Welcome back friends! It feels like such a long time since I’ve done one of these. Here in North Dakota we’ve shoveled our way through 3 blizzards in January and bundled up against arctic temperatures for more days in a row than was really necessary. Yesterday, the temperature finally got back above zero but we’re definitely not out of winter yet. I’m hopeful though because the groundhog didn’t see his shadow yesterday and supposedly that means winter will be shorter. Other than that I’ve just been working and mostly listening to books. So let’s see what the bookish numbers look like today.
TBR: So I started the year with 192 books on my TBR. In January I read, or listened to, 7 books. I also succumbed to temptation at NetGalley and picked up 6 new books there, and my father gave me a book that he really wants me to read. Also, the audiobooks I listen to usually don’t get added to the TBR, so my total today is 201. That’s a little disturbing…
Goodreads Challenge: I set my goal for 2019 at 80 books and so far I am on track with that goal.
NetGalley Score: I was at 86% when I started the year but, of course, I went a little nuts with acquisitions and my score has dropped to 84%. Gotta get this back in control.
John Connolly Challenge: I listened to book 12 in the series this month so I’m getting close to the end.
Coming Up: I’ve got 2 books I finished this past week that I hope to get reviews up for this week. I’m currently reading “Death in the Stocks” by Georgette Heyer and, in preparation for Valentine’s Day, “A History of Cadbury” by Diane Wordsworth. I’m also listening to “My Sister’s Grave” by Robert Dugoni. Well, thanks for stopping by for this little update. Take some time to look around and we’ll chat again soon.
Happy New Year! (in about 3 hours)
We’ve been having a blizzard here in ND for a couple of days and the air in my house is dry as the desert. I have never before been so happy to have a humidifier. Wind chill when I went to work this morning was around =35 F. Overall, 2018 has been a decent year for my family. Moment of bragging: My son finished his first semester of college with a 4.0 GPA. North Dakota’s economy is on the upswing again and I started a new job that I have been loving. So let’s see what my reading year has been like.
TBR: I started the year with 277 on my list. I read 91 books, removed a bunch from the list because I had lost interest, and ended the year with a total of 192 waiting to be read.
2019 Goal: I have no specific goals for the TBR. Reality is, I will never read all the books I want to because there’s just too many books in the world!
Goodreads Challenge: I set my goal at 100 for 2018 and read 91. Not too shabby considering how much reading time I lost when I started the new job. I have been able to do a lot of listening while at work so that has made up for some of the loss.
2019 Goal: I’ve set my Challenge at 80 books for 2019. Even this may be too optimistic, we’ll see.
NetGalley score: I started 2018 with a score of 68% and ended the year with and 86%. I consider that quite an accomplishment.
2019 Goal: Don’t let my score drop! If it goes up – bonus points.
John Connolly Challenge: As it turns out, I’ve been listening to this whole series and I’ve worked my way through 10 of the books in 2018. As of now, there are 5 more books in the series and I anticipate finishing it in May.
2019 Goal: Finish this challenge. I’m not sure yet what series I will pick up after this. Sara Paretsky’s V.I Warshawski and the Longmire series have both been on my list for a while but I’m also really anxious to read more of the Jack Reacher series, so who knows. Feel free to make a suggestion in the Comments.
So that’s my news for now. I’m heading into tax season starting tomorrow and may not be able to come up for air again until March. I hope you all have a great night and that 2019 exceeds all your expectations.
So we’ve been having winter for about a month now up here. Temperatures have barely crossed above freezing in the last couple of weeks. I was find it amusing when people in states further south talk about being cold. I was watching a YouTube video today of a girl talking about the great sweatshirt she bought and how great it is now that it’s getting colder in California. Ok, I grew up in California and they ain’t never felt cold over there. We had sweatshirt weather here for about 3 days in September and then got out the heavy coats (perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but not by much).
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’m going to talk about books. Have I actually even looked at a book during the last month? Let’s find out.
TBR – I added 6 books in November and read 5. TBR now stands at 189. To be completely honest, I also requested another 4 (or maybe 5) books from NetGalley in November but those requests have not been granted yet.
Goodreads Challenge – Failing miserably this year. I am 9 books behind schedule and have no hope of getting caught up.
NetGalley Score – This number went up by 1 to 87%. (Finally, some improvement)
John Connolly Challenge – I finished book 10. Six more to go!
Coming Up – I’ve got reviews coming of “The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain and “The Cutting Edge” by Jeffrey Deaver. I’ve just gotten started reading the British Crime Classic “The Belting Inheritance” by Julian Symons. I will be listening to “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. LeGuin. That’s as much planning as my overworked brain can handle for today so you’ll just have to stay tuned and see what shows up here.
I hope everybody has a great holiday season and I will check in again as we roll over into 2019.
Hello again! I hope you have all been enjoying October. It’s definitely gotten cooler here and my trees are pretty much bare now. I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning out and re-organizing of my TBR so that number sees a big change. I’ve also been incorporating some review of items other than books on the blog. I hope you’ve been enjoying it, or at least not hating it. So let’s see what the numbers look like.
TBR – I eliminated a total of 76 books from the list after revisiting them and deciding that I was no longer interested in reading them. In addition, I read or listened to 6 books this month, very, very sad performance here. Finally, I acquired 7 books during the month. All of that, brings the grand total to 192.
Goodreads Challenge – Not good, but not too bad. I am 4 books behind schedule currently.
NetGalley score – Somehow I have managed to keep this score at 86% despite my dismal reading performance.
John Connolly Challenge – Book 9 finished this month. Again I listened to the audiobook version.
Coming Up – In November, I plan to listen to Book 10 of the Charlie Parker series “The Burning Soul“. I will also be listening to “The Butterfly Garden” by Dot Hutchinson. This is my first book from this author and sounds like it could be really creepy. I am reading “Crux” by Jean Guerrero right now and after that plan to take up “The Dream Daughter” by Diane Chamberlain. I will soon be posting reviews of “Blue Murder” by Colin Watson, “The Sleeper” by Emily Barr, and an outlier “The Crochet Stitch Handbook” by Betty Barnden.
I think that’s about it for the month guys. I hope every one has a great November, enjoy your Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, and don’t forget to read!
Welcome to the round-up everybody. It’s a sunny day here in North Dakota and I have been busy. I decided this weekend to go through my entire TBR and take off any books that I was no longer interested in. I’ve made it about halfway through my list so far and there has been some radical changes. Let’s see exactly how the numbers have changed so far.
TBR – Last night I removed 44 books from the list leaving me with a total today of 219 books to be read. I did not actually finish reading any books this past week and I didn’t add any either.
Goodreads Challenge – Complete disaster here. I am 5 books behind schedule for this challenge.
NetGalley score – Still at 86%.
John Connolly Challenge – No change here.
Coming Up – I have no clue at this point and am now afraid to make predictions. Going forward I’m going to change from a weekly round-up to a monthly round-up because week to week I’m just not doing as much reading as I used to. So that’s what’s going on here. I hope you all have a great week!
Well, as it turns out I didn’t finish reading anything this week so there is nothing to report book-wise. Since I had used up all my credits on Audible I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts this last week. Question: would you guys be interested in reviews of podcasts? This new job I have is really cutting down on my reading time. I’ve also dabbling a little bit into Librivox recordings which are free to listen to. Would reviews of those be interesting?
What I’m Currently Reading: I’m still working on “A Georgian Heroine” by Joanne Major & Sarah Murden, which I’m a little over half way through. It’s a fascinating story and I would love to finish it today if I can sneak some reading in between chores. I have started reading “A Measure of Darkness” by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman. This story has started out with some real intensity so I’m hopeful that I will enjoy it. I will be posting my review of “The Lovers” by John Connolly today or tomorrow. I’ll catch up with you guys again next week. If you are in the path of Florence my thoughts are with you.
Happy Sunday everyone! It’s a beautiful day here in North Dakota and the trees are starting to show signs of fall color. So let’s take a quick peek at the numbers and see what they look like.
TBR – I added 2 books this week and I finished reading or listening to a whopping 4 books. That makes the new total 267!
Goodreads Challenge – I am back on schedule.
NetGalley Score – I’m back at 85% here.
John Connolly Challenge – Progress here – I was able to listen to the audiobook of “The Lovers“ which is #8 in the series. Next up “The Whisperers“.
Coming Up – I am currently reading “A Georgian Heroine” by Joanne Major & Sarah Murden, and “A Measure of Darkness“ by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman. I hope you all have a great week and read lots of fabulous books.
Welcome back faithful followers! It’s time for another round-up. No life news this week so we’ll just go straight to the numbers.
TBR – I posted some reviews this week but those were books I had read the previous week. This week I did not actually finish reading any books (shame is written all over my face). On the other hand, I didn’t add any books this week (though I did request a couple from NetGalley). So the TBR stands at 269.
Goodreads Challenge – I am two books behind schedule, as usual.
NetGalley score – The reviews that I posted bumped me up one notch to 86%.
John Connolly Challenge – I haven’t yet picked up “The Lovers”, so no change here.
Coming up – I will be finishing “Queens of Georgian Britain” today (I’ve only got about 20 pages left). I’m also hoping to finish “One Man’s Meat” in the next couple of days. I’m also listening to “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton and should be able to finish that this week. So that’s what the week is shaping up to be. Hope you all have a great one!
Welcome to the Round-Up! If you were here last week, you know that I was starting a new full-time job this week and wasn’t sure how that would impact my reading. As it turned out, I haven’t had as much time for reading but I have been able to do a lot of listening while I work. So while I didn’t finish any print books, I did manage to finish 2 audiobooks and start a 3rd. Let’s get into the details.
TBR – Lucky for me, Audible was having a 2 for 1 sale last Sunday and I took advantage of that, picking up 2 books. I finished one print book and the 2 audiobooks. Those reviews should be up soon. Total TBR today is 268.
Goodreads Challenge – Unfortunately, I am still 2 books behind schedule on this one.
NetGalley score – Still at 85%. I think I’ll be stuck here forever.
John Connolly Challenge – One of the audiobooks I finished is “The Reapers” which gets me about halfway through the series as it stands now.
Coming Up – I am currently reading “Queens of Georgian Britian” by Catherine Curzon and “One Man’s Meat” by Colin Watson. I am listening to a history selection called “American Nations” by Colin Woodard. My reviews of “The Reapers” and “No Cure for the Dead” should be going up in the next couple of days. Reaching the top soon will be the audiobook of “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton and “Regina Diana” by Vivien Newman.
And just in case your wondering, the new job is going really well. I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Good morning all! I have a bit of news today. I will be starting a new job on Tuesday, which I’m very excited about, but I’m going to be losing some of my reading time. So, I will be posting reviews but they may not be quite as frequent. As for the weather, we are having a rainy day here in North Dakota, a sure sign that fall is not to far away. Let’s take a look at the numbers for this week.
TBR – I finished reading 2 books this week and I did not add any to the list. The total is now 269!
Goodreads Challenge – I am 2 books behind schedule this week.
NetGalley Score – Still at 85%.
John Connolly Challenge – I am 75% through “The Reapers” audiobook.
Coming Up – I finished “No Cure for the Dead” by Christine Trent last night and I’ll be getting that review up today or tomorrow. I will probably also have my review of “The Reapers” up sometime this coming week. I am currently reading “Queens of Georgian Britain” by Catherine Curzon and after that I will be visiting Flaxborough again with “One Man’s Meat” by Colin Watson.
Well, wish me luck on my new endeavor and I’ll check in again next week.