2016 Challenges – 1st Quarter Check-in

At the beginning of the year I set some challenges for myself. Now it’s time to check-in and see how I’m doing.

ONE. Limit my bookish spending. Pre-order no more than 12 books (average 1 per month). Spend no more than $60 on used / bargain books (average $5 per month).

I pre-ordered 2 books this quarter, which I gave to my kids as Valentine’s Day gifts:

  1. Paddington at Large by Michael Bond
  2. The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon and Dean Hale

I spent:

I also won a giveaway hosted by Lois @ You, Me, and a Cup of Tea. I got to pick any book, up to a $10 value, from Amazon! I chose Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

TWO. Post more book reviews. Write monthly Look Reviews (full book reviews with an accompanying outfit) and post my micro mini Goodreads reviews on the blog.

I posted 3 Look Reviews – The Madness of Love, A Study in Charlotte, and Devoted, as well as 9 Mini Review posts.

THREE. Read at least 200 books.

My Goodreads total is currently 98.

FOUR. Read these 11 Poirot novels, plus 1 short story:

  1. Four and Twenty Blackbirds (short story) Completed 1/1/2016
  2. Sad Cypress Completed 2/11/2016
  3. One, Two Buckle my Shoe Completed 3/11/2016
  4. Evil Under the Sun
  5. Five Little Pigs
  6. The Hollow
  7. Taken at the Flood
  8. Mrs McGinty’s Dead
  9. After the Funeral
  10. Hickory Dickory Dock
  11. Dead Man’s Folly
  12. Cat Among the Pigeons

FIVE. Read 26 books for a personal Alphabet Challenge.

  1. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  2. Because if Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  3. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
  4. Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Flunked by Jen Calonita
  7. Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  9. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

  10. The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
  11. L
  12. M
  13. A Night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday
  14. O
  15. P
  16. Q
  17. R
  18. S
  19. Tempest-Tost by Robertson Davies
  20. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

  21. Wildflowers by Robin Jones Gunn
  22. X
  23. Y
  24. Z

SIX. Participate in Cruisin’ thru the Cozies with Yvonne @ Socrates Book Review. I’m entering at Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire – Read 21 or more books.

  1. Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints by P. J. Brackston
  2. A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C. A. Belmond
  3. There Must Be Murder by Margaret Sullivan
  4. Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
  5. Dishing the Dirt by M. C. Beaton
  6. Death of a Dustman by M. C. Beaton
  7. Once Upon a Crime by P. J. Brackston
  8. Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams
  9. Murder Actually by Stephanie McCarthy
  10. The Case of the Fickle Mermaid by P. J. Brackston
  11. Death of a Hussy by M. C. Beaton
  12. Death of a Snob by M. C. Beaton
  13. Death of a Traveling Man by M. C. Beaton
  14. Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  15. Death of a Charming Man by M. C. Beaton
  16. Bed of Scorpions by Judith Flanders
  17. Death of a Celebrity by M. C. Beaton

SEVEN. Read at least 12 selections from my personal Classics Challenge list.

  1. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Agatha Christie
  2. Howards End by E. M. Forster
  3. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  4. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  5. Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
  6. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
  7. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
  8. Salome by Oscar Wilde

EIGHT. Once again, cut WAY back on my wardrobe. I want to go minimalist. I’m still working on the details. This includes my kids’ wardrobes too. They have so many clothes they rarely wear!

I’ve pared my own wardrobe down and committed to a year of no clothes shopping (with the exception of essentials that wear out or the kids outgrow). I did have to buy a new swimsuit, pajamas, and shorts for Sweet Potato, as she’s grown several inches since last Summer.

NINE. The obligatory fitness resolution. 😆 But seriously, after my epic year of reading, I really need to get my butt in gear and be more active.

I’m drinking a lot more water. :/

TEN. Participate in TTT every week.

So far, so good.

6 thoughts on “2016 Challenges – 1st Quarter Check-in

  1. Chris says:

    Oh I love my bibliophile daughter and grandkids!

    Looks like you will easily meet your goals on the reading front. As far as activity, it’s a lifelong struggle isn’t it! I bought a recumbant bike w/ bookstand a while back and it has helped me in the exercise department. I can ride and read at the same time! Two birds, one stone and all that jazz…….


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