Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Holy Sh*t! It is [almost] October!

Dear Jenny,

WHOA. What the what?! It seems like just yesterday that I wrote my Mid-year Status Report but that was, in fact, 3 months ago. And since that time... I have not made much progress. Eep!

So far this year, I have completed four books and read two more that still need posts (Same two that were on my list in June. Really. I am stalled out.) That means I have six books to read in the final three months of this year. Did I already say "Eep?" Yeah. Eep again.

Time for the time-honored tradition of... page-counting! But looking back to my post about this from last year... I am actually right on track for panic-page-counting in late September/early October. I guess that's part of being a life-long procrastinator -- forgetting all of the times that I've been in a Procrastination-induced Panic before. HA!

(Cause I've actually been in worse shape before, if you can believe it!)

So I'll start with booting my longest books: So long, Stones From the River! (For a third time... that one was also on the 2014 and 2015 lists. I'll bring ya back for one more year, SFtR but... we're not going past 2017 together.) Traffic also gets pushed.

Here's what's left to read, plus Hitchhiker's Guide (I loaned it to someone... not sure if/when I'll get that back) and Housekeeping (you and I are reading this together in December -- I have the eBook):

For a total of 1505 pages. There are 94 days left in the year, which leaves me at... 16 pages a day.

Which is NOT that many but... I just have not spent much time over the past few months reading books with my eyes and I'm kind of... out of the habit, if that makes sense? I have have listened to a ton of aBooks this year, but I have not done much traditional reading.

In fact, I may have to go ahead and listen to a few of these. Hitchhikers is narrated by Stephen Fry, so I bet that's terrific... yeah. I'm totally going to listen to that one. Heh.

I know this is a busy time of year for you, so no pressure. Buuut... how you doin'?



  1. Oh God. I'm a mess. I've just been reading everything else but what's on my list.

    I've read and reported on 7, so that leaves me with 4 and Housekeeping. Probably I will not get to Master of the Senate, which is a tome. Not sure what else I'll skip, probably Ceremony, which seems like more difficult language.

    Arg. Not sure how I'll make it, although we always do. Might be time to think about a new and exciting way to challenge ourselves in 2017! And this is definitely inspiring me to try and read some of these shorter ones in the next few weekends...


    1. Only if the "new and exciting" way of challenging ourselves is somehow *easier* than our current challenge... cause this one is challenging our butts off!! 😜

    2. Agreed--this is kicking my butt. Once I remind myself to do it, it all works out. But somehow this is not the year for lots of serious reading. GEE I WONDER WHAT WORLD EVENT JUST MAKES ME WANT TO ESCAPE TO HAPPILY EVER AFTER?

  2. WE REALLY NEED TO TALK ABOUT 2017. I think if we revamp the way we do this we might be more into it? You and I are both struggling over the finish line in 2016. I mean...worst year ever...but still!


    1. Well, I would say that we should not minimize the fact that 2016 was the worst year ever. So that makes it an anomaly.

      Here are some ideas:

      Join up another site/TBR group -- this was the first year we were not affiliated with a larger group. Even though we weren't big participants with the larger group, it was still out there and part of our awareness, which I think helps.

      Invite more people to join us and post their own TBR challenges here (although that makes the blog name a little weird...) (but, you know... I'm fine with being weird. 😁) We are not alone with this pursuit.

      Use a book report "form" that we can fill out -- I have struggled with the reading, but way more with the *writing*.

      Aaand... Here are some other TBR ideas from Bustle: