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Not quite damsels in distress. More like two minutes into a preseason scrimmage.

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SA had multiple flight delays getting back to Boston, but was stranded in Florida.

CC’s been damn near blind with an allergic reaction, but managed to get a few thousand words done on WT (more about that later in the week).

I’ve wrestled the bronchitis monster and blogging ennui for two weeks, but I’m here. As our friend Holly says, “better late than pregnant.”  It’s safe to say, 2018 so far is a tie. I hate ties.

While I’m loathe to declare “resolutions”, challenges can be fun. Reading challenges littered my Pinterest feed for days before and after January 1. I even posed the question to social media friends. HA!  They were no help. I should have asked for pizza topping suggestions instead.

So, I searched the boards and web for some interesting lists thinking “I can make my own.” Pfft! That would be reinventing the wheel, and we don’t do that here. My favorite was on PopSugar. They include links to a Goodreads group and links to printable lists. Plus there is an advanced section for the over achievers.


I’m adding a couple of qualifiers to the list.

  • Read books by Indie authors from social media communities when possible
  • Write reviews of the books read
  • No more than 50% can be audio books

Every, EVERY bit of advice for writing includes reading. Reading in and out of our chosen genres and comfort zones.

My first reads come from my work out buddies.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by [Sullivan, Mark]

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by [Vance, J. D.]

Do you have any suggestions to help fulfill this challenge?  Are you participating in a reading challenge or tackling a TBR pile?  Are you tied with 2018 or ahead in the game?