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 3 books this quarter:
- Paddington Marches On by Michael Bond
- Evie Brooks in Central Park Showdown by Sheila Agnew
- Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley
- $0.50 on The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries by Emma Thompson
- $0.25 on The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo
- $1.50 on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, and 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares
- $0.25 on The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- $0.50 on Ginger Pye and Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes
- $0.25 on The Fortune Cookies of Weevil by Aaron Reynolds
- $0.50 on Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated by Florence Parry Heide
- $0.50 on The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron
- $4.24 on Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
- $17.17 on Five Little Pigs, The Hollow, and Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
- $0.50 on Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin
- $6.72 on LEGO Bionicle: Battle of the Mask Makers by Ryder Windham
- $11.37 on Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, and A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie, and The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club
I also received 16 Agatha Christie books for Mother’s Day. 😀
Wow, I really blew that goal! However, The 5 books I’ve pre-ordered this year have only averaged $10.25 each, so I think I’m still doing okay overall.
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 – I Work at the Public Library, A night in with Audrey Hepburn, and Austenland, as well as 8 Mini Review posts. I have decided that I don’t enjoy writing the Look Reviews, so I’m ditching them. I will continue to post mini reviews.
THREE. Read at least 200 books.
FOUR. Read these 11 Poirot novels, plus 1 short story:
Four and Twenty Blackbirds(short story) Completed 1/1/2016 Sad CypressCompleted 2/11/2016
One, Two Buckle my ShoeCompleted 3/11/2016
Evil Under the SunCompleted 4/21/2016
Five Little PigsCompleted 4/30/2016
The HollowCompleted 5/10/2016
Taken at the FloodCompleted 6/13/2016
Mrs McGinty’s DeadCompleted 6/23/2016 After the FuneralCompleted 6/25/2016
- Hickory Dickory Dock
- Dead Man’s Folly
- Cat Among the Pigeons
FIVE. Read 26 books for a personal Alphabet Challenge.
- After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Because if Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
- Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Flunked by Jen Calonita
- Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
- The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
- The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
- Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
- Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
- A Night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday
- Once Was a Time by Leila Sayles
- Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
- Tempest-Tost by Robertson Davies
- The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
- Wildflowers by Robin Jones Gunn
- Nanny X Returns by Madelyn Rosenberg
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
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.
- Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints by P. J. Brackston
- A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C. A. Belmond
- There Must Be Murder by Margaret Sullivan
- Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
- Dishing the Dirt by M. C. Beaton
- Death of a Dustman by M. C. Beaton
- Once Upon a Crime by P. J. Brackston
- Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams
- Murder Actually by Stephanie McCarthy
- The Case of the Fickle Mermaid by P. J. Brackston
- Death of a Hussy by M. C. Beaton
- Death of a Snob by M. C. Beaton
- Death of a Traveling Man by M. C. Beaton
- Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
- Death of a Charming Man by M. C. Beaton
- Bed of Scorpions by Judith Flanders
- Death of a Celebrity by M. C. Beaton
- Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
- Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
- Death of a Village by M. C. Beaton
- Pagan Spring by G. M. Malliet
- Death of a Poison Pen by M. C. Beaton
- Death of a Bore by M. C. Beaton
- Death of a Dreamer by M. C. Beaton
- Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor
- A Bicycle Built for Murder by Kate Kingsbury
- Death of a Maid by M. C. Beaton
- Uncommon Grounds by Sandra Balzo
- Death of a Gentle Lady by M. C. Beaton
SEVEN. Read at least 12 selections from my personal Classics Challenge list.
- Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Agatha Christie
- Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
- Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
- Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
- The Hollow by Agatha Christie
- Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie
- Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
- After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
- Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
- Howards End by E. M. Forster
- The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
- The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
- Kilmeny of the Orchard by L. M. Montgomery
- The Story Girl by L. M. Montgomery
- The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
- Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
- Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde
- An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
- A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
- 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!
This quarter I’ve purchased some souvenir tees on our trip to the beach, as well as a new handbag for myself, because the old one was falling apart. I also had to buy Sweet Potato some more new summer clothes because she’s growing like a weed!
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 changing this to a health goal. Yes, I want to be more active and fit, but there are other things I can do to improve my overall health. I’m drinking plenty of water, eating healthier breakfasts, and I’ve gotten back into the habit of taking a daily vitamin.
TEN. Participate in TTT every week.
So far, so good.