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Readers Block

Have you ever had it? I don’t think it’s full blown drought because I have enjoyed reading a few bits here and there but I can’t seem to settle into reading anything at the moment. I have about 10 books that I have on the go at the moment, all of which *should* be books that I would enjoy but it’s the actual sitting down and getting in to it.

I’ve tried sitting on the sofa in front of the fire, reading before I fall asleep and / or when I wake up, when boredom strikes in the afternoon slump .. and nothing seems to be working. I start reading and then just get distracted or bored – not with the book but with the act of reading itself.

I know I need to get myself into a routine of sorts and ‘push’ through it asitwere, make myself read for 30 mins every day at a specific time and eventually it’ll come back .. I hope!

Have you ever suffered from this? Did it stop eventually? Any tips?!

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2018 Beat the Backlist

OK, so I think we probably all have a bit of a TBR and I am no different!  I am really bad for buying bilks and never getting around to them.  There are several Book Challenges that take place throughout the year that help to cut your TBR’s down and I am taking part in a couple of them, including this one.

 

 

I thought I would use this one to cut down on the amount of ‘should have read this by now’ and ‘next in series’ books I have on my list.  I have initially selected 13 – one ‘new’ book for each month and a re-read.  I am not sure of the rules so will double check but may add more to this lust as the year goes on as I am pretty sure that I have forgotten some and also by reading these books, some will trigger another series book to add as well!

The books I have on my list at this time are:

  1. “Along Came a Spider” by James Patterson – this is a re-read as I try to catch up with the author!
  2. “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness – I started this a while ago – too long ago to remember it is will start it again. If I finish it, the third of the series will be added to this list!
  3. “Sepulchre” by Kate Moss – I read the first in the series when it first came out and LOVED it but never got around to reading the second – again I also have the third to add to this list!
  4. “Northern Lights” by Philip Pullman – I know this is the first in the series but I added this as it is abut time I read it!  I currently don’t have the other books in the series.
  5. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins – OK not a series but a books that I should have read by now, especially as it’s exactly the right kind of book for me!
  6. “Lifeblood” by Gena Showalter – I tried this series out on a whim and loved it and have been meaning to pick up the second, but just never got around to it!
  7. “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them: Screenplay” by J.K Rowling – I know .. I call myself a Harry Potter fan and I haven’t read this yet. Ugh.
  8. “The Slaughter Man” by Tony Parsons – Discovered this series last year and loved the first book so immediately bought the second … and did nothing with it!
  9. “Moon Over Soho” by Ben Aaronovitch – I read the first book a while ago now and the author has since released quite a few more. Can’t decide if I need to re-read the first ..
  10. “Angelopolis” by Danielle Trussoni – I ADORED the first in the series and bought the second immediately and never read it. I think I probably will read the first book again, mostly as I know I loved it and probably need to remind myself anyway!
  11. “Running Blind” by Lee Child – I have read quite a few Jack Reacher books but this is one that I never read so it’s about time I read it, especially as I am working my way through them all again!
  12. “Sins of the Father” by Jeffrey Archer – I’ve always liked him as an author but only discovered this series in 2017 when I heard the first one in Audible with the wonderful Roger Allam. Looking forward to reading this one!
  13. “Crocodile Tears” by Anthony Horowitz – I made real headway in the series in 2017 and so want to keep the momentum going and get towards the end of the series!

If you are reading this at some point int he future, you may want to take a look at my ‘Beat the Backlist’ Good Reads list to see how different it it ..!

Have you got a massive TBR list that need attention? What theme would you give it or would you just read the ones that have been on there the longest?

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The Alphabet Soup Challenge 2018

So this one is mostly quite easy in that for most of the letters, I can use the books I plan to read anyway in 2018 .. the challenge comes with those pesky Q, X and Z letters that will likely get left for last and then panicked about in December .. although I shall try hard not to let that happen!

There are some letters that I think I pretty much have sorted due to the fact that they are being used for other challenges that I am doing – it’s great we can use books for multiple challenges!

A – Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

B – (The) Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

C – Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz

F – Fantastic Beasts and where to find them: Screenplay by J.K Rowling

G – (The) Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

L – Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

M – Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

N – Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

R – Running Blind by Lee Child

S – (The) Seven Deadly Sins: A Celebration of Virtue and Vice by Various Authors

U – Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

To see if I manage to read these and complete the rest of the alphabet, keep up to date here.

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Les Misérables Chapter-a-Day Read-along

So one thing that you will quickly learn about me is that I love a challenge!  I cannot promise that I will complete them all in the time that I am meant to but as I mostly use them as a way to chose my next book, stretch my habits or just to read along with other people, I don’t think it matters too much!

I have never seen the Les Misérables show and got abut 40 mins into the most recent film before turning it off. Following that, I wondered if I could like the book and when I saw it on Radio 4 Extra as a Drama over a few hours, I gave it a go… and loved it!

So with that in mind, I wanted to give this challenge a go.  I found it whilst randomly looking for new and exciting reading challenges for 2018 and loved the idea of it – the chance to pace myself over the year as well as read it along with others seemed a great idea to me and so I immediately downloaded the reading schedule and bought the most recent translation of the book on my kindle .. and so am ready to get going!

I think that I will update my progress on a monthly basis – it may end up in my monthly roundup posts unless I decide something different!

I am really looking forward to seeing if I enjoy this and if it makes me want to give the film a second go .. and to see the stage show!

Have you ever read Les Misérables? What about reading a book a chapter a day for a whole year? Any tips?!

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2018 Review Writing Challenge

One thing that I need to get better at is writing reviews.  I am terrible for being a perfectionist but really I haven’t had to write any for so long that it’s no wonder that I am out of practice!  I plan to get better at it and one way that I can help myself is to write more of them!

I found this challenge whilst stumbling around the net and thought it was perfect for me – I am not sure that I can commit to writing 100 reviews but would love to think I could .. I think I will start this one at 24 for this first year – 2 a month. I feel that is reasonable and means that I don’t have to write a review for every single book I read .. although I would love to think I will do lots more!

 

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November TBR

I’m not sure if I am a planner or a mood reader but as I am enjoying joining in a few challenges, I think there will beba certain amount of both!  This month my TBR pile is pretty big and I am not expecting to read them all, but I like a challenge!

There may be some more – I am planning on joining in with #TomeTopple and #TBRTakedown too but haven’t made a decision about what I will pick up yet .. I will update as and when decisions are made!

Have you read any of the books I am planning on getting to this month?

What’s on your TBR? Are you taking part in the challenges above?

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October Wrap Up

I started this post a million and one times… OK maybe not *quite* that many but I feel like it was!  I had so many questions going round in my head ..

Do my readers REALLY want to know about ALL the free books I got a hold of regardless of whether I actually read them this month?

Do I really want to show that I spent over £100 on books bearing in mind my blog is meant to be about reading on a budget? (in my defence I got a PPI repayment so I figure that spending a mere 5% of it on books is fair enough?)

Can I really be bothered to write out ALL of the books I got and link them to Goodreads?

And so on .. you get the picture!

I thought I would just give you the crib notes ..

Total Spent: £116.30

Number of Incoming Books: 128

Average cost per book: 90p

Number of Books I Read: 

  • 5* – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – My Review
  • 5* – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling
  • 4.5% – Conclave by Roger Harris
  • 4* – Murder Games by James Patterson
  • 4* – Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • 3.5* – Tripwire by Lee Child
  • 3.5% – Strange Magic by Sid Moore
  • 3.5% – Warcross by Marie Lu – My Review
  • 2* – Saltwater Witch by Chris Howard (Graphic Novel)
  • DNF – Killer Game by Kirsty McKay – My Review

As you will know, this is my first month of ‘getting back to reading’ and tracking what I am doing and it has made me thug really hard about my habits…

  1. I need to STOP grabbing books just because they’re free!  I need to actually read the blurb (!!) but another step would be to check it out on GR too; I should say that I don’t discount books just because they have a slating from other people but reading other people’s reviews often cements my decisions!
  2. I need to start reading the books I get!  This is a no-brainer really and has had me thinking about how to do this; one Idea I have is to do the ‘Try a Chapter’ thing – I can say to myself that I will do that with 2 books a day (or possibly more) to try and weed out the books I know I don’t want to continue with and those that are OK can remain on my TBR. I may make this into a monthly post or may just include it in my monthly stats post – watch this space.
  3. I need to start making sure that I am not buying the ‘nth‘ book in a series if I have not read, or at least got, the previous books. This is especially true of books I am buying physically as the space I have to keep these ‘coming up soon’ books is extremely limited!
  4. (This is immaterial really as now that the chunk of money I had is gone, I will not really have any more money for books until Christmas Day, but ..) I NEED TO STOP BUYING BOOKS AND READ THE ONES I HAVE.

So there we have it My first monthly roundup – there will be more to come and Aim sure that the format will change!

How did you do this month?