Books, TBR Challenge

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

It’s the last day of 2018, fellow readers! Did you meet your TBR Challenge goal?

I didn’t even come close this year. Goodreads says I only read 14 books from my TBR pile out of the 36 I’d hoped to read, and only 19 books overall. I feel bad about that–I love books and reading, and this is the lowest total I’ve had since I started keeping track. But I know exactly what happened. I didn’t read enough during the first half of the year, and the second half was very stressful: writing deadlines, my own health issues, expensive car repairs, and Max’s trips to the vet wore me out. When he was diagnosed with lymphoma a few weeks ago, that did me in. I was/am just too tired to read.

I also purchased 52 books this year, so not only did I not get my TBR pile down much, but I added a considerable amount to it! I have been periodically culling the herd, so to speak, by deleting books from my ereader that I know I’ll never read and boxing up paper books for donation to my local library. That makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, at least–even if I’m not reading those books, I’m getting them off my list  🙂

Happy New Year to all of you! I’ll be back later in the week with a new TBR goal for 2019.

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

  1. No matter what our goals are, the fact that we set them in the first place and strove toward those goals at different times, even with different enthusiasm or strength…..well, you get the picture. Considering what a busy life you lead I’m impressed at your success. I know I didn’t complete my goal either, but I learned a lot by setting the goal in the first place. And I can thank you for this because it was your talking about it on your blog/newsletter (which I was already following) that sparked my interest in setting it.

    I’m so sorry to hear about Max. Our pets are very much a part of our family and their health issues affect us personally and it becomes very hard at times. Very hard.

    Here’s hoping you and yours enjoys a much happier, healthier, prosperous and blessed new year for 2019.

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    1. Happy New Year, Michelle! I think you’re right about setting goals, that the mere act of doing so is a win. I’m disappointed that I didn’t make my reading goal, but in the big grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal. And I’ll try again this year–I hope you will too! 🙂


  2. Hi Cora! Happy New Year! I was off track with my TBR goals, but I did read 166 books! Whowoo! This includes rereads and novellas. I am going to stick to a TBR goal next year & looking forward to the new post!


  3. Happy New Year, Cora! I didn’t set myself a goal this year and I actually only read 24 books but moving to a new apartment and going to HRR did put a considerable dent in my reading time. I also had to catch up with my reviewing. I’m hoping that this year will a better one for reading.


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