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Monday, September 17, 2018

Tackle Your TBR Challenge

Today I am joining another reading challenge. This one is designed to get a few books off the ever-growing to-be-read (TBR) pile.

With this challenge I promise to give a daily update which will help me keep track of the books I've read and/or the number of pages involved (I'll approximate pages for listening hours for audiobooks.)

Here are my planned reads for the week:

  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, et al.  I only recently added this title to my TBR as it was just recently published. I have a copy on hand and it is due back to the library soon. This is my top priority.
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. This was my Classics Club SPIN selection which I was supposed to finish by September 1st. Obviously I didn't meet the deadline but am determined to finish the book. Placed this on my TBR list on Jan 14, 2018.
  • The King Years by Taylor Branch. I have been "reading" this collection of essays since April 2018 and want to be done with it. "Reading" is in quotes because I haven't actually read anything in it for months.
  • Fear by Bob Woodward. I just got this e-book on the day it was published last week.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amar Towles. Added to my TBR on Feb. 14, 2018.
  • A Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. Honestly this one isn't officially on my TBR (on Goodreads) but I have it checked out from the library and is one of the books from the 2019 Mock Printz project. We'll see if there is time to get to this one.
A few notes before I get started:
  1. I suspect there won't be any trouble finishing The Name of the Rose and The King Years because I am already well into both of those books.
  2. A Gentleman of Moscow is an audiobook and it is due back to Overdrive soon. When it expires it will magically just disappear from my devise so I may not get to finish it though no fault of my own. But I will start it and see how far I get.
  3. Fear is about President Trump. It makes me so angry I can only read it in small doses. I don't plan to race through it. Unlikely I will finish it this week.
  4. I am open to switching my plans mid-stream. Who knows exactly what books I will read/finish/start this week?
Here I go. After posting and signing up on the linky at Wishful Endings, first up, an essay from The King Years and an hour of listening to The Name of the Rose.


  1. I'm reading "An American Marriage" but need a lighter book too, like a mystery. I have several coming out in October, not soon enough. I'm sure I'll be busy with the wedding and won't necessarily have time to read anyway. :)

    1. I just remembered to place An American Marriage on hold at the library today. I might get it on time. Eek!

  2. I make sure to join a TBR challenge EVERY year! I need all the help I can get. My TBR bookcase now has double-layers on most shelves - gulp.

    Good luck - enjoy!


    Book By Book

  3. I am really interested to hear what you think of Fear. I want to read it and I don't; I am afraid I will just get angrier than I already am and that doesn't seem healthy.


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