TBR Thursday 184… and Quarterly Round-Up

TBR Quarterly Report

Last New Year I added up the full extent of the horror of the TBR, including the bits I usually hide. So time for another count to see how I’m doing…

In a last ditch attempt to get down to the figure I set in my New Year’s Resolutions last year, I brutally culled the wishlist one last time, which led to much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Did I succeed? All shall be revealed when I post this year’s resolutions on Monday! But I’m getting so good at chopping, I’m thinking of taking up a new career…


I’ve done rubbishly on all my challenges this quarter, mainly because I’d developed a big backlog of review copies so I’ve been frantically reading them instead…

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The Around the World in 80 Books Challenge

Last check-in was in September, and I’ve been nowhere since then! Nowhere!

However, I did pretty well taking the year as a whole, and will be packing my suitcase again in the New Year – I have some great books lined up!

To see the full challenge including the Main Journey and all detours, click here.

54 down, 26 to go!

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The Classics Club

I’ve actually read five books from my Classics Club list this quarter but have only reviewed two so far, so expect a little splurge of classics reviews in January.

35. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – 5 stars for this wonderful book that asks many questions that are still relevant in today’s world, about class, gender and how people are impacted by modernisation.

36. No Name by William Wilkie Collins – I’m afraid I found this book tedious, filled with unlikeable characters about whom I cared not a jot. Just 2 stars.

Again, I’ve done pretty well over the year as a whole. I should be halfway through at this stage and I’m only a little behind if you add in the ones awaiting review. And I’ve been tackling some of the longer ones recently so they’re not all left till the end.

36 down, 54 to go!

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Murder Mystery Mayhem

I’m going really slowly on this challenge, because of all the other vintage crime I’ve been lucky enough to receive for review, so I only managed a couple this quarter. To see the full challenge, click here.

21.  The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin – this is one of those crime novels that goes way beyond the credibility line, but makes up for its general silliness by being a whole lot of fun. I loved it! 5 stars.

22.  The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley – 5 stars again for this as Berkeley gently mocks the conventions of the mystery novel, and has a lot of fun at his fellow mystery writers’ expense, and his own. Highly entertaining and cleverly done!

22 down, 80 to go!

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5 x 5 Challenge

Oh, dear! I just can’t seem to get anywhere with this challenge. I’m doing great at acquiring the books – just not so good at actually finding time to read them! Next year…

2 down, 23 to go!

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Not too successful with the challenges, then, but a good quarter’s reading nevertheless!
Thank you for joining me on my reading adventures and…

Here’s to more great reading next quarter! 😀


29 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 184… and Quarterly Round-Up

  1. My total of TBRs is about the same as yours! But now I realise I haven’t counted the review books in that, so that bumps it up to nearly 400, which is shocking! It is has never been that many before. I blame NetGalley, blogging and the fact that e-bools are so easy and with some at 99p so cheap to buy. Next year I’ll try to be more restrained …


    • Yep, it’s all those things that did for my TBR too! I’ve really made an effort this year but it’s a slow business reducing it when so many tempting new books area dangled in front of me every day. 😀 I’m definitely going to reduce it this year though… 😂

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  2. FictionFan, my TBR is in my head and it’s beginning to crawl out of my ears. Not a very pleasant sight. I manage to read less than 10% of the list. I think I’m going to bury the TBR and start reading with the freedom and excitement of a ten year old. Happy New Year to you!


    • Hahaha – you must wear earplugs to stop it escaping! I’m very tempted by the idea of reading like a ten year old, but my guilt over review copies and the piles of unread books gets in the way… still, there are worse things in life than an out of control TBR, I suppose… 😀

      Happy New Year – hope it’s a good one!


  3. I’ve just seen a Terrible Influx into the TBR with Christmas, and failed at my target of getting everything I received last Christmas read by this – oh noes! However I have a Cold now so I’ve been reading up a storm, so there might be hope for me yet …


    • Hahaha – yes, I think there’s an epidemic of Terrible Influx going around, spread by a man in a red suit! Hope you recover from your cold soon, but don’t admit to it if you do – just stay under the duvet and keep reading… 😀


  4. The 5 x 5 Challenge sounds extremely daunting, especially with all of the other challenges you’ve got going on. But I think you’re going on really well! I hope you celebrate appropriately.


  5. I don’t even want to think about how much is on my TBR list, FictionFan! I give you credit for being honest enough with yourself to face the music. I’m also in awe of your taking on the challenges you have, even if you haven’t made a lot of progress on all of them. I keep thinking I ought to get involved in some of the many fun challenges out there. But then, my TBR starts laughing at me, and it’s a very unpleasant noise…


    • Hahaha – yes, those TBRs can be very rude, especially when they think they’re being neglected! I must admit I prefer making up my own challenges and then they’re filled with books I already want to read. I used to join in with other challenges around the blogosphere but found I was either reading books just to tick a box, or failing spectacularly!

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  6. You can’t do it all, FF! You did have a great reading quarter and you read so many books because you wanted to – not because you had to – that’s always a win! Challenges will always be there, challenging you! 😊


    • Haha – I certainly find my challenges challenging!! But I did OK over the year and have had a lot of fun reading all the Dickens and vintage crime this quarter, so I’ll stop complaining and cheer myself up with some Christmas choccies… 😀

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  7. Don’t be too hard on yourself, FF. It stands to reason that, with as many tempting new and previously-published works that we’ve yet to read, we’d find ourselves falling behind. That’s okay. Just think of all those poor folks who claim they don’t like to read, or don’t have time to read — they’re the ones I feel sorry for! Happy almost-New Year, my friend!


    • Hahaha – that’s comforting to know! Especially since, as soon as I do one of these quarterly posts, I always feel liberated to add frantically to my lists, feeling I’ve got three whole months to get it back under control… 😉

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  8. I think you’re doing pretty well on all your challenges – just the fact that you have so many challenges going is commendable in itself!

    And it does make me feel a little bit better to see the full extent of your TBR! My Goodreads TBR (which includes the unread books I own) stands at 338 right now so we’re pretty close!


    • I did well most of this year until this last quarter, but I had fun reading lots of Dickens, horror and vintage crime so I don’t mind. 😀

      Gosh, you’ve done amazingly! You were way up above a million or something not so long ago! Isn’t culling nearly as addictive as adding… 😉

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  9. Like you, I’m frantically trying to read through my review copies right now, mainly because of guilt. I know publishers don’t expect me to read every single one (and lord knows i don’t!) but still, the guilt is always there…


  10. Well done for holding your own in the face of heavy bookish odds! I also have some satisfaction in keeping tidy book lists via spreadsheet. For the first time I actually pulled all the actual and virtual TBR piles and wish lists together into a table (having already done some firm pruning in the interests of “simplicity” and “being realistic” 😐). So for the first time I know that there are just under 200 books which I’d like to read soonish….


    • Haha – thank you! I do find the spreadsheets both fun and useful for keeping track of all the books I own or would like to. But it really is time for me to get on top of the habit of acquiring more books than it’s possible to read – it ends up feeling like pressure rather than pleasure! Just under 200 sounds like a good figure – plenty to choose from without being toooooo overwhelming! Just wait till you start blogging though… 😉


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