Feb 13

Down the TBR Hole #12

Books/Writing 3

down the tbr hole

Time to wield the axe again – I’m mercilessly culling my TBR list on GoodReads with the amazing Down the TBR Hole meme by Lia at Lost in a Story!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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When I started this series of posts, I had 604 books on my TBR list. As of today, I have 611. Which means I’m still hanging on from last week! To be honest though, I’m pretty sure the static number reflects my lack of time in the past week to browse other book blogs and GoodReads. Haha. Anyway! Up this week are numbers 62-66 of my original list.

Title/Author: Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, by Alexandra Horowitz

Date Added: May 10, 2014

Thoughts: I think I was really missing my dog when I added all these dog books. BUT, I still want to read them! I’m fascinated by the relationship we have the ability to share with dogs, and the intelligence of them.

Judgment: Keep!

 

 

Title/Author: Following Atticus, by Tom Ryan

Date Added: May 10, 2014

Thoughts: Climbing 48 mountains with your little dog in tow? Yes please!

Judgment: Keep!

 

 


Title/Author
: Southbound (The Barefoot Sisters #1), by Lucy and Susan Letcher

Date Added: May 10, 2014

Thoughts: I am fascinated by the Appalachian Trail and I would love to thru-hike it at some point. God knows when, as I don’t see myself ever having a job that would allow 6 months of leave…but you never know.

Judgment: Keep.

 


Title/Author
: Walking Home (The Barefoot Sisters #2)

Date Added: May 10, 2014

Thoughts: Not sure why I added the second one before I read the first one, since I hadn’t and haven’t read anything by them before…

Judgment: Go, at least until I’ve read the first one.

 

 


Title/Author
: The Road to Avalon (The Dark Ages of Britain #1), by Joan Wolf

Date Added: August 12, 2014

Thoughts: While I love Arthurian legend, my interest at the moment lies more in delving into the actual history behind the legends, not so much stories inspired by the legends.

Judgment: Go.

 

Well, 2/5 again this week! But my pile is steadily shrinking each week, which at the rate I add, should mean that in the long run I end up with a smaller number…right? How are you guys doing? Is your TBR about to swallow you?

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Feb 13

Something Else Sunday #24

Books/Writing, Life 2

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It’s time for another Something Else Sunday, and well, this last week was just crazy! However, most of my free time was spent on one thing: my awesome, lovely penpal friends. I have had a massive stack of beautiful mail on my desk for months now. Writing about life was just depressing to me, so I…just didn’t. I wrote book reviews, wrote about books, even started writing fiction again. Meanwhile my friends waited and my correspondence suffered. I’m finally feeling a bit back in the groove though, and felt my letter-writing mojo returning last weekend – hence the lack of a Sunday post as I was trying my darndest to get caught up. I still have a ways to go but here are some pics! I may do another post on letter writing and snail mail later…we’ll have to see.

 

This is just part of my reply pile. Yikes!

 


Some of my outgoing from the last week.

Any other letter writers here? Is anyone surprised to find that the “long lost” art of letter writing is still so alive? 😉

Coming Up This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #12
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1-4 (MG review)
Writing Up Wednesday #4

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Feb 09

Review of Waterless Mountain

Book Reviews 0 ★★½

Review of Waterless MountainWaterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 12th 1993
Genres: Historical, Middle Grade
Pages: 212
Goodreads two-half-stars

Winner of the 1931 Newbery Medal, this is an authentic novel about an eight-year-old Navaho boy's training as a medicine man. This deeply moving and accurate account of one young Navaho's childhood and spiritual journey is filled with wonder and respect for the natural world--a living record of the Navaho way of life before the influence of the white man.

This is my first Newbury Award winner of the year! I need to get on this challenge, I’m already behind! So here’s my quick little review of Waterless Mountain, by Laura Adams Arner.

My first issue: I feel like that description or blurb is very misleading. “A living record of the Navaho way of life before the influence of the white man.” Um…I don’t see how that is accurate at ALL, when several of the main incidents of the story involve a slightly condescending but kind white man who runs a general store near the Navajo family. So what exactly is that blurb about? Hmmmm? Anyway.

This book was first published in 1931. The style of writing reflects the time, as it’s very slow-paced and nothing at all like the fast moving, action packed chapter books and MG novels of today. It’s thoughtful. There isn’t very much dialogue. I think that most middle grade readers today would lose interest, sadly. The subject matter is fascinating, but it’s not really presented in the most fascinating way. :-/ There’s a brief conflict that doesn’t even begin until the book is more than halfway over, and even that is resolved almost immediately and when it is, it just happens off somewhere else and Younger Brother (the main character) isn’t even involved!

The characters are not really fleshed out very well at all. I liked Younger Brother’s way of looking at the world, of his respect for all nature, of his desire to communicate with it, but I felt like the rest of the characters were very two dimensional and rather stereotypical.

Supposedly the view on Navajo culture presented in this book is pretty accurate – according to some white scholars in the 1930s. The book is written by a white woman. Which is all fine – you don’t have to be a member of a nationality to write about it – but I think the #ownvoices movement has sensitized me somewhat to people outside a culture writing about it, and I really object to the covert racism here. For instance, when the Navajo family makes a trip with the white store owner, to another store, the narrator says that “his father was curious but dared not go outside the door.”

I think the Newbury Award judges were trying to expand children’s view of the world by even selecting a book that portrayed Navajo culture in a positive light. I really do. However. Most white people at the time weren’t even…aware isn’t the right word. Racism at that time wasn’t looked at as anything particularly wrong, it just WAS. That doesn’t make it any more excusable, but from the point of view of a white intellectual in the 1930s, this book was probably a shining example of equal opportunity. So that said, I wouldn’t really recommend this for modern classes or kids, except as maybe an example of how racism creeps into even well-intentioned (?) writing. With all that going on I found it a little difficult to find things I liked about the writing, even if there was nothing particularly wrong with the style.

“I know this much, Little Singer. There are secrets we cannot name, songs we cannot hear, and words we must not speak.”

I did really enjoy how Younger Brother has such a respectful connection with nature. It’s not just him, but the rest of his family as well. At one point the narration mentions how even the youngest child isn’t afraid of bees, because she has never learned to be afraid of them. This was a real lightbulb for me. How many times are we afraid of something because we have seen someone else express fear?

Overall, 2.5/5 stars. When I initially finished I felt a little more forgiving, but the longer I think about it the more irritated I become by all the issues, especially the racism masquerading as not racism.

two-half-stars

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Feb 08

Writing Up Wednesday #3: Which Character is Your Favorite?

Books/Writing 2

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Welcome to the third week of Writing Up Wednesday! Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:

Writing Up Wednesday #3: Which Character is Your Favorite?

It’s ok. You can be honest. We all have them. That one character you get excited to write about, your fingers just fly across the keys. Or maybe it’s two characters…together. Or maybe it’s your bad guy. Oooh.

When I first started writing my novel (RotS), my main character was my favorite character. Honestly, truly, deeply. I loved her so much. She was, after all, the inspiration for the entire story! She’s badass. A little shy. But badass. And she has to make IMPORTANT CHOICES.

However. After I plotted out my entire story (see Writing Up Wednesday #2), I realized that no, my dear MC is not, after all, my favorite character. My favorite character is my dragon.

Inspiration pics:

This stunning piece from Sandara from DeviantArt. Photo links to the listing.

Also the lovely (and here slightly goth looking) Amanda Seyfried.

My dragon is broken. Horribly broken. She (yes, my dragon is female) is hideously scarred, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Sometimes the other characters wonder whose side she is really on. She is powerful and dangerous because of her very nature, but also because her pain makes her unwilling to trust anyone. She is a fighter. She never quits. And eventually, she embraces herself – scars, desires, inabilities – everything.

She is neither white nor black, in the moral area of things. She is decidedly, stubbornly gray, and it is partially because of that that she is such a huge part of the story. People want to control her and use her for what she is – and she refuses to let them. She refuses to be used.

Again.

She’s my girl.

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Feb 07

Down the TBR Hole #11

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My Down the TBR Hole post is a little late this week! I’ve gotten a bit off schedule over the weekend…some things are happening in my personal life (some good, some sad, but everything happens for a reason). I didn’t do a Something Else Sunday this week because on Sunday (and Monday) I was SO BUSY doing the things…I’ll share about them next week. I also didn’t publish projected posts because I knew this off-schedule thing was going to happen, so I’m just posting as I can! Tomorrow however, another Writing Up Wednesday will be up. 😀

down the tbr hole

Time to wield the axe again – I’m mercilessly culling my TBR list on GoodReads with the amazing Down the TBR Hole meme by Lia at Lost in a Story!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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When I started this series of posts, I had 604 books on my TBR list. As of today, I have 612. Once again, this week I was strong and only added one! Go me! Haha. Today I’m looking at numbers 57-61 of my original 604.


Title/Author
: The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman

Date Added: April 26, 2014

Thoughts: Oh, I’ve wanted to read this for so long but for some reason it’s never been conveniently at hand! I recall it being greatly abhorred by some religious group my mom was in and so I never read it as a kid.

Judgment: Keep!

 

Title/Author: Awaken the Highland Warrior, by Anita Clenney

Date Added: April 27, 2014

Thoughts: I think I got this as free ebook…

Judgment: GO.

 

Title/Author: Dogtripping, by David Rosenfelt

Date Added: May 10, 2014

Thoughts: This seems like a very under appreciate book, and one that might be a real gem. The subject matter is definitely near and dear to my heart.

Judgment: Keep.

 

Title/Author: Horses Never Lie, by Mark Rashid

Date Added: May 10, 2014

Thoughts: I had hopes this book was soon to be relevant to me when I added it. Sadly, 3 years later, it looks like I’m no closer to returning to riding than I was then.

Judgment: Go.

 


Title/Author
: Pukka’s Promise: the Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs

Date Added: May 10, 2014

Thoughts:  Having owned, rescued, shown, and said goodbye to beloved dogs, this book will always be relevant to me and one day I will sit down with a copy and read it!

Judgment: Keep.

 

Not quite as good this week, but still progress! 2/5. Are you doing the Down the TBR Hole challenge too? How many have you managed to cull?

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Feb 02

eBook inBox Review

Books/Writing, Reviews 9

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When I saw an advertisement for this digital book subscription box (curated by the folks at Lit-Cube) when scrolling through one of my social media feeds a few weeks ago, I had to give it a shot! I’m such a sucker for subscription boxes and I hadn’t heard of a digital book version. This is the debut month and I wanted to quickly post about it so that maybe a few other people would have a better idea about the box! So, here’s my eBook inBox review! If you also tried the January box I would love to know what books you received!

First of all, this is a very tailored box, which is awesome! You answer a questionnaire as part of the sign-up process, so hopefully you will only receive books you’re interested in. No fantasy for rom-com readers, etc. The list of categories and how I rated them is below (in case anyone is wondering HOW DID YOU GET THOSE BOOKS MINE ARE SO DIFFERENT?!?). There are 3 settings of interest: high, moderate, and none.

Teen/YA

Contemporary Romance

Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Historical Romance

Inspirational Romance

Spicy Hot Romance

Chick Lit

Cozy Mystery

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Science Fiction/Fantasy

LGBT

Horror

I really like this part! While it seems like maybe they are trying to do a little TOO much in catering to EVERYONE, since it’s in digital format it might be possible to pull it off.

My January box included…no books I’d ever heard of. I will admit, when I scrolled through at first glance my heart kind of sank. No books I recognized, no authors I recognized…wah-wah.

Daisy Kirkwood and her best friend Kammie have adjusted to life on an alien planet pretty well, all things considered. And thanks to Daisy’s alien pop star boyfriend, Griffin Valentino, she has plenty of sexy new experiences to keep her busy. But it’s not possible to take a massive music nerd away from her home planet and not expect her to pine for a concert or a record store at least in once in a while.

Engaged to an Alien Pop Star (The Alien Pop Star #2), by Kendra L. Saunders. WHAT. Why on earth are you sending me Book #2 in the first month of a book box? I don’t understand. This kind of just makes me rage. Aliens are SO NOT MY THING. No matter how sexy the blurb says they are.

Remy Novem was murdered…

But she didn’t die.

Forced to escape to Somniare, a dream landscape, Remy must somehow survive living nightmares, and endless torment without using her magic. Her only hope for freedom is to hitch a ride with a human back into reality, tricking the poor creature into believing no harm will befall them.

Somniare (Somniare #1), by D.T. Dyllin. Ummm…interesting, if very creepy sounding, premise. This one I might read a few chapters of to see if it’s decent. Still not something I would have picked off the shelf for myself, but I like paranormal now and then if it’s done right.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.

Catalyst (The Deception Game #1), by Kristin Smith. Published by “Clean Teen Publishing.” Based on that alone it gets a big fat no. I hate it when people or groups feel the need to state that they are “clean” – um, so, does that make you better? No.

 

Eliana Havelock is a female with no past, whose determination to bring down a Karachi arms dealer catches the attention of the British Secret Intelligence Service. MI-6 is currently fractured due to political upheaval with many of its covert programs dissolved or disbanded. When Eliana presents the opportunity to divert an international arms disaster, the head of MI-6 partners her with one of it’s best and brightest, the enigmatic, Connor Blackwell. But in a world of secrets and hidden agendas, who can Eliana trust? And what, or who, is Eliana really after?

Havelock, by Jane D. Everly. This one sounds like it might actually be a fun read, if a little outside my usual! I’m a little confused by the listings on GoodReads because it looks like it was originally published as a serial and I can’t tell if this is just Part 1 or the entire 3-part book…ack. I think it’s the entire thing but I’m not sure.

Besides these 4 ebooks, there was also a digital art print and a digital coloring page. The coloring page was Jane Austen inspired and very pretty!

Overall Rating:

2.5/5 stars. :-/ Color me very unimpressed. I love the idea but these books just seem…meh. I didn’t like any of the blurbs enough to add them to my TBR list, even though I do plan to read the first couple of chapters of Somniare and Havelock to see if they might be worth a go.

That said, this month’s box was a FREE TRIAL, and I’m wondering if that might have affected the availability or caliber of the books in the box this time. So I’ll be giving it another month. If I’m still blue about it next month I won’t renew. I hope this eBook inBox review was helpful! I’m sure some people would love this set of books, it just wasn’t really for me.

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Feb 01

Writing Up Wednesday #2: Plotter or Pantser?

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Welcome to the second week of Writing Up Wednesday! Besides the writing I do for my blog, I’ve also started writing fiction again this year. NaNoWriMo 2016 really kicked me into gear and got me excited about writing again. It’s an excitement that I hope will last, and there’s no better way than to keep motivation up than to share it! I know a lot of my blogger friends also have writing goals outside of their blogs. Week to week I want to discuss various different topics related to writing, and I’ll put a link-up at the bottom of each topic post. This week we have:

Writing Up Wednesday #2: Plotter or Pantser?

If you’re not familiar with the terms, check out this article from the folks at NaNoWriMo. Basically, most authors fall into one of these two categories – do you plot and plan everything out, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? As a note of interest, GoodReads put together this little list of famous authors with notes of which camp they claim. Surprised by any of them?

My experience in NaNo 2016 has taught me one very solid lesson: I am most definitely a plotter. I discovered the 8-Point Story Arc right before NaNo and it really jumpstarted my novel. I’m absolutely in love with it – it enabled me to get my ENTIRE story down quickly. Yes, I say entire, because every major turning point of the story is included in those 8 points. The 8-Point Story Arc comes from Stephen May’s book Write a Novel and Get It Published – which I proceeded to immediately buy and not read. Ahem. I fully intend to, of course, I just haven’t got to it yet!

Besides the 8-Point Story Arc, I read several forum and blog posts about free-plotting – basically an info dump of a plot outline that no one but you will ever see. You can plot each scene, each chapter, whatever works for you. I ended up just plotting each movement, as I think of it. Each thing that needed to happen to advance the story along. So far in my writing, I’ve discovered that each chapter usually contains 5 or 6 of these points. Some people break the chapters up as they go. I didn’t. I just vomited words all over my page and it was AMAZING. I finally had ALL THOSE IDEAS out. Of course they need fleshed out and smoothed and sculpted, but the best part is THEY ARE OUT and I have them all written down so I can go back to them! My entire NaNoWriMo 2016 was spent outlining this way, and the outline alone ended up being just over 11,000 words.

These two outlines have made the actual writing of my novel so much easier. I would never have thought I needed an outline so badly, but for me it just works.

Which one are you? Be sure to leave your link-up below!

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Jan 31

Review of Fear the Drowning Deep

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Review of Fear the Drowning DeepFear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Published by Sky Pony Press on October 11th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 304
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Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.
Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.
Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

I was first attracted to this book by this piece of art by Evie Seo:

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And then I was completely drawn in by the description – which I read as historical magical realism. Then I started reading, and about 80 pages in I decided that was TOTALLY wrong. Then I finished it, and decided it actually was the closest to an accurate description of genre I was going to get!

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“Nothing from the ocean is meant to survive on land forever.”

Feels:

Satisfaction. I adored the resolution of this book. It’s not a perfect happily-ever-after (HEA) and that makes ME so very, very happy. I’m a disgruntled, hard-hearted porcupine when it comes to love, and while I like endings with hope, only rarely do I completely get behind a tidy little HEA. FtDD has a very hopeful ending, but one that could go several different ways. I loved that.

Characters:

It took me awhile to warm up to Bridey, I’ll be honest. She is so defined by her fear of the sea that at first that is the only quality I saw in her. As the story goes on though, I came to genuinely like her. Lugh and Cat, her best friends, I wish we had seen a little more of. I felt sorry for them as she kind of abandoned them to go work with Morag and then in her absorption with Fynn.

Fynn is something of a mystery for most of the book. A lot of reviews I saw complained about the insta-love between him and Bridey, but to me it was believable BECAUSE from the very beginning, it’s obvious Fynn is not just a normal human boy. Because of that, I feel like the insta-love is understandable and realistic – even though I usually DESPISE it.

Morag was my favorite character. An odd choice, I guess – but I loved her. I love that she was old and crotchety and hurt – both physically and emotionally, yet she was such a wise woman and genuinely cared about people. She was like a gingerbread cookie…crunchy on the outside but soft and delicious on the inside (that IS how you make your gingerbread cookies, right?).

Plot:

FtDD starts off kind of slow, not going to lie. It’s beautiful and haunting, but slow. The pace picks up about a third of the way through, and I was completely drawn into the Isle of Man world Sarah Marsh has created. I already wanted to visit but now I want to go even more!

Because how could you not?

At first I thought I had misjudged the cover blurb and this was a historical fiction YA with some mythology thrown in…but no. It soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems on the idyllic Isle, regardless of what the villagers want to believe. And of course no one wants to listen to the tales of old women or the vision of the young. No one wants to believe that maybe the faery stories are more than stories.

Worldbuilding/Description:

Beautiful. Idyllic. Almost mystical and definitely slightly creepy. I loved it. It felt so real…next time I’m at the ocean I’m going to be on the lookout for creepy ghosts playing violins. I still want to visit the Isle of Man though.

Rating:

4/5 stars. There were some things I felt were too easily explained away, like some things about Fynn. Some things I felt happened too easily…like once Bridey got over her fear, suddenly she was a grand rescuer…but they were small things, and adrenaline and love do give people almost superhuman strength sometimes.

I’ve started using a new app for timing my reading, called BookOut! I’m having all kinds of fun with it so far. It generates these really cool little infographics for each book you finish. What do you guys think?

 

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Jan 30

Down the TBR Hole #10

Books/Writing 1

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Time to wield the axe again – I’m mercilessly culling my TBR list on GoodReads with the amazing Down the TBR Hole meme by Lia at Lost in a Story!

Most of you probably know this feeling. Your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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When I started this series of posts, I had 604 books on my TBR list. As of today, I have 615. I was pretty strong this week, I only added one! This week I’m looking at numbers 52-56 of my original list.

Title/Author: Roselynde, by Roberta Gellis

Date Added: April 13, 2014

Thoughts: Where did I even find this book? It sounds like my type but it has very few reviews…

Judgment: Go.

 

 

Title/Author: Winter’s Heat, by Denise Domning

Date Added: April 13, 2014

Thoughts: Again…where did I find this? It sounds mildly interesting but too heavy on the romance for me.

Judgment: Go.

 

Title/Author: A Place Beyond Courage

Date Added: April 14, 2014

Thoughts: I think these last few must have been GoodReads recommendations from where I read a Phillipa Gregory novel. Why did I think this sounded interesting?

Judgment: Go!

 

Title/Author: The White Queen (Tudors #2), by Philippa Gregory

Date Added: April 13, 2014

Thoughts: Despite GoodReads labeling this as #2, it was the first published in Gregory’s Tudor series. I still mean to get to these at some point! Her writing is beautiful, even if I didn’t care for the content of the one book of hers that I read.

Judgment: Keep.

 

 

Title/Author: The Lavender Garden, by Lucinda Riley

Date Added: April 13, 2014

Thoughts: Ehhhh…interest level 2/5 right now.

Judgment: Go.

 

 

Well, that was definitely an improvement! 4/5 this week. I’m totally patting myself on the back right now. 😉 Who else is participating in Down the TBR Hole? Leave me a link to your posts!

 

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Jan 30

Something Else Sunday #23

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Happy Lunar New Year to everyone that celebrates! I got Friday off from work for it (even though we don’t celebrate…perks of being in South Korea). It’s time for another Something Else Sunday…

Well. I had a 24-hour shift on Saturday, so I’m still trying to pull my head out of the fog. 9 a.m. Saturday morning to 9 a.m. Sunday = a very, VERY grumpy me. I have tried naps and they only help a little bit. So I’m about to just give up and go to bed for the night.

In my “Something Else” this week, I repotted my poor little orchid…which turned out to be much closer to dead than I thought…look at all those dead roots!

Poor thing. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to save it…the transplant seems to have shocked it and the leaves are now turning yellow. Sigh.

I did work on my newest cross-stitch start, the Madre Terra pattern from Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks. It’s a tree, a beautiful tree, and the colors really make me happy. I’ve started on the turn since this picture was taken.

Last week…there was a slight rearranging/rescheduling of posts, because I completely forgot about a book blitz I had signed up for. Whoops. But that’s ok. I made progress on a few other things, one a surprise I can’t WAIT to tell you guys about but can’t just yet. Hehehe. Anyway.

Last week on the blog:

Down the TBR Hole #9
The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin (review)
Writing Up Wednesday #1 (new meme you should TOTALLY come join!)
Book blitz for Celtic Fire

Coming up this week:

Down the TBR Hole #10
Fear the Drowning Deep (YA review)
Writing Up Wednesday #2
Waterless Mountain (MG review)

Oh, and can’t forget the kitty cuteness…only this week it’s a (very blurry) throwback. This is baby-kitty Alfie…watching the fish was his absolute favorite thing to do! I hope to get a tank again once we’re at home. Pretty sure Tristan will be fascinated as well.

Have a great week, everyone!!

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