Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Essential Tea Guide by Teressa Hansch
  • The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

Finished:

  • The Clanlands Almanac by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Total pages read this week: 268

Total books for 2022: 3 of 85.

I spent this morning eating a good breakfast with the Boyfriend so we could then go out to shovel a whole lot of snow. I’m now drinking hot chocolate while I write this post and watch out the window as the snow continues to come down, negating all of our hard work. *sigh* At least we got some exercise and will be getting some more later this afternoon.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

Finished:

  • Beauty and the Beast by Elizabeth Rudnick

Total pages read this week: 519

Total books for 2021: 86 of 90.

Only four books short of my annual reading goal! I’ve set this year’s goal at 85. I realized that I began focusing my attention on shorter books last year, trying to get that goal, and I don’t want to do that again. I want to be able to read any book I’m in the mood for, regardless of length, and I think trying for 85 books instead of 90 will allow me to do that.

Other than that, I haven’t signed up for any year-long reading challenges. Instead, I’m going to “shop” my own shelves as much as possible and check out books from the library, but not say that I can’t buy any books. Books I no longer want to read or keep after reading, I’ll put in a box to be sold to Half Price Books (as usual), and that money will be what I can spend on new-to-me physical books. I have a couple of personal financial goals this year, so if I want to buy ebooks, it has to fit in my budget; otherwise, they’ll get added to my wishlist. I’m rewarding myself with a new audiobook every month that I reach my fitness goal, which I wrote about in my last #FitReaders Check-In for 2021.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • Beauty and the Beast by Elizabeth Rudnick

Finished:

  • Murder at an Irish Christmas by Charlene O’Conner
  • Yule by Susan Pesznecker
  • The Ordeal of the Haunted Room by Jodi Taylor

Challenges:

#ShelfLove55 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 511

Total books for the year: 85 of 90.

This is another short week for me at work, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find the time to finish at least one more book before the end of the year. Then I’ll only be four books short of my goal. I also need to find some time to plan out next year’s reading. #BoutofBooks is the first week, so I’ll be getting my sign-up post up by Saturday. I think my goal for the year will be 90 again, because I know I can do at least 85 when everything goes to hell like it did this year and I want to keep my hopes up that 2022 will be better.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • Murder at an Irish Christmas by Charlene O’Conner
  • Yule by Susan Pesznecker

Finished:

  • A Christmas Tartan by Paige Shelton

Challenges:

#ShelfLove55 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 385

Total books for the year: 82 of 90.

I’m trying to do as much Christmas-related reading as I can. I know I have more holiday-themed books, but, other than a couple of classics, the ones in this post are the only ones I’ve found so far while unpacking book boxes.

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • Real Change by Sharon Salzberg

Finished:

  • The Marvellous Land of Snergs by E.A. Wyke-Smith

Challenges:

#ShelfLove54 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 235

Total books for the year: 81 of 90.

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone is too big of a book for me to lug to work with me. Otherwise, I’d probably be done with it by now. Instead, I only read it at night before bed, and lately, I’ve been so tired that I only make it through a few pages before I start to fall asleep. Part of me wants to gobble it up, but another part of me is happy that I’ve got Claire, Jamie, and the people of Fraser’s Ridge for a while. Slow reading is sometimes the best.

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • Real Change by Sharon Salzberg
  • The Marvellous Land of Snergs by E.A. Wyke-Smith

Finished:

  • Deadly Editions by Paige Shelton

Challenges:

#ShelfLove53 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 409

Total books for the year: 80 of 90.

I’m not sure I’m going to make my annual reading goal. Finishing 10 books in less than a month is a bit much, even for me. I’m not going to beat myself up about it. A lot has happened this year with my Dad passing, the move across the country, buying a house, and starting a new job, not once, but 3 times. Somehow I still managed to read 80 books so far, and I’m sure I’ll at least finish a couple more by the 31st. That’s pretty good. That’s more than good.

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • Deadly Editions by Paige Shelton

Finished:

  • Clanlands by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish
  • Crossings by Alex Landragin
  • Cosy by Laura Weir
  • The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay
  • Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett

Challenges:

#ShelfLove53 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 1229

Total books for the year: 79 of 90.

I’ve completed my Shelf Love challenge reading goal! Having 4 days to do whatever I wanted meant lots of audiobook time, as well as staying up late to read. Well, I at least attempted to stay up late reading, but my eyes kept saying no. Apparently, I need the rest.

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Crossings by Alex Landragin
  • Clanlands by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Challenges:

#ShelfLove – 50 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 156

Total books for the year: 74 of 90.

I didn’t do much reading again this week. Instead, I did things to better winterize the house and did a lot of organizing and cleaning when I wasn’t working. I only have Thanksgiving day off from work this week, and it’s the first job I’ve had that I didn’t have Friday off as well. Hopefully, I’ll be able to spend the weekend mostly reading.

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
  • Crossings by Alex Landragin
  • Clanlands by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Finished:

  • World War Z by Max Brooks

Challenges:

#ShelfLove – 50 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 224

Total books for the year: 74 of 90.

Despite having Veteran’s Day off and the house to myself for most of the week, I didn’t do much reading. I don’t know if it’s a reading slump or what, but I’m getting concerned that I’m not going to make my annual reading goal for the first time since I started setting one.

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
  • Crossings by Alex Landragin

Challenges:

#ShelfLove – 49 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 137

Total books for the year: 73 of 90.

Now that I’m working full-time again, I feel like the only time I have to read is when I listen to audiobooks during my commute and a little bit before bed. It doesn’t help that I’m spending the majority of my weekend unpacking and finding a place for everything in the house. I emptied a lot of boxes this weekend, but it feels like I hardly made a dent.