Another Reading Challenge Update

I drove a total of 6 hours there and back again to see my fiancé this weekend, along with random 10-30 minute drives throughout the weekend. Between all those drives and late-night laundry Sunday night, I finished another book! (audio of course – I don’t read and drive)

Here’s what I’ve read so far this year…

  1. A biography – Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly
  2. A book with at least 400 pages – A Killer Among Us by Charles Bosworth Jr. (clocking in at 460 pages)
  3. A book for children or teens – Time’s Divide by Rysa Walker
  4. A memoir or autobiography – Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West
  5. A book written by an author with initials in their name – The Amber Project by J. N. Chaney
  6. A book for children or teens – Transient Echoes by J. N. Chaney
  7. A book of your choice – Hope Everlasting by J. N. Chaney
  8. A book by a female author – The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The latest book was quite the read! You can catch my short review on Goodreads and in a couple weeks or so, I’m going to start working on long-form reviews for each of the books I’ve read thus far this year.

And here’s what I’m currently reading…

  • A book target at your gender – No Little Women by Aimee Byrd
  • A book about preaching or public speaking – Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell
  • A book used as a seminary textbook – An Introduction to the New Testament by D. A. Carson & Douglas J. Moo (yes, this is one of my textbooks for this semester. #twobirds)
  • A book about productivity or time management – Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei

I haven’t actually started the newest book, but I plan to later today on my drive home. Audiobooks for the win!

My fiancé lets me use his Kindle Unlimited to my heart’s content and a large number of books available on KU are available as audiobooks as well. I’m learning to take advantage of long (or short!) drives as well as downtimes where I’m doing busywork (like laundry or dishes) but want to keep my mind engaged. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’ll find myself putting off tasks I typically enjoy simply because my mind isn’t challenged and gets bored. The task itself isn’t boring, just the lack of engagement if that makes sense. Sometimes I’ll pull up Netflix on my phone to have in the background, but I like books much better! Cooking, cleaning, addressing wedding invites, and working through my to-do list is always better with an audiobook! (and Netflix isn’t so bad either 😉 )

Don’t forget: you can follow my progress on Goodreads and catch my soundbite reviews. 😉

How is the reading challenge going for everyone else? How do you find time to get all your reading in? Any recommendations? I’m always open to suggestions! 🙂 (and donations to my book fund 😉 )


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