Quarterly Report (Jan-Feb-Mar-2022)


Ostensibly I’m here for a bit of accountability because if I don’t tell you how I’m doing with my reading challenges periodically, I’m not going to bother to do them. But, hey! I got a new job! And sure, we’ll get onto reading challenges in a minute or two, but first I’m going to tell you what I’m doing now.

So I’ve not left libraries, I’ve just shuffled into the background. Instead of working out on the floor with our patrons I am now the person behind the scenes making sure books, equipment and services are being paid for. I’m working for two departments (because why have two chill employees when you can have one overwrought one?), so this first week has been a deep dive into what I didn’t know about our council’s health and wellbeing provisions so I can see where I will be of most use to that department. And while I lovedlovedloved my previous job, this is the first time in sixteen years that my shoulders have relaxed into their natural position.

Anyhow, that’s my news. Now, onto those challenges…


The 12 Challenge

(Created by bookstagrammer Shadowbooker)


Then I dropped the ball because I had a week off to do household things before starting the new job, then I started the new job, and now the end of March is looming and I’m behind on a few things with no time to catch up. Roll on Spring bank holiday, please and thank you.


The TBR Reduction Challenge

(Created by Matt – AKA Womble – of Runalong the Shelves)

Maybe I cheated just the teensiest little bit on this one so that I could feel good about myself. I have no regrets.

  • January – New Beginnings read the most recent book on your TBR: No problems here, I read A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers, which I got for Christmas from a beloved sibling. (Post to follow soonish).
  • February – Valentine’s Day Gift read a book by an author you love: Again, easy peasy. Lynn and I have been reading Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie. We may not be quite finished yet, but that’s by the by.
  • March – Fresh Blooms read a book by an author you’ve not read before: Here’s where it gets sticky. I read A Sorrow Named Joy by Sarah Chorn, who is definitely new to me, but it wasn’t a book from my TBR. It’s one Sarah kindly sent me after she tweeted to see if anyone was interested in reading it for free. Which is just a wee bit against the spirit of the exercise. But I forgive me.


The Adult SFF Backlist Books Challenge

(Created by Bookish Valhalla)

  • February – Time: Kindred by Octavia E Butler (OK, I’ll admit this is a bit of a cheat since Maryam and I read this last year. But we only had time to post in this year – so I’m allowing it and hoping that the Valkyries of Bookish Valhalla won’t smite me.


Picture Prompt Book Bingo

My beloved picture prompt bingo has been the easiest to do so far it turns out, I think because of the element of interpretation involved.

  • For the dragon picture I chose 12 Challenge read The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon because of the sheer number of dragons in it. I simply don’t think I’m going to come across that many dragons and dragonish creatures in any other book this year. (Watch me be spectacularly wrong about that now).
  • For the planet Earth picture I decided that The Drought by J G Ballard fit the bill nicely. It was a global phenomenon that was preventing rainfall after all. And Ballard writes environment so well.
  • For the spaceship picture I picked Bluebird by Ciel Pierlot. Named for Rig’s ship, this novel would’ve been a very different story had Rig not had her vessel to zip about being awesome in, and the Bluebird was her home and her safe place.
  • For the crossed swords I’m thinking Before They Were Hanged by Joe Abercrombie. Lynn and I may not have quite finished our buddy-read, but there’s been more than enough sword (and axe, and bow, and fist, and knife) fighting to make this a pair-of-crossed-swords type of book.
  • For the dinosaur I had already planned to use Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey. Even if it was a bit underwhelming.
  • And finally, for the Saturn-like planet I decided on The Killing Thing by Kate Wilhelm because it was set entirely on other planets, but with the starting point of our own solar system. (Saturn wasn’t mentioned, but Venus got a raw deal, which I thought was a bit mean).


And that’s where I’m at so far. I’ll check in again next quarter. ‘Kay, love ya, bye-bye.




    • Thank you. ❤
      I’m trying out the challenges for the first time and am trying to choose books that can do more than one. I’ve made a good start, but there’s no guarantee I’m going to keep up! 🤣

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  1. Congrats, it looks like you’re on track! I’m glad you did this post because you’ve reminded me I should probably take stock of my own challenges😁

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  2. If I hadn’t gone into teaching I would probably have ended up in libraries which, even in the 70s were entering a new era with IT, so while I retrospectively envy you I don’t envy the pressures you’ve indicated will be your lot! Pob lwc, as we say in Wales!

    The Priory of the Orange Tree, now that’s a title I’ve been meaning to get to in quite a while — at least I have a copy waiting for when I’m in the mood for a blockbuster…

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    • Diolch yn fawr! (And that’s all of my Welsh!) ❤
      The Priory of the Orange Tree is just wonderful, with plenty for you to chew on. I particularly liked how different religions had arisen from the same historical events. Veerrryyyy interesting!

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