July goal:

I’m about 50% through June’s short story collection and I have a couple of long solo flights coming up so I’m shooting for 5 books in July.

Wow, did I ever go about that the wrong way! I read exactly 5 pages on my flights.

What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge)

The Doll –

Daphne du Maurier
4* (July 20)
Review


The Accident –

Diane Hoh
3* (July 25)
Review


Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: I never should’ve set a goal of 5 books. I knew I was traveling for work and starting a big editing project. Foolish.

Diversity? Short stories of the suspense/horror genre, YA “horror.”

Star Ratings: I base this on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews. (I made it to July this year before realizing I’d screwed up the math somewhere along the way.)

  • 5 stars:  5 books
  • 4 stars:  9 books
  • 3 stars:  11 books
  • 2 stars:  0 books
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 2 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books or Coffin Bell)

  • January – 993
  • February – 1232
  • March – 454 (ouch)
  • April – 1615
  • May – 1248
  • June – 1076
  • July – 375 (ewww)

Coffin Bell Submissions: I used to include these because they took up so much of my time. I resigned my position as their short story editor in March so I could prioritize other projects.

  • January
    • 20 short stories
  • February
    • 14 short stories
    • 1 CNF (creative nonfiction)
  • March
    • 15 short stories

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books I’m 4 books ahead with 23 books.

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 73 physical21 Kindle
  • Feb 1 – 71 / 22
  • Mar 4 – 71/22 (huh)
  • Apr 3 – 73/23 (it was my birthday month)
  • May 1 – 73/23 (how?!?!)
  • Jun 1 – 72/22 (it was a good month for reading books I already own)
  • Jul 1 – 71/22 (surprising – I visited 2 bookstores this weekend)
  • Aug 4 – 71/22

3. Read 6 short story/essay/poetry collections – I’d really like to read double that number and I’m on track right now.

I’ve finished a book I started in late July, so I’m going to set a goal of 3 total. I want one of those to be some sort of collection/anthology. I still have a lot of editing to finish over the next couple of weeks so I don’t want to be too ambitious.

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