Monday, December 31, 2018

January 2019 Reading Challenge – Find a Female Author!

I read an article the other day (that caused me to read more articles to make sure what I was reading was accurate) and found that, let’s just say, not a lot of us are reading for pleasure these days. The numbers I read indicated that about 30% of Americans read for pleasure, and that people read an average of 12 books per year (while the median or typical number of books read is 4) (Perrin, 2018).

This month I encourage you to read a book by a female author. Who will you choose?

I don’t know about you, but I love to read. I’ve read at least 84 books this past year, and most of them were for pleasure (I say at least because I’m sure I read more for work but didn’t document them on my Goodreads challenge which is where I got the 84 from). I’d rather read than do almost anything else, as long as I have an engaging book to read.

This year I want to encourage everyone to read. If you can’t afford to buy books, get a library card. If you have a Kindle, get hooked up with your local library and borrow ebooks from the library. I would love to see every single person read 30 minutes a day. That may sound like a lot, but 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes before bed…you can totally make it work for you.

This year I’m doing a monthly reading challenge. I challenge YOU (imagine me pointing a finger at you right now) to read a book written by a female author in the month of January. 

Looking for book recommendations? I’ll be posting about different authors on my Facebook page so you can find something there. You can also try searching your favorite genre and finding a female author.

Here’s a few of my recent reads that you might like:
  • Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts (mystery/suspense/romance)
  • My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (family drama/women’s fiction)
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (fiction/drama/some mystery)
  • Educated by Tara Westover (nonfiction, memoir)
  • Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane #1) by Melinda Leigh (or anything by Melinda really) (mystery/suspense/crime drama)

Are you in? Comment on this post and let us know what you’re reading for your January 2019 book selection. Maybe you’ll inspire someone else to pick up what you’re reading! If you need a book suggestion and haven’t read Straddling the Middle (my book that came out in December 2018), you could check that out (wink wink).

Perrin, A. (2018, March 8). Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks. Retrieved from

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