Monday, January 28, 2019

Announcing the Pay Yourself to Read Challenge!


I've been searching for some kind of motivation to get me to read and write more. I was on Twitter and I came across the #642Writes challenge created by An Average Life.

Basically you pay you yourself a dollar every time you complete a "tiny" writing project from the book 642 Tiny Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

Roxanne mentions another challenge. She describes a tweet from Pretty Purple Polka Dots (@PrettyPPD) about paying herself a dollar for every book that she reads. This is what gave her the idea for the #642Writes Challenge.

I certainly credit Aoife of PrettyPPD for the idea but I personally feel I have to make this an official challenge. I bought several books this month (and last month, and the month before that) so the idea of paying myself to read them feels like one of the most brilliant things I have ever heard. It's motivation to read and it helps me collect a small savings that I can use however I want. Honestly, I'll probably use it to buy more books.

I will be calling this the 2019 Pay Yourself to Read Challenge.

Rules for the 2019 Pay Yourself to Read Challenge:
  • This challenge runs from Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019. You may retroactively count any books you have read in January.
  • You may sign up anytime during the challenge. 
  • You set your own reading goals and amount of money awarded per book. Read 10 books at $10 each or 50 books at $1 each. The choice is yours!
  • Create a special savings account or go old school and keep your dollars in special made jar or piggy bank. Find some way to keep this money in a special place because the most important rule is you cannot spend this money until 2020! 
  • Pay yourself as you finish each book. Please do not wait until the end of the year. It's a lot easier to put away a dollar every so often than it is $50 after the holidays!
  • Share photos of your jars, piggy banks, or whatever on social media using the hashtag #PayYourselfToRead. 
  • Books can be any genre including fiction, nonfiction, comics, or graphic novels.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
  • You may reread books.
  • Books may be purchased or borrowed. However, if you want to make it a rule that you can only get paid for reading purchased books that it up to you. Another option is to pay yourself more for purchased books than borrowed ones.
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges.
  • Use the hashtag #PayYourselfToRead on social media.
  • If you could be so kind, please place the 2019 Pay Yourself to Read banner on your blog to help spread the word. 
  • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
  • Please sign up using the link below.

Paying Myself to Read and Write (and You Can Too)


It's happening again this year even though I promised myself 2019 would be different. I'm struggling to read a book and write...well anything. Again. Perhaps it's more accurate to say still. I don't know what I expected. It's not like after the midnight countdown to 2019 my bipolar II would just disappear in the New Year. While my mood has been stable for a long time it feels like my cognitive issues have been growing worse. (For an explanation of my struggles with keeping my focus and motivating myself to read click here.)

Because I am still struggling with these issues I've been searching for some kind of motivation to get me to read and write more. Then tonight I was on Twitter and I came across the #642Writes challenge created by An Average Life.

Basically you pay you yourself a dollar every time you complete a "tiny" writing project from the book 642 Tiny Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

Roxanne mentions another challenge. She describes a tweet from Pretty Purple Polka Dots (@PrettyPPD) about paying herself a dollar for every book that she reads. I guess this is what gave her the idea for the #642Writes Challenge.

I tried to find this tweet but I could not. (If you can find it please leave it in the comment or tweet it to me.) I will still credit Aoife of PrettyPPD for the idea but I HAVE to make this an official challenge. I bought a bunch of books this month and the idea of paying myself to read them feels like one of the most brilliant things I have ever heard. It's motivation to read and it helps me make back the money I have spent on books. I will be calling this the #PayYourselftoRead Challenge.

I will be creating an info and sign up page in a day or so be sure to look for that!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

My Bout of Books TBR


About Bout of Books
The Bout of Books Read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple at Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog

There are no actual reading challenges but there is a Bout of Books Instagram challenge. You can find my Instagram at @juliecornewell.


There are also other challenges:
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 24. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 1/7
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 1/8
Character dinner party

Wednesday 1/9
Six degrees of separation

Thursday 1/10
Synopsis rewrite

Friday 1/11
If this, then that

Saturday 1/12
Dream cast

Sunday 1/13
Stretch goal

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Other Readathons
I am also participating in the monthly challenges January Jam Jar and Tome Infinity and Beyond.

 


I also have begun my own yearlong reading challenge The 2019 Book to Screen Challenge.



My Bout of Books TBR
I am still finishing up Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.


After that I will let my January Jam Jar decide. I will update this post with my other books.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

My January Jam Jar TBR and First Pick


I'm a Libra so when I saw Books & Munches was hosting the January Jam Jar Readathon I got excited because I knew I could spend the month of January not plagued by indecision about what to read.


The rules are simple. Put the names of some books in a jar and whatever one you draw you have to read that book.

I'm going to be doing different rounds of this. The first will be with all books that have become movies because I am hosting the #2019BooktoScreenChallenge and want to start it right away. I also plan on participating in #TomeInfinityandBeyond2  this month so some of my choices are also science fiction books.

The second round will be books that have not become movies. I haven't yet decided what books those will be so that TBR will be posted later this month. I do want to choose science fiction books that will count towards Tome Infinity and Beyond.

 I haven't decided what I will do after these first two rounds. I suppose it will depend on other readathons going on at the time. 

For the first round these are the possible choices: 

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus 
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I know that's a lot of choices. I'm a true Libra, what can I say? Not all of them are science fiction books. The book Red Sparrow is something I've been wanting to read because the movie stars Jennifer Lawrence even though it's honestly really out of my comfort zone. But I promised myself I would stick to whatever I picked no matter what.

Turns out what I picked was actually the book I wanted to read the most! It's not a science fiction book. It is...


I can't believe I got my first choice! That never happens when I do these kinds of games.