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Embarrassment of Riches TBR Challenge – October round-up

I haven’t posted my TBR Challenge round-up post for months… but I have been making progress with the TBR pile!

Here’s my TBR challenge round up for October.

TBR-vignette-300x261Quick reminder: the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Challenge is to try and whack the to-be-read pile back down to size a little. Any book read that I owned prior to Jan 1st 2013 counts for this challenge. I’m aiming for 50+ books.

I have four books to count for October for the TBR challenge.

    1. What the Dickens by Gregory Maguire
    2. Cast in Chaos by Michelle Sagara
    3. Le Misanthrope, Molière
    4. House of Cards by CE Murphy

From Jan-Sept, I read 30 books that count for this challenge, so…

That’s a total of 34/50… meaning I am quite far behind. Will I make 50 by the end of the year? Who knows, but the TBR pile is already starting to feel just a little more manageable.

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Embarrassment of Riches TBR Challenge – March round-up

I can’t believe three months of 2013 are already done. Also this morning wordpress informed me that I’ve gotten 100 likes on this blog. So yay, that’s neat.

Here’s my TBR challenge round up for March.

TBR-vignette-300x261Quick reminder: the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Challenge is to try and whack the to-be-read pile back down to size a little. Any book read that I owned prior to Jan 1st 2013 counts for this challenge. I’m aiming for 50+ books.

Once again, I have four books to count for the TBR challenge. I read 3 others, but two were just online and one I bought in 2013.

    1. Red Planet Blues by Robert J Sawyer (arc)
    2. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson
    3. Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
    4. Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

That’s a total of 13/50 = still on track, though just barely.

Embarrassment of Riches TBR Challenge – February round-up

Today’s the last day of February! Yay, Spring is coming! And as it’s the end of the month, here’s my progress update on my reading challenge. (Much more fun than my other end of month task, paying bills…)

TBR-vignette-300x261Quick reminder: the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Challenge is to try and whack the to-be-read pile back down to size a little. Any book read that I owned prior to Jan 1st 2013 counts for this challenge. I’m aiming for 50+ books.

This month, I read 6 books, but only 4 of them count for the TBR challenge. The other two I bought in 2013.

    1. The Siren Depths by Martha Wells
    2. 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda, trans. Stephen Tapscott
    3. La Chanson de Roland, ed. M. Pernot
    4. Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente

So 4 for Feb plus the 5 from Jan = 9/50 = still on track!

Embarrassment of Riches TBR Challenge – January round-up

How the heck is it the end of January already? Seriously do not know where part of this month went. But since it is in fact the end of January, time for the monthly round-up on my reading challenges.

TBR-vignette-300x261Quick reminder: the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Challenge is to try and whack the to-be-read pile back down to size a little. Any book read that I owned prior to Jan 1st 2013 counts for this challenge. I’m aiming for 50+ books.

This month, the tally is easy, since every book I’ve read so far this year meets the criteria.

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by JK Rowling
  2. Heart Secret, by Robin D. Owens
  3. Royal Assassin, by Robin Hobb
  4. Le Torrent, Anne Hébert
  5. Pandaemonium, by Ben Macallan

5/50 = on track! Yay!

Reading Challenge

I found a reading challenge today that I couldn’t resist. The Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge 2013, hosted by planetpooks.

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Basically, it’s a reading challenge to knock down the ol’ TBR pile a bit. Only books you read that you owned prior to Jan 1 2013 count for the challenge. I’m aiming for 50+ books.

This is a perfectly timed challenge for me, since I have a move (hopefully) on the semi-near horizon. I’ve been saying that I should really make a dent in the huge pile of books I own–in most cases have owned for years–but have never read. Because I’m sure they won’t all be keepers, and it would be nice to move only the keepers to a new house. Now I know that’s not going to happen, since there’s well over 200 unread books, but this challenge should help me whittle that number down.

I will also continue with my rule that I have to read 5 books I already own before I can buy 1 new one. I’ve been using that system since last April or May, and I think it is really helping. Between the challenge and this rule, I should be able to cut Mount TBR a little more down to size.

Of course if I keep picking the fattest books I own to read–I’m looking at you, Complete Works of Shakespeare–I may be in trouble…