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Nataliec7 is GOING TO read at least 24 ABC books in 2017!

For BookCrossers: Reduce MTBR 2017 Challenge

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Edited: Jan 22, 2017, 3:16pm Top

Positively confident in getting my TBR pile down so it will definitely happen this year!

Last year I got to 23/24 so this year is my year.

Edited: Jan 6, 2017, 5:25pm Top

Ive read 2 books so far

Call The Midwife my own
A young nurses accounts of what it was like working in the East End of London in the 1950's. An enjoyable eye-opening read. I loved reading the accounts of how things were and it makes you appreciate how well things are now and we really have nothing to complain about. The conditions in which these families were living were actually awful but they had to make do and got on with it. The birth rate was absolutely huge as well with women having up to 25 babies - my goodness! Thank goodness for contraception. Also the fact that babies are living when being born prematurely and the maternal death rate has decreased dramatically. Reading of how things were for the nurses/midwives was very interesting. They had a huge workload and Jenny seemed very devoted.
Overall a great insight and its definitely worth reading.


The Yellow Wallpaper and other stories Caught May 2015
A good selection of short stories. I enjoyed them all to some extent but they weren't my favourite types of stories. Worth reading in any case.

Jan 6, 2017, 5:32pm Top

Now reading Siddhartha

Jan 7, 2017, 9:14pm Top

>1 Nataliec7: Your confidence is contagious! I hope I do as well.

Jan 9, 2017, 8:52pm Top

Thanks very much mathgirl! Positivity is key!
Siddharta complete caught Oct 2016
This is quite low down on my TBR's but I wanted a quick read as I'm going on holiday soon and have a whole set of books to take with me but wanted to start them whilst I was away!
I liked this book. It was very easy to get into, and I lost myself within it. I enjoyed the rather simple language, what it was about, the characters and the feel of the book in general.

Edited: Jan 11, 2017, 12:28am Top

Now on to Woman walks into a bar caught Dec 2016

A good quick read. We meet Sam, single mother to 12 year old Beth. She been single for 9 years since she split from her abusive partner and her daughter has persuaded her it time to find love. Although reluctant initially she decided to go on a few dates.
In this small book, you get to understand Sam's life, her friends and family. She seems like a nice woman who without some encouragement would be single forever. A nice read.

Jan 11, 2017, 12:34am Top

Now reading The Double Clue one of mine.

Edited: Jan 22, 2017, 3:08pm Top

Finished The Double clue and really enjoyed it. Not yet registered on BC though.

Then went on to The unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry which I really enjoyed. Registered by Vekiki and caught April 2015. This was released on my latest Holiday.

and also

The Winter Ghosts registered by toothfairy25 and caught April 2014. I liked it a lot and am so glad this group made me get to it eventually. This was also released on my holiday.

Edited: Jan 22, 2017, 3:12pm Top

Now on to Puppet caught July 2014.

Edited: Jan 24, 2017, 4:31pm Top

Puppet complete. I found it good towards the end although Amanda annoyed me endlessly! 7/10

Now on to The Woman Who went to bed for a year caught April 2015.

This will make book number 6.

Edited: Jan 25, 2017, 5:05pm Top

Finished The woman who went to bed for a year which i sort of enjoyed to a minor extent.


now on to P. S. I Love you caught dec 14

Jan 28, 2017, 6:18pm Top

Jan 30, 2017, 8:01am Top

Great progress so far!

I too really enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Feb 3, 2017, 7:22pm Top

The children of men now onto A very Distant Shore one of my new quick read purchases that I cannot help buying for £1!

Feb 6, 2017, 4:04pm Top

Now onto One Day I actually received it as part of a bookring but had a copy at home already which I forgot to journal! Oops.

Feb 10, 2017, 6:18pm Top

>15 Nataliec7: I enjoyed One Day and it made for really good book-club discussion at one of our meetings.

Feb 16, 2017, 12:43pm Top

Thanks Mathgirl, I enjoyed it very much too. That's now complete and I am glad that I read it!

Now On to Falling Angels a bookring book again!

Feb 17, 2017, 5:23pm Top

Falling Angels complete now on to one of mine (yippee!) A sea change

Feb 19, 2017, 8:14pm Top

A sea change complete. Not that great to be honest so a little disappointing!
Not sure what to read next so will update tomorrow!

Feb 20, 2017, 6:21am Top

Now on to Man and Boy which was originally registered by eponine38 and caught May 2015.

Edited: Feb 26, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Man and Boy complete. Not as good as I'd hoped but glad that I read it!

Feb 26, 2017, 4:51pm Top

Now on to a library book. I know why the caged bird sings

Mar 1, 2017, 9:35pm Top

Good progress on your ABCs!

Mar 6, 2017, 10:39am Top

Thank you!

Mar 6, 2017, 4:49pm Top

I know why the caged bird sings complete.

Now on to one of my own Four warned

Edited: Mar 7, 2017, 10:37am Top

Four Warned complete and I really enjoyed it. Another book part of the quick reads series and I couldn't put it down. Finished in in under an hour. Fabulous!

Now on to another one of my own Blackwater. I just picked it up in the library sale and I just want to read it now with a nice cup of tea!

Mar 9, 2017, 7:02pm Top

Blackwater complete, an enjoyable little book that I liked a lot.

Next up was The Paratroopers Princess was up next, another one of mine which I enjoyed immensely.

Now on to A baby at the beach café yet another one of mine! Oops!

Edited: Mar 11, 2017, 9:29am Top

A baby at the beach café complete. Its a sweet little story which I enjoyed. Very likable characters and quite sweet.
Not sure what next. Will update later!

Edited: Mar 11, 2017, 9:30am Top

Just completed The other side of you another of mine. Young adult book but was okay. Not the best I've read.
I'm on a bit of a roll with my own books now which is good as I planned to read 51 of mine this year. Next up, who knows?

Mar 11, 2017, 12:37pm Top

Next is Gather together in my name originally registered by Hayes13 and caught August 2014

Mar 13, 2017, 3:14pm Top

Great start! Must be satisfying to see the number going up!

Mar 13, 2017, 8:21pm Top

Thanks Soffitta, it is yes! I'm hoping to move house soon, so trying to prioritise ABC books to get them moving and not lost in my move and also my Hardcover books as they take up sooo much space!

Edited: Mar 15, 2017, 2:59pm Top

Gather together in my name complete. The second of Maya Angelou's autobiography. It was a wonderful, wonderful book which I enjoyed very much. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10521346

Now on to one of my own again Private. I love James Patterson, even though most, if not all of his books are co written now and they aren't as good as the original books. The short chapters really work for me so I am looking forward to this one.

Edited: Mar 18, 2017, 5:23am Top

Private done. That's another one of my own off the list. A typical James Patterson book with his classic writing style. I liked it! Off to look for my next read! http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14447237

Edited: Mar 21, 2017, 4:23am Top

Next up is The Double Life of Cora Parry a children's book, I picked up some time ago. Looking for an easy read!
21/3 - Now complete. It was easy to read and with a lot going on with me at the moment I like that!

Mar 21, 2017, 12:29pm Top

Just finished On the Rock by Andy McNab. One of mine. Another quick read of course. Complete in half an hour with an easy storyline. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14455740

Mar 22, 2017, 10:24pm Top

It's nice to have some quick and easy reads. I often turn to sci-fi novellas and short stories when I'm in the mood for a fast read.

Mar 24, 2017, 7:34pm Top

Quick reads are great. I try to buy them all even though there are lots of them and I don't need anymore books!

Private Sydney by James Patterson started and completed. Fast -paced thriller but not my favourite. One of my own books.

Apr 2, 2017, 6:50pm Top

The Life by Martina Cole finished. Registered by Plum-crazy caught November 2016.
I also bought a copy that I found so its one of mine too!

Apr 3, 2017, 4:02pm Top

Just finished Dead man talking one of mine which was a bit of a pointless book in my opinion! Anyway, its complete now! http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14475546

Apr 6, 2017, 6:26pm Top

Just finished The Virgin and the gipsy which I enjoyed very much. It tell the tale of young Yvette's emotional wakening in the presence of a gipsy.
Originally registered by kittiwake and caught April 2015.

Apr 24, 2017, 7:26am Top

I've read a few since I last updated.
The girl on the train which I enjoyed but felt it a little slow to begin with. Would be interesting to see the film now.

Idiopathy by Sam Byers an interesting slightly humorous novel about 3 friends. They are complicated, annoying characters who you want to slap into reality.

The Understudy by David Nicholls
This was the perfect holiday read. The second book, I've read by Nicholls and it was enjoyable and very easy to read.

Hide and Seek by James Patterson. A good one from Patterson. This one is slightly older and its nice that it's just written by the author himself.

There are all mine! Reading my ABC book now but its taking a while.

Apr 28, 2017, 1:03pm Top

The Country of Ice Cream Star complete. It was a relatively easy book to get into but felt like it went on forever! Registered by MaggieMay1963 and caught April 2016.

May 8, 2017, 2:13pm Top

Just finished The truth about the Harry Quebert Affair which was just fantastic. Its a bookring book, which I couldn't recommend enough.

May 18, 2017, 6:15pm Top

I read I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson, a library book so no link. I'm currently reading the series, but lacked this one. I found it okay but somewhat unrealistic at times in ususal James Patterson fashion!

I just finished Sister which I thoroughly enjoyed. Registered by Yorkshire-lass and caught April 2015.

May 20, 2017, 5:38pm Top

Just finished The five people you meet in heaven one of my own which I enjoyed very much.

May 20, 2017, 7:27pm Top

>42 Nataliec7: Glad to see you liked The Understudy. I'd read One Day a while ago and enjoyed it very much so I've been meaning to readmore David Nicholls.

May 21, 2017, 7:45pm Top

Just finished Hidden by James Patterson which I enjoyed. A library book so no link.

May 24, 2017, 4:08am Top

The secret life of Bees now finished. This was registered by Romney and caught April 2015.

May 25, 2017, 12:55pm Top

>49 Nataliec7: I read it in a day as well! I loved it so have so far avoided the film. I want to forget the characters I have in my head first.
>44 Nataliec7: - great review, it has been on my radar, but now I will look out for it actively. Obviously only once I have read all my TBR! Honest!

May 26, 2017, 4:45am Top

Soffitta, I very much enjoyed the Harry Quebert book. I love when a book surprises you!

I just finished The reluctant fundamentalist another that I enjoyed very much. This is a world book night book and caught Feb 2015.

Edited: May 30, 2017, 1:22pm Top

The vanishing act of Esme Lennox complete. One of my own and a fantastic book in my opinion.

May 31, 2017, 4:04pm Top

>52 Nataliec7: That book came to me through BookCrossing and I thought it was fantastic as did the 4 other readers:

Jun 1, 2017, 9:12am Top

>53 gypsysmom: I'm glad I finally got to it! It's been sitting on my shelf for quite some time now!

I just finished The Ice Twins one of my own which was also very good. But now its time to look for a cheery book as the last 2 have been a bit dark!!

Jun 9, 2017, 4:49pm Top

Jun 12, 2017, 3:15pm Top

Just finished The Vintage Teacup Club registered by Abi-Gibby and caught April 2015.

Jun 29, 2017, 10:46pm Top

>57 Nataliec7: I discovered Shirley Jackson recently, through The Lottery and Other Stories. I liked that collection very much.

Jul 3, 2017, 8:57pm Top

>58 mathgirl40: Unfortunately it wasn't my favourite book. I would like to read more by the author before I 'write her off' I will have a look for that collection.

Just completed East of Eden which i thought was absolutely fabulous. One of my own. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/13836810

Jul 8, 2017, 7:05pm Top

The rain before it falls, a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. the first I've read by this author but I have several of his books on my bookshelf! One of my own.

Unfortunately I bought several books from a library sale as they were only 10p each and I just couldn't resist. So I bought 10 books for £1. And being part of the birthday group, I received several new books! Oops. MT TBR is actually getting bigger. Not including the 11 books, I've got out from the library. Failing!

Jul 13, 2017, 10:10am Top

Just finished The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie Registered by thegoaliegirl and received from my birthday in May but read it to send on as a birthday gift!

Edited: Jul 17, 2017, 11:01am Top

Just finished Little Women. Caught November 2014 and originally registered by Winterbirth. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/12411583

And also Amy's Diary a library book which I enjoyed.

Jul 27, 2017, 10:38am Top

Just completed Tess of the D'Urbervilles. I received for my birthday this year but saw it on a wishlist and read it to move on. I did like this book. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14554076

Jul 27, 2017, 5:41pm Top

>63 Nataliec7: Tess was one of the books that was required reading in high school and, unlike so much else on the curriculum, one I really liked. I reread it a few years ago when I joined an online group that was reading all of Hardy's fiction and I was surprised that I remembered so much of it. And I liked it again. Hardy is not a lighthearted writer but the one book of his that is quite optimistic is Far from the Madding Crowd.

Jul 29, 2017, 6:21am Top

>64 gypsysmom: Thanks for that recommendation. I did feel the need to take a break from Hardy after Tess! I'll aim for that one as my second choice!

Jul 29, 2017, 11:32am Top

Just completed Schuyler's Monster A Father's journey with his wordless daughter
Another birthday book caught this year. Originally registered by HI77.

Aug 1, 2017, 8:04am Top

Aug 2, 2017, 5:21am Top

Just completed Girl in the mirror. Originally registered by Yorkshire-lass and caught July 2017!
I couldn't wait! http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14630953

Aug 4, 2017, 12:28pm Top

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency just completed. I own this whole series but have only just started reading it! I love it. One of my own.

Aug 4, 2017, 3:21pm Top

Just completed Maggie's story which was a nice little book. Its and Open door Book. The Open Door Series is a collection of acclaimed novellas specially written for adults with low-literacy skills.

Aug 4, 2017, 4:27pm Top

>70 Nataliec7: Open Door sounds similar to the Rapid Reads series published by Tundra Books in Canada. I've read quite a few of those. They are mostly mysteries written by well-known writers.

Aug 11, 2017, 5:58pm Top

>71 gypsysmom: I'm so glad its a service available. Supports adults into reading.

Just finished Tears of the giraffe one of my own which I liked, the second of No 1 ladies detective club. Now on to the third!

Edited: Aug 18, 2017, 2:47pm Top

Just finished Morality for Beautiful Girls which I liked also. One of my own.

Aug 21, 2017, 6:55pm Top

The Blue-eyed salaryman sort of complete. I gave up over half way through as it was losing my interest. I hate to give up on a book but unfortunately just not my thing.

Aug 30, 2017, 11:00pm Top

>70 Nataliec7: >71 gypsysmom: For a few years, I'd volunteered with an adult-literacy organization. It was very rewarding and I'm always happy to see more support for adult readers.

I too have finished the first three books of the Mma Ramotswe series. I've got the next two on my shelves and hope to get to them soon.

Sep 2, 2017, 6:11pm Top

>75 mathgirl40: I have all of the books of the Mma Ramotswe books. They were given to me one by one by a colleague and I have only just started reading them!! They are sweet little books, simply written and I will add them between more difficult to read books.

I just finished All the light we cannot see a bookring book which I enjoyed very much. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14204808
If I include this book, that's my 24 ABC books complete! Yay me!

Sep 3, 2017, 3:35pm Top

>76 Nataliec7: Oh, congratulations on finishing your goal so soon.

Sep 4, 2017, 7:06pm Top

>76 Nataliec7: Congratulations on meeting your goal! I'm impressed!

Sep 13, 2017, 12:37pm Top

>77 gypsysmom: >78 mathgirl40: Thank you very much!

Just finished Jamrach's Menagerie and wow, very interesting! One of my own!

Edited: Sep 23, 2017, 6:31pm Top

2 complete. First off Children of Winter which I found at home but previously registered by WistfulDragon in 2007. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/4829255

Also Safe Haven one of my own. http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14731556

Sep 28, 2017, 5:07pm Top

Gone completed today. Registered by Plum-Crazy and caught Dec 2016.

Oct 6, 2017, 3:15pm Top

Edited: Oct 31, 2017, 9:46am Top

Just completed Fresh Apples registered by Tehuti and caught in 2015.

Also completed is Alert which is one of my own.

And next completed was Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas one of my own. Loved it!

Oct 22, 2017, 1:24pm Top

Just finished Vox originally registered by eponine38 and caught July 2017

Oct 23, 2017, 5:50pm Top

Oct 23, 2017, 8:24pm Top

You've been making good progress in October!

Oct 31, 2017, 7:59am Top

>86 mathgirl40: Thank you!

Pay it forward a bookring book just completed. A sweet little book that I enjoyed.

Nov 10, 2017, 6:16pm Top

Nov 19, 2017, 6:40am Top

the house we grew up in complete now. Caught August 2015 and registered originally by Poodlesister.

Nov 24, 2017, 4:41pm Top

Black Heart Blue complete. This is a book that I found very interesting and sad. One of my own.

Dec 1, 2017, 7:17pm Top

The making of us just completed. This is one of my own also. An enjoyable book.

Dec 3, 2017, 4:21pm Top

The Anniversary completed. One of my own.

I don't think I will meet my target of reading my own books but I'm okay with that!

Dec 9, 2017, 7:47pm Top

>92 Nataliec7: Congratulations all the same! You've made good progress and I've enjoyed following it this past year.


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