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Pete's totally going to read TBR this year

2019 Category Challenge

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Nov 2, 2018, 5:43am Top

Or at least some of it

As posted in the 2018 gorup I'm going to read 5 books off the TBR per month - I'll probably try to theme each month too but just laying this down for now and will think about it closer to the end of 2018.

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Nov 2, 2018, 5:45am Top

The keeping score post

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My TBR baseline at the start of 2018 was 473 books

252 Fiction books
1 Graphic Novel
181 Non-Fiction
4 poetry books
2 plays
33 short story collections

My TBR baseline at the start of 2019 is

Fiction books
Graphic Novel
poetry books
short story collections

Dec 5, 2018, 1:52pm Top

Happy new thread! Seems like quite a few of us are making the pledge to read what we already own for 2019.

Dec 13, 2018, 4:52pm Top

I also have very big TBR list but then I have had a few decades to accumulate them.

I hope you manage to get yours down a bit next year.

Dec 17, 2018, 8:39am Top

Looking at my book buying stats i've bought more books in 2018 than I've read :-S I'm going to have to change that in 2019!

Dec 17, 2018, 6:22pm Top

Good luck! At least you will have plenty of books to choose from ;)

Dec 18, 2018, 4:33am Top

>18 psutto: Good luck with that! I fail miserably, every year. But I love knowing that I'll never run out of stuff to read!

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Good luck with your challenge - I've been on the 'wrong' side of that equation for a few years now...

Dec 22, 2018, 3:48am Top

I do not think there will ever be a year where my TBR is not bigger than at the beginning of the year!
As is the catch cry of all readers, too many books, too little time!
Look forward to seeing what you are reading.

Dec 27, 2018, 12:37pm Top

OK so not counting e-books (which is a bit cheaty but hey it's my challenge and the e-books don't weigh on my mind - and my shelves) My TBR stands at 337 as of today.

I'm currently reading a book I got for Xmas - so that will come off the 2018 challenge if I finish it by the 1st (which I probably will)

My birthday is at the beginning of January so I'll be adding a few books to the books I acquired this month almost immediately...

So similar to 2018 I'm going to prioritise them - Hardbacks and books by woman and BAME writers then books acquired prior to 2018

I have 17 hardbacks...

I have 48 short story books. I haven't recorded how many of the books I read n 2018 were short story books, but I shall in 2019. Usually I read 3 short stories in between books and 3 essays/chapters of 'bitty' Non-fiction books. I feel I may have some short story books on the shelves for a long time!

64 books by women - so that's not a great ratio...

Dec 27, 2018, 12:39pm Top

Good luck with your 2019 reading!

Dec 28, 2018, 12:17pm Top

>23 psutto: - I like you thinking and can relate to the idea that e-books don't weigh on your mind or your shelves like the print books do!

Dec 31, 2018, 5:35am Top

So last day of the year - just finished a book I got for Xmas (see the 2018 challenge) so I'll be starting tomorrow with a clean slate. Potentially getting another Xmas present today, seeing friends. Next time I check in I'll probably be another year older and adding January books that have been acquired...

Happy New Year! :-)

Dec 31, 2018, 6:45am Top

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2018, 9:07am Top

Nice to see you here and have a Happy Birthday.

Dec 31, 2018, 11:49am Top

Dec 31, 2018, 2:56pm Top

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You are so lucky to get books as Christmas and birthday gifts. My family never buy me books believing that I already own or have read them.

Happy New Year!

Jan 2, 6:51pm Top

Happy new year and happy birthday when it comes! :)

Jan 3, 8:43am Top

Nice stash!

Jan 3, 10:32am Top

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday! Nice haul!

Jan 3, 5:40pm Top

Happy birthday!

Jan 5, 12:25pm Top

Books read -

Tea with the black dragon

This is a delightful, but brief tale about a black dragon that has taken on human form and who decides to help a human woman find her daughter. There's some quaint 1980's computer stuff too. I really liked MacAvoy's Damiano series when I was a teenager and getting to visit another of her worlds was a delight, reminding me that I should track down more of her work. I see on Wikipedia that she has just started writing again after a long illness (talking about a 20 year hiatus here) - I hope to catch up with the rest of her early (80'2, 90's ) stuff and the newer work

The land of somewhere safe

I met Hal at an event and he kindly gave me some writerly feedback on an early draft of my own novel seven deadly swords so I returned the favour on an RPG he's been writing (I used to edit for a RPG company) in the Scruffian universe. The Scruffian tales are full of rapier wordsmithery and invention and are a lot of fun - I'd recommend them. This particular episode I picked up at FantasyCon from a NewCon Press launch and signed by the man himself. It's a WW2 tale involving a faerie kingdom, a Nazi gryphon, a dragon called spitfire and a secret seven-esque cast of scruffs and scallywags. A really fun adventure. If you'd like to explore the Scruffian 'verse I'd start with A Scruffian Primer

Jan 5, 12:58pm Top

Great to see you back for another year of the Challenge, Pete. I think many of us here are going to be working on clearing our own shelves this year. I can't put my e-books out of my mind as I am afraid that my Kindles are going to explod from the volume I have crammed on them!

Jan 6, 8:33am Top

Yeah, my Kindle books probably double the TBR! But a lot of them come from ARCs and bundled deals rather than books I was, at the point of purchase, desperate to read - so more ignorable than the ones making my bookshelves groan :-o

Another read book - the art of possibility this was recommended to me as a “good book for creativity” but really it’s full of vague aspirational self-help stuff. There’s an entire chapter on how not taking yourself seriously can improve your life and another in accepting things the way they are. So nope not for me

Jan 18, 7:55am Top

Going to do a monthly wrap up I think - have read 10 books so far this year

Feb 1, 8:23am Top

I'm currently doing a 7 day blog tour for my book Seven Deadly Swords if anyone's interested - day 3 is a nice (and balanced) review: https://mbc84blog.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/seven-deadly-swords-peter-sutton-love...

you can see the whole tour if you're on Twitter: LoveBooksGroup #SevenDeadlySwords #blogtour

Feb 1, 8:32am Top

January - 19 books read
9 of those were acquired in 2019 out of 17 books that were acquired
So first month is running to stand still - if I'd read all the books that came in I'd have reduced the TBR by 2
February - must do better!

Feb 1, 10:55am Top

Congratulations on the new book!

Feb 1, 5:50pm Top

Congrats on the new book, Pete. I picked up an e-copy today and look forward to reading it in the near future.

Feb 1, 6:43pm Top

Woo hoo, blog tour! :)

Feb 7, 8:22am Top

>46 psutto: Good to hear that the positive reviews are continuing.

Your new book was showing in the unknown section for your name so sorted that for you and combined a couple of entries for another one.

Feb 12, 3:03pm Top

>47 AHS-Wolfy: - you're a scholar and a gentleman!

Yesterday, 1:16am Top

Congratulations on the book! I liked this quote from one reviewer who said: "From Sutton’s writing I would like to think he knows his way around a sword." Fitting.

Yesterday, 10:57am Top

>49 VivienneR: - very flattering, since I've never handled a real sword more then to pick one up and go 'ooo that's heavy' ;-)

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