Hello February! (Fictionophile updates and January #bookhaul)

Did anyone notice that I didn’t make any bookish resolutions this year?  That is because I felt I failed miserably last year, and didn’t want to repeat my mistakes. The only challenge I met was the Goodreads challenge.  All of my self-imposed challenges got lost by the wayside.

#1 Started 2017 with 70% and ended the year with 77% feedback ratio.

#2 I read SIX of the ten titles that have been on my NetGalley and Edelweiss lists the longest.

#3 I only read ONE of the titles on my personal TBR

I’m hoping that 2018 will see these resolutions realized, but I’m not holding my breath.

I was SO GOOD last year with my NetGalley requests.  I wanted so badly to get that 80% badge.  It just seemed that every time I got close, another few books would appear that I had to have, or a publisher sent me a widget that I couldn’t turn down.  Weak right?

Well folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet!  Talk about weak !!!!!  Since I didn’t get the 80% badge, I lost all of my willpower and went on a requesting binge.  Yup, you heard…

I received ELEVEN titles from NetGalley in January!

I was invited to read this title by Grand Central Publishing who kindly sent me a NetGalley widget to download the book.I requested this one.  It had these magic words in the blurb: policewoman and Lake District.  I was, therefore… helpless…

I requested this one for the magic words “family secrets” and the stunning cover.I requested this one because many of my fellow book bloggers have praised this author’s work.  I have never read anything by Richard Parker, and thought this would be an excellent place to start…That cover! An Irish setting… I thought it would be a great read for March and “Reading Ireland Month“.I really enjoyed S.E. Lynes novel “Valentina”, so was intrigued with this title…

Grand Central Publishing sent me a NetGalley widget in the mail.  I couldn’t help myself. It’s not my fault…

and… since UNBOUND so very generously granted me auto-approval for their titles in January, I went a little crazy and downloaded FOUR of their titles:

I heard SO much praise for this title in 2017 that I just had to know what the hype was about.An old house, three generations, three wars…. a trio of timelines with a gothic atmosphere.Touted as a literary mystery, this police procedural is set in Scotland.

A literary mystery with a hint of the supernatural running through it. This is a book I would probably not chosen for myself, but it was highly recommended by my fellow book blogger Amalia.  Her review can be found here. I have a feeling that the cover of this one does it an injustice…

I got THREE digital titles from Edelweiss this month

I didn’t even have to request it.  It was available for immediate download.  What was I to do when it was just sitting there like that?????I really enjoyed this author’s “Local girl missing”, so couldn’t help but request this one…“Death at Whitewater Church” was available for automatic download, without requesting. The first in a series set in Ireland, I couldn’t resist.

So, in summation, I’ve lost all of my willpower and my TBR is overwhelming.

FOURTEEN more review commitments!

I saw this graphic on Facebook and just had to share it.  It speaks for itself.

I’m thrilled to announce that Fictionophile now has 2,300 followers!

Thanks so much!

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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16 Responses to Hello February! (Fictionophile updates and January #bookhaul)

  1. carhicks says:

    I do not set goals for reading, but I do decide on paths to take based on challenges. That way, my ADD does not mess up my goals. I think you did very well. I would love to get my 80% on Netgalley, but like you when I get close, I request more. I read a review and request, I get sent a widget, I jump, I get pre-approved, I request. One of these days. You look like you got some good ones to read though. Have fun.

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  2. madbooklove says:

    Even if you didn’t meet your 2017 goals, you made progress! And a 7% increase in your NG ratio is excellent. Truthfully, I wish I could tap into your resolve for last year. It being the 1st of the month, I’ve managed not to make any requests for the entire month. 😉 Honestly though, I’m going to try and control myself for all of February by channeling your 2017 will power. So on top of progress made, you’re an excellent influence!

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  3. sahmoun2778 says:

    I think your response to the disappointment was absolutely the correct one. And going from 70% to 77% is very impressive!

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  4. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    I was looking at The Pact book, but haven’t read the author so I’m happy that you had success with her. The Go Ask Fannie I was also eyeing on EW. Maybe I should just give it a go!


  5. Congratulations on your 2300 followers! Quite the achievement! But your goals? that was probably over-goaled and was one of my problems. Now I throttle back until the goals are way too easy–can’t fail. As for the books you’ve gotten–gees, just looking at the covers–wanted all of them. I can see why you couldn’t refuse. I couldn’t have either!


  6. I do love your attitude to not meeting that NG goal – I adored The Sewing Machine so can completely understand why you couldn’t miss that one – good luck with enjoying your reading in 2018 goals or no goals 😊


  7. Sandra says:

    I’m not surprised your fell hard. Most of those books sound brilliant. I shall look forwrad to your reviews on all 14! 😀


  8. gkdewolfe says:

    Gosh, Lynne, you are doing great and just
    three percent more and you will have NetGally’s
    80% Badge. I loved looking at your new haul
    of books but didn’t read further as I would
    start adding to my list of books to buy at
    Chapters!!!!! Since Christmas I have been on
    a binge getting quite a few books on line and
    at the book store!! I’m running out of room but
    keep purchasing more! Would be worse though
    if it was wine 🍷😊


  9. Zoe says:

    I was going to try to not have anymore than 20 titles at a time outstanding on NetGalley this year but I have also broken that commitment already in January! But 14, Wow! Some great reading there though. I may have to log in and check out The Missing Wife. I love that cover! 😊

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  10. The Avid Reader says:

    Congratulations on getting 2,300 followers! Looking forward to hearing what you think of your new reads.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. 103 books – wow! Great results

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I cannot wait to read you review on ”Mr Woodreave’s Reflection”’:)

    Liked by 3 people

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