reading challenges, oh well. With that said, I’m really excited about blogging and I think it will be fun and inspiring. And, hey, maybe eventually I won’t only be writing to myself! 😉

As for the above mentioned reading challenges, I’ve found four that look fun and doable.


  1. The 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge at Girlxoxo. I’m really excited about this one! Some of the motifs will definitely force me to branch out a bit with my reading habits, which should be fun. Here’s the complete list of motifs:

JANUARY- Who Dunnit?
Crack the case and solve the mystery with your first book of the year.

FEBRUARY- New Releases
Read a book released in the last year.

MARCH- Take a Trip
Time Travel or read a book set in a country different than where you live

APRIL- Best of the Best
Read a book that has won recognition or a literary award

MAY- Story of Survival
Make it out alive, beat the odds, save yourself stories. Try thinking beyond the typical wilderness survival. Surviving high school? Surviving a family road trip? Yep- those count too! PS. Dystopians would work great in this motif too.

JUNE- Girlxoxo Recommends
We’ve read a lot of great books. Check out our archives and pick one of our recommendations off our book lists.

Hilarious memoirs, silly chick lit, comedic scifi. Pick a book that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.

AUGUST- Genre Jumble
Read from a genre that you don’t normally read from

SEPTEMBER- Steampunk, Science Fiction, and Fantasy
Pretty self explanatory and loads of great books to pick from in this motif.

OCTOBER- Things That Go Bump in The Night
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, murder mystery- it’s up to you!

NOVEMBER- Fiction Takes A Break
It’s all about Nonfiction November this month!

DEC- That’s a Wrap
Finish a series you’ve been meaning to finish or read the next book in a series you started but never finished.

  1. The Full House Reading Challenge at Book Date. Not to be confused with the old school (and awesome) TV show. There are 20 categories to be filled in any order, including some tricky ones such as “setting begins with B” or “way out of your comfort zone.” I like the flexibility with this challenge.Full House Challenge Grid 2016

3.The 2016 Re-Read Challenge at Tea and Titles. Another challenge with a theme for each month, this challenge is perfect for my already somewhat compulsive tendency to re-read my favorite books. Monthly themes for this challenge:

January: A Re-Read of a favourite childhood book.

February: A Re-Read that tugs at your heart strings.

March: A Re-Read in preparation for a sequel.

April: Re-Read a book that made you cry.

May: Re-Read a book with less then 250 pages

June: Re-Read a book with 500 or more pages

July: A Re-Read of a book you read this time last year.

August: Re-Read a book from a favourite author.

September: Re-Read a favourite sci-fi book.

October: Re-Read a book featuring a mental disability

November: Re-Read a book written in interesting prose ( verse, email, letters etc)

December: Re-Read a trade or graphic novel

4. The 2016 Reading Challenge at Modern Mrs. Darcy 12 books in 12 categories over the course of the year, at any time and in any order. The categories are broad but interesting, so this challenge should be easy and fun!

I’ll have to read about five books every month to complete all four challenges, which might not happen, but why not try? I’m looking forward to reading more next year. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll write a book review every once in a while!