[Challenge] 2019 TBR Pile Challenge! #TBR2019RBR

Last year I signed up for Roof Beam Reader‘s 2018 TBR Pile Challenge and I did HORRIBLE. Out of my 12 books and 2 alternates I read ONE book. But hey, that means sign up and try again, right?

What is the 2019 TBR Pile Challenge? Hosted by Adam, over at Roof Beam Reader, the 2019 TBR Pile Challenge is a year-long challenge to read books that have been on your TBR prior to January 1st 2018 – so it cant be books you bought last year, but books bought before that.

Here are the rules from Roof Beam Reader’s official sign up page:

1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2018 or later (any book published in the year 2017 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.
2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with the Mr. Linky below. Link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.
3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky must be to your master list. This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge). Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2019.
4. Leave comments on Adam’s official post as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2019 TBR LIST! Every person who successfully reads his/her 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win a $50 gift card from Amazon.com or The Book Depository!
5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published before 2018!

SO! When I sat down to think of what books to put on my list, I decided to list the books that were the OLDEST on my TBR. I have quite a few books from 2017 to read, but prior to that not too many. It would be nice to catch up on reading those ones.

Here’s my list: 

Novels

  1. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (on my TBR since 2009)
  2. Bag of Bones by Stephen King (on my TBR since 2012)
  3. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (on my TBR since 2012)
  4. No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong (on my TBR since 2012)
  5. These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen (on my TBR since 2013)
  6. The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan (on my TBR since 2013)
  7. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield (on my TBR since 2013)
  8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (on my TBR since 2014)
  9. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (on my TBR since 2014)
  10. Love Letters to the Angel of Death by Jennifer Quist (on my TBR since 2014)
  11. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (on my TBR since 2014)
  12. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay (on my TBR since 2016)

Alternates

  1. Chai Tea Sunday by Heather A. Clark (on my TBR since 2014)
  2. The Unfinished Child by Theresa Shea (on my TBR since 2014)

When I last signed up for this challenge, I mentioned that I still had 76 unread books on my shelf from before 2017 and I’m happy to say I now have 46 which means I either read 30 or purged some.* Either way, the number is down so it would be great to get it down even further! So long as I get a kick in the butt to read some of these older books.

  • Note: My TBR from 2017 and before is at 176 which is why I’m not even focusing on 2017 books. That can be looked at next year! 

Are you joining the 2019 TBR Pile Challenge? What is your TBR at from before 2018? 

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December 2018 | Reading Wrap-Up

What happened this month:

  • Christmas! I actually got a lot of my Christmas shopping and whatnot done before December so it was really nice to just relax with the tree and a cup of tea, watching the snow fall. This year was ridiculously fun with the kids.
  • A few weeks off for the husband and kids. We went to some movies – Ralph Breaks The Internet with the kids, and then Holmes & Watson with the husband – and we watched a lot of movies at home, as well as a LOT of Christmas movies. The oldest seems to love Home Alone, which is my favourite Christmas movie, so that’s great.
  • The end of the month brought more snow and wintery weather so it was perfect to bundle up inside with books and tea and sweaters. Kind of a nice way to bring in the new year!
  • Oh, and HALF of my books were Christmas books, which was awesome.

What I read:

  1. Bibliophile: A Miscellany by Jane Mount *****
  2. Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis ***
  3. Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow ***
  4. The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson ****
  5. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather ***
  6. The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol ***
  7. The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman ****
  8. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell ****
  9. Christmas at Thompson Hall & Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope ***
  10. In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park *****
  11. On Beauty by Zadie Smith ****
  12. Christmas Stories by Diana Secker Tesdell ****
  13. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie ****
  14. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck *****
  15. One Day in December by Josie Silver*****

What’s happening in January?

  • Well, it’s a new year of reading, obviously! I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with monthly recaps or do more weekly recapping or what, but I guess we’ll see what happens when January comes. I have some posts coming up about my goals for the year, and I shared my goals of reading more non-fiction and Agatha Christie in 2019 so that will definitely start in January!

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? How was your month in reading? What was your favourite read? What do you plan to read in January?

My Reading Goals For 2019!

Happy New Year!

I really wasn’t too bad with my reading goals from last year, so even though I had originally been thinking of not doing a reading goals post I figured what could it hurt? It’s always fun making lists of reading plans so maybe I could come up with a few items.

  1. I am NOT setting a reading goal. Every year I’ve set a goal on Goodreads as to the number of books I plan to read but I think I want to just … not this year. I’m sure I’ll still read a ton of books but I just don’t want to see it on Goodreads – especially since I plan (so far) to not use Goodreads all that much in 2019.
  2. OH MY GOD SPEND LESS MONEY ON BOOKS. I say this every year and the last two years I’ve been buying way too many books. I have about 11 preorders bought for the year and I plan to expand my Agatha Christie collection this year, but otherwise I want to not buy much at all.
  3. Use the library for new-to-me authors – but maybe read the books on my shelves, too. There are so many books that come out that look amazing and I want to try some of them but I really want to use the library for those books. BUT I don’t want to overdo it on the library books because I have around 400 books on my TBR (a number that really hasn’t moved since last year).
  4. Read more non-fiction! In 2017 I had been loving the non-fiction and hoped to read a lot more last year, but only 9% of my books were non-fiction, which disappointed me. It would be nice to have a non-fiction book on the go at all times. I have quite a few on my shelves and I don’t know why I rarely pick them up.
  5. I want to reread more! There are books from previous years that I still think about and it would be nice to work in at least one reread a month.
  6. And lastly, I want to bring more hygge to my reading. I’m all for cozying up on the couch with a book but I’d like to make these reading sessions more cozy and more intentional. There are so many articles on working more reading into your life, by reading while waiting in a line or listening to audiobooks while cleaning, but when I can just sit down with a book for an hour I want to have a blanket, light a candle, have a cup of tea, and just make that reading session more meaningful. This also means putting away the E.D., as my husband would say (the “electronic device”), which I had been getting good at doing towards the end of the year.

And that’s it!

What are your reading goals for 2019?