Downsizing the TBR Pile

Last week was good for finishing books for review (nearly four), but not so much for the TBR pile.  I’m around 25% complete with Dust and Decay, but will definitely finish this week.  I participated in Brenda Drake’s #PitMatch on Thursday, but cupid was unable to find me a match – the next #PitMad is March 17th, so there’s that.  I also sent out four queries, but all I’m hearing is crickets so far.  I’m sure the agents have nothing else to do but read my query – right?

So, I’m still currently reading:

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Up next are:

 

For accountability’s sake (admitting my book addiction), I thought I’d start listing the books I buy each week.  Last week was slow – only one book purchased:

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TBR pile:  97

Finished:  0

Bought:  1

Total:  98 to be read

Downsizing the TBR Pile

Accomplished some things this past week – finished two books for review and also 13638131one in my own pile, The Unbound, by Victoria Schwab.

This was the second in The Archived series and I don’t know if the author plans another book, but I’d be first in line to read it!  The extent of her imagination fascinates me and the worldbuilding is superb.  Schwab’s books have never failed to keep me engrossed from the first page and this one was no exception.

Currently reading:

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On deck:

Not sure how much I’ll get accomplished this week – I’m throwing myself into the query trenches, so wish me luck!

Downsizing the TBR Pile

This was a good week – finished Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau and two other books for review and more 18222699than halfway through the next book in the TBR pile, The Unbound by Victoria Schwab.

Gotta admit, I was disappointed in Graduation Day – mainly because of the highly questionable decisions made by the leaders.  A teenager is given a list of names by the president and told to kill those people – this is the best idea to stop a revolution?  Some inconsistencies with the level of technology available also gave me pause.  I’m glad I finished this trilogy – it had some likable characters and a twist near the end, but somewhere along the way seemed to lose its momentum.

Currently reading:

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Waiting in the wings:

Coming Up Soon – Hopefully

As far as blogging is concerned, it’s been a slow week for me.  Everything else, it’s been warp speed.  I’m in the middle of a few books right now, but haven’t been able to make much progress on them, so I thought I’d just give some preliminary thoughts and list the books coming up for review.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine20643052

The reviews I’ve seen of this book have been outstanding, but for me, I’m not an enamored as I’d hoped.  One review mentioned the book initially has a slow pace, but then things pick up very quickly.  I’m hoping that time comes pretty soon.

Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

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I read and reviewed the first book in this series, The String Diaries (review here), last summer and the followup would have gotten by me if not for a Goodreads newslettter.  The String Diaries was five stars for me and this one has potential, but I’m not far enough in the book to really know yet.  The reviews I’ve seen are great for the most part – the negative reviews seem to be from people who didn’t read the first book (which I would strongly recommend) and couldn’t figure out what was going on.  Sometimes you can start in the middle of a series without much trouble – this isn’t one of those times.

I’m hoping to finish these two and have reviews posted sometime next week, because I’ve got two indie author books I’m excited about.

Epitaphs (Echoes #2) by Therin Knite 24878481

Knite’s books have never disappointed me – love the sci-fi aspects, snarky dialogue, and world-building.  I reviewed the first book in this series, Echoes, here.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the MC, Adem Adamend, has gotten into this time around.

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I didn’t have to read very far into this synopsis before I was interested – a group of people on the brink of extinction, nanobots and microchips?  I’m there.

 

I’m a little late in finishing this series (like a year), but I thought City of Heavenly 8755785Fire by Cassandra Clare was a fitting end to an enjoyable series.  I really admire the way Clare can inject humor into her character’s everyday lives, as well as life-threatening situations.  And the characters – so well thought out, with such depth and interesting backstories – they were nearly living and breathing.

 

I’ve been making a list of beach reads for this summer, hoping to whittle down that TBR pile – more on those later.  A book I need to get to pretty quickly is Station Eleven20170404 by Emily St. John Mandel.  I was so excited to learn she’d be speaking at one of the libraries here in town near the end of June, so that one has been bumped up the list.

 

So, what’s on your list to read this summer?  Anything you’re excited about?

 

What I’ll Be Reading

I’ve been reading and reviewing some amazing, some not so much, books over the past couple of years and I’ve let my TBR pile – books I’ve bought on my own – accumulate to towering heights, so I’m making a concentrated effort to cut down on my requests from NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Penguin to reduce that pile of books before it maims someone.  Below are some of the books I plan on reading over the next few months.  If you’ve read any of these, what did you think?
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