TackleTBR is over for another year. It’s been an awesome two weeks and I’m delighted that so many people joined in my Challenge last Monday. The winner of my 21st Page Challenge was… Shash (MomIsReading). You should have an email from me already.
I’ve had a hard time finding time to do everything in my schedule and still make time to read books. So I haven’t done the things I should have done. Life is too short for gardening and housework!
Since Saturday I’ve read 278 more pages to complete my fifth book for the Read-a-thon. That’s as much as I hoped for, and more than expected. Admittedly, I included a short chapter book, but then, it’s relevant for my reading genres.
More importantly, that’s five books off my TBR list, from as early as 2012 through to additions last year. Most also contributed to my other Challenges, as you will see below. Thank you so much, Tressa, and all who contributed to this year’s event.
Books read in TackleTBR 2017
Total books read: 5
Total pages read: 1453
A Siege of Bitterns by Steve Burrows
- Enjoyable murder mystery with plenty of twists, set in North Norfolk, and heavily involving birdwatching and pollution. I’ll look for more in the series.
Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond
- Amazingly evocative and beautifully gritty tale of a thirteen year old boy and some very strange friends.
The Outcast Dead (Ruth Galloway #6) by Elly Griffiths
- Couldn’t put it down. Love this series.
Gasp of the Ghoulish Guinea Pig by Sam Hay
- Highly enjoyable easy reader chapter book. Ideal for pet-lovers!
The Voyages of the Seven by R E Weber
- An enjoyable story, but I felt it could do with a good edit. It’s the second in the series, but I found it easy to pick up the characters and situation. Great world-building!
Reading Challenge update
Since we’re three-quarters of the way through the year, I’ll do an update for all the reading challenges.
By July I’d done 16. I’ve now done 21. But I have only done 14 for the MG one I do for the Goodreads GMGR group. I have J, L, N, and Z lined up, but I’m considering abandoning X, possibly forever.
Progress: 21 out of 26 letters completed to date
There are nine colours (or combos) to include, either in the title or as the principle colour of the cover. I’ve completed them all except the ‘multi-colour’ which I have ear-marked. Oh, no I haven’t – Science and Islam was on my TackleTBR list for this month but I didn’t get to it.
Progress: 7 out of 9 completed so far.
Last update I said “But my TBR has grown to 538, more than thirty new ones…twelve of which were in June. So, no more new books this year!” Yeah, right. I’ve been knocking books off my TBR as well as reading them, and I’m back up to 541 again. There’s no hope for me!
Progress: 27 out of 36. That’s 7 more than last update.
The long-term Challenge – fifty books over ten years, or five a year. I didn’t read my Yellow cover non-fiction book this month, but our bookclub read last month was non-fiction so I added that. I also got a great free book from NASA on the Cassini programme I could whizz through to catch up to this year’s target.
Progress: 4 of 5 for this year.
I thought this was going to be more difficult this year, so pulled the target back to six. How wrong can one be? This has been so easy for me I won’t do it again. I’ve really enjoyed most of the books, though.
Progress: 12 out of a target of 6.
Now, this is a different challenge. Even Bruce Gargoyle was struggling to read a book from each of his seven categories relating to the words wild, goose and chase. We both seemed stalled at four, but I’ve finally managed to complete it with the aid of a SHIP (that sang) and a siege of BITTERNS.
Progress: 7 out of 7 categories. Yippee!
Progress: 47 of 52 books, ten ahead of schedule. I should stop doing reading challenges.