2016 Reading Challenges Update

by Colleen Morrow in

Well, here it is, 4 months into the year.  How's that ol' TBR you ask?  Well...  It's both good and bad.

For the good - I did REALLY well with the TBR Triple Dog Dare and managed to read only what was on my stack before the year started.  I made a great dent in the pile, reading over a dozen books from it.  That was pretty great.  In April, I've mostly read things that I've acquired since the start of the year or that caught my eye in the first three months of the year.  And I acquired more than I would have liked...

Some were purchases, some were gifts, some were from a Reddit gifts exchange.  And the result is that I have the same number of books on the TBR today that I did on Jan 1.  So it's time to buckle down again.

Estella's Revenge (the hostess of the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge) is doing a #SmashYourStack challenge for May and I'm hopping on board in hopes that I can make half of my reading in May from my pre-2016 shelf.  

To that end, I'm going to try to get as much reading done as I possibly can during Bout of Books. This will be my first time taking part - and essentially, you just push yourself to read more than you usually do over the course of a week.  


Time for 24in48!

by Colleen Morrow in

A while back, I found the 24in48 readathon and participated in my first one.  It's back now and despite it slipping from my mind until late yesterday, I'm ready for another one today!

I've already gotten a good start on my 24 hours but it's time for a little break for the intro survey!

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? From my bed and sofa and other sofa.  And maybe a chair.  All of those things are located in southwestern Ontario in Canada. 
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Yes, this is my second time.
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon? I initially heard about it via a tweet from someone I follow but I now follow 24in48 on Twitter and subscribe to the blog's RSS feed.
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? I haven't picked anything out - I'm just going to pick up whatever strikes my fancy.  So I'm pretty excited about seeing where the weekend takes me.
  5. Tell us something about yourself. I'm wearing my Books are in my Wheelhouse t-shirt today and have set aside my library stamp t-shirt for tomorrow.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend. Well, I'll be here when it's time to update progress and I'll be on twitter and instagram at @janeycanuck on both.

Progress Updates:

  • Finished Ten Good Seconds of Silence by Elizabeth Ruth (3 hours, 25 minutes)
  • Finished The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick (3 hours, 7 minutes)
  • Finished Orphan Number 8 by Kim van Alkemade (4 hours, 51 minutes)
  • Finished Afterimage by Helen Humphreys (3 hours, 12 minutes)
  • ¾ of The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman (9 hours, 38 minutes)

2016 Reading Challenges

by Colleen Morrow in

For the last two years, I've been participating in Roof Beam Reader's TBR Challenge.  For the last two years, I've failed miserably.  Okay, maybe not miserably - each year, I've gotten 8 out of my 12 books read.  RBR isn't running the TBR Challenge this year so I went off to hunt for something new to try to keep me in the spirit of reducing the shelf space that the books I haven't read take up.  And I found three that I'm going to take on.

The first I found is James Reads Books' TBR Triple Dog Dare challenge.  In this challenge, you only read books that were on your TBR as of December 31, 2015.  This one shouldn't be too troubling for me, I'll just have to watch that I don't put myself down for any holds at the library that'll come in for me before the end of March.  And really, if I can't read what's in the house for three months, I'm not sure there's any hope for me.  

The second challenge I'm trying is My Reader's Block's Mount TBR Reading Challenge.  This is the closest of the three challenges to RBR's TBR Challenge but I don't have to pick the books out in advance.  I think that's been a big part of why I haven't been successful - what piques my interest in January doesn't generally still have my attention in August.  With this challenge, I can just grab whatever interests me at the time instead of feeling like I have to pick up a particular title.  I'm signing up for the Pikes Peak level, which is 12 books from my TBR and I think I can do it!!

The third and final challenge I'm taking on is Estella's Revenge's Reading My Own Damn Books challenge.  This feels more like a support group than a challenge, which feels very promising to me.  In this one, the goal is to just read your own damn books.  Andi has a couple of rules for herself - the first being to read her own damn books.  She's trying to knock 100 books off her pile of 210 so I'l also aim to reduce my pile by about a half - which is somewhere around 25 books.  And the other rule that I'll also adopt is not buying a new book until I've cleared 5 of the current ones out.  

So, wish me luck.  I'm heading into 2016 with somewhere around 50 books on my TBR, including the books I have on hold at the library.  Maybe I'll try to knock that down a book or two before the end of the year :)

24 in 48 Readathon!

by Colleen Morrow in

So on Thursday, I saw a tweet about a 24 in 48 readathon.  I had to investigate.  I used to do the Dewey Readathon with fair regularity but it's just not the right readathon for me.  But this 24 in 48...  Now here was something I could work with!  The aim is to read for 24 hours over a total period of 48 hours.  And that is perfect.  Because it means I can sleep and I can spend some time on SM seeing what other people are doing and it doesn't cut into my reading time.  So I signed myself up.

I picked out an armful of books last night plus two audios and I'm going to get cracking.  I'll be posting mostly to instagram & twitter with the hashtags #24in48 but will update this post periodically.  If you want to find me at either site, I'm @janeycanuck on both.  

Progress updates:

  • Finished Slow Food by Carlo Petrini (total of 2 hours, 37 minutes)
  • Progress on The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (3 hours so far)
  • Finished Eat More Better by Dan Pashman (total of 4 hours, 5 minutes)
  • Finished The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn (total of 4 hours)
  • Finished All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew (total of 2 hours, 55 minutes)