746 Books: The Halfway Point!

I felt it appropriate during all my 20 Books of Summer madness to take a moment and mark the momentous occasion of me reaching the halfway point of my 746 books challenge!

A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands.

William Lyon Phelps

Before we all get too excited, it’s worth noting that it’s taken me almost NINE years to get to this point. My first review was Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, posted on 17 December 2013, so progress has not been entirely speedy!

Still, with 373 books read and reviewed and 373 more to go, the end point feels somewhat achievable.

When I started this blog and this mad challenge I vowed that I wouldn’t buy any new books until I was done. That lasted three years (I’m still quite proud of that fact) so who knows how many I’ve required since that, but I still have my list of 746 and I’m still determined to get through them!

Thanks to all for sticking with me along the way – here’s to the next 373!

The 746

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. Congratulations once again! I’m amazed you were able to stick to a book buying ban for three years. I can go a few months certainly, but a year would be the most I can hold out and then too, because there are NetGalley and public domain books to tide me over.


  2. Yay, Cathy! I remember when you started your blog, and you’ve been so great at keeping it going strong! Not only are you at the halfway point, but you also brought us #20BooksofSummer. I think it’s worth noting the fact that you’ve made the book blogging community a great place to be. Congratulations!


  3. Wow you’ve done an amazing job!! I was wondering how you were keeping yourself from buying more books and then I saw that you have in fact bought more books but the fact that you didn’t buy any for 3 years shows your will power which is significantly better than mine lol. Good luck with the final 373 and Happy Reading!!


    • Thanks! I changed jobs around 6 years ago and this job means I have to be up to date with current writers and new releases so I had to start buying again, but I’m still quite proud of that three year hiatus!

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  4. Congratulations! You are an inspiration to all of us with heaving TBRs! I reckon nine years is pretty good for nearly 400 books, given that you’ve read so much other stuff along the way too. Keep up the good work! 😀


  5. Three years…! I’m not even sure that the spirit would be willing, let alone the flesh, where the proximity of eminently attractive and tempting titles is concerned! Still, a red letter day worth marking, so huge congrats, Cathy. 🙂


  6. Like others here I’m impressed by your ability to resist temptation and not buy even one book for three years. I did three months once and that felt agonisingly long. I bet you longed for Christmas and birthdays just to get something new!

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  7. Okay so… why 746? I mean, it seems an odd number. Was that just the number of unread books you had in your collection? If not, how did you come up with this number? (Oh, and BRAVA for getting to the half way point!)


  8. Ah! That’s incredible! Hats off to you, and here’s to another 373 great reads (at least)!


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