Get To Know Me + My Personal Reading Challenge

My Personal Reading Challenge for 2018 by Aduke Schulist - Arkansas Life and Beauty blogger
Get To Know Me + My Personal Reading Challenge

Hey guys! It’s me again. But who exactly is the “me” here? I know some of you are new, so I first wanted to say THANK YOU all for reading my blog and following me on this journey through life. I also wanted to reintroduce myself and tell you some fun facts about me before I move onto My Personal Reading Challenge.

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  • I am Courtney AKA Aduke – the girl behind the blog.
  • I am 32 years old, never married, and live in Central Arkansas.
  • I have 3 children and all of them were born early. I homeschool them.
  • I joined the Mormon church when I was 22 years old.
  • I dream of climbing Mt. Everest and running a 100 mile race – but I haven’t ran much lately due to health problems.
  • I love playing PC games with my kids like Minecraft and Diablo.
  • I love all things girly and glamorous even though I am super casual and will go days at a time without even wearing makeup.
  • I have been a vlogger* for over 4 years and STILL get nervous in front of the camera. *my vlog channel. 
  • I studied Criminal Justice in college and have never used my degree. I am a semi-pro photographer and a full-time content creator.

Now that you know a little more about me, I’d love to learn something new about you. Share something interesting about you in the comments.

Personal Reading Challenge

My Personal Reading Challenge for 2018 by Aduke Schulist - Arkansas Life and Beauty blogger

Moving along, I wanted to discuss my reading challenge for this year. I have participated in reading challenges the past few years and it has helped me find new authors and genres that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise.

This year I’m doing it a little different. In the past the reading challenges have been long lists containing books to read like a book with a blue cover, a self-help book, a book published in the current year, etc. There’s only 5 things on my list this year:

1. Don’t Finish Bad Books

I am always expecting a bad book to get better and other find myself finishing bad books. This year, if a book sucks I’m letting myself put it away and move on to something that I enjoy more.

2. Find a New Favorite Author

I finished 21 books in January and think I am on to a new favorite author already.

3. Read a New Series

I tend to shy away from series. With that said, I read  CJ Box’s Joe Picket series and really liked it. Dare I say I think I want to read a sci-fi series.

4. Read More about My Hobbies and Career

I read for pleasure and reading to learn things just feels school-ish to me. I usually read short articles online when I want to learn something about either of these. I think there is so much information to be had in book form though, so I want to read more for educational purposes.

5. Read a Classic

We all have our favorites. Classics aren’t one of mine. Because of this, there are so many classics that I have never read. I’d like to read a classic or two or three this year.

Do you set reading goals or participate in reading challenges?
What is something fun/interesting about you?

Author: Aduke Schulist

Aduke Schulist is a 30 something content creator living in the heart of Arkansas. She enjoys blogging, vlogging, and spending way too much time on social media. Aduke is a big fan of true crime documentaries and advocating for people with special needs. You can find Aduke on social media as @AdukeSchulist.

27 thoughts on “Get To Know Me + My Personal Reading Challenge”

  1. Loved reading about you.
    THough I would love to read more books, but I am not much of a reader. Your suggestions seem practical.

    1. I want to get into audio books. I think that would be something fun, and maybe another way to squeeze some “reading” into a busy life, but I really like the feel of a paper book.

  2. I set a reading challenge every year on Goodreads. I met mine last year! Right now I’m on a mission to find some amazing scifi books to fall into. I love to read all kinds of fiction, but lately I’m super into scifi.

    1. I love Goodreads. I keep track of all of my books I’ve read in there.. Sometime during the middle to end of last year I started taking picture of all the books so I would remember to put them in. Now I need to catch up on entering them into goodreads lol

  3. Love this post! I totally agree with you, I waste so much time reading crappy books! My new rule is, if the first chapter is bad, stop reading!

  4. I love your reading challenge. I should do this too – might help me break out of reading the same old kinds of books all the time and find something new. I always get excited when I see that someone is from Arkansas. I live in Canada but I went to the U of A – first year in Little Rock and then the rest in Fayetteville. My mom and my sister and her family live in Bryant so I usually get back to visit once a year or so. It’s such a beautiful place.

  5. Everyone’s opinion is different but I personally feel small, attainable goals are the best approach. Therefore, setting 10–15 books for this years goal seems ideal.

  6. Thank you for sharing all about yourself, well maybe not all but the key points. I love to read, but I seem to fall short when it comes to being a continual reader. Part of it is I work probably too much and then I find I am tired. I enjoy a good mystery, but right now I am reading books to help me become a better content writer. I am a Mom to three children, ages 21-almost 27, (a daughter and two sons). I am a Grandma to a very bright 7 year old granddaughter, and a very funny and bright almost 3 year old grandson. I have been married for over 22 years, and my husband is my best friend. We live in NY state but not near NYC lol. Our youngest is graduating in May after 4 years of college for psychology. I think I can say we are officially empty nesters lol.

  7. It was so great reading this post and getting to know you more. I’ve always wanted to vlog, don’t know where to start. Love reading. For fun and for educational purposes.

  8. I really don’t read a lot. Maybe because I am a busy person and I turn to Google to get fast answers. But maybe it’s worth a try.

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