Monday, 28 December 2015

2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge (Masterpost)

I want to do the 2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge, and I aim only to climb Pike's Peak, which is 12 books. I should be possible considering how many books I read per year (50-60), but I think it will be challenge enough. I failed miserably at last years TBR Challenge. I read 4 out of 12 books on that list. This year I am doing things a little different, as I'm not writing a TBR. Simply because I've been dreading those recently. I also want to read more new books, more Norwegian books, more high fantasy, more urban fantasy (like I don't already read tons of that), more poetry, more more more more more. I want to diversify my reading in new ways (which is why I'm doing Book Riot's Read Harder challenge as well) as well as just go where my mind wants to. I thin that's more than I can chew.

That is the current state of my unread books. Two giant piles. I really want to reduce them to one, some books I think I can just throw out, but most of them I still intend to read, or at least keep on my shelves. I think having up to 20 unread books is fine, but more than that and I feel (pointless) book guilt.

*list of books I've read will appear here*

Sunday, 27 December 2015

TBRDEC: The end is nigh

The month is almost over, and so is my challenge. For me it has turned into a A Clash of Kings readathon instead. I've been reading a little bit every day and then I've been all read out. I'm hoping that when 2016 comes around I'll be done with the ting. I'm really liking it so far, the characters that I didn't like in the previous book are better this time around, mostly because everyone we follow are scattered around, and not mostly clumped together in King's Landing and Winterfell. They're everywhere and so we get something new in every part, not just a rehashing of what happened with the added perspectives of the current character. I still like following some characters less or more than others, but I am less likely to put the book down when someone I don't like turn up.

What have you been reading this week?

- Kristine

Friday, 25 December 2015

All the books I have not read and what my reading life will look like in 2016

The end of 2015 is nigh, and later I'll be going through my statistics, but mostly I feel like I haven't been doing anything I should this year (despite having read over the 50 books I set my sights on). I don't know if it is because I've been listening to most of the books I've read and thus it feels different than reading with my eyes, or if the books that I chose to read weren't what I needed, the ones I've chosen not to read.

My pile(s) of unread books is well known around these parts, and while I've tamed it down to two piles again (instead of the three I operated with earlier) I keep not reading most of them. I think I just need to cut my losses and cull them for 2016. Get rid of those books that I know I won't read, I know myself well enough to know that I won't be reading some of them, ever, and that if I should want to, years down the line I can get them again.

I feel like I haven't read enough, even though I've read some really good books. I've read some not so great ones as well, but no terrible ones (I've stopped reading a couple, because they were not good/not to my tastes). I have read, yet I feel like I have not.

I am reading now though, I'm reading a big fantasy book I've been putting off, I grew tired of high fantasy and escaped it. Now I'm enjoying it again. It is the rise and fall of the reading tide. I started 2015 with high hopes in all areas of my life, and those hopes have all been crushed (and quite frankly if 2016 doesn't turn out better I will quit). I want to do all the things, but I am very bad at doing them. So for 2016 I will join one or two reading challenges, and I'll set my goodreads challenge to 50 books, but I won't be so hard on myself about the books I don't read. I don't need imaginary guilt hanging over me. Those books don't care if I read them or not. They're printed paper, and while some of them may very well change how I feel or think forever, most of them won't, and what I don't know I can't miss.

So for 2016 I will be doing Book Riot's Read Harder challenge. I want to read more varied, they encourage me. I want to read what I want when I want to, and rid myself of the monthly TBR that I've been working with for the past few years, it does not serve me anymore.  That said I'm not ready to abandon the quest to get down to less than 20 unread books in my (physical) possession so I am also joining  2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge, I'll be aiming no higher than Pike's Peak (12 books from my TBR) in my sign up (coming soon), though secretly hoping for Mount Blanc... I won't be writing a TBR there either, because that did not work out for me this year (with the TBR challenge I did tried to do).

Anyone else feel like 2015 didn't work out, reading wise? Or maybe it was a most excellent reading year?

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

TBRDEC: Another week

I forgot to update Sunday (and it's now been Tuesday for 11 minutes), but that's only because I was deep into my most recent read A Clash of Kings by a certain George R.R. Martin. I've read 70 pages or so already. I hope to read another 50 tonight, but I have been listening to Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind on audio as well (I've got about 7 hours left, so closing in on the end). AND then I'm reading The Good, the Bad and the Undead by Kim Harrison, the second in her Hollows series. This is technically a reread for me, but I gave up on this series the first time around. Now I'm really enjoying it.

My stats:
Books finished: 0.5*
Pages read: 469 + ? I haven't tallied, more than 100, less than last week. I'll get back to you. Right now I have a book to get back to.

Have you read anything this week and was it any good?

Sunday, 6 December 2015

TBRDEC: Sunday catch up

Hello. Hi. It's me. I've read something every single day this week. I've read for anything between ten minutes and three hours and I love it. I barely read anything on Saturday because there was family, food and Dreamfall Chapters. I read a little before going to sleep though, so that's something.

I've finished Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. It was pretty good. I have a lot of feelings right now as it's been only an hour since I shut it. I might write about it later. I don't know. I just really likSo e the Diviners series. The bad guy was not as cool/terrifying as in The Diviners, but I didn't expect that, this book was much sadder and emotional and not just about the dreams we have at night, but very much about the ones we have in real life, and about them breaking or coming true and losing their glamour. I loved it.

As to what I'll read next I have no idea. I made no TBR for this month, I just want to read what I want to read. There are several books I'm itching to start - or finish.

My stats:
Books finished: 0.5*
Pages read: 469

Have you read anything this week and was it any good?

*Books that I started before December count as 1/2 a book (regardless of how far I had come, unless it was under 30 pages in which case I count it as a whole).