Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

Eleven months down, fellow readers. Are you going to make your TBR Challenge goal this year?

I’m unsure, as usual πŸ™‚ Checking my Goodreads shelf for this year’s challenge, I can see that I haven’t read a thing during the entire month of November. Not even a comfort re-read. It’s just been a sort of blah month–the weather in Michigan this time of year is notoriously gloomy, which isn’t helpful either–and I suspect the weight of everything that’s happened this year (both to the world at large and to me personally) has been pressing me down, making even things like just doing the laundry that much harder.

But all is not lost. My goal for this year was 20 TBR books (of which I’ve read 12) and 30 books overall (of which I’ve managed 21 so far), so while I’m behind schedule on both counts, I can still catch up. The sun is coming out as I type this, too, so perhaps my energy level will rebound a bit and I’ll find a book buried deep in my TBR that captures my interest πŸ™‚

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Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

Ten months down, two months to go fellow readers! How is your TBR Challenge going?

I’m behind schedule, but that seems to be the case every single year, lol. Still looking for a new day job, still Treasurer for my RWA chapter that struck out on its own (we’re Regency Fiction Writers now, open to anyone–published or not–who writes in any genre and sets their books during the Regency era), so still short on reading (and writing!) time. But I’m not so far behind that I won’t make it. I’ve only got eight TBR books to read before the end of the year, and I could read eight books in a week if I didn’t have anything else to do πŸ˜‰

I’ve also been trying to carve out time each week specifically to do something relaxing–not housework, or Treasurer work, or looking for jobs, or anything that might be considered productive–and I’ve spent a lot of that time reading. If that pattern continues, I’ll be fine…though I might have to stick to some of the shorter books in my TBR πŸ˜€

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Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

We’re 3/4 of the way through 2020 fellow readers! Are you 3/4 of the way to your TBR Challenge goal?

I’m not, but I’m getting there. My non-reading To Do list has been getting longer again–I’m treasurer for an RWA chapter that has voted to become its own organization (which is *so* much more work than I anticipated, but very exciting!), been looking for a new day job, and started working on a web design course sequence through Coursera and the University of Michigan. When I have had some reading time, I’ve been wanting non-fiction–gotta give those research books some love, too!–and those always take me longer to get through, even when they’re well written and easy to read.

So I’ve got 10 more TBR books to read by the end of the year, and 13 books for my overall Goodreads challenge. Under normal circumstances that’s a piece of cake, but this year hasn’t been remotely “normal” lol. I’m comfortable with my progress so far, though, and we’ll see how that next few months go πŸ™‚

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We’re 2/3 of the way through 2020, fellow readers. Are you 2/3 of the way to your TBR Challenge goal?

I’m not, but I’m not too far off, either. I’ve managed to get about halfway to both my overall Goodreads goal and my TBR Challenge goal. Given everything that’s been going on this year, both in the world at large and for me personally, I’m okay with my reading progress. I’m still laid off from the day job, too, so I can actually get stuff on my To Do list done and still have time left over to read (and write!).

I’ve currently got two historical romances going: A Duke In Disguise by Cat Sebastian and A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley. They’re very different from each other, but I’m really enjoying both of them so far! I’ve got a couple of research books on deck, too: The Housekeeper’s Tale by Tessa Boase and The Sharpe Companion: The Early Years by Mark Adkin (even though I haven’t read any of Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe novels yet). Both should be helpful with my current work-in-progress, which has a housekeeper as an important secondary character and a main character who fought in the War of 1812 (not Sharpe’s war, but things will be similar enough for my purposes). Both look like they’ll be very helpful. Hopefully they’ll be interesting, tooΒ  πŸ˜‰

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We’re into the second half of the year (already? finally?)! How’s your TBR Challenge going?

The past two months have been difficult and busy for me–my grandmother passed away while I was trying to finish What If I Loved You, so I was writing and grieving and trying to deal with family and paperwork all at the same time. I seem to have made it through the worst, though, and have started reading again.

I’ve been neglecting my TBR pile, though, lol. I’m still sitting at 7 of 20 TBR books read, and yet I purchased mystery boxes from a couple of great indie bookstores: Romances featuring Women of Color, curated by Farrah Rochon, from Tubby & Coo’s in New Orleans (these are still available!); and a Surprise Box from Love’s Sweet Arrow in Chicago (these also appear to still be available!). I haven’t read any of the books I received, but it looks like I got some good ones. Hopefully I’ll get them read soon so they don’t end up part of this challenge next year!

I do have two books going that will count toward my TBR Challenge when I finish them: Midnight by Beverly Jenkins and A Duke In Disguise by Cat Sebastian. I started Midnight all the way back in April and only got about a quarter of the way in before everything fell apart, so I’ll probably start that one over again–all I remember is that I was enjoying the story. I’m only about that far into A Duke In Disguise, too, and it’s very interesting so far–Cat’s writing skills are just… Well, I aspire to her skill level πŸ™‚

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Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

We’re five months in to 2020–how is your TBR Challenge going?

If you’re anything like me, you’re reading in spurts between long stretches of not reading much at all. I’m in the middle of one of those no-reading stretches right now, dealing with family issues and writing deadlines and issues in the world in general. I checked Goodreads to see how long it’s been, and I haven’t read a thing since the end of April. That makes sense because May was A Month.

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But I’ve finished 7 out of the 20 TBR books I’ve pledged to read this year, which means I’m only about a book behind schedule, and I’m only two books behind in my overall reading challenge. That’s easy enough to catch up on when things slow down again…if they ever do πŸ˜‰

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Four months down, fellow readers! Are you on track?

I’m hanging in there, through the help of the Historical Romance Book Club (We’re finishing up Midnight by Beverly Jenkins this month) and some good (but short!) novellas. Goodreads says I’m on track for my overall reading goal, and I’m about a third of the way through my TBR goal. That’s better than I expected to be this time of year.

My boss at the day job has decided to dump a bunch of work on me right before I’m scheduled to be furloughed and the deadline for my current WIP is fast approaching, so I suspect I won’t do a ton of reading over the next few weeks. And I seem to be acquiring books at an alarming rate again (40 already this year!). But that’s okay. I’m just going to go with it for the time being and try not to stress too much πŸ™‚

And now, a gratuitous picture of Bo blinking for everyone who needs a smile today:

 

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We’re a quarter of the way through 2020, fellow readers. Are you a quarter of the way through your TBR challenge?

Weirdly enough, I am πŸ™‚Β  Books have become a refuge for me again, helping me thing about something other than all the things I have to worry about. And it’s been a lot of fun reading historicals set in different places and time periods again! Regencies make up the bulk of my TBR books, but I’ve also been visiting Civil War-era America and a steampunk version of China during the Qing Dynasty. We’ve got a historical romance book club in The Regency Salon, too, which checked another book off the TBR list for me. I bet that won’t be the last one, either πŸ˜‰

I’ve just gotten started writing a new novella–more on that soon!–so we’ll see if I can keep up the reading pace while I work on that. I usually can’t, but I’m going to try not to stress about it if my reading slows down for a bit. There are too many other things going on in the world right now; worrying about how many books I’ve read shouldn’t be one of them.

Stay safe, everyone! And thank you to all the people working to keep us healthy, fed, and functioning ❀

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Happy Leap Day, fellow readers! Who’s spending this extra day reading?

I hope to spend at least part of it reading–I’m in the middle of Alyssa Cole’s A Hope Divided and I’m aching to get back to it! Plus, I’ve managed to acquire 10 new books already this year so the TBR is growing again πŸ˜€

According to my Goodreads shelf, I’ve read 4 books so far of the 20 TBR books I’ve set for my total. That’s 20%, so the good start I had in January has continued even though I’ve been rather busy dealing with family issues. If March will give me a chance to collect my figurative breath, I may get the chance to check a few more books off the list πŸ™‚

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