Sep 04 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 12 – Have a Fun Labor Day

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • 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?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)

I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

You know what’s a fun activity on Labor Day? Reading.

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Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy Book 1)
by Josephine Angelini
Item added January 14, 2015

Seems like a fantasy book I’d enjoy.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept

The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself
by Susan Bell
Item added April 3, 2015

The reviews put me on the fence. It sounds like it was a good article turned into a book (fluff, fluff, fluff). Which sounds backward for a book about editing…

Judgement 2:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Civakacintamani: The Hero Civakan, the Gem that Fulfills All Wishes: Verses 1166-1888
by Tiruttakkatevar, James D. Ryan
Item added Civakacintamani: The Hero Civakan, the Gem that Fulfills All Wishes: Verses 1166-1888
by Tiruttakkatevar, James D. Ryan

Civakacintamani is one of the five epic masterpieces of Tamil literature.

(Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka)

Jain viewpoint and philosophy with the evocative literary modes of the Tamil tradition

This kills me. I want to read this book. I’m interested! It’s hard to find fiction combining all that.
But $90? I could buy 90 other books! This is one of those books I’m only going to get if I come into some serious funds, or find a copy on Ebay.

Yay! You’re now following “Civakacintamani” in your eBay Feed.You will receive email alerts for new listings.

I don’t have high hopes, since I included a price cap.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

CATastrophic Connections: A Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery (Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mysteries Book 1)
by Joyce Brown
Item added April 9, 2015

I mentioned last week (in the FB post link) that cats as main characters gets my book-loving attention.

#2434 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy > Animals
#3713 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy > Animals

*must not click… must not make TBR longer…must resist… oh who am I kidding…*
Most of these seem to share a theme of murder-mystery+ baked goods+ cats.

Seems I’ve stumbled onto a fandom.

Anyway, this looks like a good book.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Evening of the Dragonfly fly (Passenger to Paradise Book 6)
by Mary Montague Sikes
Item added April 12, 2015

What’s my new rule? No adding books from the middle of a series without having the first ones!

Judgement 5:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Hunt for Valamon
by DK Mok
Item added April 12, 2015

Hunt for Valamon had a book tour stop here! (I’m sorry if there are photobucket errors.)

And I LOVE that cover!

It lists as fantasy humor, which is cool.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept

Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch Book 1)
by Ally Shields
Item added April 17, 2015

Seems like a good paranormal romance for anyone into the cops, vampires, wolves, and drugs combo.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
by Mark Adams
Item added April 19, 2015

#247 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Folklore & Mythology

Ha ha, okay, the author interviews people who are looking for it.
I have a (very, very, very fictional) idea of where Atlantis went. And if I ever get the final book in the second series written, you’ll know what it is. (Yeah, sure… just another 10 or 20 years from now…)

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept switched to Kindle version | Goodreads TBR: Added (wasn’t there)

This mini aquaponic tank is a closed-loop ecosystem — the betta fish waste fertilizes the plants on top, and the plants filter and clean the water for your fish — not your average betta fish bowl!

I moved this out of my wishlist. I just wanted to share it with everyone.

Stepbrother Fallen
by Aya Fukunishi
Item added April 22, 2015

While it does sound like a really good romance… I don’t read very many of those (unless they remind me of my characters or a friend suggests/ shoves it into my hands).

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Removed

Dragon of the Stars
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Item added April 24, 2015

It’s by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It stays.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Have you read any of these books?

What’s the most expensive book on your wishlist?

Are you in the murder-mystery + baked goods + cats book fandom? Did you know about it?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole


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  1. I see that you’re still hard at work shuffling through that TBR pile. Keep up the good work. You’re a housekeeping inspiration.
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    1. LOL. Well there’s something I’ve never been called before. Love ya, C!

  2. I have gone to my Goodreads list and wondered what some of the books on there are. I never go through them though. I do my Amazon wishlist, but I guess that’s because I’m more likely to buy those as opposed to Goodreads.
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    1. Yeah, that makes sense.

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