Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

Photo Credit: Jorge Royan
Photo Credit: Jorge Royan

Happy October readers! We have two months left in the TBR Challenge–will you make your goal?

I’m starting to think it was a very good thing that I hit my mark over the summer, because I’ve had zero time to read since school started. That new job I was so excited about has turned into a nightmare (literally: I started having nightmares last year from the stress associated with my father’s death, and they have returned). I’ve also had a couple of bouts with the Migraine Monster, which makes for a very uncomfortable reading experience.

Instead, I’ve been trying to find new ways to add some audiobook time to my day (I have quite a few books waiting To Be Listened To). The weather is turning cold here, so I won’t be able to take walks outside much longer. Housework, though, never goes away. And one doesn’t have to have a migraine to appreciate a comfy recliner with a fuzzy blanket and an Audible app.

I did discover that audiobooks + activities that require concentration = bad outcomes. Either I concentrate too much on the activity and don’t hear the book, or I concentrate too much on the book and don’t pay attention to the activity. Listening while cooking, then, is obviously out 😀  And I live very close to my job, so there’s not enough time during my commute.

When do you listen, audiobook lovers? I’d love some suggestions!

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

  1. Hi Cora – Sorry the job isn’t working out. I need to find a new job, but it takes a lot of energy that I don’t have right now. I still get some reading time in at work, though! I can’t really focus on audiobooks. I like the print. I am up to 101 books for the year. Still more new than old, but I did read 3 older books – Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie, All I want for Christmas is a Cowboy anthology and Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James – in the month of October. My stacks of old & new are still massive! Hope you are able to keep those headaches down & find a little joy in the job.


    1. 101 books! Good for you!

      I like print books better myself, Sharlene, but I started taking audiobooks out with me when I went for walks–music didn’t entertain me enough to keep me moving. But now I have another TBR pile…of audiobooks 🙂

      Thanks for the well-wishes! It does take a lot of energy to look for a new job, so that’s where a lot of my free time is spent. I’m going to do a couple of applications right now, in fact…then hopefully have a little time to read 🙂


      1. Good luck! I am taking a library clerk Civil Service test in Dec. Hopefully I get 100 this time & it will put me near the top of the hiring list!


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