LOOKING BACK…AND MOVING FORWARD….

Good morning!  Today as I was creating a new blog header here, I decided to look back at what I was posting about a year ago.

Yes, I like peeking into the archives.

There it was, that midpoint check-in for Read the Books You Buy Challenge.  A year ago, of course, we were halfway through 2016, and I wrote:

In July 2016, halfway toward my goal, I have read and reviewed 38 in all.

I am thoroughly enjoying the process….and haven’t actually decided on my percentages.  I’m just reading as many books as I can.

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This year’s midpoint has not yet been posted….but so far in the Read the Books You Buy Challenge- 2017, I have completed 62 books.  So I’m doing better this year!

I like challenging myself, and the motivation of trying to do better than I did the previous year is a good one for me.

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As for the numbers of books I’ve purchased so far this year, I still went a bit crazy.  But so far in July, I’ve “only” bought 6 books; and in June, I purchased 11…four of which I’ve already read and reviewed.

The journey is challenging…but fun.  What do you do to find your motivation?  How do you curtail (or not) your purchases?

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KEEPING TRACK: AN UPDATE

Let’s take a look at my Challenge Progress.  Mostly I have been focusing on Books Purchased in 2017, but according to the rules, you can decide to include from July 2016 buys through December 2016.

Here are my book purchases falling into that latter category.  The ones linked to reviews have already been read.

Totals:  Out of 75 books purchased during that period, 14 remain unread. Several were read last year for the 2016 Challenge.

You may notice some that are crossed out, but not linked to a review.  Those are books already read, but purchased as re-reads.

I am feeling more optimistic, now that I’ve looked at these numbers!

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JULY 2016:

1. Coincidence of Coconut Cake, The (e-book), by Amy E. Riechert

2.  Girl You Lost, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

3. In Twenty Years (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch

4. I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline, et. al.

5.  Melody Lingers On, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

6.  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

7.  This Must Be the Place (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell

8.  Truly Madly Guilty (e-book), by Liane Moriarty

9.   Truth-Teller’s Lie, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

10. Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann (50th Anniversary Copy – reread)

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AUGUST 2016:

1.All the Ugly & Wonderful Things (e-book), by Bryn Greenwood

2. American Girl, The (e-book), by Kate Horsley

3.  American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin

4.  Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by B. A. Paris

5. Book that Matters Most, The (e-book), by Ann Hood

6.  Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler (reread)

7. Family Tree (e-book), by Susan Wiggs

8.  Firefly Summer (e-book), by Nan Rossiter

9.  I Am No One (e-book), by Patrick Flanery

10. If I Forget You (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene

11. I Found You, by Lisa Jewell

12. It Ends with Us (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

13Map of the World, A (e-book), by Jane Hamilton (reread)

14. My Life, My Body, by Marge Piercy

15. Results May Vary (e-book), by Bethany Chase

16. Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson

17.  Silver Linings Playbook (e-book), by Matthew Quick

18. Siracusa (e-book), by Delia Ephron

19. Sister, The (e-book), by Louise Jensen

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SEPTEMBER 2016:

1.Come and Find Me (e-book), by Hallie Ephron

2. Finding Libbie (e-book), by Deanna Lynn Sletten

3. Kept Woman, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

4. Last Good Girl, The (e-book), by Allison Leotta

5.Life She Wants, The (e-book), by Robyn Carr

6. London Train, The (e-book), by Tessa Hadley

7. Some Tame Gazelle (e-book), by Barbara Pym

8. Sting (e-book), by Sandra Brown

9. Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Way

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OCTOBER 2016:

1. Commonwealth (e-book), by Ann Patchett

2. Dollhouse, The (e-book), by Fiona Davis

3.  Echoes of Family (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White

4.  Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah Levy

5.  Hungry Heart (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

6. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber

7.  Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown

8. Mothers, The (e-book), by Brit Bennett

9. Red Car, The (e-book), by Marcy Dermansky

10.Saturday Requiem, by Nicci French

11. Send in the Clowns (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

12. Spelling It Like It Is, by Tori Spelling

13. Stealing Jason Wilde (e-book), by Dee Ernst

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NOVEMBER 2016:

1. After You (e-book), by JoJo Moyes

2.Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

3.Hillbilly Elegy(e-book), by J. D. Vance

4. Home, by Harlan Coben

5.In a Dark, Dark Wood (e-book), by Ruth Ware

6. Inheriting Edith (e-book), by Zoe Fishman

7. In Her Wake (e-book), by Amanda Jennings

8. Murder Game, The (e-book), by Julie Apple

9. Never Alone (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

10. Other Widow, The (e-book), by Susan Crawford

11. Sleeping Beauty Killer, The (Under Suspicion)(e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke

12. Sweet Lamb of Heaven (e-book), by Lydia Millet

13. When All the Girls Have Gone (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

14. While You Were Sleeping (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

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DECEMBER 2016:

1. Bad Things, The (e-book), by Mary-Jane Riley

2.Faultlines (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel

3.Missing, Presumed (e-book), by Susie Steiner

4. Premonition, The (e-book, short story), by Chris Bohjalian

5.Princess Diarist, The, by Carrie Fisher

6.Stepmother, The (e-book), by Claire Seeber

7.Sweet William (e-book), by Beryl Bainbridge

8.Talking As Fast As I Can, by Lauren Graham

9.White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg

10.Woman in Cabin 10, The (e-book), by Ruth Ware

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How do you track your purchases/reads?  Do you participate in this challenge?  Any challenges?

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MY TBR REPORT FOR 2017: SO FAR….

As I entered still another March book purchase today, I had to check out my reading progress so far. 

In January, I purchased 20 books, and I have read 15!

In February, I bought 13 books, and I’ve read 3.

So far in March:  9 purchases and 1 read.

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Overall, not bad.

How do I discover the books that I MUST buy?  Well, I blame the blogging community, of course…lol.  And then there is Goodreads.  From them I received the e-mail to notify me that a book I marked “to-read” is now available.  Thanks, Goodreads!

Actually, I am grateful, as even though I bookmark on Amazon, sometimes I forget an upcoming release date.  Today’s purchase is one I’ve been eyeing for so long that it had dropped off my bookmarks when I added several additional ones.

The Secrets You Keep (e-book), by Kate White, is a harrowing new psychological thriller about a successful self-help author who suddenly finds her life spiraling dangerously out of control.

 

 

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What would you do if you realized that your new husband, a man you adore, is keeping secrets from you—secrets with terrifying consequences?

Bryn Harper, an accomplished self-help author, already has plenty to deal with. She’s still recovering from a devastating car accident that has left her haunted by recurring, smoke-filled nightmares. Worse still, she can’t shake the ominous feeling her dreams contain a warning. 

In the beginning, Bryn’s husband Guy couldn’t have been more supportive. But after moving into a new house together, disturbing incidents occur and Guy grows evasive, secretive. What the hell is going on, she wonders? Then, a woman hired to cater their dinner party is brutally murdered.

As Bryn’s world unravels—and yet another woman in town is slain —she must summon her old strength to find answers and protect her own life. Her nightmares may in fact hold the key to unlocking the truth and unmasking the murderer.

With unexpected, riveting twists, The Secrets You Keep is an utterly compelling psychological thriller that once again showcases Kate White’s extraordinary storytelling talent.

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I am definitely eager to dive into this one.  What do you think?

How are you doing with book purchases this year…so far?  Do you keep track?

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ASSESSING MY PROGRESS: READING MY OWN BOOKS….

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It is early in the year, but I want to take a look at what lies ahead, for this challenge.  As you know, we can count all the books purchased in 2017, and those we read and reviewed for July to December 2016.

Here’s a look at January 2017 Purchases.

As you can see, 14 purchases (so far), and none have been read yet:

 

1.A Mother’s Confession (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

2.Being Queen Victoria, by Kate Williams

3.Best Awful, The, by Carrie Fisher

4.Dry, The (e-book), by Jane Harper

5.Futures, The (e-book), by Anna Pitoniak

6.Idaho (e-book), by Emily Ruskovich

7.Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (e-book), by Kathleen Rooney

8.Marriage Lie, The (e-book), by Kimberly Belle

9.Moral Defense, Book 2 (e-book), by Marcia Clark

10.Princess Diarist, The, by Carrie Fisher

11.Rainy Day Women – Austin Starr Book 2 (e-book), by Kay Kendall

12.Things We Didn’t Say (e-book), by Kristina Riggle

13.Twilight Wife, The (e-book), by A. J. Banner

14.Vanishing Year, The (e-book), by Kate Moretti

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Now let’s look at books purchased from July through December 2016:  I have read 50, with 21 left to go:

 

JULY 2016:

1. Coincidence of Coconut Cake, The (e-book), by Amy E. Riechert

2.  Girl You Lost, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

3. In Twenty Years (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch

4. I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline, et. al.

5.  Melody Lingers On, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

6.  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

7.  This Must Be the Place (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell

8.  Truly Madly Guilty (e-book), by Liane Moriarty

9.   Truth-Teller’s Lie, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

10. Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann (50th Anniversary Copy – reread)

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AUGUST 2016:

1.All the Ugly & Wonderful Things (e-book), by Bryn Greenwood

2. American Girl, The (e-book), by Kate Horsley

3.  American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin

4.  Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by B. A. Paris

5. Book that Matters Most, The (e-book), by Ann Hood

6.  Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler (reread)

7. Family Tree (e-book), by Susan Wiggs

8.  Firefly Summer (e-book), by Nan Rossiter

9.  I Am No One (e-book), by Patrick Flanery

10. If I Forget You (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene

11. I Found You, by Lisa Jewell

12. It Ends with Us (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

13Map of the World, A (e-book), by Jane Hamilton (reread)

14. My Life, My Body, by Marge Piercy

15. Results May Vary (e-book), by Bethany Chase

16. Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson

17.  Silver Linings Playbook (e-book), by Matthew Quick

18. Siracusa (e-book), by Delia Ephron

19. Sister, The (e-book), by Louise Jensen

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SEPTEMBER 2016:

1.Come and Find Me (e-book), by Hallie Ephron

2. Finding Libbie (e-book), by Deanna Lynn Sletten

3. Kept Woman, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

4. Last Good Girl, The (e-book), by Allison Leotta

5.Life She Wants, The (e-book), by Robyn Carr

6. London Train, The (e-book), by Tessa Hadley

7. Some Tame Gazelle (e-book), by Barbara Pym

8. Sting (e-book), by Sandra Brown

9. Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Way

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OCTOBER 2016:

1. Commonwealth (e-book), by Ann Patchett

2. Dollhouse, The (e-book), by Fiona Davis

3.  Echoes of Family (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White

4.  Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah Levy

5.  Hungry Heart (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

6. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber

7.  Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown

8. Mothers, The (e-book), by Brit Bennett

9. Red Car, The (e-book), by Marcy Dermansky

10.Saturday Requiem, by Nicci French

11. Send in the Clowns (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

12. Spelling It Like It Is, by Tori Spelling

13. Stealing Jason Wilde (e-book), by Dee Ernst

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NOVEMBER 2016:

1. After You (e-book), by JoJo Moyes

2.Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

3.Hillbilly Elegy(e-book), by J. D. Vance

4. Home, by Harlan Coben

5.In a Dark, Dark Wood (e-book), by Ruth Ware

6. Inheriting Edith (e-book), by Zoe Fishman

7. In Her Wake (e-book), by Amanda Jennings

8. Murder Game, The (e-book), by Julie Apple

9. Never Alone (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

10. Other Widow, The (e-book), by Susan Crawford

11. Sleeping Beauty Killer, The (Under Suspicion)(e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke

12. Sweet Lamb of Heaven (e-book), by Lydia Millet

13. When All the Girls Have Gone (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

14. While You Were Sleeping (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

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DECEMBER 2016:

1. Bad Things, The (e-book), by Mary-Jane Riley

2.Faultlines (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel

3.Missing, Presumed (e-book), by Susie Steiner

4. Premonition, The (e-book, short story), by Chris Bohjalian

5.Stepmother, The (e-book), by Claire Seeber

6.Sweet William (e-book), by Beryl Bainbridge

7.Talking As Fast As I Can, by Lauren Graham

8.White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg

9.Woman in Cabin 10, The (e-book), by Ruth Ware

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Now that I’ve visualized my purchases, and what I need to accomplish, I feel confident.  How are you doing on yours?

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WRAPPING UP THE “READ THE BOOKS YOU BUY -2016” CHALLENGE!

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Okay…I plan to read more before the end of the year, but here’s what I’ve done so far:

My Challenge Page here shows that I’ve read and reviewed 99  100 of the books I purchased (from June 2015 through December 2016).  I just completed the 100th book this weekend.  For that same time period, I purchased 138 books, so my percentage was 72%!

I didn’t pick a percentage at the beginning…and I think it worked out for me!

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I’m feeling energized, and ready for the New Year!  Thanks for the challenge, Kathryn, at Book Date.

How did the rest of you do?  Did you have fun?  I certainly did.

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CURLING UP WITH TBR BOOKS: THE CHALLENGE

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Restless again…and overly caffeinated, so I created several new headers for this blog…and finally settled on this one.  For now.

Now…let’s put that restlessness into something productive, like ending the year with a smashing number of books read and reviewed for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge.

My total now is 98 books!!  I must hit 100 before the end of the month.  I think I can do it…and I’ve already started the 99th book:

The Dollhouse, by Fiona Davis, which has been languishing on Pippa since October.

 

 

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A wonderful book so far, it sweeps back and forth through time, from 2016, when our protagonist, Rosie Lewin, is living in the updated version of the Old Barbizon Hotel, where an aging woman lives on the 4th floor.  The residences of those long-term tenants from the early days of the hotel were turned into rent-controlled apartments on that floor.  And the elderly woman, Darby McLaughlin, has secrets from that long-ago time, in 1952, when she lived there while attending secretarial school.  Secrets Rosie hopes to unwrap for a great story.

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Now…I also have some possibilities for my 100th book:

Scandal in Skibberdeen (County Cork Series Book 2), by Sheila Connolly. (Purchased in 4/16).

 

 

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Three to Get Deadly (Stephanie Plum #3), by Janet Evanovich (which I’ve had since 1/16!).

 

 

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She Can Kill, (She Can Series Book 6), by Melinda Leigh – (Purchased in 3/16)

 

 

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And then there are some newer titles…but to be fair, I need to clear off some of the older ones.  What do you think?  Have you read any of these?  Which should I pick first?

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COMMITMENT POST: READ THE BOOKS YOU BUY CHALLENGE – 2017

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Kathryn, at Book Date, will be hosting another Read the Books You Buy Challenge – 2017.

I enjoyed participating in 2016, and while I didn’t ever “choose” a percentage, I’ve been working away at it all year.  So I think I’ll do the same in 2017.

My Challenge Page will list the books I read and review, with links to my reviews.

Let’s have fun!

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