Books, TBR Challenge

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

We’re halfway through 2021, fellow readers. Are you halfway through your TBR Challenge?

If you’ve been following my updates this year, you’ll know I’ve been struggling mightily to read, so it won’t surprise you to learn that I am nowhere near the halfway point for my TBR Challenge goal. I DNF’d one book early in the year, and have literally read nothing (except spreadsheets at the day job!) since then.

Until this month.

I’ve mentioned before that I’d begun listening to audiobooks while I do yard work, and that did the trick. It’s a much slower way to read for me, but listening to someone read a book to me requires less energy than reading with my eyes. Plus, it makes cutting the grass a lot more enjoyable 🙂 Sherry Thomas’s A Study In Scarlet Women got me through a hot June, and I’m working on The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington now (highly recommend A Study In Scarlet Women and looking forward to the rest of the series, unsure about George Washington yet). Maybe this is the year I’ll finally make a dent in the metaphorical pile of audiobooks I’ve amassed!

So I’ve only completed one book out of the 30 I’ve set as my goal for the year, but I’m not quite ready to make modifications yet. I want to get through the busy season at the day job (a couple more months and things will quiet down a bit), and re-configure my writing/release schedule (which has also fallen by the wayside temporarily). Then we’ll see where reading for pleasure fits in again 🙂

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Books, TBR Challenge

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

Five months down and seven to go, fellow readers! How is your TBR Challenge going?

According to Goodreads, I have only completed one book this year. The last time I read that little was when I was still a teacher with barely enough energy at the end of the day to take care of myself, so I’m both shocked and not at all surprised by my current total. Shocked because I didn’t realize the total was *so* low until I looked at it to write this post. Not at all surprised because, between the new house and the new day job, I haven’t been this busy in literal years. I’m enjoying both, but there’s a lot of work to do!

On the bright side, I’ve begun using an old trick to motivate myself when it comes time to do yard work–an audiobook! Right now I’m listening to Sherry Thomas’s A Study In Scarlet Women while I cut the grass, and sometimes that book is the only reason my yard doesn’t look like an abandoned lot, lol. The narrator is amazing and the story itself has been very interesting so far (though I sometimes wonder if I should have read this one with my eyes instead of my ears–I’m more of a visual learner than an auditory one). I’m not even halfway through, but I suspect this is a series I’m going to devour 🙂

Cover of A Study In Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas