Tackling the TBR [30]: January 2018

tackling the TBR

It’s once again time for my favorite feature: Tackling the TBR! There’s nothing I love more than picking out which books to read next, and this slightly organized method of reading has really amped my enjoyment to the next level. Bring on the mantras!

Read the best books first.
Life is too short to read books you’re not enjoying.

However you put together your TBR for the next month, the goal is to reduce the amount of obligation in reading and increase the fun.

Here’s a look at how the system works:

1. Identify the titles that take top priority in your TBR.
2. Combine them all in your own Tackling the TBR post.
3. Throughout the month pick from that pile as the mood strikes you. <-November 2017 I’m trying something new and reading them in a specific, carefully pre-determined order.

Here’s what mine looks like:

January 2018 TBR Tackler Shelf:

I didn’t get through a handful of last month’s books, mostly because I decided on a whim to join the Buddy Read for When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner. Dang book took me a full two weeks to get through (3 stars). In any case, my first TBR Tackler Shelf in 2018 contains series I’m trying to complete along with a bunch of books I’m reading with my FBR Goodreads group. We’re embarking on the Malazan Ultimate Reading Order adventure, which I’m super excited for, and continuing on a few series started in December (I’m most excited to continue with Staveley’s Unhewn Throne Trilogy). Overall, I have so many good reads planned this month, I doubt I’ll get through them all, but it sure will be fun to try! 

Niki’s Incomplete Series Challenge [Via Fantasy Buddy Reads]

Year-End Update:

Series Finished: 25
 Series Brought UTD: 21
Series Progressed: 56
New Series Started: 22
DNFed: 5
Abandoned: SOOO Many.

I’m thrilled with my progress in 2017 to reduce the number of open series I had going. I started my challenge with 129 incomplete series (O_o) and ended the year with only 45 open (24 of which are UTD). Of the new series I started in 2017, I’m only carrying 6 into the new year. My goal is to be under 10 series within the next few months and I hope to maintain that going forward. Here’s to a good year in reading!



What books are you Tackling this month? Even if you don’t specifically use my system, feel free to share your versions of how you manage your TBR pile (and the links to your posts if applicable) in the comments. :)

by Niki Hawkes

9 comments on “Tackling the TBR [30]: January 2018

  1. That is great that you’ve brought your series under such control.

    And I was surprised to see a Red Wall book there. I didn’t realize Jacques was still writing them. Man, I guess he knows a good thing when he writes it, eh?

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    • It has been a concerted effort, and I finally had to just let go dozens of series I didn’t like. It’s liberating.

      I think Jacques capped out at 22 Redwall books before he passed away. I was caught up to currently published around book 16, but am only now getting back to them. The awesome thing is that these later books are just as good as the first ones. That’s a rare thing. Especially with so many written.

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  2. Wow, you seriously crushed your series challenge! I don’t even want to think about how many series I’m behind on right now, haha. Ilona Andrews, Jacqueline Carey, Sherwood Smith…looks like it’s gonna be an awesome reading month!

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    • Right?! Sooo many good ones to keep me occupied this month. It has been a concerted effort for about a year now, but I think I finally have the discipline and good habits i need to keep it up without feeling like I’m punishing myself lol.


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