365 Challenge: Day 303 – TBR

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TBR: To Be Read, as in the next few books on my list of reads

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I’ve spent the last 6 months feeling highly disorganized with my reading and book purchasing. I have favorite authors, books people have bought for me as gifts, books I want to read, and requests for reading & reviewing other people’s work. My TBR shelf grew to over 1200 in 2017, which prompted me to create the Book Bucket List, where you can vote each month to select a book from my top 12 that I want to read. I thought that would help, but it’s not as streamlined as I need it to be.

I promised myself I could no longer buy or download any books in 2018 until I finished everything I already owned — 31 currently either via Kindle or on my physical library shelf. So… I have 31 books to read in the next 2+ months before I will accept any book review requests or buy new books. I’ve created custom shelves on Goodreads to show what I’ll be reading in January, February and March. I’ve listed only January and February in this post, which will be my new guide for reading until things are back in control. I’ll post this update once per month with a rolling two-month period showing my planned reads.

I’ll still have the monthly Book Bucket List, which will have some of these, plus ones from my future TBR that I haven’t yet purchased. This new approach will hold be accountable while I get through a balance of books I chose and ones I agreed to read for other people, including my fellow published Creativia authors. The list within each month below is not in reading order, but they will all be read that month. Let’s see what’s on my list to read the next few months!

January 2018

The Forgetting
*Randomly received as a gift last year (Young Adult)
Prayer for the Dead
*Received from the publisher in lieu of a review (Thriller)
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
*Received from the publisher in lieu of a review (Contemporary Fiction)
Outside In
*Friend of a mutual friend who gave me some writing advice (Contemporary Fiction)
No One Can Know
*Received from the publisher in lieu of a review (Mystery) — READING NOW
Still Me
*Won Goodreads Giveaway (Contemporary Fiction)
Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins
*I enjoy the series and received a free copy (Cozy Mystery) — READING NOW
Funeral Platter: Stories
*Received from the publisher in lieu of a review (Short Stories)
Down to the Needle
*Fellow Creativia (my publisher) author I’d like to read (Mystery)

 

 

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February2018

Plum Pudding Murder
*Fun series I enjoy (Cozy Mystery)
Apple Turnover Murder
*Fun series I enjoy (Cozy Mystery)
Citadel
*Final book in a trilogy I enjoyed (Historical Fiction)
W is for Wasted
*In honor of her recent death (Mystery)
A Column of Fire
*One of my favorite authors to read (Historical Fiction)
Origin
*One of my favorite authors to read (Thriller)
Sea, Sky & Skeleton
*Fun series I enjoy (Cozy Mystery)
Time, Tide, and Trouble
*Fun series I enjoy (Cozy Mystery)
Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13
*Fellow Creativia (my publisher) author I’d like to read (Children’s)
What Happened In Vienna, Jack?
*Fellow Creativia (my publisher) author I’d like to read (Historical Mystery)
Erin Bailey is a Time Lord
*Fellow Creativia (my publisher) author I’d like to read (Fantasy & SciFi)

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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82 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 303 – TBR

    bettylouise31 said:
    January 9, 2018 at 2:16 AM

    Good luck in clearing out your list.

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    May the Force Be With You my friend! I have The Forgetting and it’s sequel on my Kindle, but I haven’t read them yet. I’m a little over halfway through Origin and I’m quite enjoying it.😊

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    BrizzleLass said:
    January 9, 2018 at 3:15 AM

    I wish I only had 31 books on my TBR I would feel a lot calmer about my reading than I do! 😂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 8:38 AM

      How many do you own/ready to read?

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        BrizzleLass said:
        January 9, 2018 at 4:17 PM

        320 😲 basically everything on my Goodreads to-read list I own/have arcs of etc. This is why I have said I am cracking down this year.

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    Create Space said:
    January 9, 2018 at 3:50 AM

    Hi James, just a crazy notion…but that seems so busy and so many people have too much time on their hands or struggle with loneliness, could you set up, mentor and benefit from a book group on your blog to allow you delegate every second book on your list??? Just wondering…

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 8:39 AM

      Interesting concept, tell me more… I do miss book groups and would love to interact on books with fellow readers at the same time I’m reading the book.

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        Create Space said:
        January 9, 2018 at 10:03 AM

        I’m not sure of the ‘how’ but there has to be many platforms you could use…fb closed group might work…I’m sure there are other followers of your blog who are tech savvy! Enjoy your research.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 12:16 PM

        I need to explore this… might be a 365 post called ‘group’ soon (with you getting credit of course!)

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        Create Space said:
        January 9, 2018 at 4:29 PM

        It’s worth a try and it creates a sense of community which is always a plus! I’d be very honoured to have my name or blog mentioned James!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 8:06 PM

        absolutely, give me a bit of time to think about options!

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    January 9, 2018 at 4:34 AM

    hey jay, are you a tbr guy? do you stick to that? i find it fascinating, how people can do that. once i do a tbr i want to read other books immediately 😀

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 8:40 AM

      I’m back and forth on TBR. In Goodreads, if you add to TBR, you can an email notification if that book is in a giveaway, so I’m hesitant to remove any of the 1200 books. But I can’t own a book and not read it within 2 to 3 months. So that’s the point to clear things off now, then I can try a fresh start.

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        coffeelovingbookoholic said:
        January 9, 2018 at 8:56 AM

        well, this giveaway feature isn’t important for us internationals anymore.. 😦
        but i get where you are and i think it’s a great way you’re doing it 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 9:02 AM

        Thanks! I wish there was a way to fix the giveaway… when I sent a book to Canada for the winner, it cost $20 for the giveaway. I hadn’t expected that!

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        coffeelovingbookoholic said:
        January 9, 2018 at 9:08 AM

        to canada?? are you serious? what’s wrong with them?!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 9:10 AM

        I know! I opened it up to Canada thinking it would be $5 to send it, like in the US for ship anywhere. I was wrong!

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        coffeelovingbookoholic said:
        January 9, 2018 at 10:02 AM

        well, there’s always something to learn… *rolleyes*

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 12:16 PM

        lol true

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    ignitedmoth said:
    January 9, 2018 at 5:03 AM

    This was the first year I’ve tried making out a clear and decisive list of what I wanted to read for the year, and I think it’s really going to help keep me focused and on track. 🙂 I like your organization with your TBR for January and February. Happy Reading to you!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 8:41 AM

      I appreciate it. How many did you choose for each month? Where do you maintain it?

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        ignitedmoth said:
        January 16, 2018 at 7:10 PM

        I kept it pretty simple and just made a Word document with a list of the different novels, graphic novels, and poetry books I want to read throughout the year. I know some months are busier than others for me, so I just figure wherever I can squeeze my reading in will have to do for now. 🙂 Once I read one of the titles I change the color of the text to red to show that it’s been read. Nothing too fancy, but it should help me keep track of things.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 21, 2018 at 4:04 PM

        thank you for sharing

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    January 9, 2018 at 5:54 AM

    I’m breaking out in hives with the thought of that many books to be…..

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    Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    January 9, 2018 at 6:01 AM

    Good Luck with that! I also have around 30. 20 paperbacks- 10 I bought, 10 I got by goodreads giveaways and from authors. Rest eBooks- netgalley, kindle downloads or from author. I haven’t touched paperbacks I bought since past 4-5 months as I’m giving priority to what I got from authors and then Goodread giveaways and that I keep getting!!!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 8:42 AM

      It never hands, how do you handle the stress of it sitting somewhere begging you to read it?

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        Books Teacup and Reviews said:
        January 9, 2018 at 9:51 AM

        It doesn’t stress much on normal days as long as I’m sticking to schedule. I fix books by month and I try to not take them to next month.
        It only stress me when I’m behind schedule or have to take book to next month because of many reasons, have wasted time in watching movies or I’m out shopping or I’m ill… And when that happen you’ll see me disappear from blog, not reading posts not liking or commenting, I even stopped doing awards/ tags in past 3 months if you’ve noticed.
        Thankfully authors don’t mind in little delay.
        But yes I’m always reading these days!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 9:55 AM

        Yes, I’ve noticed. I’ve also been less active in other people’s blogs, only because my time grows more limited. I try to be fair and focus on anyone who comments on my site, too. It’s not easy to balance. Sounds like you’ve got a good approach working, tho. Quite admirable.

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        Books Teacup and Reviews said:
        January 9, 2018 at 10:39 AM

        Thank you! 🙂 I can’t agree more! it’s really hard to keep up with everything with so limited time.

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    Run Wright said:
    January 9, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on some of these books.
    I read Me Before You and enjoyed it. It totally turned me into a Jojo Moyes fan. I read After You (book 2) and didn’t like it as much. I don’t think I am sufficiently interested in Louisa’s character to enjoy book 3 but I’ll probably read it just because I am trying to read all of her books. Let’s chat about it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 9:09 AM

      Definitely. Always enjoy chatting about books someone else is reading, too. I had a similar reaction to you with the series, but since there’s a third, I’m compelled to read it. My personality dictates it!

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        Run Wright said:
        January 9, 2018 at 12:14 PM

        Yes. And I saw that Book 3 is set in NY. No matter what our expectations, the New Yorker in us can’t ignore that book.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 12:24 PM

        true – i forgot about that!

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    mistysbookspace said:
    January 9, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Ok first I applaud you for your self control. I have never been able to not buy books. If I say a book I want at the store I usually end up buying it because I can’t talk myself out of it. Also I wish my owned TBR was just 31 on my kindle alone I have 130 books. I’m kind of scared to find out how many physical books I own that are unread. I can’t wait to see what you think of Still Me. I read Me Before You and loved it but I have read After You yet but I own it lol.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 9:15 AM

      I will keep you posted on it. It’s taken a while for the self-control. I’m a bit compulsive about organization, and not keeping anything unless I truly need it, so that’s partially where keeping order comes in play for me. It can be good, or bad….

      With your TBR, you have so many choices! You can scroll thru 100+ and pick any to read at any time!

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        mistysbookspace said:
        January 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM

        I’m the complete opposite at least with my books. The only time I have no problem getting rid of books is the ones that I’ve read and didn’t like it if I have multiple copies of one. Those are the only two times I can get rid of a book.

        True but I always want more lol. I have a serious problem when it comes to books!!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 9:21 AM

        it’s a good addiction to have, compared to others

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        mistysbookspace said:
        January 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM

        Yeah that’s true!!

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    Rae Longest said:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    You’re doing what I NEED to do! Good luck with it! (meant both literally AND sarcastically)! I’m so glad you’re going to read The Resurrection of Joan Ashby…it reminds me of your Watching Glass Shatter, in a way. I read that one first, so I think I liked yours as well, if not better. I can see you maturing into an award winning author like the author of “Joan”. I hope I will see that soon! I am telling everyone I know to read “Glass.” The more exposure, the better!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 12:15 PM

      Ha! Thanks. Good luck to you. It’s hard, but I found a balance. Hopefully I can stick to it.

      Thank you so much about being so helpful in marketing my book. I am glad you enjoyed it. It’s definitely just my beginning, and my writing and structure have improved a lot with the second book. I have some work in a few areas, but I feel strong about a good future, too. 🙂 hugs.

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    Mintly said:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Same here! I have a long list to clear as well! Good luck 😊

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    scr4pl80 said:
    January 9, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    I can”t read that many books in such a short time. My whole year of reading goal is 25! I did take the PopSugar Reading Challenge list and pick out books I already own to fill up some of the categories so I’ve got that going for me…:)

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 12:18 PM

      25 is still 1 every other week, which is a lot when you have your own business and so much going on!!!

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    bookstalkerblog said:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    I hear you! I have a huge list and I can’t stop adding to it. What I find funny though, is rarely do friends gift me with books 🙂 you would think it’s the obvious choice for me, usually I am the one giving them books. I guess it’s a good thing, because then I’d have a mountain of TBR books!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 12:40 PM

      It’s so difficult! How do you manage? Odd how you don’t get them… I have to make lists to people know which ones I want. LOL

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        bookstalkerblog said:
        January 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM

        I read every free moment I get, too much probably. I often have several books going at once, it’s weird but there are times I read certain books at bedtime and others during the day 🙂

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    shalini said:
    January 9, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Wow… Quite a ‘brief’ list?? I have many many on my Kindle. I realise I may be a hoarder of books… Sighhhh

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 12:45 PM

      we’ve got to find a few additional words for you…. how about bikini or shorts? lol

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        shalini said:
        January 9, 2018 at 12:46 PM

        Hahaha… I ain’t fitting into those, at least in India we don’t get my size😉😉😉 I was told

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 12:49 PM

        too funny… it’s all about the word – not the clothes! lol

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        shalini said:
        January 9, 2018 at 12:49 PM

        Hahaha well for you I meant both…

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 9, 2018 at 1:02 PM

        Haha. I see

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    tahenryauthoress said:
    January 9, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    aw man, and I wanted to ask you to read for me.

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    January 9, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    It is wise and reasonable and if you succeed Jay you’ll have my utmost respect (wait you already have it LOL). Seriously my TBR looks like a woman’s closet (I know I’m a woman) full and still nothing to wear/read 😉 Happy Tuesday!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 1:53 PM

      Too funny with the closet comment. Thank you for the compliment, too.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 9, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    All the best. That’s incredibly disciplined of you to hold off on new books until then. Good luck!!!

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    russtowne said:
    January 9, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    That’s a whole lot of ideas, adventures, thoughts, and feelings to experience in a couple of months. I wonder what an author could possibly do with them all? ;-D! Happy reading!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 9, 2018 at 8:08 PM

      As you should know, fellow author!! I look forward to connecting once things slow down for you, about alerts and books.

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    AJ said:
    January 9, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    I promised myself I would not go to the library in the month of January and would instead read what is already in my house. I’m hoping this will take back control of the book piles. I don’t buy books, but still between the give and take in my building and ones people have given me or loaned me – they’re out of control!

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    honeyleafs said:
    January 9, 2018 at 11:02 PM

    1200?? that’s 100 books per month!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the best 😀

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    carhicks said:
    January 10, 2018 at 7:40 AM

    Good luck with your endeavour. I make a list each month of what i plan to read and by the end of the month I have sometimes only read one. I get too distracted by reviews and make changes. Some days I scroll through my kindle and just say “ooo, I forgot about that one” and start reading it. I wish I could be more organized, but alas, my ADD seems to get the best of me.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 10, 2018 at 9:21 AM

      At least it’s only about choosing books, and we can fix it the following month! I totally understand where you are coming from tho. 🙂

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      thebookwormdrinketh said:
      January 11, 2018 at 1:48 PM

      I understand whole-heartedly!!

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    January 10, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Curious to hear your thoughts on still me!

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    January 11, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    I promise myself I’m going to “stop buying books until I catch up on the ones I have” …it never seems to work for me! I usually end up seeing something on book bub and thinking “well, it’s ONLY .99! How could I say no!” or I find something on Netgalley, or wander through a book store just because I’m out and about…. it’s such an addiction. There should be a 12 step program. GOO LUCK TO YOU! I hope you make it and get your TBR list whittled down!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 11, 2018 at 1:53 PM

      ha! it needs 12 steps, totally. I am sticking to it this time…. nothing new til 3/1! Good luck.

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