20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge Check-in

The 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge started on June 1st and ends September 3, so we’re about halfway through.

Here were my original stacks:

Of the 18 books I read in the last month and a half, only 7 were from the list, and I started and abandoned 1. So with only a month and a half left, I’m less than halfway through.

I knew this was going to be a problem for me, actually reading books from a pre-chosen list. But I’m determined to get through the ones I’ve picked.

I’ve reviewed some of these books in more depth on Goodreads. You can follow me by clicking the button to the right, if you’re interested.

What I’ve read:

  1. Roseblood (meh!- 2 stars)
  2. Bel Canto (great!- 4 stars)
  3. The Couple Next Door (overrated- 2 stars)
  4. The Mouse and the Motorcycle (fun-3 stars)
  5. The Golden Compass (pretty good- 3 stars)
  6. The Subtle Knife (second book in the series, so not as good- 3 stars)
  7. The Amber Spyglass (fantastic, makes the series worth reading- 5 stars)


  1. Wicked (That one was supposed to be on my “alternate” pile. I guess I got them mixed up… oops)

Those of you who are participating in the reading challenge… how’s it going?

TBRs Are Pointless For Me

Sometimes I see people post pictures of the TBRs (To Be Read), and I wonder how many of those people stick to them.  I set myself a TBR pile or list with the best of intentions, and then I go off and read something else.

I have books upon books upon books that I intend to read, that I’ll get to one day, but I won’t do it in any particular order.  If I decide to read a certain book next, odds are that by the time I get around to it, I won’t want to read that one anymore.

The only exceptions to that are books that I’m reading with other people. Then, I read them promptly, whether I like it or not. One of my favorite things to do is to discuss books.

I pulled these books off my shelf and stacked them, intending to read them “next.”


That was back in September, and I haven’t touched any of them. I’ve read plenty of other books, just not those particular books.

The problem is that I’m a moody reader. I never know what I’m going to want to read until I actually pick up a book. And if I’m not in the mood to read that particular book, then I probably won’t like it.

Part of the reason I like to own books is that when I want to read a book, I want it handy. I never know when it’s going to be the right time to pluck an unread book off my shelf. Or when I’ll suddenly get the urge to visit an old friend. And because I read in almost all the genres, I have to have  a lot of books on hand. Sometimes I get books from the library, and return them unread. Other times, I can’t get through them fast enough.

I read somewhere that stacks of books are the only type of decoration that doesn’t make a house look messy or cluttered. I couldn’t agree more. So I’ll keep stacking up TBRs and getting to them when I get to them.

Do you stick to your TBR or find yourself reading whatever you feel like?