Books, TBR Challenge

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

What a year it’s been already! We’re two months in, fellow readers–how is your challenge going?

My chronic illnesses have been doing their best to knock me off my game…and it’s working so far. I had an asthma flare in January and missed our first check in of the year. And my chronic fatigue spent several months kicking my backside. So in the past two months, I’ve managed exactly one book from my Before-August 1, 2017 pile and none from my Read-Within-Two-Months pile.

Thankfully, everything seems quiet now and back to my normal, so perhaps March will be the month I get back on track. I have a couple of RITA entries left to read, then I can get back to my personal stash 🙂 I have a couple of library books I’ve checked out repeatedly but haven’t managed to read yet–The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I’ve had them out so long I’m not even sure they’ll count toward the TBR Challenge anymore (I’d planned to include them in the Read-Within-Two-Months category), but I think those are the two I’ll start with.

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

  1. The Duchess Deal was so good! I have been off my game & doing a lot of rereads. Nothing toward my goal. I am in the middle of a few books that I wasn’t up to finishing. I just went to a book talk & signing at Strand Book Store in NYC and I got a signed copy of Hello Stranger from Lisa Kleypas! Just started it last night. I am at 29 books for the year, so far, but only a few are new and a couple were DNF’d. Hope you are feeling better, Cora! I have days that I am wiped out, just from not getting enough sleep, so I can’t imagine having a chronic condition.

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    1. I was one of those people that *never* DNF’d a book, but now…life is too short to waste time and energy on something I don’t like 🙂

      How cool that you got to meet Lisa Kleypas! I’m interested to see what you think of Hello Stranger 🙂


  2. Frankly, I’m doing badly on my TBR list. And with all the best intentions in the world. All of a sudden I got in a slump of some sort. Dealing with my own health problems probably can take most of the blame, and it makes me feel awful for your sake, Cora. I’m working on a Laura Landon series that has kept my interests up. And I just got Anna Campbell’s newest that I’m eager to start on. But for so much of the past two months I’ve mostly been listening to audio-books, some of them oft-listened to already because well, dang it, they are pricey. I share your opinion about DNFs. But for myself I find it really surprising that I am running into that situation more often these days. Then I think, maybe it’s just me and I’ll give it another shot at some future date when I’m in a better frame of mind. I mean, I’m talking about books that ‘everybody just loved.’ ????


    1. I’ve put down a book a few times that everyone else loved but I was hating, and tried to pick it up later. Sometimes it was just my frame of mind, like you said, and I like the book better the second time. Sometimes I end up chucking it anyway, lol. Here’s hoping that March will be easier on us both, and we’ll find some good books in our stashes!


      1. Well, your comment makes me feel better about not liking a particular book. I think my slump is starting to come to an end. Don’t know for sure why. Reading Anna Campbell’s newest was wonderful. And I allowed myself a reread, knowing the title was coming up to be reviewed soon on another blog I follow. I do hope your March is looking better already.

        I got a steroid injection in a joint that has been giving me h*&% increasingly for a long time and had gotten unbearable in the past month. It has helped. I’ll be looking at replacement soon but this is a stop-gap measure. At least now I can do more of my chores without needing help with everything. You think it would be nice to have a maid do everything for you until you HAVE to. Not fun, and I bet you know what that’s like. The fact that you accomplish so much is heroic and inspirational, Cora. My hat’s off to you.


        1. I know what you mean about wanting to do your own chores–it’s nice to have someone else take care of things once in a while, but when you *can’t* it feels like you’ve somehow failed and lost your independence. Not fun! But I’m glad you’re feeling better 🙂


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