I wasn’t aware of just how much down time I’ve needed these past few weeks (hence the absence — sorry, Internet!) It’s a very real reality, as reality often is quite real, that a blog/life/work balance is easier said than done. As much as it pains me to say “blog break”, that’s exactly what I needed. My blog overhaul earlier this year was more aesthetic than anything and didn’t address the change in direction that I decided to take, for various reasons. I realize there’s never a 100% ideal time to do anything, which is why I’m just taking the plunge right now and making the internal changes I need to finally open my editing services to the public and get stuff done. Just bear with me a little while longer!

That being said, it’s nice to put down work every now and then and relax with a good book (that’s one thing that certainly hasn’t changed!) My summer reading list is only a fraction of what I actually read over the warmer months, and to add a bit of fun I decided to tackle my local stationery/book/odds-and-ends store’s, Kards Unlimited, Summer Reading Bingo.

The challenge itself is simple: read a book on the free, printable bingo card and cross it off your card with an Instagram snapshot. Cross off a square — or better yet, get a B-I-N-G-O — and get a coupon or grand prize entry! Instagram challenges are one thing, but this is like getting rewarded for doing what I do in the summer anyway! Plus it’s great for getting me to branch out of my typical genres and reads.

What’s the most fun reading challenge you’ve ever participated in?