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Reading Goals for 2023

One of my favourite things about the new year is setting some fresh goals.

Setting some goals that I hope to achieve 🤞

Last year I set far too many specific goals which ended up being a little unachievable. I’ve learned my lesson and am still setting a lot of goals but they are less specific and hopefully more achievable.

I will still be participating in Read Christie and reading 23 specific books for 2023 but that’s where the specific reads end.

My specific goals

I’m aiming to complete 5 book series this year but I’m not certain which ones. I’m going to leave that open just now and hopefully they will just happen during the year as I have a few final books in a few series that I’ve preordered.

In addition to these goals, I’m hoping to read books with titles covering A-Z as well as participating in a Buzzword challenge.

I’m so excited for all these goals and a fresh year!

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January TBR

With the start of a new year comes the start of a new way of selecting my monthly TBR. I’ve been working on this game for a good while and I’m ready to beta test it and I had a great time doing so!

I’m very excited about this TBR!

Basically I roll the dice and select a prompt based on the colour of the square that I landed on. This resulted in a pretty excellent looking TBR stack for January.

This is still in test mode while I iron out any major issues. For now, I’m kind of loving it!

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Book Shopping in the Sales

For the last few years, my Boxing Day highlight has been the Waterstones sale which gives 50% off of hardbacks . This year was no different.

Hello new books!

I was very lucky and received some money for Christmas. That became ‘book money’ which let me approach the sales feeling poised and ready to invest in my reading future.

My partner and I actually arrived before the shop opened so we queued for a few minutes with the other 4 people in Aberdeen that were after a bookish bargain at 10am on Boxing Day.

We were in and out in 16 minutes which feels like a record! To be fair, the branch here is pretty small and there aren’t usually that many hardbacks, so it was easy to spy what books were included in the deal.

I came away with 9 books plus a calendar (one book was a cookbook that wasn’t in any deal). My boyfriend got 4 books and none of them were on offer. I now have two Waterstones credits to use as I was only one stamp away from getting 1 credit.

I do wish I got some of the memoirs I was tempted by but I really haven’t read a lot of non fiction in 2022 that it felt as if those books would be bought to just sit on my shelf and that didn’t feel in the spirit of the season.

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December Reading Goals

It’s the last month of the year and I had two choices: I could either spend the month finishing off the books from my 2022 reading challenges or I could do something fun. Seeing as I had 23 books left from various 2022 challenges, I went for the ‘something fun’ option. In any other month, I’d have read from my goal pile but I have festive favourites that I want to read, 31 days, and a few social engagements. It was time for fun!

I can barely lift my TBR . These are most of my hopefuls

So I decided to do a festive bingo board in order to pick my December reads. One of my favourite things about Christmas is the films. I love Christmas films and decided to use them as my theme.

My bingo board

Of course I’m hoping to get a full house but I’m mainly just hoping for a fun month of reading. Maybe I’ll watch the films as I tick off the prompts.

Wish me luck!

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October Wrap Up

Another month has come to an end so here I am with a wee wrap up! Plus stats because I absolutely love reading stats. I had many rereads this month so these very positively affected my stats and I’m ok with this!

My Wrap Up Vlog

I read a total of 22 books this month which is utterly ridiculous!

I loved

All the White Spaces – Ally Wilkes

Interview With the Vampire- Anne Rice

I really liked

Cutthroat Cupcakes- Cate Lawley

The Final Girls Support Group – Grady Hendrix

Hex – Jenni Fagan

Hex Appeal – Kate Johnson*

Things We Say in the Dark – Kirsty Logan

I liked

Edge of the Grave – Robbie Morrison

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven – Juno Dawson

How to Kill Men and Get Away With It – Katy Brent*

Marple: Twelve New Stories – Various Authors

The Sinister Cabaret – John Herdman*

Not For Me

Frenzy Island – Richard E Rock *

The Girls Who Disappeared- Claire Douglas*

Moon of the Crusted Snow – Waubgeshig Rice

A Pale Box on the Distant Shore – P.J. Nwosu *

There’s Only One Danny Garvey – David F Ross

Rereads

Carmilla – Sheridan le Fanu

Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde – Robert L Stevenson

Frankenstein- Mary Shelley

Powers of Darkness – Valdimar Ásmundsson

Non-Fiction

Talking With Serial Killers – Christopher Berry-Dee

*#gifted

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September Wrap Up

September was feeling very kind to me and decided to make up for the last two month being a little underwhelming. This was very much appreciated!

I finished 15 books this month, 14 fiction and 1 non fiction

Can you tell that I couldn’t hold my pile of read books?

I loved

The Beautiful Ones- Silvia Moreno-Garcia https://kapowskireads.com/2022/10/01/the-beautiful-ones/

Plain Bad Heroines – Emily M. Danforth https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/12/plain-bad-heroines/

Signal to Noise- Silvia Moreno-Garcia https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/28/signal-to-noise/

I liked

Ace of Spades- Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/21/ace-of-spades/

The Hatmakers- Tamzin Merchant https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/26/read-the-rainbowthon-reading-vlog/

Hear No Evil – Sarah Smith https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/10/hear-no-evil/

The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik (book 2 in a series)

Meantime- Frankie Boyle https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/14/meantime/

The Sound of Sirens – Ewan Gault https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/07/sound-of-sirens/

They Came to Baghdad- Agatha Christie

The Wolf Hunters- Amanda Mitchison https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/19/reading-scottish-bloody-scotland-debut-fiction/

Not For Me

Daughter of Darkness- Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

The Girl, The Crow, The Writer, and The Fighter- George Paterson

Welcome to Cooper- Tariq Ashkanani

Non-Fiction 👩‍🎓

I’m Glad My Mom Died – Jennette McCurdy✨

*#gifted

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September Reading Goals

I don’t usually do anything fun when deciding my reading goals for the month. I basically choose a day to pick a bunch of books that I fancy reading soon, add any books I need to read for readalongs and that’s basically it.

September is a little different as I got to have some fun picking my TBR pile. There are two different TBR games that I am participating in this month as two creators over on YouTube are opening up their TBR games and I just had to join in. I do love a TBR game!

Timings and links to creators

Setting my ridiculous reading goals

First up, I’m joining in with Becca’s Bookopoly and playing Bookoplathon. This is a month long list of intended reads. I decided to roll as many times as it took me to do a loop of the board, this ended up being eight rolls.

Secondly, I’m joining in with Christy Reads’ Roll the Rainbowthon which lasts one week of September. I’ve ended up with six options, most of which overlap with my Bookoplathon picks because no way will I be able to read six books in one week!

So I ended up with eleven books…but this isn’t my full TBR . I have my Agatha Christie pick for Read Christie and a book tour, plus I have another four books that I have been planning to read in September. This brings my total number of books I plan to read in September up to seventeen and over 5,000 pages.

Doable? Who knows! All I know is that I’m giddy with excitement about reading all of my hopefuls so I feel like September is going to be a good month.

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My 5 Star Predictions

I’m feeling a bit of a reading slump come on. In the last week, I just haven’t felt like reading much. In order to combat this, I’ve decided to read some of my 5 Star Predictions. I’m hopeful that I will just enjoy a bunch of excellent reads and truly combat the dreaded slump!

I have chosen five books that I think are going to be 5 star reads and I’m planning to read them. Hopefully I find a new favourite or two!

This week’s blog is all about my predictions and why I chose them. I’m no Walter Mercado or Mystic Meg but I’m feeling really positive about them all.

Here I talk about why I chose each of my predictions

My 5 Star Predictions are:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Medusa by Jessie Burton

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke

If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to know how you got on!

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Reading The Highest and Lowest Rated Books On My TBR

My mum always told me to have my own opinions and not to follow the trends…so I took that mentality to Goodreads and read my highest and lowest rated books (from my TBR that I already own). I had some pretty unexpected results!

This week’s vlog is all about the highest and lowest rated books from my TBR

Books read in this vlog :

🔫 The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. This was the highest rated book on my TBR. The second instalment of The Thursday Murder Club. I preordered this book shortly after reading The Thursday Murder Club, even before a blurb or title was available.

🍇 Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth. This was the lowest rated book on my TBR. A novel about a woman in her mid 30s who was sort of falling apart and then her whirlwind of a mother moved in with her. I’d been wanting to read this for quite a while.

This was a very fun little experience and I can see me repeating it again sometime.

Do you feel influenced by Goodreads Ratings?

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Reading Goals Update

Back in January I set myself some reading goals which included reading 22 specific books during 2022. Since we’re now into the second quarter of the year, I thought I’d take a look at my progress so far. My progress was not good. Clearly I forgot which books I had intended to read as I’d only read two…whoops!

My lofty goals, sadly ignored

So I decided to read 4 books from my list of 22 in order to catch up. This week I read the following books;

📚Widowland by C.J. Carey

🔮The Moon, The Stars, and Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan

🐉Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

And

🏝The Island by C.L. Taylor

If you fancy hearing how I got one with these books, I’ve vlogged about them below