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Cushla’s 2018 reading

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Apr 15, 11:19pm Top

Welcome to my 2018 thread and happy new year to everyone from Paihia, New Zealand.

This is my tenth year in the 75 Books group. Last year I managed to read a grand total of 19 books and the year before wasn’t much higher, but I can’t imagine not being in this group so I am back again! As usual I’m optimistic that I will have a less busy year this year but that’s probably because I have another 3 weeks till I go back to school.

I’ll try to do the Non-Fiction Challenge but otherwise my reading won’t be planned. And as usual I’ll buy many more books than I manage to read.

Currently reading: Still making up my mind after Janesville

January: NOTHING!! (Because of the enormous Macmillan book.)

1. The war that ended the peace by Margaret Macmillan - 4 1/2 stars
2. Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (Poldark 1) - 4 stars

3. Stalin's Gold by Mark Ellis - 3 1/2 stars

4. Martyr by Rory Clement - 4 stars
5. Janesville by Amy Goldstein - 5 stars - best book so far!

Dec 31, 2017, 2:00pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 31, 2017, 2:53pm Top

Happy reading in 2018, Cushla!

Dec 31, 2017, 2:55pm Top

Happy reading!

Dec 31, 2017, 2:59pm Top

Happy new year, Cushla! I'm with you on not planning my reads .. I find I don't do well when I plan them out .. must be the inner rebel in me. :-)

Dec 31, 2017, 3:20pm Top

Happy new year Cushla!

Dec 31, 2017, 3:31pm Top

She's back -- hurrah!

I'm going to draw up a list of ASPIRATIONS, rather than plans. Things that I can look at if I am temporarily at a loss, or use to remind myself of what I thought I'd want to read in 2018, as the year began. But I'm not going to allow myself to be bound by them, or beat myself up if I fall short. Not worth it...

Dec 31, 2017, 3:40pm Top

Happy New Year! I wish you to read many good books in 2018.

Dec 31, 2017, 5:22pm Top

view from Zürich's landmark mountain Üetliberg

Dec 31, 2017, 5:40pm Top

Thank you all for visiting so soon! I am slowly getting around your threads and have also managed a whole 2% of my book this morning. Anita and Rachel, I haven’t found your threads yet. I never thought I’d like reading or posting on my phone but it really works well.

Suzanne, I went over to your last 2017 thread last night and decided I need a special notebook for your book bullets. I’ll come back when I have pen and paper.

Caro that describes me exactly when I try to stick to reading plans! I have to be organised in the rest of my life and that’s enough. I like making the plans though...

I brought a few real books on holiday as well as my Kindle app - We were eight years in Power by Ta-Nehisu Coates and East West Street by Philippe Sands both look great. But if I don’t finish my WW1 chunkster now there’ll be no hope because I will forget who did what in 1901 then pick it up in the April school holidays!

Barbara where is that mountain? I miss Switzerland. Can’t believe it’s six years since we came home. I’m following a couple of Basel accounts on Instagram and love seeing the photos.

Ok I will be back after a whitebait fritter at the market for lunch.

Dec 31, 2017, 5:47pm Top

Happy New Year Cushla!

Dec 31, 2017, 10:43pm Top

Found you this year!! yay! Happy 2018

Jan 1, 12:29am Top

Hope your 2018 is filled with good reads!

Jan 1, 3:54am Top

Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

Jan 1, 7:19am Top

Jan 1, 7:54am Top

Happy New Year, Cushla. It's nice to see you back again. I always get a little frisson of excitement when I see new activity on your thread. 😀 Here's to great reading in 2018.

Jan 1, 9:08am Top

LOL - but seems to fit the discussion here.
>10 cushlareads: Whitebait fritters! Yum! We were just describing whitebaiting to people the other day. How is it possible to be so homesick for a place that isn't technically home?

Jan 1, 3:50pm Top

Dropping off a
And wishing you

Jan 1, 4:08pm Top

Happy 2018!!

Jan 2, 6:54am Top

Happy New Year Cushla, I'll happily follow you again this year, no matter how many books you'll be reading.

>7 Chatterbox: "aspirations" now that's the pressure-free expression I was looking for, thank you! :D

Jan 2, 1:24pm Top

Happy New Year Cushla. Hope you are enjoying Pahia and getting that book read.

Jan 2, 8:01pm Top

Happy New Year Cushla. I read The War That Ended Peace in 2014 and thought it was brilliant. I hope you enjoy it.

Jan 3, 2:24pm Top

Happy New Year, Cushla.

Jan 4, 1:31am Top

Hope you had a Happy New Year, Cushla. I'm looking forward to following along with your thread in 2018.

Jan 4, 2:27am Top

So good to see you here! But so mean of you to tease us...as *if* you will have time to be a regular here with your teaching taking up so much time. Ah well, I will tea what I can :)
PS have you heard of the Lets Get Wellington Moving consultation project that the NZTA is running with the WCC lately? My employer is contracted to do synthesis/analysis of the submissions, so that is what I am working on at the moment. I am hearing a lot about the Basin....

Jan 4, 8:46pm Top

Hope you are having a great start to 2018!

Jan 5, 12:34am Top

Happy New Year to you, Cushla! Off of school for awhile?

Jan 5, 6:43pm Top

Hi everyone! I am getting thoroughly sick of posting from my phone - I can lurk easily though. Thanks for all your messages. We go home tomorrow after 5 days in Auckland - I am more than ready to be back in our house with the luxury of a washing machine and decent kitchen and a wee bit more space!

Jenn, the whitebait fritter was a particularly lovely one. I know what you mean- I’m following lots of Basel photos on Instagram now and miss it more now than when we’d just left.

Bonnie I am finding The war that ended the peace brilliant too but it’s taking me ages! I’ve started a counter for myself in the first post.

Megan, my school is right next to the Basin and I drive round it every afternoon. It’s very painful and I’m not surprised it’s getting mentioned lots.

Anne, school goes back at the end of January but I’ll start back the week before. Am looking forward to it and it’s always nice being back a bit before the kids and everyone else. We’re home for just over a week then go to violin camp for 5 days - our sixth one and it is always fantastic (although last year’s weather was not brilliant for camping... but nothing blew away!)

Beth and Nathalie, happy New Year - I haven’t visited you yet. When I have stopped the kids fighting over Rummikub I will come and say hello.

Jan 6, 1:53am Top

And I saw the Basin on the telly today! NZ v Pakistan. We were smashing them when I last looked.

Jan 7, 8:23pm Top

Hi Cushla, returning your visit! Is it really six years since you left Switzerland?! I guess it must be. The last few years since I gave up my job and moved seem to have gone by in a flash...

I hope you manage to find a bit more time for reading this year. I've not done too badly - though life has got busier in the last year or so, it's often the kind of busy where I can manage to listen to audiobooks while doing stuff in the kitchen, so although there is less time for sitting down and relaxing with a book, I have still managed to read. Trouble is, reading a high proportion of audiobooks has not helped me work through the stockpile of physical books to clear them off the TBR shelves!

Jan 7, 8:42pm Top

I hope the weather for violin camp is better this year, Cushla.

Jan 13, 3:41pm Top

Have you left for viin camp yet?

Feb 3, 5:47pm Top

Hello Megan, Genny, Meg and Kim!

Oops, I did it again!

I'm back at school and did a disappearing act on here for 3 weeks. School is back now and I've done one day of teaching. All good so far, just busy.

Violin camp was fantastic as usual and so was the weather. We had one night of rain but otherwise it was in the high 20s every day. It has been so hot in NZ this summer for most of the country and I am very happy to have it back down to more usual levels again now.

Genny I'm glad you're squeezing in some reading. We need more bookshelves here - a project for this year. We've got a lot of doublestacking going on still.

Reading has slowed down, of course, but I am *almost* finished the enormous Margaret Macmillan WW1 book. It's taken me all summer and I will be ready for something lighter in a day or two. I'll do a review once I'm done.

Feb 3, 6:08pm Top

I will be ready for something lighter in a day or two

I can well imagine! Happy onset of autumn.

Feb 4, 1:08am Top

Thanks Richard! Yep, it’s feeling slightly autumnal today and it’s lovely.

Feb 4, 5:57pm Top

We've got a lot of doublestacking going on still - I'm double-stacking for the first time in my current home. Mainly the TBR shelves - which messes with my attempt to plan my reading and read the older ones first, unless I take older TBR books off the shelf, put new acquisitions behind them and then reshelve the older ones in front, which is a hassle...

Good to see you popping back in. I missed last Sunday, but otherwise so far have kept to my plan. Only managed to visit a few threads, but it's better than nothing, and it's lovely to reconnect with people (I know many of us see something of each other too on Facebook, but this is different).

Feb 6, 7:35pm Top

Isn't double stacking normal? Good luck with finishing the large tome.

Feb 6, 10:20pm Top

Double stacking = totally normal :)

Feb 6, 11:16pm Top

Hi Cushla! Happy new school year. I hope it's a good one.
I went to a friend's house tonight and she was clearing out all her books from teaching school. I brought home a good stack of Newbery Award winners and other fun things for the kids. Hooray for sharing books!
I'm glad it's cooling off for you there. I'm happy to send you some of our temperatures. You could mix yours with ours and come up with a decent temperature, maybe.

Feb 7, 6:25am Top

>37 Familyhistorian:, >38 LovingLit: I was lucky enough to move to ever larger houses (provided by work) which I filled with ever more bookshelves, so managed to avoid the need for double stacking despite 4,000 books in my collection. Until I gave up work and had to downsize drastically!

Feb 18, 8:28pm Top

Hope the new school year is treating you well, Cushla, but that you'll have time occasionally to keep us updated on reading and life progress from time to time. xx

Mar 4, 1:35pm Top

Just checking in. Hope life is treating you well. : )

Mar 4, 4:49pm Top

Happy birthday, Cushla!

Mar 4, 8:27pm Top

Happy Birthday!

Mar 5, 7:44am Top

Hope you had a great birthday!

May 6, 5:40am Top

Hope all is well Cushla. xx

May 7, 8:40am Top

Hej Cushla, Thought about looking up your thread. Hope you are well. Wish you a quiet week.

Jun 19, 9:20pm Top

I've been AWOL on LT a lot, but I decided to look you up tonight. You are now officially starred. But where are you! :-)

Jun 29, 7:48pm Top

Where are you?! Hope all is well.

Jul 1, 9:35pm Top

Maybe she'll come out when holidays start. Soon...

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