A weekly(ish) 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…
So last weekend I was down and out with a terrible stomach bug and no time for blogging nonsense. But I am back in the game this week, despite the fact that I have also already started working my autumn job at the orchard! We are picking and sorting peaches like crazy – it’s been several years since we had a good crop around here, so everyone is quite pleased and the peaches are delicious. I absolutely love working at the orchard, mostly because the owners are the best people I have ever worked for, so even though I’m sad that my summer is over so soon, I am enjoying my time there.
Added to the General TBR:
Eleven additions in the last two weeks!
- I’ve read an enjoyed Todd Johnson’s other two books, Critical Reaction and The Deposit Slip, so when I saw he has a third book coming up, I knew I wanted to read it. Since then, I’ve found out that I’ll be receiving an ARC of Fatal Trust from the publisher, so this read will actually happen sooner rather than later!
- FictionFan’s review of The Lodger left me intrigued, mainly because she has a habit of setting up the whole mystery and then not telling me the ending (*sigh*), so I suppose I have to read it for myself.
- I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy books about catering or hotels and that sort of thing, so the review of Once and for All over at the Penniless Bookworm made me feel like this would be a good place to start with author Sarah Dessen.
- Even though I’m a bit leery about reading a sci-fi book that has lots of footnotes, That’s What She Read made The Punch Escrow sound like too much fun to miss.
- Fictionophile gets blamed for two additions this week, both thrillers. Lynne featured The Day She Died on her Throwback Thursday post as an old favorite revisited – I always enjoy reading books that have stuck with someone months after they read it. And even though I’m always a bit hesitant to read books where a missing child is the center of the mystery, her review of What She Knew just sounded too intriguing to pass up!
- Cleopatra Reads Books definitely wins the award for weighing down the TBR with a hefty THREE entries! I really do keep meaning to read something by Tammy Cohen and also by Lisa Jewell. In the meantime, I guess I’ll keep adding their titles to the list thanks to Cleo’s recommendations, because she really does love both of these authors! And proving that I’m not as good at avoiding things as I like to think I am, I added another book with a missing child as a central plot – Little Sister.
- Finally, I came across two random books on lists that sounded engaging – Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas and Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.
Off the General TBR:
I haven’t done too shabbily here, with four off – The Girl from Summer Hill (weird), Water Song (needed to be longer), The Methods of Lady Walderhurst (disappointing), and What Lies Within (infuriating). I had several reviews that weren’t on my TBR – five books, in fact. It’s amazing that the TBR can be so long, and yet I keep finding myself reading books that aren’t even on it…
Grand Total for the General TBR: 792 (up seven)
Added to the Personal TBR:
Besides two free Kindle books, I also added two more. My grandpa somehow ended up with a gigantic box of books when my great-aunt passed away, and he’s decided that I should have them all. They consist of some sometimes dreadful but sometimes alright Christian fiction called ‘Love Inspired’, and for a while (maybe you still can) you could subscribe and they would send you a book a month or whatever. Apparently my great aunt was subscribed for YEARS. Anyway, I took a small pile of them home, but most of them are parts of series, so they don’t count yet. One, The Last Bridge Home by Linda Goodnight, seems to be a standalone, so I may try it. Someday.
I also got another book from my Bethany Beach Books Box! I switched from the YA subscription to the Children’s, and I think this may be a better fit for me. I am kind of picky about my YA because I really am not into angst-ridden narratives. Children’s books are so often simpler and cleaner, yet can still be incredibly profound. This month, I got a copy of Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens. It looks like a lovely little book AND I got a beautiful hardcover copy. I hope I really love this book because it is SO PRETTY.
Off the Personal TBR:
Total for the Personal TBR: 593 (holding steady, because apparently I can’t do math)
Total for the Series TBR: Holding steady at 222.
Added to the Mystery Series TBR:
Stephanie’s review of the latest Kate Burkholder mystery by Linda Castillo inspired me to go ahead and add this series, which currently has nine entries. Stephanie really enjoys these books, and we frequently have similar taste. :-D
Off the Mystery Series TBR:
Total for the Mystery Series TBR: 103 (up one)
Total for the Nonfiction TBR: No changes – steady at 79.
Grand Total for the Week: Four off and twelve on, so up a total of eight. I consider anything under a net of ten to be a win, so go me! :-D