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message 1: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Dec 29, 2019 12:10AM) (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
For 2019 I want to continue to reduce my OWNED paper books - making it "purchased prior to January 1st 2018", and 2 per month.

Plus 3 per month of kindle books - "purchased prior to end 2018 and not ARCs."

Paper books I own
Australian Authors


Blood Brothers by Charles Beagley
Bad Seed by Alan Carter
Eyrie by Tim Winton
The Riders by Tim Winton
Our Kind of Love by Victoria Purman
Tiger Men by Judy Nunn
Beneath the Southern Cross by Judy Nunn
The Lightkeeper's Wife by Karen Viggers
Outback Survival by Bob Cooper
A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill
The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
Mercy Street by Tess Evans
To Love a Sunburnt Country by Jackie French
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
The Farmer's Wife by Rachael Treasure
The Soldier's Curse by Meg Keneally
Tears of the Moon by Di Morrissey
The Opal Desert by Di Morrissey
One Boy Missing by Stephen Orr
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Tim by Colleen McCullough
Why She Loves Him by Wendy James
Oscar And Lucinda by Peter Carey
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Thorn on the Rose by Joy Dettman
The Right Time by Dianne Blacklock
The Island House by Posie Graeme-Evans
Absolution Creek by Nicole Alexander
Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox
Almost Dead by Kaz Delaney
Cry of the Curlew by Peter Watt
Shadow of the Osprey by Peter Watt
The French Prize by Cathryn Hein
The Delta by Tony Park
Far Horizon by Tony Park
Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman
Solo by Vicki McAuley
The Refuge by Kenneth Mackenzie
Saree by Su Dharmapala
The Storyteller of Inis Mor: Could a Legend Save His Life? by Brian O'Raleigh
Kidnapped by Mark Tedeschi
The Missing Pieces of Us by Fleur McDonald
The Spring Bride by Anne Gracie
In the Mood by Laura Bloom
The Second-Last Woman in England by Maggie Joel



Matthew Reilly books
Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves
The Five Greatest Warriors
The Six Sacred Stones
The Tournament

Deborah Challinor books
Fire
The Cloud Leopard's Daughter

Bryce Courtenay books
The Story Of Danny Dunn
Fortune Cookie
Jack of Diamonds

Fiona McIntosh books
The Lavender Keeper
Bye Bye Baby
The French Promise
Tapestry

Non Aussie authors

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory
Jigsaw Man by Elena Forbes
The Final Murder by Anne Holt
Dead Simple by Peter James
Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance
Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading


Jack Higgins books
Brought in Dead

Michael Connelly books
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Wrong Side of Goodbye
The Narrows

The Gods of Guilt
Chasing the Dime (52nd on TBR)
Void Moon (53rd on TBR)

James Patterson books
The People vs. Alex Cross
Murder Games
Fifty Fifty


Stuart MacBride books

Linwood Barclay books
Fear the Worst
No Safe House
Parting Shot

Clive Cussler books
The Wrecker (2nd on TBR)
The Spy (10th on TBR)
The Kingdom (27th on TBR)
Lost Empire (10th on TBR)
Mirage

Kindle Books
Aussie Author


Journey To Her Dreams by Iris Blobel #50 on TBR
An Independent Woman by Kate Loveday
Gifts of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes
Sink or Swim by Ross Collier
Tug of War by Ross Collier
Heller by J.D. Nixon
Beyond Belief by Mark Lingane
Haunted by Melissa Crowe
Let Sleeping Gods Lie by Dianne F. Gray
World Odyssey by Lance Morcan
The Devils' Cradle by Darcy Daniel
Cherish Me, Cowboy by Alissa Callen
The Jacaranda Trail by Alannah Foley
Under the Microscope by Earl Owen
A Season To Remember by Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Memory's Wake by Selina Fenech
Genesis by Archer Swift
The Brewer's Tale by Karen Brooks
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
An Indecent Obsession by Colleen McCullough
The January Wish by Juliet Madison
Luna Tango by Alli Sinclair
Whispering Death by Garry Disher
Blood Moon (Peninsula Crimes) by Garry Disher
Wyatt by Garry Disher
Spider Trap by Barry Maitland
The Celibate Mouse by Diana Hockley
Dark Paradise by Catherine Lee
The Corpse at the Carnival by Grace York
The Shell by Jenni Boyd
Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood
Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood
Flame Tree Hill by Mandy Magro
Back To Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce
Belle's Secret by Victoria Purman
The Trouble With Choices by Trish Morey

The Red Dirt Road by Alissa Callen
Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood
Dressing the Dearloves by Kelly Doust
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Emerald Springs by Fleur McDonald
The Stationmaster's Cottage by Phillipa Nefri Clark
Poisoned Palette by Jill Paterson


(up to Page 43 on Aussie Readers shelf)

Non Aussie author Kindle

Let Us Prey by Jamie Lee Scott
The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
The Ex Who Glowed In The Dark by Sally Berneathy
The Book of Souls by James Oswald
Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark
Vangie Vale & the Murdered Macaron by R.L. Syme
Ask No Questions by Lisa Hartley
Mystic Falls by Vickie McKeehan
Untouchable by Sibel Hodge
Stranded: Land by Theresa Shaver
The Hostage by James Patterson
Mary, Mary by James Patterson
The Postman Always Dies Twice by Zara Keane
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
The Beach House Mystery by Tara Ellis
Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts by Erin Johnson
Sneak Thief by C.A. Newsome
A Wedding to Die For by Heather Haven
Snipe Hunt by Sarah R. Shaber
The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School by Tara Ellis
A Witchy Business by D.S. Butler
The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Gone the Next by Ben Rehder
We are NOT Buying a Camper! by Karen Musser Nortman
The Driving Lesson by Ben Rehder



message 2: by Anna (new)

Anna Faversham (annafaversham) | 246 comments Cheering you on up your mountain though I doubt it will ever become a molehill.


message 3: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Haha! Totally agree! Thanks Anna :)


Veronica ⭐️ | 2254 comments I know you can do this Brenda. I will follow along and hopefully channel some inspiration to reduce my TBR books.


message 5: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Veronica - daunting but a necessity! lol Good luck with yours :)


message 6: by MaryG2E (new)

MaryG2E (goodreadscommaryg2e) | 863 comments Always important to reduce the TBR stack, Brenda. My goal is similar for 2019.


message 7: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Mary :) Yes... a never ending quest :)


message 8: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 4681 comments Good luck and happy reading in 2019!


message 9: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn | 8138 comments Good luck Brenda! Seems we're all struggling under the weight of our unread books!!


message 10: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 3283 comments Good luck Brenda :) I like the idea of reducing your hard copies. Same with me :)


message 11: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks girls :) I know my "old" hard copies are way down after doing that part for the past 2 years - the same as everyone; I need to stop acquiring more! lol


message 12: by Diana (new)

Diana (secondhandrose) | 1638 comments Good luck Brenda.


message 13: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Diana :)


message 14: by Kylie (new)

Kylie (kyliemaree) | 878 comments Great challenge Brenda! I'm sure you'll be able to do it without too much difficulty. :) Good luck, happy reading! xo :)


message 15: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Kylie :)


message 16: by Krystal (new)

Krystal (krystallee6363) | 1679 comments Good luck with this one! I always find I seem to acquire more throughout the year than I actually read. XD

I'm sure you will do well, Brenda!


message 17: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Krystal :)


message 18: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
I'm nowhere near finished going through my list of books I want to read so what I've done above will do for now. If anyone wants an AA to read, most of them are that! You're welcome to check the list out ;)


message 19: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Jan 31, 2019 02:22AM) (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Kindle - January

#1. Dark Paradise by Catherine Lee 5/1/19
#2. The Corpse at the Carnival by Grace York 9/1/19
#3. Let Us Prey by Jamie Lee Scott 12/1/19
#4. The Shell by Jenni Boyd 23/1/19
#5. Flying Too High by Kerry Greenwood 29/1/19
#6. Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood 31/1/19


message 20: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Jan 30, 2019 06:43PM) (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Paper books - January

#1. The Soldier's Curse by Meg Keneally 11/1/19
#2. The Wrecker by Clive Cussler 19/1/19 #2 on TBR!
#3. The Cloud Leopard's Daughter by Deborah Challinor 31/1/19


message 21: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Paper books - February

#1. The Spy by Clive Cussler 4/2/19


message 22: by Sharon (new)

Sharon | 4681 comments Looks like January went well as there’s three paperbacks off your bookselves and six off your kindle, Brenda :) Do you keep your books once you’ve read them? Do you deleate kindle book off your kindle once you’ve read them?


message 23: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Depends on whether the author is a favourite with the paperbacks Sharon. And not usually - which means my kindle has a huge amount of books on it! I just hate the thought of deleting them and not having them any longer! It's a mental thing I have to get over!! lol


message 24: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
And thanks :)


message 25: by Diana (new)

Diana (secondhandrose) | 1638 comments I've been a bit remiss in keeping up with this thread ( busy with new job). Congratulations Brenda, you are going great guns.
Unlike you I have no problem disposing of books once I'm done. I on,y keep half a dozen favourites each year. The rest go to op shops, street libraries or donated to my old work school library.


message 26: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Diana :) A new job will do that to you! Hope you're loving it..

Yes, I must get stronger and donate them as I go...


message 27: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Feb 27, 2019 05:54PM) (new)


message 28: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Feb 21, 2019 10:24PM) (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Paper books - February

#1. The Spy by Clive Cussler 4/2/19
#2. Kidnapped by Mark Tedeschi 14/2/19
#3. Mirage by Clive Cussler 22/2/19


message 29: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius | 1888 comments Inspiring amount of reading you are getting through!


message 30: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Deborah :)


message 31: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 3508 comments Looks like you're doing well too, Brenda!


message 32: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Kathryn :) Pleased so far!


message 33: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Mar 29, 2019 04:36PM) (new)


message 34: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 657 comments You've got The Opal Desert on there twice, so that's another one down!

You're doing well.


message 35: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Good heavens so I have. Thanks Jazzy 😊


message 36: by Diana (new)

Diana (secondhandrose) | 1638 comments Great results in February! Doing well so far in March.


message 37: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Diana 😊


message 38: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Mar 28, 2019 02:17AM) (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Paper books March

#1. Lost Empire by Clive Cussler 19/3/19
#2. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly 28/3/19


message 39: by Kylie (new)

Kylie (kyliemaree) | 878 comments Looks like you're doing very well, Brenda! :)


message 40: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Kylie!


message 41: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 3283 comments Going well Brenda. I like the challenge you set for yourself :)


message 42: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Suz 😊


message 43: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Apr 25, 2019 12:23AM) (new)


message 44: by Diana (new)

Diana (secondhandrose) | 1638 comments Did you read 7 books in March? That seems a bit modest for you.


message 45: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
I actually read 31 for March which included 7 of my old ones :)


message 46: by Diana (new)

Diana (secondhandrose) | 1638 comments Brenda wrote: "I actually read 31 for March which included 7 of my old ones :)"

That sounds more like it!


message 47: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
lol!


message 48: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Apr 26, 2019 04:36PM) (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Paper books April
#1. The Kingdom by Clive Cussler 21/4/19
#2. The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson 26/4/19


message 49: by Diana (new)

Diana (secondhandrose) | 1638 comments Notice you've knocked off all the Clive Cussler 's on your list. Well done!


message 50: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70503 comments Mod
Thanks Diana - yes that was the last of my "old" ones :)


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