Reading Challenge 2012


According to the winner of the $10 Amazon giftcard is commentor #1! Congratulations Wendy!!!

I’m writing today to extend a challenge. But keep reading, this isn’t going to hurt.

We are halfway through our fourth year together as a book club. Some of you have been here from the beginning, some joined along the way, and others of you have yet to make your first appearance.

You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” -Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

The Challenge: Create a reading goal for your year.

See, that’s pretty simple, huh? It could be something as simple as reading four books this year or all twelve book club titles. It could be that you’d like to come to three book club discussions or maybe ten.

It doesn’t have to be a book club related, it could be a personal reading goal. Maybe you don’t call yourself a “reader” yet. Check out and listen to books while you’re cleaning or exercising. Did you get a new iPad or Kindle for Christmas? Maybe you can try to read two books a month or what about 52 books in 52 weeks?

I’d like this challenge to be a way to encourage you, not to create stress.

Last year my goal was to read 30 books. I met that goal around October or so, I ended the year with 38! is my favorite way to keep track of what I’ve read. A simple easy site, plus there’s a free app for my phone. If you join GoodReads, come find me (Sarah Ronk) and our book club (Broadened Horizons). It’s fun to look back at your year through book titles!

This year my goal is to read more biographies and fiction. It looks like my year won’t have as much free time as 2011, so I’m not making a numbered book goal. These two genres are ones I enjoy, but I just don’t get too very much.

Now, what do you say? Leave a comment and share your goal! One of you lucky lady will win a $10 Amazon giftcard! If you join (or are already a member of) GoodReads leave an another comment for an extra entry! (Sorry, this giveaway applies to local book club ladies only. You must be present at our Jan. 12, 2012 meeting to win. Contest ends Jan. 11th.)

Good luck and happy reading!!

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

January 12, 2012 @ 7:00pm
Paradise Bakery and Cafe


Book related websites

I found these two sites recently and thought I’d share!

The first one is This link will send you to my bookshelf. I can’t remember how I got to this site, but it’s a great one to sort/organize the books you’ve read, are reading, and plan to read. It says on their page that they can help you..

  • See what your friends are reading.
  • Keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read.
  • Get great book recommendations from people you know.
  • Answer book trivia and collect your favorite quotes.

I would like to spend some time updating my bookshelf with some of those great books I’ve read. Maybe even write reviews on them! It seems like the perfect way to keep all that info in one place. (Plus, I’d like to see just exactly how many book I read in a year! haha!) One of my favorite features is the “compare prices” option. It’s very helpful if you plan to buy a book and not go through or (I haven’t gotten set up on either of these yet, so if you have, and have a second to comment on how you like them that would be helpful!)

The second site is It’s a free personal library catalog system! I found it b/c I was looking for a way to organize and tag all of Aaron’s books. The Preschool/Daycare where I used to work threw me a book baby shower so he has already accumulated quite the library! Here’s a link for a very short introduction to librarything.

(I’d secretly would LOVE to be a librarian! How fun is it that my mother-in-law is one?!! When we took those test in HS to see what job you’d be best at, I used to be embarrassed that mine came up “Librarian”, haha -not anymore!! I think they were RIGHT on!)

Anyway… I can sort all Aaron’s book’s so if we are going to read about ducks, or numbers, or opposites I can have all them tagged accordingly and find exactly which ones to read! Once I finish all of Aaron’s books I’ll see if it would be helpful to do mine also. But so far, I like what I have set up on GoodReads.

Another feature I like about LibraryThing is the wishlist option. It looks like you’d create a wishlist through Amazon. It says it takes some tweaking to get it, but the whole site is still in beta…. so maybe once they go real it will be more simple to do. But with this option, I can keep all the books listed that I’d like to get for Aaron in one place!

Let me know if you like either one of these site. I have no friends on GoodReads yet, so let me know if you join!! 🙂