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psutto's next challenge

2018 Category Challenge

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1psutto
Nov 23, 2017, 10:10am Top

My next challenge is to define the challenge!

It's going to involve Muriel Spark for sure https://petewsutton.com/2017/11/23/a-year-of-muriel-spark/

10psutto
Edited: Sep 20, 10:22am Top

September

write a book
Christ stopped in Eboli
Umbria
Shelter
The changeling
This is the summer of love
Born to be bad
writers in training

11psutto
Nov 23, 2017, 10:11am Top

October

12psutto
Nov 23, 2017, 10:11am Top

November

13psutto
Nov 23, 2017, 10:11am Top

December

14psutto
Nov 23, 2017, 10:11am Top

Planning

15psutto
Nov 23, 2017, 10:11am Top

Spare

16DeltaQueen50
Nov 23, 2017, 11:48pm Top

Great to see you back for another year of the Challenge, Pete. :)

17VivienneR
Nov 24, 2017, 11:16am Top

Right away and with an almost blank plan, you got me with a bullet (or two)!

I'm a Muriel Spark fan and just finished Aiding and Abetting. Although that one left me a tad underwhelmed, it won't stop me reading Spark's novels. I'll watch for your reviews.

18rabbitprincess
Nov 24, 2017, 4:31pm Top

Looking forward to seeing your reviews of Muriel Spark's work!

19lkernagh
Nov 24, 2017, 6:31pm Top

Great to see you back and looking forward to following your Spark's reading! I have read some of her books and I find her to have a wonderful barbed wit.

20psutto
Nov 27, 2017, 8:58am Top

Thanks all

I've just finished the comforters which is a weirdly metafictional debut novel - can definitely see the writing talent although the book needed to be given more room to breathe (I think) - full review on the 2017 group (and my blog) soon

21mamzel
Nov 27, 2017, 3:34pm Top

Yay! You're back for another year! I love seeing what books you choose.

22psutto
Dec 8, 2017, 5:42am Top

>21 mamzel: - Thanks!

I have 286 books on my TBR so I need to work out a challenge that reduces that...

23mamzel
Dec 8, 2017, 1:38pm Top

Good luck with that! Mine never seems to go down. It's particularly hard since so many are on my Kindle which are cached and I'm not tripping over piles of books.

24psutto
Jan 1, 3:33pm Top

Added the few books I got for Xmas onto my TBR
Books I get for my birthday (Wednesday 3rd) will be counted as "acquired in 2018"
Out of the Xmas books I've read White Ravens and counted it against 2017 challenge & just finished The Bell Jar which will count against this challenge - so that's 1 from my TBR already :-)
I also finished Winter Tales which I think I got as an ARC last year/year before - still it counts as a TBR book too

25psutto
Jan 1, 3:44pm Top

My 'category' will be the a diversity priority really:

Is it a TBR book?
Is it Hardback (I aim to clear the hardbacks at least)?
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour?
Is it by a non-English speaker?
Is it by a non-UK author?

of course I'll break these rules. Probably often. But I aim to do as per the previous dversity challenge in 2017 which was one a month. However to spice it up I aim to collect 15 points per month - a point to each question answered positively - some books will answer Yes to each question above and that'll be an easy month to hit... others won't...

So far then:

Winter Tales - 4 points

Is it a TBR book? Yes
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? Edited by a woman so Yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? Edited by Norweigian so Yes
Is it by a non-UK author? Edited by Norweigian so Yes

The Bell Jar - 3 points

Is it a TBR book? Yes
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? Woman so Yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK author? USA so Yes

so have already hit 7 points for this month... maybe I should make it harder? Although looking at what's on the shelf I may not have to. Hmm I'll probably adjust after I've done a couple of months reading

26psutto
Jan 3, 4:54am Top

Book Haul Birthday & Xmas:

Shoot this one
metrophilias
the world turned upside down
hollow shores
daemon voices
Landscape painted with tea
white ravens
running hare
the bell jar
the refugees
Thackery T Lambshead Cabinet of curiosity

Which are all on the challenge - can't let them be unread by the end of the year!

27VioletBramble
Jan 3, 10:47pm Top

Hi Pete! Nice book haul. Your list reminds me that I wanted to add The Bell Jar to a list of books I want to re-read.
Hope you have a good reading year.

28pammab
Jan 3, 11:59pm Top

I am quite taken with the idea of counting points in a handful of categories, and having point totals each month being the "category challenge"! That encourages wider ranging reading without putting us into the situation we were a few years ago where we needed at least k books in each category.

29psutto
Edited: Jan 5, 6:06am Top

I really enjoyed the bell jar I'd like to re-read it one day

>28 pammab: Points just seemed like the way to go

I'm going to amend the points thing though - since I read a lot of US authors I think I'll change it to non-UK or Non-US to get that point making the Bell Jar 2 points

Metrophilias - 0 points

Is it a TBR book? No
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? No
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK, Non-US author? No

But is was a birthday present so I don't feel bad about reading it. It's a weird book of vignettes. There's a nice review of it here: http://www.theshortreview.com/reviews/BrendanConnellMetrophilias.htm that I can't really add to...

30DeltaQueen50
Jan 4, 6:56pm Top

I love the point system, it should encourage you to pick up some books that you may want to pass over. So, good luck and "may the points be with you"!

31psutto
Jan 5, 6:05am Top

>30 DeltaQueen50: - Thanks!

shoot this one 0 points

Is it a TBR book? No
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? Not sure - this is where POC is difficult - he is Hispanic (being Puerto Rican) but also white - so I'm going to say No
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK, Non-US author? No

Another birthday present

32psutto
Jan 8, 8:48am Top

Your writing coach 0 points

Is it a TBR book? No
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? No
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK, Non-US author? No

33psutto
Jan 8, 8:52am Top

I bought a few 2nd hand books as my other half (clfisha) took me to Hay-On-Wye:

Your writing coach
The dramatist's toolkit
Solving your script
Writing the character-centred screenplay
Forensics
The viceroy of Ouidah
Utz
Notes of an anatomist
The Great Gatsby
Grendel
The King's English
The Anubis Gates

So, although they were kind of a present (and I'll therefore read as a priority) they aren't TBR... ah well most of them are short!

34psutto
Jan 8, 9:02am Top

Oh, and I also bought What Editors do in the London Review bookshop which is a great shop to visit if you're ever in London...

35rabbitprincess
Jan 8, 6:03pm Top

Yay, a Hay haul! Excellent!

Will be interested to hear your thoughts on What Editors Do. Making a mental note to plan another UK trip around the bookshops of London, with London Review on the list.

36psutto
Jan 9, 6:17am Top

>39 - I'm about half way through - it's aimed at people who don't know what editors do (naturally) but the essays are generally well-written and entertaining if not massively informative for me (I have a publishing qualification and have worked at a small press and run my own small press in the past) - The interesting part for me is seeing how different parts of the industry I don't know about (academic, kid's publishing, general non-fiction etc) work but it's pretty comprehensive so far and worth reading if you're interested in what editors do :-)

37rabbitprincess
Jan 9, 6:31pm Top

>36 psutto: I am an editor myself (of technical publications), so I'm always interested in what other editors do :)

38psutto
Jan 10, 4:29pm Top

>37 rabbitprincess: -oh cool :-) Yep finished it now & it was really good - I bet you'll like the middle section best then when editors of different genres and types of publishing write about what makes their editing different - literarary fiction, genre, general non-fiction, childrens, academic etc. Worth a read for sure

39psutto
Jan 10, 4:31pm Top

What editors do 0 points

Is it a TBR book? No
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? No
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK, Non-US author? No

It's difficult as there are women and people of colour in the book but I think that shouldn't earn it points as it is edited by a white man...

40psutto
Jan 12, 6:21am Top

Damn Fine Story 0 points

Is it a TBR book? No
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? No
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK/US author? No

41psutto
Jan 12, 6:22am Top

I'd best start earning points!

42psutto
Jan 12, 10:05am Top

The short fiction scenario 2 points

Is it a TBR book? No
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? No
Is it by a non-English speaker? Yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? Yes

43psutto
Jan 12, 10:13am Top

With the possibility that I won't reach 15 points in a month I've decided that if that happens I'll have to make those points up in the next month...

44psutto
Jan 15, 8:53am Top

Writing the Character-Centred Screenplay 0 points

Is it a TBR book? No
Is it Hardback? No
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? No
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK/US author? No

Memento Mori 3 points

Is it a TBR book? Yes
Is it Hardback? Yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? Yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK/US author? No

45psutto
Jan 18, 8:41am Top

Techniques of the selling writer 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK/US author? No

46psutto
Edited: Jan 18, 10:30am Top

Grimm Tales 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? No
Is it by a non-UK/US author? No

Read this as research as have been commissioned to write a 'new' fairy tale

48psutto
Jan 23, 4:00am Top

Landscape painted with Tea 3 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

49psutto
Jan 24, 8:00am Top

Art of dramatic writing 3 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

50psutto
Jan 24, 8:01am Top

I'm 1 point away from 15 for January... :-)

51psutto
Jan 26, 8:43am Top

Dark Mountain 9 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

52psutto
Jan 26, 11:52am Top

Release the bats 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no (I assume -he was brought up in Mexico but his parents were Australian)
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

53psutto
Jan 28, 1:01pm Top

Of walking in ice 2 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

54psutto
Jan 29, 6:47am Top

The dramatist's toolkit 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

55psutto
Jan 29, 9:56am Top

This year you write your novel 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

56psutto
Jan 30, 3:22pm Top

Daemon Voices 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

57psutto
Jan 31, 8:15am Top

Solving your script 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

58psutto
Feb 1, 3:43pm Top

Score for January = 25

Onto February!

59rabbitprincess
Feb 1, 6:36pm Top

>58 psutto: Woo hoo!!

60psutto
Feb 2, 4:48am Top

scene and structure 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

61psutto
Feb 5, 6:26am Top

Collected Ghost Stories 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

62psutto
Feb 5, 10:06am Top

The Ballad of Peckham Rye 3 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

63psutto
Feb 5, 11:51am Top

Screenplay 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

64DeltaQueen50
Feb 6, 6:03pm Top

Congrats on over-achieving your points for January!

65psutto
Feb 7, 4:29am Top

>64 DeltaQueen50: - Thanks! I just need to keep that up for the rest of the year :-o

66psutto
Feb 8, 7:08am Top

Embers of war 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

notes of an anatomist 2 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

Screenwriters workbook 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

The King's English 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

the viceroy of Ouidah 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

67psutto
Feb 10, 12:07pm Top

The court of broken knives 3 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

68psutto
Feb 14, 3:55am Top

The fiction writer's handbook 1 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

69psutto
Feb 15, 6:22am Top

Story 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

70psutto
Feb 17, 8:46am Top

Doomsday book 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

This one was pretty dull till the last 100 or so pages - doing it for book group so had to soldier on, but boy there's a lot of repetition and pointless scene in this book!

71psutto
Feb 20, 10:07am Top

Lincoln in the bardo 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Very strange book!

72psutto
Feb 22, 6:08am Top

Goat Man 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

73psutto
Feb 23, 5:17am Top

Radical Technologies 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

74psutto
Feb 25, 11:16am Top

The king in yellow 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

75psutto
Feb 26, 6:00am Top

Remember, Body... 2 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

Got given this at an event - small book of poetry

76psutto
Feb 26, 3:55pm Top

The war of art 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

77psutto
Feb 27, 10:38am Top

I'm not likely to finish the book I'm reading - The fall of the house of cabal by tomorrow so my score for February is likely to be 18 (if I do finish it it'd only increase that to 19 anyway...

78psutto
Mar 4, 9:23am Top

The Fall of the house of cabal 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

80rabbitprincess
Mar 4, 11:21am Top

>79 psutto: Me too, only the pile is on a low bookshelf in the living room rather than on my bedside table!

81psutto
Mar 5, 8:57am Top

The great gatsby 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Oddly had never read it but spotted it in a secondhand bookshop and decided to give it a try since it's so short

82christina_reads
Mar 6, 4:48pm Top

>79 psutto: Ha, love it! Tom Gauld is so fun.

83-Eva-
Mar 6, 8:15pm Top

Ooh, I'm liking your points-system. I should device something similar myself to push myself out of the box!

84psutto
Mar 7, 5:24am Top

Utz 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

85psutto
Mar 7, 5:25am Top

>83 -Eva-: - It is much more flexible than my old system :-) and so far seems to be working

86psutto
Mar 7, 6:40am Top

The hollow shore 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

I am shocked that no-one else has this book, I was 1st member to add to library. It's really good. I guess it's an unknown author with an obscure publisher? I picked it up at a Con

Electronic brains 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

This has been on mt TBR for soooo long - since a trip to Bletchley park about 5 years ago! It wasn't worth the wait :-o

87psutto
Mar 9, 4:19am Top

Grendel 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

88psutto
Mar 9, 10:24am Top

What it is 2 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

89psutto
Mar 12, 6:57am Top

The strange bird 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Dark Mountain Vol 10 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

90psutto
Mar 16, 11:54am Top

About writing, Delany 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

91psutto
Mar 19, 5:01am Top

A line made by walking 4 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

92psutto
Mar 19, 12:58pm Top

We learn nothing 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

93psutto
Mar 21, 4:47am Top

Object lessons paris review 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

94psutto
Mar 28, 5:42am Top

writing subtext 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

95psutto
Mar 29, 4:37am Top

Forensics 2 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

96psutto
Mar 29, 7:49am Top

Radiance 3 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

97psutto
Apr 3, 6:13am Top

Dreaming of Babylon 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

The forensic records society 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

98psutto
Apr 3, 6:15am Top

Total score for March = 21

99psutto
Apr 3, 10:47am Top

The emotional craft of fiction 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

100psutto
Apr 6, 5:19am Top

H(a)ppy 3 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

101psutto
Apr 12, 3:13am Top

The Gracekeepers 3 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

102psutto
Apr 13, 3:51am Top

the elements of style 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

writing 21st century fiction 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

103psutto
Edited: Apr 15, 10:33am Top

Out in the open 4 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

104psutto
Apr 19, 5:41am Top

The Lonely Londoners

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

105psutto
Apr 20, 5:31am Top

God's Amateur 1 point

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Sand County Almanac 1 point

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

106psutto
Apr 23, 5:07am Top

If I fall, if I die 3 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

107psutto
Apr 24, 9:55am Top

Fen 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

108psutto
May 1, 3:54am Top

Writing without Rules 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

109psutto
May 1, 9:34am Top

Dark Mountain 11 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

110psutto
May 9, 12:44pm Top

Dark Mountain vol 12 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

The Far Empty 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Martian Sands 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Spaceman of Bohemia 4 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

Some will not sleep 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Seven steps on the writer's path 1 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

After the end of the world 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

111psutto
May 9, 12:49pm Top

Total score for April = 18

Done a lot of reading last few days as I've been ill with a chest ifection and off work -and not doing any writing... so I think I've basically hit my points for the month already. Also have made a good dent in the Hardback TBR - under double figure now! (still in triple figures on the paperbacks though)

I've just started a brand new hardback Claire picked up for me at a bookshop event yesterday -really intriguing real life crime book The feather thief

After that it's back to the hardback TBR

112DeltaQueen50
May 9, 9:27pm Top

Hope you feel better soon, Pete.

113psutto
May 10, 8:58am Top

114psutto
May 11, 9:22am Top

The art of character 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Building Great Sentences 1 point

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

115psutto
May 14, 3:50am Top

The feather thief 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Conquest of the useless 4 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

116psutto
May 14, 4:53am Top

A Scruffian Primer 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

117psutto
May 15, 5:47am Top

Paralysed with fear 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

118VivienneR
May 17, 2:03am Top

>111 psutto: Hope you are feeling better by now. Glad you found a silver lining and got lots of reading done!

119psutto
May 21, 5:16am Top

>118 VivienneR: - Thanks!

The Ploughmen 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

120psutto
May 21, 11:02am Top

The singing fool 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

writing with style 0 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

121psutto
May 23, 4:19am Top

Sunburnt Faces 4 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes (translated from Hebrew)
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

quite a strange book - half coming of age, half character study, some speculative elements but mostly realistic, includes a 'wonderland' critique and a second world stroy (novella length) at the end... I enjoyed it but it was a meander so don't tackle if you're looking for plot!

122psutto
Edited: May 24, 10:07am Top

The secret library 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

123psutto
May 24, 10:08am Top

Exercises in style 2 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? n0
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

124psutto
May 25, 9:27am Top

Thumping the table of mist 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? n0
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Picked this up at the laucnh of a new publisher in my home town - a handmade book of poetry

125psutto
Jun 1, 6:32am Top

Q

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

Just slipping in under the wire last night was Q - at around 600 pages long it took me a while to finish it...

Scores for May = 38!

126psutto
Jun 4, 5:56am Top

The utopia of rules 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

127psutto
Jun 8, 5:08am Top

I'm currently reading The bone clocks which is another chunkster (around 600 pages) that is a copy from an event when we went to see the author in Bath. So it's signed. And dated - 2014. It's taken me 4 years to get round to reading this hardback, which is the last hardback on the TBR that was not added this year, is not non-fiction or a short story collection (still 6 hardbacks left on there before I finish my hardback challenge!)

I saw this on Twitter (I'm @suttope btw -although be aware that I post a lot about the parlous state of UK politics amongst the book-related tweets)

TBR Book pile levels:
▪️Level 1: there are a few I’d like to read
▪️Level 2: I maintain a reasonable Goodreads account
▪️Level 3: I have a problem
▪️Level 4: behold, I hath made my house out of books
▪️Level 5: don’t move any of those, they contain the Minotaur

128rabbitprincess
Jun 8, 5:53pm Top

>127 psutto: My BF would argue that I am at least Level 3, whereas I think I'm just Level 2. Having 300-ish TBR books is pretty reasonable I think ;)

129VivienneR
Jun 10, 1:32pm Top

>127 psutto: Congratulations on your success with the hardback challenge!

In all honesty, I think I'm a Level 4, heading towards Level 5. I might need to review my book-buying habits.

>128 rabbitprincess: Yes, a TBR in the 300-ish is perfectly reasonable. I don't tell anyone how many TBR I have. Fortunately ebooks are invisible to all but me.

130psutto
Edited: Jun 11, 5:13am Top

I believe that I'm at Level 3 and am only still there because I realised it was a problem a few years ago...

IF I didn't buy any books at all for the next 4 years I'd be able to get through my entire TBR...

131psutto
Jun 11, 5:41am Top

Bear 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

picked this up at an event after hearing the poet read a few of her poems - really good, recommended to people who like genre and poetry

132psutto
Jun 11, 9:00am Top

The Bone Clocks 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

133hailelib
Jun 12, 9:11pm Top

Our downstairs definitely looks like level 4.

134psutto
Edited: Jun 13, 5:00am Top

Life on Air 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

135psutto
Jun 17, 12:04pm Top

Friend of my youth 3 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

136psutto
Jun 26, 9:05am Top

Imposter Syndrome 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

137psutto
Jun 26, 11:41am Top

The pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

138psutto
Jun 28, 9:02am Top

Dark Mountain Issue 13 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

139psutto
Jul 4, 11:19am Top

2084

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

140psutto
Edited: Jul 4, 11:22am Top

June score: 9

First failed month - hmmm may need to add a 'flash challenge' to July to bring that to double points. Will ponder that one

Next book is Gods war which is a book group one so not TBR, but is by a woman

141DeltaQueen50
Jul 11, 6:00pm Top

Good luck in getting back on track in July. Being away on holiday has already de-railed my July reading plans. I always think I am going to read a lot on holidays but then I never do!

142psutto
Jul 13, 6:04am Top

God's War 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

143psutto
Jul 13, 6:05am Top

>141 DeltaQueen50: - Thanks, looking at previous years I read a lot more in colder months... so probably won't make it up this month!

144christina_reads
Jul 13, 10:45am Top

>143 psutto: Interesting! But it makes sense -- nothing better than cozying up to a good book when it's cold outside!

145psutto
Jul 16, 4:03am Top

My name is Leon 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

146psutto
Jul 17, 3:46am Top

Uncle Tungsten 1 point

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

147psutto
Jul 20, 3:53am Top

Pacific Monsters 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

I can now reveal that I'm one of the judges for this year's British Fantasy Award in the anthology category - 2084, pacific monsters, dark satanic mills, imposter syndrome and New Fears are all shortlisted

148DeltaQueen50
Jul 20, 11:36am Top

Congratulations, Pete, it looks like there are some good ones in that group.

149-Eva-
Jul 21, 9:15pm Top

>127 psutto:
I'm at level 1. If by "a few" i can mean ~2000. :D

150psutto
Jul 23, 4:08am Top

Everyday sexism 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

151psutto
Jul 23, 4:09am Top

>149 -Eva-: - I'm sure a "few" can mean whatever you want it to mean before the "I've made my house out of books" level ;-)

152-Eva-
Jul 23, 12:55pm Top

>151 psutto:
Haha, true.

153psutto
Jul 29, 10:52am Top

New Fears 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

154psutto
Jul 29, 12:07pm Top

Breaking the rules 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

155psutto
Jul 31, 3:40am Top

Edna Webster Collection of undiscovered writings 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

156psutto
Jul 31, 1:20pm Top

Possessing genius 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Roald Dahl collected stories 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

157psutto
Jul 31, 2:37pm Top

The blank screen 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

158psutto
Aug 7, 6:22am Top

Blood Cruise 3 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? Yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? Yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? Yes

Got this as an ARC and it's he best horror I've read for ages - seriously if you're a fan of John Ajvide Lindqvist and/or Stephen King you should read it. A vampire tale set aboard a booze cruise between Sweden and Finland involving an ex-Eurovision star. Brilliant!

159psutto
Aug 8, 11:25am Top

The mersey sound

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

160psutto
Aug 13, 8:42am Top

Short Circuit 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

161psutto
Aug 13, 10:04am Top

Write to the point 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

162psutto
Aug 13, 11:27am Top

on editing 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

163psutto
Aug 13, 4:28pm Top

The fifth season 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Coming late to this series and it's as good as people told me it was! If you haven't read it, you should!

164psutto
Aug 14, 5:09am Top

Selkirk's island 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Humor, Stanley Donwood 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? yes
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

165psutto
Aug 21, 6:30am Top

The Outsiders 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

166psutto
Aug 21, 10:12am Top

A short history of myth 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

seemed very basic - maybe if you knew nothing at all about world myths it'd be an OK read

167psutto
Edited: Aug 24, 11:10am Top

The obelisk gate 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

168psutto
Aug 24, 11:11am Top

Coaching writing 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

169psutto
Aug 29, 3:36am Top

The stone sky 2 points

Is it a TBR book? yes
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

170psutto
Aug 30, 7:54am Top

Several short sentences about writing 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

171psutto
Sep 6, 9:10am Top

Write a book - 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

172psutto
Sep 17, 8:57am Top

Christ stopped in Eboli 2 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? yes
Is it by a non-UK/US author? yes

Umbria 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Shelter 0 points

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

The changeling 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

This is the summer of love

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? no
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

Born to be bad 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

173psutto
Sep 20, 10:22am Top

writers in training 1 point

Is it a TBR book? no
Is it Hardback? no
Is it by a woman or Person of Colour? yes
Is it by a non-English speaker? no
Is it by a non-UK/US author? no

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