Author's Note

TBR Check In: December 2019

Well, it’s the last check in of the year already! This year has been a very interesting one: the trip of a lifetime, my first WorldCon, some rotten phases of health, and for those of you who haven’t seen on Twitter, the big news is that I’m pregnant! It’s a wonder I’ve got any reading done at all, to be honest, but I’ve read even more than I was hoping to this year, and discovered some new favourites that will stick with me for a long time.  On to the goals!

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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As I said last month, I haven’t upped my goal from 365 even though I’ve passed it, as I’m enjoying seeing how many more books I can finish without any particular pressure. November was a great month for reading, with 41 books read, bringing me up to 409 in total. If I can match that this month, I’ll hit 450 for the year, but it seems a little unlikely since Christmas is likely to knock out a few days. Still, I’m very pleased to be back to normal amounts after my worst month all year in October.

My Owned TBR

My TBR is down to 588, which is amazing for me! That’s a real downwards trend, 31 books down despite adding 15 through #bookpost and NetGalley and buying one. I had a bit of help from my mum and Judith to clear the shelves of things I wasn’t interested in anymore, and I’ve been very ruthless with books that don’t grab me in the first 100 pages. I’m really hoping to keep it under 600 by the end of the year, and maybe even get it down further..?

NetGalley

Last month I wanted to get my NetGalley shelves down from 148 to 130, and I’m pleased to say I did that and more, making it all the way down to 121! I read lots, and I pulled together several reviews that had been waiting a while for already-read books, and I submitted a total of 32 reviews in November. I had a few approvals for new books, but I haven’t requested anything much in ages, so this is doing well.

Blog Tours

Just the one blog tour this month – The Naseby Horses by Dominic Brownlow, on the 7th December. I’ve been making a conscious effort to step back from accepting tour invites, as I find the deadlines stressful, and often have to pull out because I haven’t enjoyed a book – I’d rather read and review at my leisure, with no pressure to write a positive review.

The TBR

I’m taking part in KA Doore’s #NaNoReadMo, which is a low pressure reading challenge based on NaNoWriMo. I’m planning on using it to chop down through my stack of physical review copies, as they take up quite a bit of space on my desk! Here’s what we’re playing with:

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So that’s 29 books (Jade City is there because I have a review copy of Jade War, but need to read the first book before I can start it, so it counts as two)! I don’t expect to get through them all, as I have some Kindle reading to do too, and I like to leave myself space for mood reading, but I’d like to at least get this down by half so I can have one stack to start the New Year with. Looks like it’s going to be a pretty fantasy-heavy month! Anything here you think I should start with?

Author's Note

TBR Check In: November 2019

So you might have noticed I was offline for most of October – I announced a hiatus over on Twitter as I’ve been struggling with my health and needed a few weeks without the pressure of reviewing. Still, I’m back now, and trying my hardest to catch up – I have about a dozen reviews I’ve read the books for and need to write so I’m aiming to get my list clear in November, as well as several blog tours. I might be posting twice some days to get things up to speed!

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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I made it! Despite a lacklustre reading month (my worst so far, at only 24 books), I hopped over the finish line of my Goodreads Challenge and have officially read more books than there are days in the year. #Hallowreadathon helped squeeze in three more before the end of the month for a total of 368 books. I’m not going to up my goal, just keep reading and see how far I get in the next two months. Continue reading “TBR Check In: November 2019”

Author's Note

TBR Check In: October 2019

September flew by! I feel like I’ve barely been paying attention and the days have just slipped past – I certainly haven’t been blogging as much as I’d hoped…

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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I didn’t make it to 50 books, unfortunately, but I got to 39, which is slap bang in the middle for monthly reads this year, so I won’t complain! I’m up to 344 books for the year, so there’s only 23 to go until I hit my target, which I’m confident I can do before the end of October. And then we’ll have to see what happens…

My Owned TBR

My owned TBR is currently at 623, which means that it’s gone down by 13 books! I haven’t bought a single book (though I wasn’t officially on a ban), but I’ve been very lucky with book post from publishers, so I’m genuinely pretty surprised. Who’d have thought that not buying books would mean you had a smaller TBR, hey? I’m also laughing at my January self, who thought I could whittle this down by 20 books a month – yeah right!

NetGalley

I have 143 books awaiting review currently, though I’ve been seriously proactive about reviewing them, with 17 submitted in September. I was only approved for 10, as I’ve been trying hard not to request things unless I’m sure I’ll love them.

Blog Tours

Three blog tours for me in October, with two happening tomorrow (I know, I know, I’ll stop double booking myself eventually, but it does make things exciting)!

2nd – Crier’s War by Nina Varela

2nd – Angel Mage by Garth Nix

11th – This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman

The TBR

I made a very detailed TBR last month, and though I did end up reading many of them, I also felt very constrained by it, so I’m giving myself a TBR-less month! I’d like to read a few more NetGalley books, and some of the things I’ve borrowed from friends, but that’s as specific as I’m getting.
Let this month be the month of the mood read!
Author's Note

TBR Check In: September 2019

Autumn’s here! Ish. I’m feeling cold, term is starting again for my husband, and I am feeling the urge to get the big blankets out, so hopefully September will have plenty of cosy days for reading. I’ve been continuing to make small changes around the blog, to follow my design update – most noticeably, I’ve added a page for my blog tour calendar so you can see what’s coming up!

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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We’re over 300! I’m considering upping my goal to 500 for the year, but I know that would be a bit of a push with the amount of trips to London I’m taking over the autumn, which are likely to wipe me out for a few days at a time. I think I’ll see how quickly I hit 365 and go from there. 

I read 26 books in August, which is my lowest month all year (none of the others have even been under 30!). I didn’t read at all the week of WorldCon, and then I had one of the worst CFS crashes I’ve had in a while, so I probably didn’t read for about 12 days total. Still, I’m pleased I got anything read at all, and I did manage to tackle some big chonks (my last book of the month was Collision, at 776 pages in paperback!).

My Owned TBR

I finished 3 lists for #TBRShelfControl, which meant 18 books down, but it only seems to have counted as treading water! The owned TBR is up to 635, which is shocking, and even higher than last month. Continue reading “TBR Check In: September 2019”

Author's Note

TBR Check In: August 2019

August is going to be a busy month for me, with a house move and WorldCon, so I’m hoping that I can still fit plenty of reading in, as the TBR’s getting a bit ridiculous…

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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31 books read in July, which is pretty good, since I have barely read anything in this last week! That brings me up to a total of 280 for the year so far – I think I should be able to get over 300 by the end of August, which will be fun… Continue reading “TBR Check In: August 2019”

Author's Note

TBR Check In: July 2019

Halfway through the year already, wow. Anyone else feel like we need some spare months to catch up?

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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42 books in June is pretty good going! I’m up to 247 books this year, which means not long to go until 250, and I’m nearly 70% through my year’s challenge with half the year still to go.

My Owned TBR

My TBR is actually lower than last month, hurrah! When I wrote my last check-in post, it was at 562, and now it’s at 558! It seems like a small dip when I got so much reading done, but at least it’s downwards motion (though I have to say, the postman hasn’t come yet today!). I think this was helped a lot by my book buying ban, and also because I’m moving house in the first week of August, so I’ve been taking stock of all my books. It’s become a bit of a habit to pack a box, and then quickly read something that’s been hanging about to see if I want to bother packing it or not! Continue reading “TBR Check In: July 2019”

Author's Note

TBR Check In: June 2019

This is so late! I can’t believe I totally failed to notice that June had started… Ah well, we can just pretend the 11th counts as the start of the month, right?

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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Obviously this includes a bit of June as well, but I’m currently up to 218 books read this year, and 60% of the way to my goal, which is quite impressive considering we’re not actually halfway through the year yet… I was very excited to hit 200 books in May, which was dampened slightly by a Twitter altercation with a stranger who decided that I must be lying, or reading Mr Men books, but I was so pleased at the way the blogger community leapt to defend me. I love you guys.

37 books in May is a middling sort of month for me, but tomorrow (June 11th) is my last day at work so I’ll have plenty of time to get over 40 this month! Continue reading “TBR Check In: June 2019”