2018: January (Read) & February (To Be Read – TBR)

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In the hopes I can control my all-too-frequent impulse purchases and agreements to read new books, I started a new monthly segment on my blog where I list all the books I will read in the upcoming month. I hope that having something written, where I can be held accountable, helps me keep from increasing the TBR until I clear off many books I already want to read. I am going to plan 8 or 9 books each month, which is in-line with my 2018 Goodreads challenge to read in total 104 books (two per week). I’ve left some room to add anything in case I win an ARC or have a due date for an unplanned read.


That said, let’s dive into next month’s planned reads…


In case you’re curious what I read in January, the list is below. Seventeen (17) books… don’t ask me how that happened, but I exceeded my planned TBR and am on schedule, if not ahead, to clear out my queue of books I already own/downloaded. Here’s what I read:

James’s 9-read-2018-01-january book montage

Lethally Green
Into the Water
Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts
The Shadow Girl
Mermaid Fins, Winds & Rolling Pins
No One Can Know
Outside In
Down To The Needle
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet
Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13
Prayer for the Dead
Plum Pudding Murder
The Resurrection of Joan Ashby
Funeral Platter: Stories
Erin Bailey is a Time Lord
Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon

James’s favorite books »

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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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28 thoughts on “2018: January (Read) & February (To Be Read – TBR)

    Gloria W. said:
    January 31, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Can’t wait to read your posts

    Liked by 1 person

    bettylouise31 said:
    January 31, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    I been doing something similar with site pages. I lost three and keep the rest as gifts. I immediately add a new book I accept from NetGalley and the date of its publication. I also keep about 3 books on my reading page on Goodreads. This allows what books I need to read. NetGalley informs if I have books longer than 3 months. I know the number. That is how I caught one I had forgotten about. It now up in my queue before too much longer.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 31, 2018 at 5:44 PM

      It’s great to have a process that works! I’m almost there. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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        bettylouise31 said:
        January 31, 2018 at 6:20 PM

        Autochange sure change one sentence. It should have read “I print three and keep the rest as drafts.” As the months change I add the new one and delete a month.

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    Samantha Duffy said:
    January 31, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    wow! 17?!? That is insane. It is almost an incentive to read more than your planned though, that way you can reward yourself with something you didn’t think you’d get to this month! That for me anyway, is always wonderful :]

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 31, 2018 at 5:58 PM

      Exactly! I have 5 left I committed to read them 15 I want to read. Then I can search for more books to download or buy!

      Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    January 31, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    I can’t wait to see what you think of Still Me!

    Liked by 1 person

    dtills said:
    January 31, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Oooh, I have wanted to read “into the water” for some time, that time might be now!

    Liked by 1 person

    Book Club Mom said:
    January 31, 2018 at 9:33 PM

    You are definitely a reading machine! Keep those pages turning!

    Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 31, 2018 at 10:35 PM

    Wow. That is all. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    AJ said:
    February 1, 2018 at 12:48 AM

    Still Me is on my list too:)

    Liked by 1 person

    MoJo said:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:56 AM

    You are such a voracious reader! I utterly envy you my friend. I’ve mentioned that you are quite fabulous, yes?? Maybe once or twice?? ❤️ I’ve missed talking to you, but you pop into my brain constantly. I’m just so proud of you JC4. Hugs and more hugs to you. Joanna

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 1, 2018 at 7:50 AM

      You’re so kind. Xoxo. Message anytime. I know we both get busy but we’re always a click away! I have kept busy reading rather than think about the bad things this year. It’s easier 🙂

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        MoJo said:
        February 3, 2018 at 8:47 AM

        I understand needing to point your attention elsewhere. Big hugs to you darling. ❤️

        Liked by 1 person

    Aj @ Read All The Things! said:
    February 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Wow, 17 books is impressive! Good luck with your February TBR!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 1, 2018 at 12:21 PM

      Thank you. I had a lot of free time, was avoiding some personal situations and committed to a lot without realizing it. 🙂


    misifusa said:
    February 1, 2018 at 9:24 PM

    Wow! You are a voracious reader!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Cozynookbks said:
    February 1, 2018 at 11:13 PM

    Great idea!

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    February 3, 2018 at 9:00 PM

    Ambitious plans, and if anyone can carry them out, you can. At my “advanced” (ahem) age, I am learning not to make plans but to go with what grabs me at the moment. It is less stressful, and I find myself doing what I want to do rather than what I had planned to do, or what I SHOULD do. Can you believe this coming out of former-control-freak me?

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