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2013 Reading Challenge – TBR Pile Challenge

Here’s my second reading challenge for 2013.

TBR Pile Challenge.

I failed this last year, and you know how I hate to fail. This year, I’m determined to complete it.

For this challenge you have to read 12 novels in 2013 from your TBR Pile (physical pile, or just on your list). The great thing is that they have to have been on your list for more than a year (so have a published date of 2011 or before).

You also have to list the books NOW that you’re going to read (plus you can have 2 alternatives, if you really can’t get through any). Last year I went through my shelf and chose books that I physically had. This year, I want to add books that I’ve been meaning to read, I just haven’t bought yet (or borrowed from the library of course).

I didn’t read 4 of the 14 last year (including the alternatives). I’m not going to add all of them back on – 1 I realised was a sequel, and I’ve not read the first, and the other I’m not really interested in any more. I’ll add the other two though.

Here’s my list then. As I read and review, I’ll come back to this page and link to the review. In December I’ll (hopefully) do a review blog where I link them all again, and successfully complete the challenge for the year. My 14 books for this year are:

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell (was on the 2012 list, but I never got to it)

A French Affair by Susan Lewis (ditto)

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Build A Man by Talli Roland

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Liar’s Lullaby by Meg Gardiner

and the 2 alternatives

Flash Forward by Robert J Sawyer

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games trilogy, book 2) by Suzanne Collins.

To be honest, I really want to read all of them, so you never know. I’m also doing the Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge, so a couple of these will work for both, which will be good.

Now, I really want to start on the list. My problem is… which first. Good luck to everyone else doing this challenge this year. I can’t wait to see what you’re reading.

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Tuesday’s bits and pieces

I’ve had the first bit of feedback from the first draft of my first novel.  It was hard.  She didn’t love everything about it.  Granted, neither did I, but that’s neither here nor there.  What I found the hardest was that she didn’t love my Heroine.  I do.  But I can totally see what she means.  Now I’ve got used to the idea of being criticised, it’s not so bad.  There were some great things I’m going to use for draft two.  Which I’ll be starting soon. 

I’ve changed my mind about the next book I’m going to read.  In the lounge yesterday I found a novel I’d bought in a supermarket ages ago and lent to my housemate; Destinations by Shelia O’Flanagan.  That’s going to be my next book.  It should have been back on my shelf, so I don’t really feel like I’m cheating and finding an aditional book when I have 60+ waiting to be read.  Gone with the Wind will come soon. 

I went to the library to return some books yesterday.  Why do I find it so hard to stay away from books there?  Walking through yesterday (which you have to do to get out – you can’t get out the entrance – sneaky!) I was pulled towards two shelves of books.  Luckily I had enough self-control to not get any out.  I don’t understand.  With a whole shelf of books to read, how can I want any more?  I despair of myself!

I didn’t really do much on my writing course yesterday.  I have planned to do at least 20 minutes a day. Every day.  Until this assignment is compete anyway.  Maybe I did actually, I did some research, surfing the net, so maybe I’m not all that bad.

Also yesterday… I wrote a little for ‘Holiday’.  Not too much, but a little, which is a big step really because I’ve found it really hard to pick back up after writing Italian Infatuation.  Bad timing though, I want to be going through Italian Infatuation on for the second draft (or II 0.2 as I like to call it), not carrying on with that too.  I wonder if I’d be able to do them simultaneously.  I wonder if it’s like languages?  At GCSE I was worried about doing French and German at the same time, thinking I might get muddled up.  My teachers said I wouldn’t.  I don’t think I did when I did them both.  Could writing be like this, or would writing Holiday while editing Italian Infatuation confuse things?

Right.  I’ll change my ‘now reading’ picture as I’ve been reminded (thanks McPete).

(I just had a little heart attack – instead of adding tags to this, I moved it to ‘trash’.  Heart stopped.  Very relieved you can ‘reinstate’ blogs once they’ve done there.  Can’t believe I’ve not done that before!)

2 day plan – done!

Although the 2 day plan turned into more like a 4 day plan, but that’s fine; it actually means I got more done that I would have done if last week’s mayhem hadn’t happened.  So, here’s the results of my plan:

  • Spend two hours on the writing course on Thursday done!
  • Spend two hours on the writing course on Friday  – nearly done, 1 and a bit hours.  Plus some on Sunday too!
  • Spend two hours reading Italian Infatuation on Thursday  Done
  • Spend two hours reading Italian Infatuation on Friday Done. Plus finished it on Sunday 🙂
  • A blog on Thursday done
  • A blog on Friday done
  • Go food shopping done
  • Ice Christmas cake (I know…) And eaten most of it
  • Make Turkey and Ham Pie with Christmas leftovers (frozen meat) And eaten ALL of it
  • 30 minutes exercise on Thursday
  • 30 minutes exercise on Friday Was too cold to go out 😦
  • Finish the novel I’m reading
  • All in all, I’m very please with myself and I feel like my two days holiday weren’t a total waste of time.  More than anything I’m glad I got on with the writing course, I didn’t achieve much, but the fact I’ve got on with it is brilliant.  I’ve decided that I’m going to spend at least 20 minutes on it a day. 20 minutes isn’t too much that it will put me off doing it, but should be enough that I get through this assignment in a reasonable amount of time.  I hope.

    Because I’m going to be spending a lot of time on my writing course over the next week or so, I’ve decided I’m not going to start reading another book.  If I do I’m likely to spend time reading this when I should be working on my writing course.  I’ve lined up my next novel though: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. 

    I’ve had it for a year, but know it’s such a big project to take on (it’s nearly 1,000 pages long!) that I’ve put it off before now.  Plus, if it really the greatest love story of all time, I’m bound to cry and I don’t want to be doing that on the tube!  Oh well, soon. 

    As you can see above, I finished reading Italian Infatuation over the weekend.  I’m pretty happy with it.  For a 1st draft.  The story pretty much works, there’s just a few big questions I have about it.  The main one being, is there too much solo action and not enough going on between the hero and heroine.  In the Mills & Boon novels I’ve read, MOST of the action happens when the two of them are together, but I’ve got a large chunk at the beginning and near the end, where it’s just one of them.   I think the story needs it, as it’s showing the characters development, but I don’t know if it’s right for a Mills & Boon book. 

    I think I need to cut the solo scenes down and develop the scenes where they’re together a little more.  Or, scrap the idea of it being a Mills & Boon novel and extend it to make it a full length romantic novel, therefore being able to keep the scenes.  I don’t know what to do.  I think while I’m thinking about it I’ll go through and correct the grammar and spelling and change sentences I don’t like. Then decide.  There’s nothing like a bit of procrastination.  🙂

    While surfing the net over the weekend, I discovered the RNA – Romantic Novelists’ Association.  And within them, their New Writers’ Scheme.  250 unpublished authors can join from January and are entitled to take part in RNA activities.  PLUS they can send a manuscript to them for appraisal.  I love that idea.  I’m thinking very hard about this.  If, there are any spaces anyway.  They hold talks every couple of months that sound interesting and a conference in the summer.  Sounds like fun!!