2018: February (Read) & March (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…

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In case you’re curious what I read in February, the list is below. I had planned to read nine (9) books and I successfully read them all plus a few more — thirteen (13) books in total… 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. You may see the same cover three times as there were 3 books in 1 binding.

What did Jay read in February 2018?

Apple Turnover Murder
liked it
I’m a committed Joanne Fluke & Hannah Swensen fan. I love the cozy mystery and these novels just have such a calming and positive effect on me. I’m giving 3.5 stars to Apple Turnover Murder, the 13th in this series. It was good and hit a…
Gingerbread Cookie Murder
really liked it
I received Gingerbread Cookie Murder, a short novella in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke, as one of my Christmas presents last year. I’ve a big fan of the series and always look forward to the read. It took me 1 ho…
Origin
liked it
When Origin, the fifth in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, was published last Fall, I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, I had several ARCS, giveaways, and commitments that forced me to hold off until just this week to read …
Sea, Sky & Skeleton
really liked it
I started reading Carolyn L. Dean’s cozy mystery series over two years ago, but I hadn’t been able to get back to it for a long time. After the holidays, I bought the next five books and committed to read one per month in 2018 until I ca…
Still Me
really liked it

Why This Book

I enjoyed the first two books in the ‘Me Before You’ series, then I won the third one, Still Me, by Jojo Moyes, in a Goodreads Giveaway. I was quite excited and nervous, as I adored the first book but thought th…

What Happened In Vienna, Jack?
really liked it

Why This BookI’m beginning to read more from a few publishers that publish other books I’ve enjoyed, and this author is under contract with one of those companies, Creativia. What Happened in Vienna, Jack by Daniel Kemp fell into my la…

The Whole of the Moon
really liked it

Why This Book

I’ve been reading a few books from the publisher Creativia in the last year. I was looking for something set in a new (to me) location and liked the summary of The Whole of the Moon, written in 2016 by Kevin McM…

Blood Sister
really liked it

Why This Book

I’d heard a few good things about Blood Sister by author Kenna McKinnon from some fellow readers and decided to take a chance on it. It was published in 2015 by Creativia and has a very unique set of characters …

The Devil's Claw
really liked it

Why This Book

I’ve built a good relationship with the publisher, Crooked Lane, who offered Lara Dearman’s book, The Devil’s Claw, the first in her Jennifer Dorey mystery series, as a thank you for all the other books I’ve cho…

Savannah Sleuth
really liked it

Why This Book

I belong to a cozy mystery reader group that offers ARCs of upcoming books through a giveaway contest. I won Alan Chaput’s book, Savannah Sleuth, the first in his Vigilantes for Justice series from Falcon Press,…

His Name Is Joe
it was amazing
I was introduced to this adorable children’s book in early 2018 and liked the premise enough to add it to my TBR. A young boy befriends another kid who happens to be wheelchair-bound. Knowing how awkward life can be for a third grader, e…
Gingerbread Cookies and Gunshots
really liked it
This novella was included in a three-story book focused on gingerbread that I received as a holiday present. I read Joanne Fluke’s books, which was the reason I got this one, but I’m getting interested in Leslie Meier’s Lucy Stone series…
The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies
really liked it
The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies, a novella included in a 3-story book, written by Laura Levine is a fun holiday cozy mystery to read. It’s an in-between read that’s part of a larger series focusing on Jaine Austen. In this caper, she’…


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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.

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43 thoughts on “2018: February (Read) & March (To Be Read – TBR)

    Esther said:
    February 27, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Phew! Well that’s a lot of books you read this Month (well it’s not yet over…) Jay.

    I enjoyed “Me Before You” and “After You” by Jojo Moyes. I’m definitely going to check “Still Me”, and might check some others too.

    March is here!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 5:24 PM

      I did have a lot! I am trying to clear my queue of ARCs and commitments, but I’m close. By April, I’ll be in single digits of books on my kindle or shelf to read. Then I can buy, borrow or accept new ones!

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        Esther said:
        February 28, 2018 at 11:05 AM

        Well that’s some goal…but if the amount of books you read this month is anything to go by, then you can certainly do it.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        February 28, 2018 at 4:54 PM

        It will be less!!! What count are you at?

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        Esther said:
        March 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM

        I don’t actively count… I usually get books and keep them in my Library…once done with one, the next one that appeals cover wise or maybe from review, I read them, but I don’t keep count of them. If I do I’m sure I’ll want to hurry up with them and that’ll mean less time to read my books for school.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        February 28, 2018 at 4:55 PM

        (Less in future months, I mean for me)

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        Esther said:
        March 3, 2018 at 8:57 AM

        True. True.

        But how would you manage it this Month though? I assume you have a day job or some job you do?

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 3, 2018 at 8:58 AM

        I did, but I’ve taken some time off to focus on writing. So… once I start the next book, then I read less each month.

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        Esther said:
        March 3, 2018 at 9:12 AM

        Oh alright.

        Another one… I’ve not gotten to buying books online yet…because I’ll really love to read your book. I’m talking about the one you have published already. I got hooked with the blurb about it I read on your blog sometime ago.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 3, 2018 at 9:14 AM

        I appreciate it. I wish I could have it in bookstores, but my publisher is not there, yet. It’s at least available via paperback (larger kind) and electronic version.

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        Esther said:
        March 3, 2018 at 9:23 AM

        Okay. I tried opening an Amazon account one time…too cumbersome a process, so I have it up for another time, and haven’t gotten it it yet. Same for Good reads, but I still plan on it.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 3, 2018 at 9:39 AM

        Both of fun sites. I have lots of freebie options, too! I have one in March via the Book Heaven website too.

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        Esther said:
        March 10, 2018 at 9:34 AM

        Oh okay. Hopefully I get some freebies too when I get to opening the accounts.

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    This is a great way to organise your tbr and I *love* some of the books you have on here! A Man Called Ove was wonderful and I love My Cousin Rachel 😀

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 5:50 PM

      March will be a great month! Anything good in your queue? Thanks. 🙂

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        theorangutanlibrarian said:
        February 27, 2018 at 6:16 PM

        Great! 🙂 Oh I’m very useless with TBRs, so I only have Hazel Wood on my list (just cos it’s an ARC) but I’m hoping it’ll be good- fingers crossed! 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        February 27, 2018 at 7:58 PM

        I saw it. Haven’t gotten hold yet!

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    dtills said:
    February 27, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    The only book I have read on your March list is Sue Grafton’s W is for wasted, I think you will like it 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 7:58 PM

      It will be the first from that series in almost five years! How have you been?????

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        dtills said:
        February 27, 2018 at 8:19 PM

        Been under the weather, but getting better now- you? I know you had some fun with Roda, is everything else going well for you, I hope 😊

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        February 27, 2018 at 8:48 PM

        I’m glad you’re getting better. Yes things are getting better here, too. Thanks!

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    Martie said:
    February 27, 2018 at 7:45 PM

    I enjoyed “A Man Called Ove”

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 7:58 PM

      It won my book bucket poll. I am buddy reading with a friend, too. 🙂

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    anne leueen said:
    February 27, 2018 at 9:13 PM

    You are a voracious reader! Bravo! I read in bed and sometimes only get a few pages before my eyes close. I have just finished Tina Brown’s “The Vanity Fair Diaries” and that took me the whole month of February!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 10:13 PM

      I am, but I also don’t have as many responsibilities, training and races as you, so I can squeeze in more reading time. It will be replaced with marketing and writing soon, as it will be time to start the next book in a month. 🙂 I haven’t read that one. Good?

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    February 27, 2018 at 10:09 PM

    That’s a truly amazing reading speed, James. Anyone who can achieve 100 books per year is definitely super lucky. Good luck with this month! You’ve got some pretty good books listed up. 😀

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 27, 2018 at 10:16 PM

      Thank you. I am trying to keep myself focused on reading for an hour every night from about 10 until 11. We’ll see if I can keep it going!

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        Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
        February 27, 2018 at 10:20 PM

        Hoooooold onnnnn. One hour per day is enough for you to successfully read almost 10 books a month??????? 😮

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        February 27, 2018 at 10:50 PM

        Um… about 90 to 100 pages per hour. So a 300 page book usually takes 3 days. That’s how I get two per week.

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        Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
        February 27, 2018 at 10:58 PM

        Awww man, I think it takes me 3 hours to do 90-100 pages 😂 I envy you hahah

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        February 27, 2018 at 11:08 PM

        I’ve been reading most of my life between work and pleasure. I think I just built up the speed reading talent. Some nights I’m too tired to read more than 30 pages, too.

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    ignitedmoth said:
    February 28, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Wow! You are a reading machine! 😛
    Here’s to another excellent month in reading!

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    mistysbookspace said:
    February 28, 2018 at 10:15 PM

    I ended up in a book slump this month so all I managed to read was 3 books at the beginning of the month. I’ve already got my March TBR planned out so I’m going to get back to reading starting tomorrow.

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    Run Wright said:
    March 1, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    I didn’t read as much as I had planned in Feb so I have a big march TBR too. I would like to read Man called Ove at some point soon. I bought a copy last year and just haven’t gotten to it yet. And the ARCs are piling up. Thanks for the reminder.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 1, 2018 at 9:28 AM

      Good luck. I will be reading Ove in mid March with a good friend of mine. I’ve heard so many wonderful things.

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    This is a good idea Jay. I especially can’t wait to see your reviews of A Man Called Ove and My Cousin Rachel.😊

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