Annabel’s February reads

I read 10 books in February  (one not pictured, and I’m counting the 3 Ladybird expert books as 1 as they total approx 75 pages of text).

Strictly speaking, the Ladybird books and my tenth book – the new Sarah Dunant were cheats, as I got them this year – but both were to be reviewed for Shiny New Books, so are among my permitted exceptions, as not for my blog.  Will you allow me that?

Of the rest, three came from my TBR shelves (Peake, Porter and Zink), the rest were review copies I had before Jan 1.  I’d particularly recommend Paradise City by Joe Thomas (reviewed here), Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller and English Animals by Laura Kaye.)

Can’t wait to hear how my co-host Lizzy is doing, and you too…

Have you cheated yet? Is it still fun?

How’s it going?

We’re a couple of weeks into the TBR Dare for 2017…

I’ve read three books and have another 2 on the go. I’d have hope to read more, but the start of this January has turned out to be rather hectic.

Like Lizzy, I’ve managed to sort out a couple of carrier bags full of books to go to the charity shop too – which is a bonus from taking part in the Dare – in one way, freeing up shelf-space for books to come 🙂 , but also trying to reduce the number of books in my TBR piles just a little bit.

However, if you find it difficult to get rid of books, you can be heartened by this article In Praise of the Book Tower.

Happy Reading

Annabel

The 2017 TBR begins…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2017’s TBR Dare is officially underway.

But as this is a friendly dare rather than a challenge with targets, it’s never too late to join in. To see how it works and to sign up visit the tabs above.

As your hosts, Annabel and Lizzy will be popping in to update you on their progress regularly and we’d love you to share yours too – whether you’re managing, or cheating!

Happy TBReading!

State of the TBR #1

Annabel fesses up…

See our header photo – that’s just a small part of my TBR books – those bookcases are four wide and ten shelves high and house most of my unread paperbacks.
My bedside bookcase (below) and its associated piles on the floor houses my immediate TBR. Review copies, book group choices, plus an assortment I’ve been meaning to read for ages if only I’d stop reading all the shiny new ones – this means some of the books on the lower shelves have been there far too long.

This is one reason why I do the TBR Dare – I would like to add some different books to the lower shelves of this particular bookcase (which used to be in my room as a child – aah!).

I have other paperbacks and hardbacks in quantity dotted around the place, but I won’t picture them. Instead, I thought I’d share a specialist bookcase with you. This lives in the guest bedroom, and houses only biographies. I have actually read a handful of the books in this one, but 90% of the books therein are, as yet, unread.

I can hear you ask – Annabel, exactly how many books are in your TBR? I’m embarrassed to say; that figure is a ‘known unknown’ that even my Librarything account only has a ballpark figure on – suffice it to say, it’s in a multiple of 4 figures.

So I’ve confessed. That’s why I take part in the TBR Dare each year!

What’s the state of your TBR?