It's hard to think of many things I love more than the beach, but if there was absolutely anything that came close, it would be reading. I have to admit though, I have learned throughout the process of the Popsugar Reading Challenge in 2016 (that is only almost 4 months done), that I can be quite the reading snob.

I never thought that I would say I'm a particular reader, but I have learned that about myself throughout the past couple of months. A coworker of mine asked me what kind of things I like to read in December/January and I told her that I normally prefer political/historical books, but I would read anything. At this point though, I realize that I wont just read absolutely anything. >>

It's hard to say why I didn't realize this to begin with, but it's totally true. The Popsugar Reading Challenge, I guess, seems to be designed to challenge people to pop out of their reading comfort zone. I am so appreciative of this in a way I never thought I would be. I'm not going to say I was stuck in a bubble, but I definitely wasn't opening up my horizons, and I wasn't able to see what I liked and what I didn't like. 

If you follow me on Goodreads, you'll now most definitely realize that my profile is full of random books in a whole bunch of different genres. I never thought I would find myself reading things that had titles like "All The Bright Places," "Kindred" or "The Selection," but I have and it's interesting.

I am not so lucky in a sense that I have an extremely long commute to work. I cannot wait to move closer to New York, but for now, I'm still kickin' it down in Ocean County, New Jersey. Trust me, if I could charter my own plane from OC to NYC every single day, I would do that and stay in the good old OC because I love it so much. BUT, because that idea is so ridiculous and not realistic, moving closer to NYC is more of the idea we're going for here. That being said, I am lucky that I have a good 5-ish hours per day to read on good old New Jersey Transit. It's a nice chance to sit back and relax. This is where I have gotten a great majority of my reading done, aside from on the beach. 

So far the challenge has been great and I just wanted to share my progress and thoughts with you. Are you going for this challenge or any sort of reading challenge/challenge in general this year? Share with me in the comments below or tweet it to me, I would love to chat, compare, encourage, etc.

Here are a couple of highlights from this journey for me so far:

As you can see, I have really read a whole bunch of interesting books. The best part of the challenge is that you are still able to read whatever you want, you just have to meet the category requirements. This is probably the best part about the challenge, because it encourages you to go outside of your comfort zone, but enables you really to do whatever you want. 

I read absolutely everything on my Nook. That's just how it is for me. I find that it is my favorite way to read everything and always have books with me without really having to carry them. With that being said, I figured any new way to get books for less money (although Nook books are normally inexpensive), would be a great thing to learn. Let's talk about BookOutlet.

The challenge has introduced me to this wonderfully beautiful called BookOutlet. Okay, I admit, it was a coworker of mine that introduced me, but in the spirit of the challenge and I will be forever grateful thats for sure. This website is one of epic proportions. I don't know if I can adequately describe how happy I am to have found it because it really gives you the opportunity to purchase and discover books that you may not have realized you wanted to. 

What I mean by this is that the prices are extremely low on every book on the site. Because of this, you're able to purchase multiple books, even if some of them you aren't sure you'll love. The more room to spend money, the better it benefits you. Who knows? You might find a new favorite. 

If you're doing the challenge, see if someone wants to join you. I actually got involved via a coworker. She was the one that brought it to my attention and how was I going to say no to a reading challenge? It's not like I don't read a ton anyway.

So far, these have definitely been a couple of favorites for me. Are you taking on the reading challenge? If you are, please comment down below and let me know what you're loving and not loving so far. It's always good to start a conversation so we can keep each other update on progression. Send me a tweet and as always, thank you for reading!

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