Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In


Okay, so it’s been almost exactly a month since I posted my TBR Challenge. How’s it going? How many of you have begun reading books long forgotten? How many of you forgot your pledge?

My own first action was to take stock of my supplies, so to speak. I am one of those compulsively organized people, so my books are already grouped together based on their subject matter. But I have so many still to read, I wasn’t even sure what books were in each group!

IMG-20140214-00028I did find a couple of duplicates–I’d bought a book twice not realizing that I already had it at home. Happily, these were books from the local library used book sale, so I didn’t spend much money. And the duplicate copies will go right back to the library for re-sale, so it works out 🙂

One thing that surprised me, though, was that I found whole series on my Kindle I didn’t know I possessed. I’m notorious for buying the first book in a series when it’s on sale, but forgoing the rest until I’ve had a chance to read the first. I discovered a lot of those as well, but I also found the first five books in Julie Ann Long’s Pennyroyal Green seriesPennyroyal Green series, all of Annette Blair’s Rogue series, all four of Jacquie D’Alessandro’s Regency Historical series, and several “boxed sets” that I bought and didn’t remember I had.

Once I had figured out what was here, the tough part began: which book do I read first? I have more time for reading now, because I’m still not working. But it was really difficult to pick a book–too many choices is almost worse than not enough choices! I finally just grabbed one without looking…and was rewarded with Ellis Peters’ lovely Brother Cadfael 🙂

So how are you fairing this month? What has been the hardest thing about this challenge? Any surprises so far?

You can also check out my TBR Challenge page to monitor my progress or add your thoughts on the books I’m reading.

8 thoughts on “Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In”

  1. Cora, although I haven’t read any of the books, I have selected 12 books which have been on my TBR pile for over two years. I have created a Carol’s TBR Challenge 2014 Goodreads shelf to include these books and keep a track of when I have read each one.

    I have quite a number of complete series that I need to read. I also have series which, for some reason, I only have the last book to read.


  2. I have been reading like a fiend. My commitment was to read at least 2 old TBR books a month. Happy to say I have read 7 books that I have owned for 6 months or longer. A couple of them were ones that I had bought when Borders was going out of business, which was, I think, about 3 years ago. I didn’t have specific books picked out, I have been just alternating between old books on my shelf, new books & library books. I am with Carol, that I have multiple series that I want to get to. (We have talked about me & my series, Carol! LOL!) Thanks for keeping us going, Cora! BTW, I own a couple of those Julie Ann Long books & have heard good things about them.


  3. I’ve managed 2 out of the 35 books I’ve been aiming for this year. The first was the incredibly dense but really very interesting ‘England in the Later Middle Ages’ by E H Keen, and I followed that up with Stevenson’s Scottish Stories & Essays (I can really recommend ‘The Body Snatchers’ and ‘Thrawn Janet’). I finished the Stevenson collection today, so next up is a non-fiction book, ‘Medieval Siege Warfare’ by John Norris. With lots of nice pictures of castles!!


  4. I like your choices, Cora! 🙂 Sadly I’ve made just about zero progress in my TBR pile because it just keeps growing (I’m looking at you, evil ARCs) and recently have been preoccupied with other stuff. Hopefully I can get the pile down soon! …


    1. My fingers are crossed for you! I’ve had a hard time saying no to new books, or library books, or any books that aren’t currently in my possession, but my pile hasn’t gotten too much bigger this past month. Hopefully yours doesn’t grow much more 😀


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