Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

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We’re through the first quarter of the year, fellow readers. Are you a quarter of the way through your TBR Challenge?

I’m not, but I’m starting to gain some ground. I’ve taken to listening to audio books while I’m playing Solitaire or crocheting something easy (I only started a few months ago, so I don’t make things with elaborate patterns). That’s gotten me through three audio books that have been waiting patiently for a couple of years for my attention: The Clockwise Man (a Doctor Who novel), and the first two installments of Cressida Cowell’s How To Train Your Dragon series (which are nothing like the movies, but read beautifully by David Tennant).

That makes me just 1/12 of the way to my target of 36 books this year, but it’s progress. And I can listen to audio books even when my chronic fatigue rears its ugly head, so that’s a plus. Here’s to a book-filled April!

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Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

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What a year it’s been already! We’re two months in, fellow readers–how is your challenge going?

My chronic illnesses have been doing their best to knock me off my game…and it’s working so far. I had an asthma flare in January and missed our first check in of the year. And my chronic fatigue spent several months kicking my backside. So in the past two months, I’ve managed exactly one book from my Before-August 1, 2017 pile and none from my Read-Within-Two-Months pile.

Thankfully, everything seems quiet now and back to my normal, so perhaps March will be the month I get back on track. I have a couple of RITA entries left to read, then I can get back to my personal stash 🙂 I have a couple of library books I’ve checked out repeatedly but haven’t managed to read yet–The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I’ve had them out so long I’m not even sure they’ll count toward the TBR Challenge anymore (I’d planned to include them in the Read-Within-Two-Months category), but I think those are the two I’ll start with.

Cora’s TBR Challenge 2018

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A new TBR Challenge for a new year! Is this the year you finally vanquish your TBR pile?

I don’t know about “vanquish,” but I am determined to chip steadily away at my ginormous TBR pile again this year. With the added data I collected last year (the number of books I purchased was an eye opener!), I’m making another change for this year’s challenge.

1. How many books from your TBR pile will you read? I’m actually setting two numbers for this year: one for books I’ve had for a while, and one for new books. A major reason my TBR pile is out of control is because I procure books faster than I can read them, and so many of my new books end up collecting dust on a shelf or languishing on my e-reader. This year, I’m pledging to read 18 books from my TBR pile and 18 books within two months of acquiring them.

2. How long have your books been waiting? For the purposes of this challenge, the “old” books I read must have been acquired by me or placed on my library TBR list before August 1, 2017. This means I can’t buy new books in January and count them toward my TBR Challenge come September–which I found myself doing at least once during the first year, and kind of defeats the purpose of the challenge.

3. How will you hold yourself accountable? Like years past, I’ll post here once a month to share my progress and see how you all are doing. I found that creating a Goodreads shelf (this year I’ll have 2: one for “old” books, and one for “new” booksand the dedicated page on this blog to be enormously helpful, too, so I’ll do both again. I’m a very visual person and being able to see the collection of books that I’ve read gives me a nice sense of accomplishment, which makes me want to read more TBR books.

4. What about adding more books to the pile? Like last year, I’m going to keep track of how many books I purchase with a Goodreads shelf. Numbers are powerful (especially to me, with my background in math), and it will be good to have a 2018 total to compare with 2017.

Who’s next? How are you going to vanquish your TBR pile this year?

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

It’s the last day of 2017, fellow readers! Did you make your TBR Challenge goal this year?

As of this writing, I still have 4 books left to read. But I’m not giving up! It still feels like cheating but novellas count the same as novels, and I can read 4 novellas in a day 🙂  We’ll see if I can pull it off today… [UPDATE: I did it!]

I’ve learned a few things about my reading habits this year, too.

–>I am a consummate procrastinator, which I knew about myself long before this TBR Challenge, lol, but I didn’t realize it applied to the way I read. Apparently it does 🙂

–>I am apparently not able to ignore ebooks on sale–I’ve purchased 54 books this year, nearly all of them ebooks and nearly all while they were marked down in price.

–>Audiobooks are not just for migraines anymore, either. I haven’t had a major migraine in months and months (knock on wood!), and I primarily was listening to audiobooks during migraines (very softly, to try to keep my mind off the pain until I fell asleep). This year, I’ve been experimenting with different ways to listen when I’m not in pain, and have crossed a few audiobooks off the TBR list as a result.

Alright, I’m off to get those 4 books read before 2017 ends. But I’ll be back tomorrow with new goals for the new year!

Sales of the Week

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Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

We’re nearly at the end of the year, fellow readers. Are you going to make your TBR Challenge goal?

I’ve got a little bit of a pile to finish before the end of the year–14 books for my overall reading goal, and 11 for my TBR Challenge. With just a few weeks left to go in the year, I’d better get reading! But since my writing deadlines are met for the year and my Day Job is slowing down for the holidays, I ought to have more time for books (though I’ve been saying that off and on all year, lol). I’m also in a outlining/plotting phase for the new novel I’m working on, which means I’ll be going through some of the research books I’ve previously purchased but have not yet read.

Now here’s hoping I can ignore all the holiday sales and not add to my mountainous TBR pile  😉

The Heart of a Hero Series-Wide Sale!

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Have you missed any of The Heart of a Hero series books? Well, here’s your chance to grab them all 😀  From November 24 through November 27, each ebook in the series is just $0.99/£0.99! And, of course, No Rest for the Wicked is still free!

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