Down the TBR Hole #67

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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 up again to 672 books.  I came across a few books that I couldn’t resist adding to my wish list while I was reading a new-to-me blog.

This week’s books:

Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power – GO.  This is not the book I thought it was.  I thought it was the memoir of someone else who had survived extreme burns over most of his body, but I can’t remember his name.  I just remember watching an interview and then looking for a book that supposedly had the same title.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini – KEEP. This is one of those extremely popular books that everyone but me seems to have read.  My BFF says it was beyond boring, but we sometimes disagree about books, so I’ll give this one the 50 page test.

How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays – KEEP.  This is one of the many books on Mindfulness that I own, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.  I probably will the next time I need to “relearn” the skills I learned in therapy.

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous – GO.  I’m just not that interested in reading about a teenager’s story of drug addiction.

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen – KEEP. I’ve always been curious about this book, since it’s supposed to be the ultimate armchair-travel experience, but I didn’t add it to my TBR until watching “Gilmore Girls.”

My TBR pile is down again to 670 books.  I haven’t yet started any Sci-Fi books for #SciFiSummer, but I’m hoping that now that I’m back home from my trip to Florida, that will change soon.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for June 21st  – 27th.
  • My trip to Florida was awesome!!! I *might* be writing a post about it on Sunday.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 4/5
  • Steps: 48,608
  • Miles: 19.96
  • Total Miles: 356.27
  • Active Minutes: 259

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:

  • Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
  • Sarah’s Quilt by Nancy E. Turner

 

Finished:

  • Agile Creativity by Steven Savage

Total pages read this week: 80

Total books for the year: 37 of 50.  I’m going to the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios today!

What are you reading this week?

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for June 14th  – 20th.
  • I fly out to Florida tomorrow to watch and cheer on my BFF in the Warrior Games.
  • I set aside a day during my trip to go to Universal Studios.  This will be the first time I’ve been.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 4/5
  • Steps: 30,206
  • Miles: 12.42
  • Total Miles: 336.31
  • Active Minutes: 198

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:

  • Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
  • Sarah’s Quilt by Nancy E. Turner

 

Finished:

  • The Three Day Runaway by Katarina Green

Total pages read this week: 150

Total books for the year: 36 of 50.  I’ve been planning the remaining the details of my upcoming trip to Florida, and I realized that I fly out on the day that #SciFiSummer begins. I’ve also been reworking my spending money budget every which way I can think of to see if I have enough money to go the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios while I’m there.

What are you reading this week?

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for June 7th  – 13th.
  • This has been another busy week at work with not a whole lot of time to do anything else. Next week probably won’t be much different, but I fly out to Florida on Saturday to watch and cheer on my BFF in the Warrior Games.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 1/5
  • Steps: 26,391
  • Miles: 12.87
  • Total Miles: 323.89
  • Active Minutes: 52

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:

  • Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
  • Sarah’s Quilt by Nancy E. Turner

 

Finished:

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Total pages read this week: 315

Total books for the year: 35 of 50.  Summer has come to the Bay Area of California.  Yesterday was 94 degrees, and today it’s supposed to get up to 96. I made peach iced tea yesterday and got guava juice to make guava pops. I also got raspberries and half-and-half to make raspberry “ice cream” (Freeze the raspberries, and then pour some half-and-half over them to coat. Yummy.).

What are you reading this week?

Down the TBR Hole #66

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.

My TBR pile is up to 671 books.  I came across a couple of books while I was catching up on the blogs I read, and I just had to add them to my wish list.

This week’s books:

The Emperor’s Knife by Mazarkis Williams – GO.  The synopsis reads like this is a standard Fantasy novel, but everything else I looked at on Goodreads made me think this is not what it appears to be and I would be better off not bothering to find out.

Wish You Were Here by Leslie Simon – KEEP. I’m sure quite a bit of the “today’s music scene” parts of this book will be obsolete, given that it was published a decade ago, but I don’t care.  I still want to read it.

The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer – KEEP.  Nothing in the synopsis, or anything else on Goodreads gave me pause. So, while I’m not sure this book will be great, I’m going to give it a chance.

The Last Romanov by Dora Levy Mossanen – GO.  This book was a freebie I snatched up with the assumption that it would be Historical Fiction about Anastasia, but apparently it’s more of a Fantasy in an historical setting than anything else and the main character is fictional.  I’ll pass.

Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – KEEP. I loved The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game.  The Prisoner of Heaven is on my TBR and The Labyrinth of Spirits is on my wish list.  This is a 30 page short story that is considered to be book 2.5 in the series.

My TBR pile is back down to 669 books.  I’m hoping to make a significant dent in it while Sci-Fi Summer is happening. It starts in a couple of weeks, so I’m trying to finish at least one more book before then, that way I can focus on all of the wonderful Science Fiction on my TBR.

 

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:

  • Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

 

Finished:

  • The Revenge of Analog by David Sax

Total pages read this week: 274

Total books for the year: 34 of 50. I’ve been trying to stop myself from being distracted by every book I look at and want to pick up to read. Otherwise, I would have 9 books on my “Currently Reading” list right now, and it would be forever before I finished any of them. So, I applied some discipline to stick with the books I’ve already started, as much as possible, and finish them before I grab another book.

What are you reading this week?