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Old 03-11-2014, 11:46 AM   #406
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Just looked at my reading list and I am 33% of the way through my original challenge and we are not quite 25% of the way through the year. I think I am doing pretty well.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:29 PM   #407
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Old 03-11-2014, 03:48 PM   #408
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I did a complete read-through once, just to be able to say that I did. Just read a bit of it each night. Took me about a year.
That's the same reason/way I did it. I had an e-bible, so I just read 1% a day.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:56 PM   #409
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I had one of those paperback-sized Bibles with the wafer-thin pages.

That was back in the day when my eyes could actually SEE fonts sized that small.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:24 PM   #410
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Goodreads informs me that I am 6 books ahead on my challenge. But the second part of the 2014 challenge was to stay within a $40 monthly budget. Every month the amount has been way over. However, seeing the amounts add up each month is producing an angst that is likely keeping purchases less than they have been since buying my first ereader. All in all, reading is still a cheap hobby, as hobbies go.

Edit: I went completely off-track on the budget when I bought Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction by Barry Forshaw. It is a grave mistake for any bibliophile to buy a guide to any beloved genre. (The Merriam-Webster website says this: 'for bibliophiles, no electronic device could possibly give the tactile pleasure of a beautifully bound book.' Obviously, they've never experienced the pleasure of seeing ebooks virtually lined up in Calibre.)

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Old 03-13-2014, 10:45 AM   #411
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With today's Daily Deal purchase (Mercy by Jusse Adler-Olsen, which ought to be in that book you just mentioned, BelleZora*), I have run right up against my 2:1 TBR limit. 32 books in, 16 books out.

Unfortunately I still have one ebook pre-ordered, and one paperback omnibus making its slow way from the US. I'm going to need to get some more books finished or discarded before those turn up.

*Edit: Except that it has a different title in the US. It's the first Department Q book, anyway.

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:19 PM   #412
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Just finished The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. This was a GREAT book! I could hardly put it down. I now see why Harry Bosch is a popular series in the crime genre. This was my first Whispersync purchase and I'm just getting to it, so checkmark on the TBR. The Whispersync thing sortof worked. Had to get something fixed, but hope the next one goes better.

I actually increased my goal for the 2014 Challenge, so now 120 books (10 a month). I'm ahead right now. I'm also nearly halfway done with my Age Challenge. That will slow though as the last 3 books were published in years already covered.

Next books up will be Proven Guilty (next book in Dresden Files) and Judgement in Death (J D Robb buddy read), both in Audio. On the ereader is Asimov's mag. Actual reading is limited right now due to vision issue, so short stories and novellas work best for that.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:33 PM   #413
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First book from Africa complete. Only 51 more books left in my challenge. O_O
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:59 PM   #414
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Mid-March, and my book budget isn't going to balance before October at the earliest. Of my year's budget of $480, all but $32.15 is allocated.

While it's not impossible that I'll manage to keep my spending for the year under $480, I can't say that any third party has any reason to be optimistic about my chances.

The good news is that I'm just reading my 50th book now, so I may well break 200 books for the year.

The downside is that I expect to end the year having bought over 200 ebooks (funds allocated to a total of 214 at the moment).

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Old 03-13-2014, 01:29 PM   #415
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I posted my reading challenges here on my blog. Seeing as we're about a quarter of the way through the year, I thought I'd check in!

As far as numbers, I'm doing fine. According to Goodreads I'm 4 books ahead with my challenge to read 100 books. As far as number of pages, I decided on 40,000, which works out at around 3,333/month. I'm at 9154, so I should hit 10,000 by 31 March. And I've been reading for an hour most days - on the days where I haven't I've read a lot of stuff for uni, which I don't count as the challenge is supposed to be about fun!

On the other hand, reducing my collection of physical books is not going well at all. There are simply too many bargains available in my area! I've managed not to gain too many more than I had, but I've also not managed to cut down many either. Hopefully once I finish up with uni I'll be able to make headway on that particular challenge.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:40 PM   #416
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Just caught up my list. Did a read-through of all of Seanan McGuire's series (InCrypted and October Daye) so now I'm up to 39 books, which keeps me ahead of my goal pace.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:18 PM   #417
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Finished the latest book in the Honorverse, Cauldron of Slaves. Enjoyed it, and that puts me well ahead of my goal on the # of books. Plus I've managed to maintain my list, which is an important part of the goal this year. Without, so far, having to resort to Nudges from Nyssa™.

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Old 03-22-2014, 07:56 PM   #418
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Finished the latest book in the Honorverse, Cauldron of Slaves. Enjoyed it, and that puts me well ahead of my goal on the # of books. Plus I've managed to maintain my list, which is an important part of the goal this year. Without, so far, having to resort to Nudges from Nyssa™.
I thought that deserved a trademark tag.

I am glad to see so many people keeping up with their lists - they are appreciated. Whenever I see someone who likes a book I have either contemplated or liked myself, I try to check their lists to see what else I can find that sounds interesting.
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Finished the latest book in the Honorverse, Cauldron of Slaves. Enjoyed it, and that puts me well ahead of my goal on the # of books. Plus I've managed to maintain my list, which is an important part of the goal this year. Without, so far, having to resort to Nudges from Nyssa.
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I thought that deserved a trademark tag.

I am glad to see so many people keeping up with their lists - they are appreciated. Whenever I see someone who likes a book I have either contemplated or liked myself, I try to check their lists to see what else I can find that sounds interesting.

LOL!

I'm glad you're been both willing and able to keep your list updated CR. Good Work!

Thanks for the trademark Dazrin - although that now makes it kind of official and I have so been sleeping on the job.

You've both put a much needed smile on my face. Thanks!

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Pretty good, Dazrin! Added to original. And Nyssa - glad we could add a smile. I admit, I had a smile when I posted it.
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