How is it December 3? I demand an answer! The year has flown by and we’re in the last 4 weeks. Crazy.

My goal for November:

Good grief. I need to read 12 books in the next two months if I’m going to make my goal.

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

The Corset
Laura Purcell
4* (Nov 1)
Review
The Songs of Willow Frost
Jamie Ford
3* (Nov 18)
Review
The Way Life Should Be
Christina Baker Kline
3* (Nov 24)
Review 
Facing the Sun 
Carol Beth Anderson
4.5* (Nov 29)
Review

Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: Actually, I think I did ok this month.

Diversity? YA, gothic horror-lite, historical fiction, chick lit-lite.

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:  8 books
  • 4 stars:  7 books
  • 3 stars:  12 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)
  • September – 284
  • October – 670
  • November – 1383 (hey, that’s better!)

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
  • September
    • 11 short stories
  • October
    • 14 short stories
    • 10 flash
  • November
    • 15 short stories
    • 5 flash

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books – I’m now behind by 4 books. 32/40.

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
  • Aug 1 – 82/22
  • Aug 31 – 78/22 (I found a discrepancy on my shelves)
  • Oct 1 – 69/21 (I pulled out a bunch to donate)
  • Nov 1 – 71/21
  • Dec 3 – 71/21 (I read/bought 2 physical, 1 digital)

Well, it’s easy to set a goal! I have to finish 8 books this month in order to make my annual goal. There are 28 days left in the month, so that’s 2 books per week. Ack! The good news is that I’m 78% through one and 53% finished with another. I’m not sure what books I’ll read to finish out the month but let’s hope they’re fast reads!

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