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message 1: by Angela Jr. (last edited Dec 28, 2018 01:43PM) (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments i've tried this challenge multiple times, but i could never stick to it. so, instead of reading a set amount of books for every new purchase (which of course always made it more tempting to read shorter books and ignore the long ones), i want to try reading 1000 pages instead.
i've made it a habit to track my monthly page count for the last few years, so i'll just put that below. starting from now, i will add a page count for each individual book.
(copy-paste from my blog, so there's some additional info i'm too lazy to delete)

January - 1026 pages

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February - 3496 pages

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March - 6076 pages

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April - 3910 pages

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May - 4684 pages

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=19 192 pages

which means i still have to earn 10 out of the 29 books i've bought from January to May 2018...


bought: 55
earned: 55
read: 39

Obsidio
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
A Gathering of Shadows
A Conjuring of Light
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning
Red Rising
Golden Son
Morning Star
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a Fuck
The Little Book of Hygge
Truly Madly Guilty
We Should All be Feminists
Alles ist erleuchtet ✓
Ist meine Hose noch bei euch?
Du hast mich auf dem Balkon vergessen
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
_______________________
Still have to earn these ones:

Ruin and Rising ✓
The Lost Hero
The Son of Neptune
The Mark of Athena
The House of Hades
The Blood of Olympus ✓
Denken ist dein Feind
Katzenflüstern ✓
Edelsteintherapie für Hunde
Die Ernährungslüge ✓
______________________
Purchases from June onwards:

Niederösterreich mit dem Hund - wandern, erleben, entspannen
BARF Senior - BARF im Alter und bei Krankheiten ✓
Natural Horse-Man-Ship
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Afterworlds ✓
The Outsiders
At the Edge of the Universe
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue ✓
The Darkest Minds
Never Fade
In the Afterlight
Through the Dark
Second Chance Summer ✓
The Unexpected Everything ✓
Save the Date
Scythe
Thunderhead ✓
1984 ✓
Animal Farm
The Day of the Triffids ✓
Free Four
The Path to Allegiant
Medical Food ✓
Mediale Medizin ✓
A Flight of Broken Wings (free review copy) ✓
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To buy:
Nevernight
Godsgrave
Darkdawn
Dry
The Darkest Legacy
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Purchased & counts for 2019:


message 2: by Angela Jr. (last edited Dec 31, 2018 06:11AM) (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments December
(backlog)
In the Afterlight
Through the Dark

Inkdeath?
Ruin and Rising?
HP #6

(Buddy reads)
Gut aber tot - 1st
The Big Bad Wolf - 1st
Faefever - 3rd
Down and Out in Paris and London - 10th
Dreamfever - 10th
HP #7 - 17th

Shadowfever - 17th

[29.]
(continued from Nov)
145. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken - 496 pages
= 2500/2500 pages
earned: increased every book to 1150 pages ✓

[30.]
145. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken - 118 pages
146. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling - 652 pages
147. Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken - 400 pages
148. The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson - 400 pages
149. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling - 759 pages
150. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis - 171 pages
= 2500/2500 pages
earned: increased every book to 1200 pages ✓

[31.]
150. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis - 77 pages
151. Divergent by Veronica Roth - 487 pages
152. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning - 416 pages
153. Free Four by Veronica Roth - 16 pages
154. The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis - 268 pages
155. Insurgent by Veronica Roth - 525 pages
156. The Path to Allegiant by Veronica Roth - 50 pages
157. The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis - 254 pages
158. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell - 230 pages
159. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning - 498 pages
160. Gut aber tot by Eva Rossmann - 270 pages
161. Allegiant by Veronica Roth - 509 pages
= 3600/3600 pages
earned: last 3 purchases of 2018 ✓

[32.] (Dec 28th-31st)
161. Allegiant by Veronica Roth - 17 pages
162. The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis - 221 pages
= 238 pages

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message 3: by Angela Jr. (last edited Nov 23, 2018 07:29AM) (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments 2018 record of achievements and rewards :)

June - 5 books earned
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July - 5 books earned
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August - 9 books earned
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September - 6 books earned
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October - new challenge
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message 4: by Angela Jr. (last edited Dec 14, 2018 10:54AM) (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments November - new challenge
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message 5: by Virginie (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments Great job!


message 6: by Virginie (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments Are you buddy-reading the entire Mistborn Era 2 series with the group? :)


message 7: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Virginie wrote: "Are you buddy-reading the entire Mistborn Era 2 series with the group? :)"

Yes, i am!


message 8: by Angela Jr. (last edited Jun 16, 2018 12:10AM) (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Halfway through june and I've earned 3 books this month already :)


message 9: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments First DNF of the year today. It's been so long since i DNFed a book, i don't even remember the last time.
Denken ist dein Feind was just too weird for me and didn't possess any redeeming qualities that would have made me want to read on.


message 10: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Only 2 pages short of earning book 4, damn it! 🤣


message 11: by Virginie (last edited Jun 24, 2018 02:30AM) (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments Angela wrote: "Only 2 pages short of earning book 4, damn it! 🤣"

Hahahaha! You're so strong, I would have added 2 pages to a book page-count all sneakily ;)


message 12: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments I have to admit, i did think about doing that, but it would have felt like cheating :P


message 13: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Earned this month's 4th book, but already bought 3 new ones 🙈 they are for work though, so i do have an "excuse" haha
This brings my count back up to 9 books that i bought, but still have to earn.


message 14: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Last day of the month and i earned my 5th book for june :)
"Only" 8000 more pages to catch up with all my purchases... assuming i don't buy any more books in the meantime haha


message 15: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7555 comments Mod
Wow, good job! I really like your use of pages instead of books. At the rate you're going, you'll crush that 8000 in no time! :)


message 16: by Virginie (last edited Jul 01, 2018 01:38AM) (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments Yay, way to go Angela!

P.S.: I personally think books bought for work shouldn't count in this challenge (ie you don't have to earn them) .... But then, I'm an enabler x)


message 17: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Thanks, niki! I hope so :)

Weeeell... My job is also my hobby, so I'm really just indulging myself haha


message 18: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Already finished two short books in july and really enjoyed both of them :D


message 19: by Virginie (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments Angela wrote: "Weeeell... My job is also my hobby, so I'm really just indulging myself haha"

Ah, well. I was just trying to push you to buy more bookish goodness 😈 You're too strong-willed!


message 20: by Virginie (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments What an amazing way to start the month! Keep up the great work and you'll earn those books really fast :)


message 21: by Angela Jr. (last edited Dec 13, 2018 12:14PM) (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments I decided to add another layer to this challenge: i will earn a new book for every 5 physical books that i get rid of!
I hardly ever give away books, so this also works as an extra incentive for me to part with the ones that i didn't enjoy and/or know i will never reread :)
(Since i started counting at the beginning of 2018, I'll include all the books I've gotten rid of so far.)

Since January, I've removed 27 books from my shelves at this point, which means i only have 3000 more pages to read until i catch up with all my purchases!

Got rid of 40 = 8 books earned!
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I got rid of some more books after i earned all my purchases! I will earn credits for future books now :)
earned:


message 22: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Virginie wrote: "Ah, well. I was just trying to push you to buy more bookish goodness 😈 You're too strong-willed!"

Found a way to do that after all 😋


message 23: by Tammie (new)

Tammie | 4357 comments Good idea!


message 24: by Virginie (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments Angela wrote: "Virginie wrote: "Ah, well. I was just trying to push you to buy more bookish goodness 😈 You're too strong-willed!"

Found a way to do that after all 😋"


:D

Do you have a big book collection?


message 25: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments It's been a while since I counted. I'd say around 900? And constantly growing... Definitely way too many books 🙈


message 26: by Virginie (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments Oh wow, 900 is a lot. Did you read most of them?


message 27: by Angela Jr. (last edited Jul 08, 2018 01:14PM) (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments About a quarter of them are unread. I've gotten sooo much more restrained with book buying already though, and the unread portion is getting smaller and smaller :)
AND if I keep getting rid of books, I'll soon be subtracting from my collection! I bought 32 and got rid of 27, so i actually added only 5 books to my shelves this year!


message 28: by C.P. (new)

C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 1578 comments 900 is a lot! I probably have 300-400. And I'm paring it down as well, getting rid of things that I don't want to read again. Good luck with clearing yours out!


message 29: by Virginie (new)

Virginie | 5795 comments Angela wrote: "About a quarter of them are unread. I've gotten sooo much more restrained with book buying already though, and the unread portion is getting smaller and smaller :)
AND if I keep getting rid of book..."


Nice! Only a quarter unread is not bad. Not bad at all!


message 30: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Thanks! Good luck to you too :)

Finished my 4th book of the month, and again I'm only a little bit short of earning another book - just 36 pages... 🤗


message 31: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Bought 6 new books today 🙈
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Most of these are recommendations from booktube, except for the hutchinson one. I've read two of his books and loved both of them, so I want to make my way through the rest of his works :)


message 32: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Did i say 6? I meant to say 10.....
The Darkest Minds
Never Fade
In the Afterlight
Through the Dark
all by Alexandra Bracken


I haven't made a "proper" book purchase in forever and i felt like it was time for one! I used various websites, so I'll be getting lots of packages over the next week yay. The Gentleman's Guide and The Darkest Minds series are preorders, arriving in September and August respectively.


message 33: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Finished another book just now and I've officially read more books in 7 months than i read during all of last year 💪
2017 felt like one giant reading slump and I'm tentatively optimistic that it's starting to get better :)


message 34: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Well. Since i found a discount code for bookdepository and my willpower is basically non-existent when it comes to discounts....
Second Chance Summer
The Unexpected Everything
Save the Date
all by Morgan Matson

I've read Since You've Been Gone by the same author in pretty much one sitting, so I've been meaning to try some of her other books as well :)


message 35: by C.P. (new)

C.P. Cabaniss (cpcabaniss) | 1578 comments I've also read The Unexpected Everything and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Matson. I liked both, but not as much as Since You've Been Gone. Plan to read her others at some point.


message 36: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments I'm curious if I'll agree with you once i get around to reading them :)


message 37: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Angela wrote: "Finished another book just now and I've officially read more books in 7 months than i read during all of last year 💪
2017 felt like one giant reading slump and I'm tentatively optimistic that it's ..."


I think i might have jinxed my reading with this comment haha. I haven't been in the mood to read much lately...


message 38: by Siobhan (new)

Siobhan (poi5ongirl) | 7854 comments Oh man! I hope not! Just need to find the right thing 😀


message 39: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Unfortunately that can take a while sometimes...
But i put everything down and started reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I'm absolutely loving it :)


message 40: by Siobhan (new)

Siobhan (poi5ongirl) | 7854 comments That's good! :)
Sometimes you just need something a bit different.


message 41: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments I was home sick today, and spent the day playing Pokémon and finishing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I didn't want to stop reading, the story captivated me right from the beginning!


message 42: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Finished the outsiders by s. e. hinton and loved that one too! A really powerful story.


message 43: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Earned my 4th book in july by (fiiiiiiinally) finishing the mark of athena!


message 44: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments "only" 11 books left to earn... I'm not sure I'll manage to do that before the end of the year 😅


message 45: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7555 comments Mod
Wohoo!! Haha well, even so you're making awesome progress. :)


message 46: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Thanks niki!

Earned 5 books in july (admittedly, i "cheated" a bit) and am currently in the middle of two more books for august!
I have way too many buddy reads this month... Probably not going to get to all of them 😅


message 47: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments Earned my 5th book in august already. That leaves only 5 books left to earn until the end of the year!
I've been in a voracious reading mood as of late and loving it 😊


message 48: by Angela Jr. (new)

Angela Jr. | 995 comments I'm almost tempted to reward myself with more new books 😂


message 49: by Anni (new)

Anni | 5048 comments Wow Angela, you're doing great and I like how you track your books, looks really organised! :)


message 50: by Siobhan (new)

Siobhan (poi5ongirl) | 7854 comments Good job!! You should definitely reward yourself... 😅


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