Happy New Reading Year! 2020

And, what what about that TBR?

January 7 2020 – Okay, so all the ‘Best Books I Read in 2019’ lists are done (plus the ‘Best Books of the Decade’, which is the current display at my neighbourhood Chapters store) and now it’s time to tweak a reading plan for the new year.

I have been inspired by the few Book Tubers and podcasters that I follow to track my reading better this year. Goodreads is great (www.goodreads.com), the million or so members can’t be wrong, but I want a bit more.

I scoured the internet for reading logs, there are some very nice ones out there. Prices range from $8 to $40. I grabbed a couple seen in the photo and they are from Amazon. Simple pages for 100 books with lots of room for reviews and notes. I am not a spreadsheet gal, I still love the pen (or pencil) and paper!

Whereas Goodreads is a bit more formal, my own reading log book allows me to jot down some other thoughts. Now that I am underway in the 2020 Reading Women Challenge ( https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women-challenge-2020 ) my first book of the year will be FRANKISSSTEIN by Jeanette Winterson. This clever and entertaining novel told in two times – 1816 when Mary Shelley writes the story Frankenstein – and current day where Ry Shelley, a transgender professor falls in love with Victor Stein, a scientist mastering the art of artificial intelligence through his companion ‘sexbots’.

This book lands in prompt 24 of the RWC, a book from the Reading Women Award Shortlists.

Since I have expanded my reading horizon about four years ago (I have always been a reader but only recently immersed myself in booktubers, podcasts, ARCS, reviews etc.) I can see why a lot of the great people out there in booktube-land start to accumulate a sizable TBR (to be read). Ack, it has me feeling waves of guilt on occasion!

It’s not that big mind you, at least from the physical book aspect. I would say about 25 to 30 books. But of course there are those marked as ‘Want to read’ on my Goodreads page as well. I don’t even want to go there.

This year I will make a concerted effort to get through my TBR, one book at a time. Among those on the shelf include The Library Book ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39507318-the-library-book?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=oo9SL0tLmJ&rank=1 ), If You Want to Make God Laugh ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42412126-if-you-want-to-make-god-laugh?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=sjxjtujO04&rank=1 ), The Air You Breathe ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45152890-the-air-you-breathe?from_search=true&qid=6ZpLxPgHes&rank=1 ), etc.

One of pet peeves (and it is a very small peeve) with some booktubers is their enormous ‘Book Hauls’ in which they go though a dozen or more books they picked up, received from publishers, etc. and then don’t re-address them them later with a review of some kind. Book hauls are interesting but I need more.

I found a cool piece by Anne Bogel over at Modern Mrs. Darcy (modernsmrsdarcy.com) about how she plans to manage her TBR heading into 2020. Like myself, Anne was noting books she wanted to read but then weeks, months later, wondering why she had them marked as TBRs.

That is totally me! I take photos in the bookstore, note them in Goodreads and then can’t remember what intrigued me about the book! Mind-boggling!

At leats if I have the physical book, such as the ones I mentioned, I know that I put effort into researching it before I bought. Who can afford the price of books these days?

But when I just slap down a list of titles that my favourite BookTubers recommend (Six Minutes for Me, Kendra Winchester, Ink and Paper Blog, to name a few) then my head starts to spin.

And then, unless I grab it right away from the library on my Cloud Library App (which I love), or grab it from www.Audible.com (which I also love), then weeks later I can’t remember what it was that sold me on the book.

And I do have a habit of changing course in my reading when a new book comes out even though I had planned to starting something else that was on my TBR or for the Reading Women Challenge. Like today when I saw Catherine Steadman’s new book Mr. Nobody hit the shelves and, well…

So Anne has three tips to get around this madness and I love the little story she wrote. Jot down a few words about that cook book you heard about!

Read on (but don’t forget to come back to JenBooks or subscribe today for free!)


Back to reading…

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