Reading/Blogging Challenge

I’ve heard you can’t be a writer without reading A LOT. Turning pages has never been an issue for me, I carry a book with me damn near everywhere I go, until my writing became more than a hobby and sucked up free time like a scavenging pug.

In efforts to simultaneously read more and utilize my blog, I’ll be participating in the 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge. Over the course of 2015 I pledged to read 35 books.




For some, that number laughable, they can speed read through book every two days and think I’m being lazy. Well, I have a somewhat busy life and a full-time day job on top of this author life I’m trying to break into, so 35 is a respectable challenge for me, one I’m stepping up to, having read two books already and starting in on my third. However, I’ve been home sick so I’ve got a head start.

To hold myself accountable to the blog piece of my goal, I’ll then write a blog review of the book I read and post it on the Wednesday morning after I complete the book as well as on Goodreads and Amazon. I don’t make a habit of doing reviews, which is shameful as their importance is greater than people realize. You read a book, give it a review. Doesn’t need to be a masterpiece, but an opinion and a star rating go a long way.

To further challenge myself, I’ll also try to utilize the wonderful #MondayBlogs tag (If you blog and don’t know about it, hit the link and discover the brilliance) and blog of more personal inspirations and happenings on Mondays as I did last week on Journalling which I enjoyed sharing my love of with everyone.


With attempts to get my first novel out into world with Booktrope Publishing (no, I don’t have a release date yet) this is more than enough plates spinning above my head, so keep an eye out on Mondays and Wednesdays for personal blogs and book reviews, and I’ll do my best not to drop the goal like a New Years work out regiment.

Have a great weekend dreamers and screamers.

10 thoughts on “Reading/Blogging Challenge

  1. Bipasha says:

    wow, 35 is a big goal by my standards, how have you been progressing?

    1. S.J. Cairns says:

      Hi Bipasha 🙂
      I’m actually at 19 books read so far this year (was 20 but I apparently re-read a book and it doesn’t count :P) I’ve fallen severely behind on the reviews so I’m working on rectifying that.
      What type of books do you like to read?

      1. Bipasha says:

        That’s impressive! I try to read a good mix of genres, and seem to be drawn mostly towards fiction. How about you?

        1. S.J. Cairns says:

          Thanks 🙂 And same here. A lot of fiction. I get a healthy dose of reality everyday, so I enjoy delving into the make believe worlds of great writers 🙂


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