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Lamilla's 2019 Challenge(s)

BookCrossing 2019 Reduce MTBR and Other Challenges

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1Amaryllys
Edited: Feb 19, 9:12am Top

GOALS

Here I intend to track my challenges and progress. Releases and new books are tracked in the comment No xxx and list of the books in the comment No xxx
For 2019 I'm paying attention to:

- IN/OUT ratio. Target value is 1 :)
- Checking the book in 3-6 month after receiving it (to decide if to send further or continue reading. I won't need to finish the book, but read at least a couple of chapters and decide if I'd like to continue with the book some time in the future or let it go, instead of sending it on unread). For this I will keep the list of books bought/received.
- Years distribution. Categories to track: before WWII, XXI century, XIX century, second part of XX century, new releases (2018-2019)
- Language distribution. The goal is to read more in German, Russian and any language I will be learning at the moment
- be more conscious of the postage. The ideal solution could be sending fewer packages with more content, so combining several sweeps/tags + send books only (since they can be sent as an unregistered surface mail which is twice cheaper than usual.
- low rating/DNF situation. In the ideal world all 1- and 2-star reads should be DNFed.

IN PROGRESS:
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14623063/ (2013) English
Passagier 23 by Sebastian Fitzek (2014). German
Lachlan's War by Michael Cannon (2006). English

audiobooks:
The Poppy War By: R. F. Kuang Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller (2018). English

READ
https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/14843408
https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2019/11249259

Total:

Year tracker:
before WWII (0):
second part of XX century (2): 1954, 1969
XXI century (4): 2015, 2010, 2012, 2013
new releases, 2018-2019 (0):
XIX century and earlier (0):

Languages:
RU (0), EN (5), DE (0), NL (1)

Stars:
5-stars (2), 4-stars (2), 3-stars (1), 2-stars (1), 1-star (0), not-rated (0)

February (4):
6. 4-stars Enders by Lissa Price https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14608060 (2013) English
5. 3-stars Starters by Lissa Price https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14608055/ (2012). English
4. 2-stars Life & Laughing: My Story by Michael McIntyre (2010). English
3. 5-stars Mary Queen Of Scots by Antonia Fraser, narrated by Patricia Hodge (1969, narrated in 2009). English

January (2):
2. 5-stars Jip en Janneke #1 by Annie M.G. Schmidt (1954, this edition 2010). Dutch
1. 4-stars Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall (2015, second edition 2016). English https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15219754/

DNF:
1.

2Amaryllys
Edited: Dec 8, 2018, 2:26pm Top

Reserved for goals

3Amaryllys
Edited: Jan 1, 1:04pm Top

Statistics from 2018

I was reading mostly from Europe, including 6 Russian books (and 12 books in Russian in total). I have ready only two books in German, both from Germany. 55% of the books I read were 5- and 4-stars
I managed to read 6 memoirs and 4 nonfiction. I also met my goodreads goal early

Total: 52

Countries tracker: 15
Russia (6), UK (13), Germany (2), USA (15), Australia (1), China (2), Canada (3), Finland (1), France (2), Iceland (1), Belgium (1), Armenia (2), Poland (1), Ukraine (1), Ireland (1)

ex-USSR (3): Russia (6), Armenia (2), Ukraine (1)
Europe (8): UK (13), Germany (2), France (2), Finland (1), Iceland (1), Belgium (1), Poland (1), Ireland (1)
Asia (1): China (2)
North America (2): USA (15), Canada (3)
Rest (1): Australia (1)

Genres tracke
contemporary (10), sci-fi (8), memoir (6), young adult (6), paranormal/fantasy (5), non-fiction (4), children's book (3), comic (3), thriller (2), m/m romance (1), history (1), poetry (1), romance (1), humor (1)

Languages:
RU (12), EN (38), DE (2)

Stars:
4-stars (20), 3-stars (14), 5-stars (9), 2-stars (9)

4Amaryllys
Edited: Feb 19, 9:38am Top

In/out (30/18)

updated 19.02

February (16/7)
in:
30. Искусство любить by Эрих Фромм bought in Minsk
29. Иметь или быть? by Эрих Фромм bought in Minsk
28. Educated by Tara Westover https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15325762/ sweeps
27. Lachlan's War by Michael Cannon https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15072020/ - ring
26. Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti by Tove Jansson https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15365444/
25. Fatal Lies by Frank Tallis https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/13830147/ - VBB
24. The Secret Life of Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/13828211/ - wishlist tag
23. The Olympic Games in Ancient Greece https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15319099/ - sweeps
22. Sky Burial : An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran Xue https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/12983901/ - sweeps
21. A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15204904/ - sweeps
20. Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdardottir https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14455569/ - VBB
19. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14841974/ - tag
18. Marley & Me by John Grogan https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15091881/ - sweeps
17. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14180279/ - sweeps
16. Brief Candle in the Dark by Richard Dawkins https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15348426/ - sweeps
15. Путь к изменению. Трансформационные метафоры by Мэрилин Аткинсон - bought in Minsk

out:
18. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14623063/ ring
17. Enders by Lissa Price https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14608060/ ring
16. Starters by Lissa Price https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14608055/ ring
15. Monstress Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14885383/ RABCK
14. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15017333/ tag
13. Home: the story of everyone who ever lived in our house by Julie Myerson https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15365934/ - tag
12. The End of the Day by Claire North https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15110031/ - VBB

January (14/11)

in (14):
14. Sicher!: Kursbuch C1 by Michaela L. Perlmann https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15341428/ - ordered from amazon
13. Two can keep a secret by Karen M. McManus - https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15371646/ - ordered from amazon
12. Красный Марс by Ким Робинсон - bought in Minsk
11. The Citadel by Archibald Joseph Cronin - VBB
10. English Pronunciation in Use Advanced with Answers - ordered from BWB
9. Три момента взрыва by Чайна Мьевиль - bought in Minsk
8. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15315506/ - RABCK
7. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14623063/ - ring
6. Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15129023/ - HGG
5. Yakitate!! Japan #12 https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15214208/ - sweeps
4. Seiho Boys' High School!, Vol. 1 https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/13040514/ - sweeps
3. Shojo Beat : Manga Sampler Volume 4 https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15214287/ - sweeps
2. История твоей жизни by Тед Чан - bought in Minsk
1. Jip en Janneke by Annie M.G. Schmidt https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15072018 - HGG

out (11):
11. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15219754/ - sweeps
10. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14236810/ - wishlist tag
9. Small Change by Elizabeth Hay https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/9764311/ - VBB
8. Doctor Who: Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/13791889/ - birthday group
7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/13580890/ - ring
6. The Goldilocks Enigma by P. C. W. Davies https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15026424/ - wishlist tag
5. Die Entscheidung by Charlotte link https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14461992 - RABCK
4. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14737772/ - wishlist tag
3. Ein Landarzt by Franz Kafka https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/13590176/ - sweeps
2. Jip en Janneke deel 1 by Annie M.G. Schmidt https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15072018/ - wishlist tag
1. A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/11887679/ - RABCK

5Amaryllys
Edited: Dec 14, 2018, 1:20am Top

This are the books I got in 2018:

Physical books:

December:
Sounds Appealing by David Crystal - CURRENTLY READING

November:
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
От Мане до Ван Гога. Самая человечная живопись by Паола Волкова
The Good Immigrant

October:
Bright Young Things: A Modern Guide to the Roaring Twenties by Alison Maloney - AVL
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul DIDIERLAURENT

before October:
Hitze by Jane Harper
Passagier 23 by Sebastian Fitzek
Deviate: The Creative Power of Transforming Your Perception by B. Lotto - AVL
Радость малого
Почти идеальные люди
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas - keeping
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Der Vogelgott by Susanne Röckel
Сплетение by Летиция Коломбани - AVL
Власть привычки. Почему мы живем и работаем именно так, а не иначе Чарльз Дахигг
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
The End of the Day by Claire North - RESERVED for a VBB
The Girl in the tower by Katherine Arden
A court of mist and fury by Maas - keeping
Persuasion by Jane Austin - AVL
В тихой ночи. Лирика by Тилль Линдеманн - AVL
A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sara Maas - keeping
Простите, я разрушил вашу компанию by Карен Фелан - AVL
Макбет by Ю Несбё - keeping
Никогда не ешьте в одиночку и другие правила нетворкинга by Кейт Феррацци, Тал Рэз - AVL
Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Edition by Энди Макнаб
The Goldilocks Enigma by P. C. W. Davies - RESERVED for a tag
Я выбираю жизнь by Стейс Крамер - AVL
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - AVL
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch - reading for the ring
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch - reading for the ring
Die Entscheidung by Charlotte Link - CURRENTLY READING
The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch - reading for the ring
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch - reading for the ring
Бабушка велела кланяться - keeping

Audiobooks
The Magicians By: Lev Grossman Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Furyborn By: Claire Legrand Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
The Poppy War By: R. F. Kuang Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
All the Ever Afters The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother By: Danielle Teller Narrated by: Jane Copland
Senlin Ascends By: Josiah Bancroft Narrated by: John Banks
Perception By: Terri Fleming Narrated by: Lucy Scott
Jugend ohne Gott By: Ödön von Horváth Narrated by: Till Firit
Passagier 23 By: Sebastian Fitzek Narrated by: Simon Jäger
Pines By: Blake Crouch Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
Anything for Her By: G.J. Minett Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Liebe mich nicht By: Marah Woolf Narrated by: Jodie Ahlborn, Patrick Bach - CURRENTLY READING
The Establishment And How They Get Away With It By: Owen Jones Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Kind aller Länder By: Irmgard Keun Narrated by: Jodie Ahlborn
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet By: Becky Chambers Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
Feuer und Stein By: Diana Gabaldon Narrated by: Birgitta Assheuer
Touch By: Claire North Narrated by: Peter Kenny

6Amaryllys
Dec 8, 2018, 2:20pm Top

Reserved for other challenges II

7Amaryllys
Dec 8, 2018, 2:25pm Top

Reserved for other challenges III

8mathgirl40
Dec 13, 2018, 10:04pm Top

That's a terrific set of goals. Good luck for the new year!

I too have been working hard on my in/out ratio. For one thing, I'd like to reduce the amount of stuff I have in my house, so that of course includes books. I'm also trying to stop myself from buying books that I end up not reading for years. However, for better or worse, I don't count non-purchased e-books (such as free public-domain ones) among my TBR pile.

9Amaryllys
Dec 14, 2018, 1:20am Top

Thank you! I can totally relate :)

10PokPok
Dec 14, 2018, 8:09pm Top

Wow, impressive!!!

I've actually done decently at my in/out ratio the past few years, but mostly because of downsizing, not necessarily if I did read/purchased. I pitched around 50 poly sci books that I just don't have it in me to stomach any longer, and I could easily purge more. Maybe you'll inspire me to keep track of my read/purchased--- that would be an interesting value.

11Amaryllys
Dec 15, 2018, 11:06pm Top

>10 PokPok: Good luck with your goals!

12Amaryllys
Edited: Dec 31, 2018, 10:23am Top

So, my plan for January is to read at least 3 books, hopefully starting with something from the list:

Hitze by Jane Harper
Passagier 23 by Sebastian Fitzek
Deviate: The Creative Power of Transforming Your Perception by B. Lotto
Радость малого
Почти идеальные люди
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Der Vogelgott by Susanne Röckel
Власть привычки. Почему мы живем и работаем именно так, а не иначе Чарльз Дахигг
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
The End of the Day by Claire North
The Girl in the tower by Katherine Arden
The Goldilocks Enigma by P. C. W. Davies
Я выбираю жизнь by Стейс Крамер
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
Die Entscheidung by Charlotte Link
Бабушка велела кланяться -

13Amaryllys
Jan 1, 12:10pm Top

Happy New Year, everyone!

14mathgirl40
Jan 3, 10:00pm Top

>13 Amaryllys: Happy New Year to you too! I really liked Borne, one of the books from your list.

15Amaryllys
Jan 7, 9:58am Top

>14 mathgirl40: It's definitely on my radar - I've heard lots of nice things about it

Meanwhile, I've finished my first book in Dutch! i can't believe I can actually read after less than 2 months of studying the language. The book is fantastic, Jip and Janneke are so cute! 5-stars from me

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