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#SixtyBooks in 2017 is Here!

It’s time for #Sixtybooks in 2017!  In 2016, we had over 300 people sign up for the challenge and we are hoping to beat that number this year by spreading the word and getting even more people to make reading a part of their daily lives.  For those who are new to our fantastic group of readers, the goal is simply to make reading a regular part of our daily lives and encourage other people to do the same. It’s not a competition (the only person you are competing with is yourself!) and it’s not just about the number.

For this year’s challenge, we will be keeping #Sixtybooks on Twitter and Facebook.  We will also be using #Sixtybooks on Instagram for those who want to share their reading in pictures. Our goal is to be active on all three by sharing more about our progress and the books we are reading.  We are planning some new activities as well:

  1. Week long “#Sixtybooks sprints” that we dedicate to catching up on our reading a few times per year
  2. At least two or three live Twitter chats
  3. A book giveaway raffle just before summer

As always, you can keep track of your books however you like.  Both Melissa and I use Goodreads to keep track and I also use Google maps to pin my books by setting which is a lot of fun.

Signup is the same.  Fill in the #Sixtybooks in 2017 form by clicking here.

We are looking forward to another great year of reading!

Laura and Melissa


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December Book Swap



Dear #Sixtybooks Readers,

In just over a month, #Sixtybooks in 2016 will be wrapping up and we wanted to have some fun as we bring this year’s challenge to a close.  Since we are all readers, we obviously all love getting books in the mail so we thought, why not do a #Sixtybooks December Book Swap?  We are going to run it similar to a secret Santa with the following guidelines:

  1. If you wish to participate, fill in the Google Form by November 23rd so that we can match you as best we can to someone with similar reading interests.
  2. We will send you the name/information for your match by December 1st.
  3. Books sent must be in very good condition with no writing inside them.
  4. No more than $5 should be spent on any bookish extras like candy, bookmarks, etc…
  5. All books should be sent out by December 15th to ensure delivery by the end of the year.  Delivery confirmation is always a good idea when shipping.
  6. Please send a quick reply e-mail to let us know when you send out your book.
  7. If you do not receive a book by December 31st, please let us know and we will do our best to find out what happened.

And finally, let’s share the process at #sixtybooks.  You can post photos of the packages ready to be send out, the books when you receive them, etc.  Most importantly, let’s have fun with it!

Laura and Melissa

Guest Post: Laura McNeill, Author of Sister Dear

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Laura McNeill

Five Ways to Get More Reading Time in Your Life

Everyone’s time is precious—and it seems we’re all trying to squeeze in a few minutes more for our families, our jobs, and those extracurricular activities we really adore.

For bibliophiles, it’s especially crucial. Reading is like breathing, after all. Words and stories are sustenance. Books help us think, they make us feel emotion more deeply. Characters become our friends. Great novels sweep us away to new places, and we crave that feeling—that high—which only comes from discovering a really spectacular story. We love the feeling that comes from an insatiable need to turn page after page just to find out what happens next.

So, how to get more reading time in your life? Here are five ways:

  1. Turn off the Television. I don’t have cable. And while it might sound strange, my children don’t complain, and I have a more peaceful home. If we want to indulge in a TV show or movie, we use Netflix or go to Red Box. I also have the television hidden in an armoire, so it’s not the first thing everyone sees or thinks about when they walk in my front door.
  2. Listen in the Car. I sneak in hours or reading time in the car. I am an Audible member and subscribe to the Daily Deals, which allows listeners to snag incredible books priced below $3.95. Nook owners can check out the Nook App for deals, too! I easily make it through one new book every two weeks, just at carpool, going to the grocery story, running errands, and on trips to visit family and friends. (I even listen when I am folding laundry!) NOTE: Free audio books are also available on Apps like Overdrive, LibriVox, and Hoopla.
  3. Carry a book with you. During the day, there are five minute snippets of time that often go wasted…waiting in line, waiting on hold, waiting for a meeting to begin, etc. On my smartphone, I’ve loaded the Kindle App and the iBooks App, so I always have a book ready to go. If, by chance, I’ve just finished a novel, I can download as many book previews as I like and decide (during that time) what will be up next on my reading list. That said, you can always pop a “real” book in your bag and carry it wherever you go!
  4. Join a Book Club. When you belong to a book club, you are expected to read a book and contribute to a monthly discussion, whether online or in person. This creates a sense of urgency, responsibility, and ownership. I love the exchange between readers and often, if the whole group chooses the title of the month, I find that I’m reading and enjoying books that I never would have picked up in the first place!
  5. Shop at the Library. Once a week or once a month, get yourself to the library. If you want to get in and out, before you go, shop the library website for your new selections. The library will hold your selected books, put you in a queue if there is a waitlist, and notify you by email, phone, or text when your books are ready and waiting! If you have a pile of new books by your bedside, ready and waiting, it’s more likely you’ll be tempted to get in a quick chapter.
  6. Get in your Steps. Like to exercise? Have a Fitbit? Listen to audiobooks while you’re walking outside or on the treadmill at the gym. Getting in those 10,000 steps means you’ve just logged 5 miles and burned lots of calories. Think of how many chapters you can sneak in every day! Listening to a great audiobook seems to make the time go by faster…and just think, you’ll probably walk even more quickly when you’re listening to a great thriller or suspense book!

I especially like taking thirty minutes on a Sunday morning, especially in the Spring, to sit outside, listen to the sounds of nature, and lose myself in the pages of a wonderful story.

There are so many ways to squeeze in more reading time. I’d love for you to share your ideas about getting in an extra chapters each day. What works for you?

Want to connect with Laura McNeill? 



Link to Sister Dear on Goodreads:

Laura McNeill is the author to Center of Gravity (July 2015) and Sister Dear (April 19, 2016). When Laura is not writing or reading, she makes time to run, share pictures to Instagram, and adores the color pink!

#Sixtybooks: January Post

Hello #Sixtybooks readers!

We are almost at the end of our first month together and we are truly ecstatic about all of the people who have joined the #Sixtybooks in 2016 challenge. Over 270 people have already pledged to participate in this movement to make reading a regular part of our daily lives! Over one hundred readers are posting on Twitter at #Sixtybooks, we are up to almost fifty members in our #Sixtybooks group on Goodreads, and thirty-six members in #Sixtybooks on Facebook. Thank you for spreading the word and please continue to share!

Melissa and I are hoping to post regularly to all sites about the books we are reading. Since it is still fairly early in the challenge, we thought a good starting place would be to share a couple of books from our TBR lists that we are really looking forward to reading this year. I know my TBR is entirely out of control but there are a few books that will move right to the top as soon as I get my hands on them. 

Here are our “can’t wait to read” titles:

Laura’s Books

Melissa’s Books

Leave a comment to let us know what books you are looking forward to this year.

Happy reading! 

Laura (@lagnella) and Melissa (@mmorriswrite)

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