Books, TBR Challenge

2014 TBR Challenge Finale

Photo Credit: Johannes Jansson
Photo Credit: Johannes Jansson

2014 is coming to an end fellow readers–did you meet your TBR Challenge goal?

My initial commitment was 12 books from my heaping TBR bins/kindle/iPod. I read 21 books that were six months old or older (yay!). Looking back through the Goodreads shelf I made, I can see that I favored paper books over electronic ones, and that no audio books made it into the fray. I know what happened with the audio books (I’m still working on one enormous one, and half-listened to a couple as I drifted off to sleep at night), but the paper vs. electronic count surprises me a bit. E-books are physically easier to read for me–no mass market paper back to squint at or pry open, no weighty hardcover to lift and hold. But I’m something of a tactile person, and there’s nothing like holding a real book in your hands 🙂

Photo Credit: Antonio Litterio
Photo Credit: Antonio Litterio

I also mentioned in my original post that I’d wanted to go with a small number of TBR books in order to leave room for other reading challenges and writing time. I completed the other two challenges I began, and incorporated TBR books into both (two birds, one stone right?). But the writing time never materialized. That’s something I definitely need to work on next year.

Overall, I think the TBR Challenge was a good idea. Knowing that I was posting updates to this blog and keeping a public Goodreads shelf helped motivate me. When it was time for a new book I’d find

Photo Credit: Jorge Royan
Photo Credit: Jorge Royan

myself digging through my bins and reading blurbs, searching for one that still sounded interesting months (and in some cases, years) after I purchased it. That was a lot of fun–like a kid sampling treats in an ice cream shop, looking for just the right flavor–and something I didn’t realized I missed until I started doing it again. In all the tumult of 2014, digging through my TBR bins was also comforting for me, and gave me a sense of accomplishment as the piles in some bins shrunk. I have no idea what 2015 has in store for me, but I’m going to make sure a TBR Challenge is involved 😀

6 thoughts on “2014 TBR Challenge Finale”

  1. OK, this is a little scary, but I read 123 books this year. If we talk about the old TBR, my best accomplishment was reading the entire Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas. Also, the 3 books in the Beach House series by Christie Ridgway from 2013. Also, I finally read Persuasion by Jane Austin & caught up on some older quick reads by Janet Evanovich & Jennifer Crusie. I counted 36 older books! Thank you for the challenge! It definitely motivated me! Have a great new year!

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    1. Wow! What a fabulous reading year you had! And you made a nice dent in the old TBR pile–good for you! I think some of those titles may have found their way into my TBR bins, too… 🙂

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  2. I started with good intentions but I only managed to read 55 books during 2014 and very few were books that had been around on my TBR list for many moons. My excuse is that I was involved in a lot of blog tours etc. last year which seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to put together. This year, I’ve decided to cut back on my general blogging to concentrate on reading and reviewing more books. I’ve set a target of 65 (not many I know but I wanted to set a realistic goal) books but hoping I can read more.

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