January #TBR241 Part Two

Oops. I have failed again. The whole point of this challenge is that I don’t buy any books until I have ‘earned’ them, by reading two others from my TBR. But here I am, with a big pile of books that I have purchased, and only one has been read from my TBR.

Here’s the thing… I have actually read more than one book from my TBR, at the point of writing this, I have read two, but because I didn’t pull it out of my challenge wheels, specifically as part of this challenge, I’m not counting the second book. I want to read as many as I can from my TBR, so I want to read other books in addition to the ones I choose for this challenge.

So, new, additional rules? I have now purchased five books that need to have a 241 chosen, that is ten on my specific challenge TBR. I never want there to be more than ten books on this. So, now I definitely, ultimately, definitively cannot purchase another book until I have earned it back. Buuuuut. I’m not counting the Kindle Daily Deals – because it makes economic sense of me to purchase that for 0.99p instead of £13.00 or whatever. And I’m also not including my Fairy Loot box, because, obviously, that was a Christmas present, and I didn’t personally purchase it, and so, doesn’t count.

Finally, I totally don’t have to include the second, third, or fourth in a series – if they have been purchased through accident or misadventure (more below).


So, this week I added to my original two books for this month by purchasing Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon, The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Technically I purchased the next two books in the series by Cogman, but only because Wayne picked up book four, so I no longer have to count them. Here are my extra books that I need to read for my #TBR241 challenge.


The additional six books that I need to read, DNF, or unhaul are…

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 00.49.41Lord Loss by Darren Shan

About 8 years ago a got a lot of books by Darren Shan. I really enjoyed them and quite a few of them are signed. However, I recently read one during a readathon and just wasn’t really interested in his writing. I feel like I should probably unhaul a lot of them now, but I am just not sure… So I will try this one again, and if I don’t like it, I will unhaul this series.

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 00.50.36A Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan

This is another book that Wayne picked out for me one day that we went to the bookstore. I love dragons, and I love books that present them in interesting ways. But I have never gotten around to this. I feel like this would be a very heavy read. I guess I have an excuse now to have a real try!

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 00.50.13The Big Over Easy – Jasper Fforde

I love the Thursday Next series. It is really enjoyable to read and a book lovers dream. I have been meaning to read the Nursery Crimes series for a while, as I love detective stories, so thought they would be fun, but I just have not been in the mood. Now is as good a time as any.

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 00.49.15Desolation – Derek Landy

Landy’s writing always entertains me, and the horror movie aspects of this series were really fun in Demon Road, but I definitely prefer Skullduggery Pleasant. With a new Skullduggery novel due out this year, it’ll be nice to get back into Landy’s writing by completing this series… and I happen to have an audiobook there that I could listen to?

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 00.51.33The Flame and the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

I wasn’t too fond of The Wrath and the Dawn, there are just aspects of it that I could not completely enjoy and ultimately it ended up as just an okay read to me. However, Ahdieh’s writing wasn’t bad to read, and I have heard some great things, so I’m giving this a try.

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 00.51.00Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Yay! A nice short gothic novel to have on my list. It’s a story I can read in one sitting to clear my head one evening, and so I think this will be a very easy challenge to meet. I feel like I have already read this at some point before, but since I am not certain, I will read it now and move it down to the read shelves in the office.


So there they are the next books on the list. I now have ten books in this challenge (well nine, as I have finished one) and I am eager to earn back some book buying priveledges. My birthday is in three weeks, and I would like to have read four books by then to earn myself a two-book treat?

Fingers crossed, and happy reading!

5 thoughts on “January #TBR241 Part Two”

  1. Good luck 🙂 I have had such a horrible book buying problem lately. Spending wayyyyyy too much and my Kindle is over 3,000 books right now. I really REALLY need to start reading them. Fingers crossed for me, too lol.

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    1. I purchased a couple on my kindle that haven’t really ‘counted’ to my challenge; however this is because I limited myself to only buying the ones that are on the 99p deal, and only if I really wanted it, as ultimately it would be a saving over a new hardback. The only one I have done this for atm is Bonfire by Krysten Ritter.

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