2016 Challenges – 4th 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 did.

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:

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition
  2. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon Hale

That makes a total of 9 pre-orders for the year.

I’ve lost track of the used books I’ve bought this quarter. #sorrynotsorry

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 didn’t write Mini Reviews every week, but I posted a lot.

THREE. Read at least 200 books.

Achieved!

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

Achieved! I actually completed my Poirot challenge!

FIVE. Read 26 books for a personal Alphabet Challenge.

Achieved! See full list here.

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.

Achieved! See full list here.

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

Achieved! See full list here.

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 finally broke down and bought a few new things for myself: 2 new shirts, a pair of shoes, and some new pajamas.

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.

Blargh.

TEN. Participate in TTT every week.

Achieved! Unfortunately, I don’t want to even think about doing another TTT for a very long time. #burnout

2016 Challenges – 3rd 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:

  1. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
  2. Paddington Takes the Test by Michael Bond

I bought:

I received as gifts:

Umm, I’ve gone WAY over the $5 per month mark, but I have been much more choosy about which books I buy, so I’m good with it.

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 ditched the Look Reviews but wrote Mini Review posts, as well as some Austen in August book reviews.

THREE. Read at least 200 books.

Achieved!

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

Achieved!

  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 Completed 4/21/2016
  5. Five Little Pigs Completed 4/30/2016
  6. The Hollow Completed 5/10/2016
  7. Taken at the Flood Completed 6/13/2016
  8. Mrs McGinty’s Dead Completed 6/23/2016
  9. After the Funeral Completed 6/25/2016
  10. Hickory Dickory Dock Completed 7/4/2016
  11. Dead Man’s Folly Completed 8/2/2016
  12. Cat Among the Pigeons Completed 8/25/2016

FIVE. Read 26 books for a personal Alphabet Challenge.

Achieved!

  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 Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
  11. The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
  12. Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
  13. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
  14. A Night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday
  15. Once Was a Time by Leila Sayles
  16. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
  17. Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan
  18. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  19. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  20. Tempest-Tost by Robertson Davies
  21. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
  22. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  23. Wildflowers by Robin Jones Gunn
  24. Nanny X Returns by Madelyn Rosenberg
  25. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  26. The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

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.

Achieved! See full list here.

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

Achieved! See full list here.

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!

Early in the quarter, I had to buy some new shorts for Pumpkin Pie because, at almost 11, he’s finally outgrown his 4T and 5T sized shorts! More recently, I had to buy him a few long sleeve shirts because his wrist were showing .

I also replaced my beloved boyfriend jeans after they basically fell apart.

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.

🙄

TEN. Participate in TTT every week.

So far, so good.

TTT: Playster

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio, 10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.”

Over the past 2 years I have become an audiobook junkie. I use multiple apps to borrow audiobooks from 2 different library systems, and I average 4.5 audiobooks per week. I’m trying out a new-ish paid service called Playster (I got a 90 day free trial), so I’m going to list the books I’m most excited to listen to, that only Playster has:

  1. ALL of Agatha Christie’s novels – These aren’t easy to find at the library, so I’m thrilled that they’re all here!

  2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’m excited to re-read this Civil War novel (it’s at least my 3rd reading). At just under 49 hours long, it’s one of the longest audiobooks I’ve read.
  3. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures by Peter Anghelides – OMG, you guys! SO excited!
  4. The Abhorsen / Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix – With Goldenhand publishing on 10/11/16, I really want to re-read the original trilogy!
  5. The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch – This series is awesomesauce, and the narrator, Kobna Holbrook-Smith is perfect. My library only has the first 3 books, so I’m happy that Playster has all 5.

I’m linking up:Top Ten Tuesday