Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts #8

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Kia Ora!

This month SharleneSays turned 1.
***Happy Blogiversary*** and thanks for sticking with me. I know posts haven’t been very forthcoming. There was a death in the family so I was out of town for a few weeks. I tried to take part in Dewey’s #readathon while I was away from home. Library books were waaaay overdue. To top it all off, I’ve been in a long reading slump. Check out my reading list here.

In Bookish news,
1. For our 1st blogiversary, I ran a giveaway, hoping to find more ideas for my #dayzero project, 101 Bookish Things in 1001 Days. Congratulations to…


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People had some really great ideas. I’ve added most. I know I’m going to struggle, especially with the Rory Gilmore Challenge. I don’t know why I added that? But what’s a Project without a little Challenge!

2. I discovered @CrushYourTBR, a monthly 3 day readathon. I haven’t participated yet as the last one was reduced to 24 hours but I’m looking forward to testing my reading skills. Goodbye reading slumps! Hello reading sprints.

In Not So Bookish news,
3. I’m part of a working group for a music, cultural, christian festival. Things are still a little hush but keep an eye out for #gospelroots. Announcements are just around the corner.

That’s all from me this week. I’ll be back next with with a book review.

final love sharlene

My new DayZero Project

To celebrate SharleneSays’ first blogiversary, I’ve created a new DayZero project:

101 Bookish Things in 1001 Days

There are only 40 things listed so far. I thought it would be easy to list 101 things, but it really isn’t. My project officially starts Jul 01, 2015 and will end Mar 28, 2018.

I’m trying not to list specific books, but have bookish activities, so I can try new things. Of course I’ve added a few impossible ones, like attending international book festivals. But dreamers have got to dream, and I’m gonna dream BIG.

Here is my list so far:

  1. Complete a kids coloring book
  2. Join a book club
  3. Go to a book signing
  4. Buy a Wreck This Journal and finish it
  5. Spend a weekend “unplugged” with only music, art and books
  6. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
  7. Meet an author of a book I’ve read
  8. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
  9. Read all the books currently on my shelf
  10. Volunteer at a local library
  11. See a book to film adaptation
  12. Make a custom recipe book
  13. Read a book in a day
  14. Host a read-a-long
  15. Participate in a Booktubeathon
  16. Post a book review every month
  17. Read all the books released by one author
  18. Attend YALL Fest (
  19. Attend Waiheke Book Festival (
  20. Attend BEA (Book Expo America)
  21. Attend BookCon
  22. Attend New York Comic-Con
  23. Participate in Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
  24. Reread Harry Potter series
  25. Spend an afternoon reading at the park
  26. Own all seven Harry Potter books
  27. Read a book with more than 500 pages
  28. Read a book published this year
  29. Read a book with a one-word title
  30. Read a book I was supposed to read in school but didn’t
  31. Participate in BookCrossing
  32. Complete an Adult coloring book
  33. Read a book at the beach
  34. Donate a book
  35. Gift a book
  36. Gift a book shop gift card
  37. Buy a book from a local bookstore
  38. Shelve all my books
  39. Cheer for a Dewey’s Readathon
  40. Participate in Bout of Books Readathon

Because I’ve only got 40 things on my list, I really need your help. I’m not even halfway!

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