Downsizing the TBR Pile #amreading

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy, and with my son graduating high school and family visiting this week, things won’t be slowing down anytime soon.  I’m nowhere near where I’d like to be with my WIP and I’m also in the beginning stages of writing a short story for an anthology.  I’m behind on reading and reviews.  So what’s my solution?  Paint the bathroom!  Because that’s what you do, right?  Avoidance, procrastination – I have no idea why or what possessed me to put in that amount of hours on a project when I have others screaming for attention.  But the bathroom looks pretty good.

Moving on – I read out of order again.  I’ll be going on vacation in a couple of weeks and decided to save the hardback books for beach reading.  Umbrella, waves, sand – beach reading is the best!

I finished The Playground by C.S. Boyack (review here) – a dark, gruesome, thrilling read I highly recommend.  Really hoping for a sequel (take a blatant hint, Craig).

I’m currently reading several books and have a couple on hold for the beach – but I’m almost halfway through Out and About by Staci Troilo.  If I hadn’t gotten the bizarre idea to paint the bathroom, I probably would have finished it.  Go figure.

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Up next:

TBR:  109

Read:  1

Bought:  0 again!

Total:  108

 

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Downsizing the TBR Pile #amreading

Just came across this opportunity last week.  On Labor Day weekend, September 2, I’ll be at Books & Bottles, Chrisman Mill Winery in Nicholasville, KY, right outside Lexington.  Wine and books?  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Tables are still available if anyone’s interested.

The book club reconvened this past Saturday after a three year hiatus.  It was nice to talk books with friends I hadn’t seen in a while – then again, isn’t it always nice to talk about books?

I read completely out of order this past week – I just happened to have my Kindle with me and started Mae Clair’s Eclipse Lake.  And then I couldn’t put it down.  I was at college orientation with my son over the weekend and read during the boring parts of the information sessions, then ducked out of a couple of other repetitive sessions to finish the book.  Does that tell you how much I enjoyed it?  The review will be posted soon.

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I’ll probably finish The Diviners (Nook) before A Conjuring of Light (book) because I get a lot of my reading done while doing cardio at the gym and it’s easier to read from my Nook.

TBR:  110

Read:  1

Bought:  ZERO!!!

Total:  109

Downsizing the TBR Pile #amreading

This was one of my favorite weekends of the year – the SOKY Book Fest and Writer’s Conference.  Do I really need to tell you I bought more books?  But only 3!  I had a fantastic time and I’ll post pics later this week.  Still trying to figure out the whole Instagram thing, but I’m committed to posting there also.

Some friends and I are starting up a book club again – the first meeting is this coming weekend.  Always difficult to find a date that works for everyone’s schedule, and not everyone can be there on Saturday.  One friend is a teacher and will be attending her 26th (I think) prom – chaperoning, of course.  I should probably get started reading the book.

I finished a couple of books.  This one wasn’t included in my previous TBR post, but I read Whispering Corridors by Ambrose Ibsen for the book discussion at Lilyn’s blog, Scifi and Scary.  It was a miss for me (that’s an awesome cover), but I had a great time discussing it with others and look forward to the next selection in June.

The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rose by S.L. Saboviec is a well-written, compelling book with some surprising twists.  I didn’t find Scarlet to be particularly likable, but still an enjoyable read.

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TBR:  109

Read:  2

Bought:  3

Total:  110 (heavy sigh)

Downsizing the TBR Pile #amreading

I have to warn you – the TBR pile took a staggering hit last week because of a certain Story Empire Roadshow featuring several friends.  Awesome books at low prices or even free – how could I resist?  Thanks guys – you know who you are and the blame is on you!

I finished Panacea by F. Paul Wilson.  I’m a huge fan of his Repairman Jack series – and if you’re not familiar with those books (kind of a thriller/suspense/paranormal mix), then you’re missing out on an incredible story with one of the most magnetic and intriguing characters I’ve read.  Panacea didn’t grab me right away, but I stuck with it and was rewarded with the introduction of a character who reminded me a lot of Jack – and then I was hooked.   If you’re a fan of medical thrillers with a touch of paranormal, look into this one.  The second in the series is due out later this year.

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TBR:  101

Read:  1

Bought:  9!!!!!

Total:  109

I may be a little naive, but I’m beginning to think I’ll never reach the bottom of the pile.  Has anyone else gotten that impression?

 

Downsizing the TBR Pile #amreading

So, I have this genius friend who knows her way around a computer (unlike yours truly) and designed bookmarks for Sarah – my own efforts were an epic fail.  Finally getting them done was a huge load off my mind, because I’ve got a couple of events coming up and I had no SWAG.  At all.  She did a fantastic job and I’ll post a pic when they’re ready.  Told her she should free lance – book covers would probably be effortless for her.

I really read out of sequence this time, but I have NetGalley to blame for that.  Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel has been in my TBR for several months, and I just received approval to read and review the second in the series, Waking Gods.  So guess what just got bumped up the list faster than Thor’s hammer (okay, maybe not quite that fast) ?  I’d read some great reviews by some Goodreads friends and knew this was my kind of book.    The story is told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, which may bother some readers, but I’ve read other novels told in this fashion and enjoy that style of writing.  If you haven’t read this book, pieces of a ‘giant robot girl’ are found buried all over the planet, left centuries ago by an alien culture.  The same day I started reading this book, I read about archaeologists discovering the head of a giant 3,000-year-old statue thought to depict Ramses II.  Coincidence?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Stranger things have happened.  Whatever the case, I read Sleeping Giants in two days – that should tell you how I felt about it.

I won’t be able to finish Panacea for a few weeks – have 3 books I have to finish for review, a book to read for book club, and another book for a group read.  Oh – and finish the first draft of my WIP.  Anyone have any spare hours in the day they could donate?

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TBR:  102

Read:  1

Bought:  0 (again!)

Total:  101

 

 

 

Downsizing the TBR Pile #amreading

Hubs out of town, so I did nothing except read and write over the weekend – and finished two books!  I’m also proud of the fact that the local library’s used book sale was this weekend and I held my ground and didn’t add anymore to the TBR pile.  Let me tell you, that was a tough one to stay away from.

My son and I also found some time to watch Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortensen and rated it two thumbs up – a thought-provoking movie with an outstanding performance from Mortensen (but he’ll always be Aragorn to me).  Add it to your 23299513list if you haven’t seen it.

I finally finished The Shadow Queen.  I was never much for fairy tales growing up, but this take on Snow White was hard to put down – creative world-building and strong, fun characters surrounded by magic – and dragons!

I read out of order again.  Sometimes what I read depends on what’s closest to me at the time – my 24487079Nook or Kindle.  Type and Cross by Staci Troilo immediately grabbed me – so many secrets in this small town.  The full review will be posted soon.

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Up next:

TBR:  104

Read:  2

Bought:  ZERO!!! (due to an exorbitant amount of restraint on my part)

Total:  102

Downsizing the TBR Pile #amreading

Busy past couple of weeks – making some progress on the new book, but still in the drafting phase.

Saw the new John Wick movie this weekend – it’s as good as, and maybe even better33227363 than the first.  The ending leaves an exciting setup for a third movie, with Wick up against seemingly insurmountable odds.

I read out of order, but I finished In a Small Compass by Karen Oberlaender, a marvelous collection of short stories – a full review will be posted soon.

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Up next:

TBR:  104

Read:  1

Bought:  1 (preordered the final book in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series – if you’re a fantasy fan, seriously, you need to be reading this)

Total:  104