I went an entire month (mid-July to mid-August) without reading a single book, so let’s see how this goes.

My goal for August:

August doesn’t involve any travel so I’m going to go for 5 books. Including that short story book that I’ve been reading forever.

How optimistic of me! How foolish!

What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge)


17thSuspect The 17th Suspect (Women’s Murder Club Series)
James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
3* (August 22)
Review
Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories
Boris Vian
1* (August 23)

Review
Travelling Cat Chronicles The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Hiro Arikawa
5* (August 27)
Review

Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: Eh.

Diversity? A “quick and easy” thriller, a rather awful short story collection, and an absolutely amazing novel translated from Japanese.

Star Ratings: I base this on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars:  6 books
  • 4 stars:  5 books
  • 3 stars:  9 books
  • 2 stars:  1 books
  • 1 star: 1 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 5 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books)

  • January – 849
  • February – 1122
  • March – 1268
  • April – 980
  • May – 915 (ugh, it gets worse and worse)
  • June – 759 (keeping the downward trend alive!)
  • July – 1012 (wow, what a jump – that’s actually not so bad)
  • August – 720 (and I had already read about half the cat book in previous months)

Coffin Bell Submissions: (I’m going to include this because it takes so much of my time)

  • June
    • 25 short stories
  • July
    • 31 short stories
    • 2 CNF
    • 7 poetry
    • 5 flash
  • August
    • 46 short stories
    • 1 CNF
    • 1 flash

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books – I’m still behind by 1 book. At one point, I was behind by THREE BOOKS!!! Who even am I?

2. Decrease my TBR – As of May, I’m trying to be more ruthless about abandoning books that have been on my shelf for a long time and/or that don’t draw me in quickly when I pick them up.

  • Jan 1 – 88 physical19 Kindle
  • Feb 1 – 89 / 19
  • Mar 1 – 80/20 (I purged a LOT of books, but some were previously read and 3 were gifts)
  • Apr 6 – 85/22 (It was my birthday and I like to buy books as souvenirs)
  • May 1 – 86/21
  • June 4 – 81/22
  • July 6 – 80/22
  • August 1 – 82/22
  • August 31 – 78/22 (I found a discrepancy on my shelves)

So very short of my goal. In September, I’ll set a goal of just 3 books. It would be nice to not fail for once.

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