Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

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We’ve hit the end of February, fellow readers. How is your TBR Challenge going?

I, predictably, am a little behind. And just when it looked like I was going to get caught up, Mr. Migraine became a regular visitor when our weather got weird. And now I’m trying to get the books I’m judging for the RITAs this year finished in time. So I’ll likely be behind for a little bit longer.

But I have three books to go back to once my RITA reads are completed. I started listening to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, read by Richard Armitage. It’s a short book, but I keep getting distracted by the narrator, lol, so I need to try again with a better attention span. I also started reading The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History, which has been interesting so far. I’m about halfway through Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union, too, and I can’t wait to get back to it!

Cora’s 2019 TBR Challenge

So it took me slightly longer than I anticipated to get my TBR Challenge stuff organized for this year. I lost Max to cancer a couple of weeks ago, much sooner than his medical team or I expected, and I’ve been trying to cope with that without letting everything else fall by the wayside. I’ve been more successful with some tasks (feeding myself, going to the day job) than with others (doing fun stuff, putting away Max’s things).

But now I think I’m ready for books again, and better late than never (though I hope these past few weeks aren’t an indicator of how the rest of the year is going to go).

1. How many books from your TBR pile will you read? I tried setting two numbers last year: one for books I’ve had for a while, and one for new books. A major reason my TBR pile is out of control is because I procure books faster than I can read them, and so many of my new books end up collecting dust on a shelf or languishing on my e-reader. But the 2-month rule ended up making the whole thing stressful, and reading should be fun. So I’m going back to one number: 24 books from my TBR pile this year.

2. How long have your books been waiting? For the purposes of this challenge, the books I read must have been acquired by me or placed on my library TBR list before January 1, 2019. This means I can’t buy new books in January and count them toward my TBR Challenge come September–which I found myself doing at least once during the first year, and kind of defeats the purpose of the challenge. But using this date lets me include everything I’ve acquired up until the new year began, meaning everything but my newest books will count toward my total.

3. How will you hold yourself accountable? Like years past, I’ll post here once a month to share my progress and see how you all are doing. I found that creating a Goodreads shelf and the dedicated page on this website to be enormously helpful, too, so I’ll do both again. I’m a very visual person and being able to see the collection of books that I’ve read gives me a nice sense of accomplishment, which makes me want to read more TBR books.

4. What about adding more books to the pile? Like previous years, I’m going to keep track of how many books I purchase with another Goodreads shelf. Numbers are powerful (especially to me, with my background in math), and it will be good to have a new total to compare with 2017 and 2018.

So not a lot of changes from previous years, but that’s because this setup has been working nicely for me so far. We’ll see if that continues for 2019.

Who else is committing to whittle down their TBR piles with me this year? What’s your goal for getting those old books off your shelves and apps and e-readers?

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

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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.

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

Thirty days left in this year’s challenge, fellow readers! Are you going to meet your goal?

I’m a little afraid I’ve put myself too far behind this year. Once again, I didn’t read a book in November while I worked to meet the deadline for The Duke of Darkness, then recovered afterward. According to Goodreads, I have only read 12 books that met my TBR Challenge conditions so far this year, out of the 36 I set as my goal. That leaves 24 books for me to read in 30 days. With a lull coming up at the day job and audiobooks to listen to while I crochet Christmas presents, I think I can make it. It would be really amazing, though, if I could get those 24 books read and have the majority of them be longer than novellas 😉

The Duke of Darkness is now available!

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The Duke of Darkness is now available at all your favorite ebook retailers! Come meet Lucas Blake, Duke of Rhuddlan and Olivia Stone, both plagued by rumors and innuendo, betrayed by the people they were supposed to be able to trust the most.

His enemies called him the devil.
There were few people in the world the Duke of Rhuddlan could trust, least of all his scheming brother Nicholas. So when a spate of violence is perpetrated against people with a connection to the duke, Rhuddlan knows who is behind it. But how can he end this vicious campaign when Nick is backed by the King’s own son?

Hers call her a temptress.
Olivia Stone wants nothing more than to live quietly in her little cottage, but with a cruel suitor determined to possess her and an income that is steadily diminishing, she’s left with no choice but to appeal to her wealthy cousin—whom she’s never met—for assistance. Will he give it? Or will she be forced to marry a man she fears?

Can they see past the rumors to find true love?
When Rhuddlan knocks on Olivia’s door with a plan to help them both, she’s skeptical but sees no other option. Working together sparks a flame between them neither could have predicted, but when Nick discovers the relationship, he becomes determined to destroy their hope for happiness. Can Rhuddlan finally put an end to his brother’s devastation before someone is killed? Will Olivia still want him when she sees how ruthless he can be?

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Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

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Ten months down, fellow readers–how goes your TBR Challenge?

Mine has been abysmal for the third consecutive month. The Christmas novella I was writing is finished (and available in the anthology Christmas Ever After for a limited time!), but there’s still a lot of work to do on The Duke of Darkness and that’s what I’ve been devoting my time to.

I did managed to start reading a short novel/long novella a couple of weeks ago, but the hero is such an alpha-hole I don’t know if I’m going to finish it. I might–I want to read the rest of the heroine’s journey, and I’m curious to see if the hero learns a thing or two about consent (thought I’m not holding out much hope for him). But if I do, it won’t be until after Darkness is safely uploaded.

Christmas Ever After now available for pre-order!

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You might remember me mentioning in a TBR check in or two that I was writing a Christmas novella. It’s called Kissing by the Mistletoe, and features a heroine who longs for a measure of independence, with a sweet cinnamon roll of a hero who is her (male) best friend’s little brother ❤ It’s also available for pre-order in the anthology Christmas Ever After with seven other novellas for just $0.99/£0.99!

Here’s the blurb for Kissing by the Mistletoe:

Maddie Hayward has been actively looking for a husband for nearly three years, but no gentleman will spare her more than a smile. Everyone thinks she’s destined to wed Kit Mathison…except neither of them is interested in a romance with the other. When Kit and his family come to visit the Haywards for Christmas, the whole village expects a proposal—but Maddie has other plans. Can she convince everyone that her friendship with Kit will never be a courtship? Or will she have to choose between her closest friend and the chance at family of her own?

Thomas Mathison has loved Maddie since the day they were first introduced, but can’t ask for her hand until he can afford to support a family. When she suggests a sham courtship between them he agrees, despite his misgivings. Being seen with someone other than Kit would shatter the illusion of an arrangement between them and give Maddie a chance at a happy life. But while she would be feigning affection, Thomas would not. Can he conceal his true feelings from her while executing her plan? Will he have the strength to let her go when he returns to Edinburgh?

The Duke of Darkness is now available for pre-order!

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The Duke of Darkness is now available for pre-order at most of your favorite retailers (Google Play coming soon)! It’s just $0.99 USD until release day!

There were few people in the world the Duke of Rhuddlan could trust, least of all his scheming brother Nicholas. So when a spate of violence is perpetrated against people with a connection to the duke, Rhuddlan knows who is behind it. But how can he end this vicious campaign when Nick is backed by the King’s own son?

Olivia Stone wants nothing more than to live quietly in her little cottage, but with a cruel suitor determined to possess her and an income that is steadily diminishing, she’s left with no choice but to appeal to her wealthy cousin—whom she’s never met—for assistance. Will he give it? Or will she be forced to marry a man she fears?

When Rhuddlan knocks on Olivia’s door with a plan to help them both, she’s skeptical but sees no other option. Working together sparks a flame between them neither could have predicted, but when Nick discovers the relationship, he becomes determined to destroy their hope for happiness. Can Rhuddlan finally put an end to his brother’s devastation before someone is killed? Will Olivia still want him when she sees how ruthless he can be?