GOODBYE TO MAY!

What a great month of books!    It was difficult to pick one favorite, so I chose these two thrillers:

 

 

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Genres:

     Mystery/Thriller – 6

      Contemporary Fiction – 5

      Nonfiction – 1

      Fictionalized Biography – 1

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Here are the books I read; click titles for the reviews…

MAY 2020:

1.A Good Marriage (e-book), by Kimberly McCreight – (387 pages) – (murder mystery) – 5/26/20

2.Big Summer (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner – (352 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/6/20 – (NG-5/5/20)

3.Crime Scene (e-book), by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman – (381 pages) – (mystery) – 5/23/20

4.Dilemma, The (e-book), by B. A. Paris – (384 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/31/20 – (NG-6/30/20)

5.Girl in White Gloves, The, by Kerri Maher – (364 pages) – (fictionalized biography) – 5/9/20

6.Have You Seen Me? (e-book), by Kate White – (384 pages) – (thriller) – 5/8/20

7.Hungry Heart (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner – (402 pages) – (memoir) – 5/16/20 – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

8.Last House Guest, The (e-book), by Megan Miranda – (353 pages) – (suspense thriller) -5/22/20

9.Little Secrets (e-book), by Jennifer Hillier – (338 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 5/12/20

10.My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell – (369 pages) – (contemporary/literary fiction) – 5/30/20

11.On Ocean Boulevard (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe – (384 pages) – (contemporary fiction) 5/2/20 -(NG – 5/19/20)

12.Sea of Lost Girls, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – (315 pages) – (thriller) – 5/28/20

13.Sweeney Sisters, The (e-book), by Lian Dolan – (304 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/20/20

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MAY 2020:    13

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN MAY 2020: 4,717 pages

BOOKS READ YTD:  60

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What did your month look like?

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CURLING UP WITH 2019 BOOKS…

Whenever I think about my previous home and all the goodies I had there, I am reminded of moments and special connections.  Books, Disney characters, a special cup and saucer…and my little notes I took whenever I blogged.

I am just grateful for all the photos I snapped that allow me to remember the moments and the trinkets.

Today I am thinking about all the books that I have read in the past year, and those still unread.  Surprisingly, I did pretty well.

Here are the Purchased Books: 101, with one DNF

The Linked Titles that have been read and reviewed: 75

JANUARY 2019:

1.A Simple Favor (e-book), by Darcey Bell

2.Becoming Mrs. Lewis (e-book), by Patti Callahan

3.Best of Us, The (e-book), by Robyn Carr

4.Come Find Me (e-book), by Megan Miranda

5.Her One Mistake (e-book), by Heidi Perks

6.Late in the Day (e-book), by Tessa Hadley

7.Liar’s Room, The (e-book), by Simon Lelic

8.Red Address Book, The (e-book), by Sofia Lundberg

9.She Lies in Wait (e-book), by Gytha Lodge

10.Suspect, The (e-book), by Fiona Barton

11.Untouchable (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

12.Wallis in Love, by Andrew Morton

13.Woman Inside, The (e-book), by E. G. ScottDNF

14.Woman Who Kept Everything, The (e-book), by Jane Gilley

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FEBRUARY 2019:

1.Don’t Wake Up (e-book), by Liz Lawler

2. I Invited Her In (e-book), by Adele Parks

3.I Owe You One (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella

4.Never Tell (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

5.Next To Die, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

6.Silent Patient, The (e-book), by Alex Michaelides

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MARCH 2019:

1.All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Joy Fielding

2.Back Stabbers (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

3,Before She Knew Him (e-book), by Peter Swanson

4.California Girls (e-book), by Susan Mallery

5.Liar’s Child, The (e-book), by Carla Buckley

6.Library of Lost and Found, The (e-book), by Phaedra Patrick

7.Maid (e-book), by Stephanie Land

8. Night Visitors, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman

9.Perfect Girlfriend, The (e-book), by Karen Hamilton

10.Things We Cannot Say, The (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

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APRIL 2019:

1.A Good Enough Mother (e-book), by Bev Thomas

2.Before She Was Found (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf

3.Better Sister, The (e-book), by Alafair Burke

4.Editor, The (e-book), by Steven Rowley

5.Girl He Used to Know, The (e-book), by Tracey Garvis Graves

6.I Know Who You Are (e-book), by Alice Feeney

7.Little Darlings (e-book), by Melanie Golding

8.Missing Years, The (e-book), by Lexie Elliott

9.Mother-in-Law, The (e-book), by Sally Hepworth

10.My Lovely Wife (e-book), by Samantha Downing

11.Someone Knows (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline

12.Stone Mothers (e-book), by Erin Kelly

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MAY 2019:

1.Killman Creek (e-book), by Rachel Caine

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JUNE 2019:

1.Dear Wife (e-book), by Kimberly Belle

2.Friends We Keep, The  (e-book), by Jane Green

3.I’ll Never Tell (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie

4.Summer of ’69 (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

JULY 2019:

1.Bookish Life of Nina Hill, The (e-book), by Abbi Waxman

2.Lady in the Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman

3.Someone We Know (e-book), by Shari Lapena

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AUGUST 2019:

1.Careful What You Wish For (e-book), by Hallie Ephron

2.Favorite Daughter, The (e-book), by Patti Callahan Henry

3.Kennedy Heirs, The, by J. Randy Taraborrelli

4.Last Widow, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

5.My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding (e-book), by Wendy Wax

6..Object of My Affection (e-book), by Stephen McCauley

7.Old Baggage, by Lissa Evans

8.Perfect Son, The (e-book), by Lauren North

9.Telephone Line (e-book, #9), by Julie Mulhern

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SEPTEMBER 2019:

1.A Game for All the Family, by Sophie Hannah

2.Dutch House, The (e-book), by Ann Patchett

3.Elevator Pitch (e-book), by Linwood Barclay

4.Grammarians, The (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

5.Inside Out, by Demi Moore

6. Ladies Who Punch, by Ramin Satoodeh

7.Murder List, The (e-book), by Hank Phillippi Ryan

8.Nanaville, by Anna Quindlen

9.Nanny, The (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan

10.Queen Meryl, by Erin Carlson

11.Stranger Inside, The (e-book), by Lisa Unger

12.Testaments, The (e-book), by Margaret Atwood

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OCTOBER 2019:

1.All the Flowers in Paris, by Sarah Jio

2.Book of Gutsy Women, The, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

3.Family, The, Louise Jensen

4.Good Girl, Bad Girl (e-book), by Michael Robotham

5.John F. Kennedy, Jr.:  America’s Reluctant Prince, by Steven M. Gillon

6,Lying Room, The (e-book), by Nicci French

7.One Little Secret (e-book), by Cate Holahan

8.Poison Garden, The (e-book), by A. J. Banner

9.Takes One To Know One (e-book), by Susan Isaacs

10.Touched by the Sun, by Carly Simon

11.Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off, The, by Gloria Steinem

12. What Happens in Paradise (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

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NOVEMBER 2019:

1.A Life on the Edge, by Sheila Weller

2.Confession Club, The (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg

3.Family Upstairs, The (e-book), by Lisa JewellT

4.Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, by Mary Higgins Clark

5.Marilyn Monroe:  The Private Life of a Public Icon, by Charles Casillo

6.Tell Me Everything (e-book), by Amy Hatvany

7.White Palace, by Glenn Savan

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DECEMBER 2019:

1.Delusions of Grandma, by Carrie Fisher

2.Empty Nest, The (e-book), by Sue Watson

3.Christmas Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

4.Girls Like Us, by Sheila Weller

5.Home Truths (e-book), by Tina Seskis

6.Meg and Jo, by Virginia Kantra

7.Normal People (e-book), by Sally Rooney

8.No Place Like Home, by Rebecca Muddiman

9.Playground, The (e-book), by Jane Shemilt

10.Regretting You (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

11.Such a Perfect Wife (e-book), by Kate White

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Now I can check this list for books to read next…or soon, anyway.  How do you track your TBR?

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GOODBYE TO DECEMBER & HELLO TO JANUARY 2020…

It’s time to look back at the month…and the year. Let’s curl up and take a peek.

Here are three favorites for the month:

 

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Genres:

Nonfiction:  4

Historical Fiction:  2

Contemporary Fiction:  2

Suspense:  1

Literary Fiction:  1

Now for my ten books read.  Click titles for my reviews.

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1.All the Flowers in Paris, by Sarah Jio – (291 pages) – (historical fiction) – 12/30/19

2.A Life on the Edge, by Sheila Weller – (358 pages)- (memoir) – 12/5/19

3.Big Lies in a Small Town (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – (400 pages) – (historical fiction) – 12/13/19 – (NG – 1/14/20)

4.Confession Club, The (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – (304 pages) – (literary fiction) – 12/9/19

5.Delusions of Grandma, by Carrie Fisher (280 pages) – (fictionalized autobiography) – 12/25/19

6.Empty Nest, The (e-book), by Sue Watson – (290 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 12/28/19

7.Marilyn Monroe:  The Private Life of a Public Icon, by Charles Casillo – (317 pages) – (biography) – 12/16/19

8.Meg & Jo, by Virginia Kantra – (371 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 12/23/19

9.Tell Me Everything (e-book), by Amy Hatvany – (307 pages) – (contemporary fiction) -12/19/19

10.Truth Will Set You Free, The, But Then It Will Piss You Off,  by Gloria Steinem – (161 pages) – (memoir) – 12/9/19

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER 2019:    10

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN DECEMBER: 3,087

BOOKS READ YTD:  117

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What did your month look like?  How many books did you read during the year?

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LOOKING AT MY READING PROGRESS FOR 2019…

We are almost at the end of August, eight months into 2019, and it is time to view my purchases and books read throughout the year.

JANUARY 2019:

     14 Purchased: 

               9 Books Read, 5 Unread

FEBRUARY 2019:

     6 Purchased: 

                6 Books Read, 0 Unread

MARCH 2019:

     10 Purchased:  

               6 Books Read, 4 Unread

APRIL 2019:

12 Purchased: 

               12 Books Read, 0 Unread

MAY 2019:

1 Purchased: 

          1 Unread

JUNE 2019:

     4 Purchased: 

               4 Read, 0 Unread

JULY 2019:

     3  Purchased: 

               2 Read, 1 Unread

AUGUST 2019:

     9 Purchased: 

               4 Read, 5 Unread

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I still have books unread from previous years, but I am pleased that 2019 shows that I’ve made more progress in reading the books I’ve bought.

How has the year been for you?

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP: WELCOME TO MAY!

Where did April go?  Great books kept me engaged throughout, however.  My top favorites:

 

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Genres:

     Mysteries/Thrillers:  9

     Contemporary/Historical Fiction: 1

     Literary Fiction:  1

 

Looks like I really immersed myself in thrillers/mysteries this month.  I still read only 11 books, though, just like last month.  Hmm, what’s that about?

Books Read and Reviewed – Click links for my review:

APRIL 2019:

1.All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Joy Fielding – (358 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 4/4/19

2.Before She Knew Him (e-book), by Peter Swanson – (320 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 4/6/19

3.Editor, The (e-book), by Steven Rowley – (300 pages) – (literary fiction) – 4/10/19

4.Girl He Used to Know, The (e-book), by Tracey Garvis Graves – (291 pages) – (contemporary/historical fiction) – 4/27/19

5.My Lovely Wife (e-book), by Samantha Downing – (378)- (domestic thriller) – 4/25/19

6.Never Tell (e-book), by Lisa Gardner – (414 pages) – (murder mystery) – 4/17/19

7.Night Visitors, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – (320 pages) – (suspense) – 4/7/19

8.Perfect Girlfriend, The (e-book), by Karen Hamilton – (352 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 4/13/19

9.Someone Knows (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (387 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 4/29/19

10.Stillhouse Lake (e-book), by Rachel Caine – (302 pages) – (suspense thriller) – 4/19/19

11.Sunset Beach (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (432 pages) – (suspense) – (NG-5/7/19)

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN APRIL 2019:    11

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN APRIL:  3,854

BOOKS READ YTD:   42

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What did your month look like?  Enjoy May!

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A LOOK BACK AT THE JOURNEY…

This blog is one of my favorite spaces to talk about books, from purchases to review books.  When I think back to how it all began, with large stacks of unread books, I realize that others must also enjoy the journey through books, since this site has the most followers of all of mine:  606 as of this week.

I have been determined to borrow more library books and curtail my purchases.  August and September have brought lower numbers of purchases, see below:

 

AUGUST 2018:

1.An Unwanted Guest (e-book), by Shari Lapena

2.Mr. Flood’s Last Resort (e-book), by Jess Kidd

3.Other Woman, The (e-book), by Sandie Jones

4.Pieces of Her (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

5.Three Things About Elsie (e-book), by Joanna Cannon

6.Watching You, by Lisa Jewell

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SEPTEMBER 2018:

1.Cross Her Heart (e-book), by Sarah Pinborough

2.Fear:  Trump in the White House (e-book), by Bob Woodward

3.Girl, Wash Your Face: (e-book), by Rachel Hollis

4.Golden State, The (e-book), by Lydia Kiesling

5.Good Luck with That (e-book), by Kristan Higgins

6.I Know You Know (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan

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Note the links to my reviews, which tell us that I’m also endeavoring to read more of my purchased books.  In each month, I’ve read half of my purchases.

As you study the pages I have added to this site, you’ll see from my About page that this blog was created in October 2009.  Check it out to see what happened to jumpstart this journey.

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What does your journey through books look like?

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ANOTHER MONTH BITES THE DUST….MONTHLY WRAP-UP

How did my Bookworm’s Journey fare in May 2018?   I didn’t read quite as many books, but there were some really good ones.  Check over at Book Date, to see what others are sharing.

My Favorite for the Month:

 

My Genres are surprisingly balanced…again.

My Genres:

     Contemporary Fiction:  4

     Mysteries/Thrillers:  4

     Literary Fiction:  3

     Nonfiction:  1

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Here are the books I read and reviewed.  Click titles to check out my reviews.

MAY 2018:

1.Beach Bliss, by Joanne DeMaio – (354 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/21/18 – (Author Review Request)

2.Before I Let You Go (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer – (384 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/12/18

3.Every Note Played (e-book), by Lisa Genova – (321 pages) – (literary fiction) – 5/17/18)

4.Female Persuasion, The (e-book), by Meg Wolitzer – (464 pages) – (literary fiction) – 5/9/18

5.Garden of Small Beginnings, The (e-book), by Abbi Waxman – (358 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/14/18

6.Gunners, The (e-book), by Rebecca Kauffman – (234 pages) – (literary fiction) 5/30/18

7.How To Walk Away (e-book), by Katherine Center – (320 pages) – (contemporary fiction) – 5/2/18 – (NG – 5/15/18)

8.I Am I Am I Am (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell (304 pages) – (memoir) – 5/24/18

9.Lying in Wait (e-book), by Liz Nugent – (320 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 5/26/18 – (NG – 6/12/18)

10.New Neighbors, The (e-book), by Simon Lelic – (328 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 5/6/18

11.Other Mother, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – (321 pages) – (psychological thriller) – 5/4/18

12.Perfect Mother, The (e-book), by Aimee Molloy – (336 pages) – (domestic thriller) – 5/22/18

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN MAY 2018:        12

NUMBER OF PAGES READ MAY 2018:               4,044

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                               65

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How did your journey end?  What did you discover about your choices?

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IT’S A WRAP! GOODBYE, NOVEMBER….

The month flew by.  Check out my reading, and head on over to The Book Date to see what others read.

November was a great reading month!  I read and reviewed FIFTEEN books.  My Favorite Fiction Book was Poison, by Galt Niederhoffer- (Click title/cover for review)

 

My Genres Included:

       Literary Fiction – 3

      Suspense/Mystery/Psychological Thriller – 6

      Contemporary/Historical Fiction –   6

 

Here are the books I read.  Click the titles for my reviews.

NOVEMBER 2017:

1.All the Best People (e-book), by Sonja Yoerg – 332 pages – (historical/contemporary fiction) – 11/13/17

2.Bonfire (e-book), by Krysten Ritter – 290 pages – (suspense thriller) – 11/23/17

3.Cold As Ice (e-book,Country Club Murders #6), by Julie Mulhern – 268 pages – (cozy mystery) – 11/8/17

4.Last Mrs. Parrish, The (e-book), by Liv Constantine – 400 pages – (psychological thriller) – 11/11/17

5.Merry & Bright (e-book), by Debbie Macomber – 272 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/22/17

6.Moral Defense (e-book, Book Two Samantha Brinkman), by Marcia Clark  – 406 pages – (mystery/legal thriller) – 11/28/17

7.One and Only, The, by Emily Giffin – 415 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/7/17

8.Play It as It Lays (e-book), by Joan Didion – 214 pages – (literary fiction) – 11/25/17

9.Poison (e-book), by Galt Niederhoffer – 304 pages – (psychological thriller) – 11/15/17 – (NG – 11/21)

10.Seven Days of Us (e-book), by Francesca Hornak – 355 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/5/17

11.Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, The (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin – 258 pages – (literary fiction) – 11/17/17

12.Story of Arthur Truluv, The (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – 240 pages – (literary fiction) – 11/16/17 – (NG – 11/21)

13.Unraveling Oliver (e-book), by Liz Nugent – 258 pages – (psychological thriller) – 11/3/17

14.Without Merit (e-book), by Colleen Hoover – 384 pages -(contemporary fiction/YA) – 11/29/17

15.Young Jane Young (e-book), by Gabrielle Zevin – 295 pages – (contemporary fiction) – 11/19/17

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NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN NOVEMBER 2017:         15

NUMBER OF PAGES READ IN NOVEMBER 2017:      4,691

BOOKS READ YTD:                                                      161

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What did your month look like?  Come on by and share.

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KEEPING TRACK: THE STATUS OF MY TBR

With the year nearing its end, it’s time for another look at my book buying/reading stats.

I am regularly updating readers to my Read the Books You Buy Challenge, and so far, I have read 102 books toward the challenge goals.

What might not be evident from that number:  books I have counted for this challenge come from these sources:

Books Purchased Between July – December 2016

Books Purchased Between January 2017-December 2017

Let’s look at those sources more closely.

Between July-December 2016, I purchased 72 books, and from that number, I’ve read 61.

Between January-November (so far) 2017, I’ve purchased 139, and read 86.

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Those figures don’t add up, you may say!  But…here’s the clincher.  The ones that count for the 2017 Challenge must have been read in 2017.  And some of the books bought in 2016 were read last year.

It puzzled me when I first looked at the numbers…but now I’m clear on it.

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How I Track My Purchases and My Books Read:

When I purchase a book, I enter it onto the appropriate page on this blog:  Month, Year.

When I read a book, I link it to my review on the Books Purchased page and also on my Books Read page, month and year.

Review books have separate pages.

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Before the year’s end, I don’t expect to have read ALL the books I bought this year, or even in 2016.  But I’m closer to that goal than I was on January 1.

How are you faring with your TBR stacks?  What methods work for you?

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TBR PATROL: ARE MY NUMBERS DICTATING MY LIFE?

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It is time to check out my numbers for the year so far.

For the Read the Books You Buy Challenge, I have read and reviewed 19 books so far.  Ten of those books were purchased in January 2017, and nine were purchased in the second half of 2016, which still qualifies them for this challenge.

Books Purchased in January:  20 – so half of them have been read

Books Purchased in February so far:  9 – and I’ve read none of them.

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Books Purchased Between July – December 2016:  71

Books Read:  53

Books Unread for the second half of 2016:  18

 

Obviously, several of those books from 2016 were read in that same year, and counted for last year’s challenge.

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So….my work is cut out for me.  But what fun the work has been!  I’ve been enjoying these books. 

As for those purchased before July 2016, some of which go way back to 2014…those are in the TBR Jar…and they will be dealt with…or not.

2014:  Unread Books-  20

2015:  Unread Books –  13

2016:  Unread Books from January – June – 21

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The task seems huge, even insurmountable, but let’s total up all the unread books I’ve purchased since 2014:  81!

The year is new, and I think I can probably put a dent in these numbers.  What do you think?

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Of course, the review books will take up some time, but so far, I only have 6 NetGalley books to read and review (I’ll probably get more, though).

And as for author review books, I have two waiting…and one Amazon Vine book.

I should probably be mindful of these numbers when making requests.

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What does your reading year look like so far?  Do my numbers seem manageable?  How about yours?

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