TBR Book Challenge 2017

The list of books I have purchased but not yet read, is slowly getting out of control. It seems like every 6 months or so I take a look at the growing amount of books on my bookshelf, and hastily grab a bunch of them to take to the second hand book store (usually only to make room for MORE MORE MORE). I’ve decided to set myself a little challenge for 2017 to help get my TBR shelf under control.

Here is how the challenge will work –

1. My goal is to read at least 25 books off of my TBR shelf, which includes both physical books and kindle books.
2. Until the challenge is completed I am not allowing myself to purchase any new books.
3. HOWEVER, after every 2 books I finish I am allowed to purchase one “nostalgic” book for my collection (this is housed on an entirely different bookshelf and is a hobby, so I don’t count it in my standard TBR).
4. I am also allowed to borrow books from the library, to mix things up from time to time.
5. All the books I read for this challenge will also count towards my standard 50 Book Challenge for the year.

I’ll be tracking my progress on the blog as the year progresses, so stay tuned. Let me know if you’re going to participate this year, and best of luck if you do!

December TBR

I love it when a new year feels like a fresh start. With that in mind, my TBR pile for this month is essentially all of the books I’ve started and want to finish off before 2016 wraps up. I’m well and truly over the line for my 40 book challenge (with 52 books read so far), so that’s good. Here are the books I’m hoping to finish before the end of the year –

I think it’s a reasonable target, three physical books and one audio books should be possible during this hectic holiday season… Right? Next year my focus is going to be getting a LOT of the books on my TBR pile read and either donated or kept (if it’s a book I know I will re-read again at some point). But I’ll be sure to keep you posted as we move into the new year.

November TBR

I was pleased with how many books I managed to complete last month, and I think the Spookathon definitely helped get my number of books read up a bit higher than usual. This month I’m planning to participate in #AroundTheWorldAThon, so I’ve included a couple of Oceanic books in this month’s mix to read during that week. I’ll be sure to keep you posted with how I go with the readathon, which by the way is hosted by two of my favourite Aussie Booktubers – Kirstie and April. Here’s what I’m planning to read this month –

October TBR

October is approaching! Which means it’s Halloween (in some parts of the world at least), and time to bring out all the spooky books on my TBR shelf. One of my favourite booktubers Lala is co-hosting something called the Spookathon, which is essentially a readathon where you focus on reading “spooky” books. You can watch her video about it here. Keeping this in mind as I’d like to participate, here are the books on my TBR list for the month –

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
Goosebumps Book #30 It Came From Beneath The Sink
Goosebumps Book #33 The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
Sweet Valley University (Thriller Edition) The Roommate

I’ll be sure to let you know how I go, once the month is over!

August TBR

I didn’t get to read as many books last month as I’d hoped, somehow when I’m on holidays even though I have grand plans to get a lot of reading done… I never do. I’m back into my regular routine now that we’re back from interstate, and getting a little bit more reading done every day. Here are the books I’m hopping to knock off of my ‘to be read’ list this month –

Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre – Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town. Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year. We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him. From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me. Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood – Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne – It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon – While his successful wife goes off to her law office each day, Simon Connolly takes care of their kids, Jake and Laney. Now that they are in high school, the angst-ridden father should feel more relaxed, but he doesn’t. He’s seen the statistics, read the headlines. And now, his darkest fear is coming true. There has been a shooting at school. Simon races to the rendezvous point, where he’s forced to wait. Do they know who did it? How many victims were there? Why did this happen? One by one, parents are led out of the room to reunite with their children. Their numbers dwindle, until Simon is alone. As his worst nightmare unfolds, and Jake is the only child missing, Simon begins to obsess over the past, searching for answers, for hope, for the memory of the boy he raised, for mistakes he must have made, for the reason everything came to this. Where is Jake? What happened in those final moments? Is it possible he doesn’t really know his son? Or he knows him better than he thought?