Down the TBR Hole #57

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

I’ve been very sick this past week, which means I’ve had time on my hands to read whenever I’m not sleeping.  My TBR pile is down one to 674 books.

This week’s books:

The 131/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers – KEEP.  This is the first book in the “Zamonien” series, of which I have read books 4 and 6, The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books and The City of Dreaming Books. The series doesn’t have to be read in order, similar to Terry Pratchett’s “Disc World” series, but some of the books (including the 2nd) haven’t been translated into English from the original German yet.

Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh – KEEP. I got this book through Netgalley quite a long time ago and still haven’t gotten around to reading and reviewing it. It’s supposed to be a Fantasy Horror Thriller, similar to the kind of fantastic stories written by Joe Hill.  We’ll see.

The Boy in the Cemetery by Sebastian Gregory – KEEP.  I’m not gonna lie, it was the cover and the title that grabbed my attention.  They remind me of something Neil Gaiman would write, such as The Graveyard Book.  The synopsis didn’t end that feeling so I’ll keep this one and keep my fingers crossed that it lives up to my expectations.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud – KEEP.  Like The Boy in the Cemetery, this book’s title and cover were what made me pick it up, and the synopsis sealed the deal on me keeping it.  Also, the “Readers Also Enjoyed” section on this book’s Goodreads page is full of books I loved reading, including Greenglass House by Kate Milford.

Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen – KEEP.  An atlas of all of the lands in myth and legend? A ship that can take you to any of them?!  Yes, please!!

My to-read shelf is holding steady at 674 books. Sometimes the slightly younger version of me knew what she was doing when she added books to her TBR.  This week’s batch of books is proof of that.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for February 8th – 14th.
  • I managed to make it until Wednesday evening before I was taken down by yet another illness.  I’m stuck indoors resting as much as possible at least until I go back to work on Tuesday.  Luckily, I have plenty of books to read.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 4/5
  • Steps: 33,619
  • Miles: 13.83
  • Total Miles: 84.35
  • Active Minutes: 208

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Currently Reading:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Dragons of Winter Night by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

  

Finished:

  • How to Be a Cat by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar

Total pages read this week: 572

Total books for the year: 8 of 50.  I really thought I was going to finish Dragons of Winter Night by the end of the weekend, but I got distracted by The Book of Awesome. I might finish both by the end of this week if I’m lucky.

What are you reading this week?

Down the TBR Hole #56

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

My TBR pile is holding steady at 676 books despite my late-night under the blanket reading by book-light after the Boyfriend went to sleep.

This week’s books:

Quest by various authors – KEEP.  This is an 8 book Fantasy bundle that I’m sure has at least one book I will enjoy reading.

Harbinger of Doom by Glenn G. Thater – GO. This bundle is the first 3 books in a 9 book series with a description of the Main Character being “an enigmatic warrior of unknown origins and mystical power. No mortal man is his match in battle. No sorcery can contain or confound him. No scholar or sage can outwit him.” No.  Not even Kvothe has that sort of unlimited talent or skill for all things.

Mischief, Mayhem, The Blue Men of Minch by Monte French – KEEP.  This story takes place in Scotland and involves all sorts of interesting mythical creatures.  There’s no way I’m not giving this book a chance.

From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury – KEEP.  A Vampire story by Ray Bradbury?  Yes, please and thank you!

The Barefoot Queen by Ildefonso Falcones – KEEP.  One of the Boyfriend’s Aunts, who is a retired Librarian, was reading this awhile back and it looked interesting.  She has never steered me wrong in book recommendations, so I will definitely be giving this book a try.

It’s a little surprising to me that I only ditched one book this week.  When I was looking at my TBR last week, I thought for sure I would be throwing more off of my book mountain.  Maybe I’m being more forgiving of the pile since I have been doing another round of KonMari with all of my other belongings (No, I haven’t watched the show on Netflix yet). Hopefully I will have at least one less book on my TBR by next week, but 675 books is pretty good for this early in the year.

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Currently Reading:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Dragons of Winter Night by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

  

Finished:

  • Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Britta Olsson

Total pages read this week: 77

Total books for the year: 7 of 50.  This week was busy, and while I’m still 3 books ahead of schedule for meeting my annual reading goal, I didn’t get much reading in.

What are you reading this week?

Down the TBR Hole #55

Image: hjl

Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.  

I know I usually post these on Saturdays, but I posted my #FitReaders check-in yesterday and I prefer not posting twice in one day if I can help it. Thanks to the #24in48 Readathon, my TBR pile is down to 679 books.

This week’s books:

Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull by James Matlack Raney – GO.  When I got this, I didn’t realize it was the 2nd book in a series.  I added the first book, Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves to my wish list, but I’m removing this 2nd book until I read the first. I’ll decide from there whether or not I want to add the 2nd back to my list.

Summer by V.L. Dreyer – KEEP. I’m very skeptical of this one, but it does sound like a Post-Apocalyptic Zombie novel, so I will give it the 50 page test.

Ascension by Brian K. Fuller – GO.  The synopsis makes this book sound like a ridiculous attempt at an Epic Fantasy, and I’m just not interested.

The Twelve Stones by R.J. Johnson – GO.  I was vaguely interested until the synopsis mentioned that the main character’s father is killed by a “billionaire industrialist.” I nearly gagged at the last line, “A thrilling tale that mixes romance, cutting edge science, and oh yeah, the fate of human civilization.” Just No.

Travelers & Shifters & Fey by Dennis W. Green, R.J. Ellison, and A.R. Miller – GO.  This is a collection of 3 Fantasy novels all set in Iowa.  Not one of the books seems interesting enough to read, and it’s not because they’re set in Iowa. Bye-bye!

My to-read shelf is down to 676 books. After looking a little further down my TBR list, I have a feeling the trend of throwing books off the mountain will continue for at least another week.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for January 18th – 24th.
  • I didn’t post a check-in last week, so I’m including it in this check-in, which is a day late (life has been crazy).
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 5/5
  • Steps: 52,9000
  • Miles: 21.76
  • Total Miles: 59.87
  • Active Minutes: 257
  • This check-in is for January 25th – 31st.
  • I had to work later than usual most days this week and that meant not feeling safe enough to walk home from the bus stop.  I’m ready for the days to be longer already so I can get more steps and keep more money in the bank.
  • Workouts: 3/5
  • Steps: 35,982
  • Miles: 14.87
  • Total Miles: 74.74
  • Active Minutes: 128

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Currently Reading:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Britta Olsson
  • Dragons of Winter Night by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

  

Finished:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

 

Total pages read this week: 766

Total books for the year: 6 of 50.  This weekend was the 24 in 48 readathon.  Though I didn’t read for an entire 24 hours, I did get a lot of reading accomplished, and I’m 3 books ahead of schedule for meeting my annual reading goal.

What are you reading this week?

#24in48 Readathon – Goodnight, Sleep Tight!

We have reached the end of the 24 in 48 readathon.  I’m going to bed after a mostly full weekend of reading and I will begin the recovery process tomorrow.

Final Update

I finished Spinning Silver around the same time I was ready for lunch.  I immediately started A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I think it’s too similar of a story so I put it down for now.  After that, I just didn’t feel like reading anymore (I think something might be wrong with me?)

In the Middle of Reading:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Books Finished:

  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Pages Read: 233

Total Pages Read: 748

Time Read: 6 hours 58 minutes

Total Time Read: 19 hours and 43 minutes

Goodnight, Y’all!