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Pete's 2021 can he even spell the thread right this time challenge?

1psutto
Editado: Dic 17, 2020, 5:46am

My TBR (not including Kindle books or books added to the shelves by my other half) stands at 350 (which is an improvement on last year's 402)

I've divided them into categories and will be looking to reduce the number of books on the shelf for 2022 by 100 (double what I did in 2020)

My categories are:
Crime
Genre (SF&F)
Graphic Novels
LitFic
NonFic
Research
Short stories
Western

My methodology is to read at least 10 books from each category (obviously to get to 100 I'm going to have to read more than 10 in some categories)

In order for the 2022 TBR to be 100 books less than the 2021 any books that come into the house count negatively (unless read) - i.e. if I read 100 books and buy 50 then 2022 TBR only decreases by 50...

Knowing that I'll get books for Christmas and my birthday I'll probably read these shiny new ones before tackling the TBR

I'll then read Hardbacks first - aiming to reduce Hb on TBR to 0

2psutto
Editado: Dic 17, 2020, 5:47am

My challenge for 2021 is to reduce the TBR by 100 books - which obviously involves reading books off the shelves and trying not to buy (too many) books

3psutto
Nov 17, 2020, 11:08am

New Year New Challenge

4psutto
Editado: Feb 9, 9:55am

January

Read

Through the Woods
These Savage Shores
Ro-Busters nuts & bolts volume 2
Choking Back the Devil
Out on the Wire
Syllabus
Inferno, Mike Carey
Misty by Pat Mills
Max Perkins, editor of genius
Into bones like oil
The Most Boring Book Ever Written
Jaguars and electric eels
Hostage
William Goldman 4 screenplays
The 99% Invisible City
Follow me to ground
The Burnout Survival Guide
watcha mean, what's a zine?
Going home
Procrastination
Dark Mountain Issue 17
What is an editor? Saxe Commins at work

Bought

(Birthday Presents)

Through the Woods
These Savage Shores
Choking Back the Devil
Black Water
Black Water 2
The 99% Invisible City
Out on the Wire
Syllabus
Ro-Busters nuts & bolts volume 2
William Goldman 4 screenplays
watcha mean, what's a zine?
Procrastinator's success kit

My birthday is in January so adding some books to the 'bought' pile this month

6psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:09am

March

Read

Bought

7psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:09am

April

Read

Bought

8psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:09am

May

Read

Bought

9psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:09am

June

Read

Bought

10psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:09am

July

Read

Bought

11psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:10am

August

Read

Bought

12psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:10am

September

Read

Bought

13psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:10am

October

Read

Bought

14psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:10am

November

Read

Bought

15psutto
Editado: Dic 7, 2020, 10:11am

December

Read

Bought

16psutto
Nov 17, 2020, 11:09am

Leaving one for edits etc

17psutto
Nov 17, 2020, 11:09am

And that's me signed up for next year...

18majkia
Nov 17, 2020, 11:14am

Great, LOL. Spelling looks good!

19Helenliz
Nov 17, 2020, 11:41am

Hurrah, challenge 1 successfully accomplished!
I'm going to ignore the "not buy too many books" thing; we all know that's a myth.

20pamelad
Nov 17, 2020, 2:42pm

Good lcuk!

21rabbitprincess
Nov 17, 2020, 7:09pm

Hurray, welcome back!

22Tess_W
Nov 17, 2020, 8:34pm

A+ in spelling! Good luck with the 100!

23DeltaQueen50
Nov 17, 2020, 11:36pm

Great to see you ready for another year, Pete.

24MissWatson
Nov 18, 2020, 4:47am

Good to see you're back! And I fully agree with >19 Helenliz: about the book-buying.

25JayneCM
Nov 18, 2020, 6:12am

Your thread name cracked me up! It is a total pain that you cannot change them after you have set them up as I've made that mistake as well.
Happy reading and non-buying (which I agree, is not really a thing!) in 2021!

26dudes22
Nov 18, 2020, 6:34am

I've made that mistake too. I think you can change it if you get to the continuation point. Have a great year of reading, Pete.

27psutto
Nov 18, 2020, 7:40am

Thanks all - I was quite good at not buying new books this year (but I still bought some) but yeah - 'not too many' is the point rather than 'not at all' ...

28hailelib
Nov 18, 2020, 11:02am

Good luck with your goals for next year, especially not buying too many books!

29VivienneR
Nov 18, 2020, 7:37pm

Good to see you are set up and ready to go. 'Not buy too many books'? Ha! I've seen that phrase a lot around here. Haven't seen it in action.

30rabbitprincess
Nov 18, 2020, 10:57pm

>29 VivienneR: I think my book buying has gone down a bit because all of the used-book sales I normally go to have been cancelled. I've been in a bookstore only once this year :O I have bought books online, but not as many as I would in person.

31VivienneR
Nov 19, 2020, 3:17pm

>30 rabbitprincess: I haven't bought any books in person, but my online buying has gone from one at a time to multiples at a time.

32JayneCM
Nov 22, 2020, 4:03am

>31 VivienneR: Me too! They catch me every time by offering free shipping if you spend over a certain amount (which normally means three or four books!)

33thornton37814
Dic 4, 2020, 1:19pm

Welcome back. Have a great year of reading.

34mysterymax
Dic 5, 2020, 10:52am

I gave up with the idea of not getting more books years ago! My husband said if I bought a new book I had to get rid of one...yeah, that didn't last long either.

35psutto
Dic 7, 2020, 10:07am

>34 mysterymax: - I had the task to not buy books in 2020 - I failed, but it's an aspiration to read the books on the shelves that I've not got round to yet, I have a couple of years worth at least...

36mysterymax
Dic 12, 2020, 10:29pm

>35 psutto: Since this hasn't been a year for browsing through old book stores my 2020 reading has all been off my shelves. I have ordered books this year, this true, but I've been reading ones overlooked for years, and rereading many as well (mostly because I'd forgotten I'd read them!)

37dudes22
Dic 13, 2020, 5:37am

>35 psutto: - No library sales helped to keep my buying in check this year - but, oh how I missed them.

38psutto
Dic 14, 2020, 10:42am

yep I've missed the book stores - we used to have a blow out every few months and go to the nearby city to wander round our favourite bookstores and buy a few books each then go for sushi and a beer in a nice old pub. Simple pleasures. I can't wait to do that again (although my bank balance might not like it)

39lkernagh
Dic 31, 2020, 6:02pm

Wishing you a wonderful year of reading in 2021!

40psutto
Ene 5, 8:34am

I got a few Graphic Novels and a couple of books for my birthday a couple of days ago (see post 4) - usually it takes me most of January to read my Xmas & birthday presents - but this year, in lockdown again, I think it'll be faster.

Then I'll tackle the TBR...

41This-n-That
Ene 12, 11:08am

Good luck with your reading challenges, Pete. Kudos to your excellent spelling. :-) It really would be nice if topic names could be altered (or topics deleted) after posting.

42psutto
Ene 22, 9:24am

So far I'm doing quite well on reading the books that I got for Xmas (read them all) and my birthday but i have two massive books from my birthday left and don't think I'm going to hit my self-imposed target of finishing all presents by end of Jan

Black Water and Black Water 2 are over 900 pages each and will keep me going for a while - the way I usually tackle short stories is to read a few between books so as long as I finish these two before the end of the year I'll be happy.

My next target is to get all the hardbacks off the TBR - if you buy a hardback it should be because you can't wait for the paperback - so if they then languish on the TBR that's bad. TBF only 3 of the 10 that are on the shelf are ones I bought, the others being my partner's purchases but I aim to get the hardbacks to 0 - and so I've started with Going Home which I bought in Edinburgh at an event at which I got the author's signature. However I now realise that was in 2019 and I should have read it by now. The other two hardbacks of mine are Dark Mountain 17 and Dark Mountain 18 which is a journal I have a subscription to that comes twice a year - and they're both from 2020 so I'm slacking on reading them.

If I manage all 10 of the hardbacks (even though 3 of them are 500+ pages) then I only have 90 paperbacks to get to. Reminder that my TBR shelves are organised as:

Crime
Genre (SF&F)
Graphic Novels
LitFic
NonFic
Research
Short stories
Western

I'm going to count the hardbacks separate to that & I've read the GN TBR which leaves 7 categories which gives me a 12-13 books from each remaining category target. My best bet for doing that is to read the shorter books in each category first (my category challenge next year could well be chunksters!)

I feel that I'm getting a head start by starting properly on the TBR before the end of Jan even though I've already read 8 TBR books this year

43Tess_W
Ene 22, 9:27am

Great job on finishing all Christmas and Birthday books! I haven't finished those, including the Thingaversary books from 2020, yet!

44spiralsheep
Ene 22, 10:15am

>42 psutto: "if you buy a hardback it should be because you can't wait for the paperback - so if they then languish on the TBR that's bad"

Most of the hardbacks on my unread shelf are secondhand, but I share your feeling about new hardbacks that languish (especially as I find paperbacks physically easier to read). Good luck with your self-challenge.

45dudes22
Ene 22, 1:14pm

Wow - you are so organized. re: hardbacks. I generally agree but a lot of mine are ones I've picked up at library sales and many are from series that I'm not current on. Still - you've provided thoughts that might percolate for next year.

46psutto
Feb 4, 8:22am

February already...

I read 22 books in January - which is more than in 2020 and 2019 but am guessing lockdown has helped increase the reading

47psutto
Feb 18, 7:13am

whoops - bought 3 books this month:

Clockwork Sister (Friend's book)
Maxwell's Demon Pre-order from last year
Edited by Ellen Datlow shiny