Title links go to reviews.
Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge
I read 21 books in March toward my goal of 180 books. I’m currently at 42% of my yearly goal, or a total of 76 books — 31 books ahead of schedule! Full disclosure: this month’s total includes a picture book, a coloring book, and a long short story, so it’s not exactly 21 book-length books. (On the other hand, one “book” was actually a two-in-one, so maybe it makes up for the short story?) This month’s total also includes 7 ARCs (including the picture book and coloring book) and several re-reads. You can see my reading list here.
COYER Going Back To Basics – WRAP-UP
COYER ended on March 4, and I didn’t read any COYER books in March. My goal for the whole challenge was to read 12 books. For the entire COYER period, I read 15 books, 1 novella, and 3 long short stories, so I met my goal in that way, but during COYER I only wrote and linked up reviews for the 7 books below. (I was on a real review slump for a while.) Title links take you to my review.
- Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow (Loretta Ross) – ARC
- Restoree (Anne McCaffrey) – $1.99
- Switcheroo (Aaron Elkins) – ARC
- Murder on Wheels (Lynn Cahoon) – ARC
- Everything She Wanted (Jennifer Ryan) – ARC
- The Masquerading Magician (Gigi Pandian) – ARC
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (Katarina Bivald) – ARC
Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies – read in March
Title links take you to my review.
- The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer (Cathy Ace)
- The Cracked Spine (Paige Shelton) (review to come)
- “The Marriage of Mary Russell” (Laurie R. King; short story) (review to come)
- A Clue in the Stew (Connie Archer)
The Backlist Reader (TBR) Challenge – read in March
These are older titles (before 2016) that I’ve wanted to read. Title links take you to my review.
- All Night Long (Jayne Ann Krentz)
- Smoke in Mirrors (Jayne Ann Krentz)
- Soft Focus (Jayne Ann Krentz)
- Hidden Talents (Jayne Ann Krentz)
- Eye of the Beholder (Jayne Ann Krentz)
- Sharp Edges (Jayne Ann Krentz) (review written but not yet posted)
- Lost and Found (Jayne Ann Krentz) (review written but not yet posted)
- The Ladies’ Man/Some Kind of Wonderful (Susan Mallery; Sarah Morgan)
Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge – Read in March
This challenge is now over. My initial goal was 5 books from my TBR shelves both physical and virtual (books I actually owned.) I bumped that up to 10 after a spectacular start during the first few weeks. Alas, I lost steam midway through the month, plus I had to divert to reading ARCs for scheduled tours and release dates in late March and early April. The list of the 8 qualifying books I read is basically identical to the list under The Backlist Reader Challenge above, so I won’t repeat it here. All of the Krentz books were hard copies I had on my shelves; having read them, I’m only keeping a few that I really liked, so it helped me clear a little space.
- Read more of the books I really want to read. Between the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge and an Anne McCaffrey re-reading binge, I did quite well with this one. It didn’t hurt that some of my ARCs were also books I really wanted to read!
- Request fewer ARCs. Right, um… I got 2 ARCs from Edelweiss (including one I had requested months ago), plus an Avon Addicts e-ARC. I received 2 print ARCs for tours. I got 3 ARCs from NetGalley, all requested during March; there are 4 more requests pending. So I guess this one is a major “Oops.”
- Catch up on some older ARCs and improve my NetGalley review percentage. I haven’t worked on the really old ARCs yet, but I got my NG percentage up to 75%. YAY!
- Build and maintain a 3-week cushion of reviews and other posts. I wrote 2 non-time-sensitive reviews to keep in reserve, and put together a few “In the Dragon’s Eye” posts about books I’m looking forward to over the next 6 months, but I still need to get further ahead on reviews.
- Cross-post reviews on time. I’m working on cross-posting and linking the last half of the month’s reviews.
- Stay on top of challenges. See number 5.
- Find time and the discipline to write. Not a thing this month — again. *sigh* Either I don’t really want this, or I’m really, really inhibited.
- Clean and revamp my study. Umm… not so much.
- Exercise more. I was all set to start back up, then got sick, and then fell and banged up my knee. It’s healing, but I decided to give it a little while longer before I start stressing it. But I hope to head to the gym on Monday!
- Be more consistently disciplined about my freelance work. *grimaces*
- Make more time and space for the things I love to do: I finished kitting the cowl I began in February, and started two new projects — a mindless moss-stitch scarf for TV knitting and conversations, and a more intricate leaf-pattern lace scarf for a challenge. Robin was home for Spring Break, and later in the month we flew out west to celebrate my mom’s 80th birthday with her. And I truly love singing the Holy Week and Easter services — music feeds my soul. So that’s all good.
I think I did reasonably well this month, given life circumstances over the last few months. And I’m feeling encouraged for April – I always feel optimistic in the spring!