The Tottering TBR // Episode VIII

A weekly post wherein I pretend to lament the fact that I have so many books on my TBR… but in fact am secretly rubbing my hands together with delight that there are so many amazing books left to be discovered…

Merry Christmas!!!  As usual, I am writing this post on Saturday to be published on Sunday, by the time you read this I will probably be enjoy a peaceful morning with the husband and the dog, and hopefully you have had a similarly quietly enjoyable holiday weekend.

Added to the General TBR:

I’ve caught up on most of the backlog of reviews I had to read, which is a mixed blessing as you all managed to add six more titles to the list…

  • the-facts-of-life-and-deathFictionophile’s review of Yuletide Treasure by Andrea Kane from a couple of weeks ago appealed to me as it involves one of my favorite tropes – marriage first, then romance.
  • Cleopatra said that The Stepmother by Claire Seeber was a sort of modern-day retelling of Snow White.  Despite the fact that she warns that this isn’t a book to read if you want characters to love, this thriller sounds quite exciting.
  • Carol’s review of Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett over at Reading, Writing & Riesling made that read sound intriguing.  Carol says the book has a realistic protagonist who has problems, but isn’t ruled by them.
  • I do love some relaxing chicklit that still has engaging characters and a nice story, so Janet’s review of Wildflower Bay by Rachel Lucas made it sound like that may fit the bill!!
  • Kristy’s review of The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty over at The Literary Sisters was quite interesting – a Southern Gothic fairytale retelling??  Sounds perfect.
  • Finally, Cleo got in a double-whammy by also adding The Facts of Life & Death by Belinda Bauer.  While it doesn’t 100% sound like a normal read for me, the fact that Cleo says that this is one of her favorite crime novels of all time makes me think that it is worth the read!

Off the General TBR:

51fzcsz93tl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Despite the fact that I reviewed three books this week from this category, only two of them were officially on the list.  Love Among the Chickens  was not, in fact, on my list.  So, only Crimson Bound and Entreat Me – both fairy tale retellings, actually – got checked off this week.

Total for the General TBR:  860 (up four!)


Added to the Personal TBR:

Only two freebies this week, so I am showing some restraint!

Off the Personal TBR:

I did read one personal book this week, but I haven’t reviewed it yet.  So – nothing!

Total for the Personal TBR:  589 (up two!)


Added to the Series TBR:

Three chicklit series inspired by random publisher emails, I’m afraid.

Off the Series TBR:

639197Well, I had another DNF – I got about a third of the way through the second book in the Hound Saga, The Princess and the Bear.  And it was just painfully boring.  I really tried to get into it and just couldn’t.  I may try picking it up again at some point, but I really doubt it, so at this point, I’m just counting the series as a DNF and taking it off the list.

Total for the Series TBR:  148 (up two!)


Added to the Mystery Series TBR:

Nothing this week!  So much restraint!

Off the Mystery Series TBR:

Nothing here, either, but I have started the Joseph O’Laughlin books by Michael Robotham.  I really enjoyed the first book, Suspectand am about 15 pages into the second book, Lost, which has also started quite well with gunshot wounds, amnesia, and suspicion.

Total for the Mystery Series TBR:  71 (holding steady!)


Added to the Nonfiction TBR:

Nothing added here, either.  Whew.

Off the Nonfiction TBR:

13022713No progress, either, of course.  However, I did finally finish P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letterswhich was absolutely brilliant and completely fascinating.  But since it wasn’t officially on the list, it doesn’t really knock down the numbers, I fear…

Total for the Nonfiction TBR:  58 (holding steady!)


Grand Totals for the Week:  Eleven added and three off, so a total of eight up for the week!