Ooh, no movement on the TBR this week – still on 165. Not going down but, on the other hand, not going up! I declare that a major success…
New Year’s Resolutions Update
So here we are, a third of the way through the year already. Seems like a good time to see how I’m getting along with those New Year’s Resolutions I committed to…
Oh, for goodness sake, Tom, do stop laughing! Here goes…
1) Cut back on taking freebies for review.
Take no more than 18 books during the year, and reduce the total outstanding at year end from 25 to 12.
Current status: Hmm… I currently have 31 outstanding – oops! And I’ve already taken 23 this year…
Projection: Will need more than a miracle!
2) A minimum of 12 re-reads.
Current status: 5 read to date
Projection: Going great!
3) Reduce the TBR!
a) Reduce the overall total to 130.
Current status: 165 – up 11 since the beginning of the year.
b) Read at least 35 books that have been on the TBR since 2014 or earlier.
Current status: 9 read to date
Projection: Still within the realms of possibility…
c) Read at least 45 books that went onto the TBR in 2015.
Current status: 27 read to date
Projection: Woohoo! #GoGirl
4) New-to-me authors.
a) No more than 20 books by new-to-me authors to be added to the TBR during 2016.
Current status: 21 added to date
Projection: Oh dear, oh dear!!
b) Read at least 20 catch-up books from authors I’ve previously enjoyed.
Current status: 8 read to date
Projection: Doing well! (If only I hadn’t added all those other new authors that is…)
Read at least 10 GAN Quest novels and at least 5 other classics, including Dickens.
Current status: 4 GAN Quest books read to date (or abandoned, which is much the same thing), 4 other classics read, including Dickens.
Projection: Feelin’ smug…
6) Read at least 12 sci-fi/fantasy novels, mixed between classic and new.
Current status: 3 read to date
Projection: Not too bad…
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Pretty good so far, I reckon – only 2 outright failures and a couple that it looks like I’ll definitely achieve. Unless I get distracted by new, shiny things…
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The Around the World in 80 Books Challenge – #AW80Books
Hosted by Sarah and Lucy at the wonderful Hard Book Habit…
I didn’t make it to any of the places on the main route in April, but I had a few interesting detours…
I had a nice trip to the Channel Islands with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Then I got chased all over the Australian Outback by a hairy monster in Fear is the Rider. It was a relief after that to have a magical break in The High Mountains of Portugal.
So here’s the summary to date. I’ve found books for some of the places now, but recommendations for any of the places marked in red still welcome…
The Main Journey
- London – Martin Chuzzlewit
- Orient Express
- France – The Sisters of Versailles
- Mediterranean Sea
- Red Sea/Arabian Sea
- Elephant Travel
- Indian Ocean/ South China Sea
- Hong Kong
- San Francisco
- Sioux lands
- New York – I Am No One
- Atlantic Ocean
- Queenstown (Cobh) Ireland
- London – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
That leaves 53 spots for me to randomly tour the world, so here’s where I’ve been so far…
- The Hebrides – Coffin Road
- Florida – Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Iceland – Snowblind
- Himalayas – Black Narcissus
- Ireland – The Heather Blazing
- Channel Islands – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
- Australian Outback – Fear is the Rider
- Portugal – The High Mountains of Portugal