On My 2019 TBR

I’ve already got quite a few books on my TBR for 2019. Have you read any of these? Are they also on your TBR? Continue reading “On My 2019 TBR”

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Teaser Tuesday: Books for 2017

A few weeks ago I asked you for reading recommendations for 2017. In addition to adding a few works suggested by readers, I’ve added more to my TBR, thanks to Christmas gifts of both books and gift cards. In no particular order, here’s what on my shelf (or in the mail . . . or pre-ordered . . . or waiting to be returned to the library) for 2017: Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: Books for 2017”

The Book Culling (pt 1B)

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I noticed something about others’ New Year Resolutions.

Rather, I noticed a lack of resolutions in that most of my acquaintances declared they weren’t making resolutions, but taking things day by day and doing what made them happy.

I would argue that this is a kind of resolution, but I digress.

With that in mind, I took a second look at my TBR.

284 books is quite a large number, and most of them ended up there because of some magazine’s Top Reads / Best Books / All [X] Should Read [Y] list.

Why should I waste my time reading things someone else says I should read?

Didn’t I already do that for 17+ years?

I think it’s time to read the books I want to read, and not base it on some arbitrary list.

The Book Culling (pt 1B)

I’m not going to list the books eliminated in this round.

I started with 284 books.

I ended with 188 books.

188 may still be high, and I may never finish the list – especially since I’m certain to continue adding to it – but they’re the books I want to read*.

Huzzah

*Subject to change without notice.


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The Book Culling (pt 1A)

Leather Books with Ladder

Yesterday, along with finishing my first books of 2016 [4 down; 96 to go], I took a good look my Goodreads TBR.  I wondered how I came to have over 300 books on the list, and decided to see if I could narrow the list down a bit. Here’s what happened:

Beginning: 303 books

Duplicates

These were books I’d read, but for some reason still appeared on the “to-read” list. Books removed:

Ender’s Game

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory

Why did I Add This?

These were books that I had no recollection of ever adding to the list. Now, before you ask, I did check out the synopsis page before removing them. My best guess is that these books were added to my list as a result of entering a giveaway. Books removed:

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Dragon Choir

Contention

The Dinner

In Times Like These (In Times Like These, #1)

The Chronothon (In Times Like These, #2)

Year of the Cow: How 420 Pounds of Beef Built a Better Life for One American Family

The Sunlit Night

The Smuggler’s Gambit (Adam Fletcher Adventure #1)

Graynelore

Tangled Gardens Coloring Book: 52 Intricate Tangle Drawings to Color with Pens, Markers, or Pencils

Interest Has Waned

I remember adding these books, but for one reason or another I really have no interest in reading them (or in anyone spending their hard-earned money on one as a gift). Books removed:

Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War

In Defense of Troy: The Prince’s Ascent

Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul

The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong

27 Views of Asheville: A Southern Mountain Town in Prose & Poetry

Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art

John le Carré: The Biography

Abandoned, Will Not Return To

There is only one book in the category. When I saw it on the list I said “ha ha ha – NOPE!” Seriously – I said this out loud, annoying Smokey. Book removed:

Finnegan’s Wake

Final: 282

Moving Forward

First, I’ll be more careful about adding books to my TBR.

Second, I’ll get around to sorting my physical books . . . eventually.

This will constitute “The Book Culling (pt 2)”

What Think You?

Do Any of These Books Deserve a Second Chance?


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Sunday Snapshots

As you might remember, my folks visited this week.

Saturday

 
They arrived Saturday afternoon and wanted to go out to dinner.

Mom chose Red Robin (Yum!); so we piled into the van and away we went.

Halfway there I realized I was still in my work shirt.

Luckily, Red Robin is attached to the mall, and one of the stores had a sale.

 

MST3K shirt detailHooray for MST3K!

 

Sunday

 
On the way out the door for Sunday church, Mom realized that Dad and I dressed very similarly:
 
Dad and Me on Sunday
 
As we were close to the beach, we visited Fort Macon and Atlantic Beach between the morning and evening services.
 
First up, Fort Macon:
 


 

As I wandered around looking for unique architectural details, I noticed something about the springer.
 


 

Then, it was on to the beach!

 And onto the beach, as it were.

 


 

That evening, we were back at church. What luck it was a fellowship night!
 


 

Monday

 

We went shopping for groceries to make apple pie.

 

 

Dad also cleaned our coffee pots. He did a good job, even if I did have to stop him from trying to take apart the Keurig.

 

Tuesday

 

We visited the Farmer’s Market and Tryon Palace

 

 

 

I made a Venison Roast, which I didn’t take a picture of; however, we did have apple pie and vanilla ice cream for desert:

 

Apple Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream
 

Wednesday

 

Mom and Dad left Wednesday morning, but not before we ate breakfast at Baker’s Kitchen

 

Mom and Dad at Baker's Kitchen
 

Thursday – Saturday

 
Soon after they left, I developed all the symptoms of a simply wonderful summer cold.

So, I used the time to catch up on my TBR:
 
Library Books July 31 2015
 


 

What did you do this week?

 


 

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