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Cheli's BOMB disposal efforts for 2012

(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge

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1cyderry
Edited: Mar 1, 2012, 9:05pm Top

Can't believe I set up the group and then forgot to setup my own thread.




2011 I set a goal to read 60 of the books I owned whether they were ARDs (Antique reading devices AKA real books) or e-books that were sitting on my Nook. I'm finishing with 65 but the bad news is that I added 111 books (not counting my Christmas purchases. So a net +46 means my shelves didn't get any clearer. so here are my goals for 2012

Nookbooks/Net Galley 25
Audiobooks 30
ARDs 25

So 80 is my goal - this year I'm adding the audiobooks that I've downloaded and haven't "read" yet. I have 130 so 30 is a good ¼ of that. For every BOMB exploded I will put $1 in my book bank so that at the end of the year I will have money for new books!

2cyderry
Edited: Nov 20, 2012, 5:53pm Top

Nookbooks/Net Galley 25



Here are some of the candidates: @designates probables

First Rule of Ten
The Third Coincidence
Book of Lost Fragrances
The Traitor and the Tunnel
Collateral Damage
✔Affairs of Steak
Alexander Cipher
Blood Ties
Body at the Tower
Carved in Bone
Chili Con Corpses
Count of Monte Cristo
Deadly Dealer
Death Threads
Dracula
Fatal Appraisal
First, There is a River
✔From the Towpath to the White House
Iron Lake
Just Desserts
Killer Collection
Maine Event
Murder on the Rocks
Murphy's Law
Quick and the Thread
Sarah's Diary
Tempest in the Tea Leaves
Until Again
Until Proven Guilty

3cyderry
Edited: Dec 27, 2012, 10:04am Top

Audiobooks 30



Here are some of the candidates: (these are the ones that made it to the top of the list. There are many more that may be done as well.) 4 are definites because there are for group reads, but the rest - they should definitely help me catchup on my needlework! @designates probables

✔13th tale
Air We Breathe
Bonesetter's Daughter
Burn (Anna Pigeon)
Calligrapher's Daughter: A Novel
✔Cleopatra:A Life
Crunch Time (Goldy Shulz)
Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody) @
Dark Assassin (William Monk) @
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander) @
Eat, Pray Love
Elegance of the Hedgehog (Group Read April)
Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone) @
Fountain Filled with Blood (Reverend Clare Fergusson)
Girl of His Dreams: A Commissario Brunetti Novel @
Great Expectations (Group Read February)
✔Hunger Games
Lace Reader
Life Sentences
✔Lord Sunday
✔Maisie Dobbs
Murder in the Dark: A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Necromancer
Orchid Affair
Other Boleyn Girl
Out Of The Deep I Cry (Reverend Clare Fergusson)
Over Sea, Under Stone
Phantom Tollbooth
Pillars of the Earth
Pirate King
Sabriel
Safe Haven
Shifting Tide (William Monk) @
Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper)
Suffer the Little Children: A Commissario Brunetti Novel
Superior Saturday
Swan Thieves
The Help (Group Read January)
Third Secret
Through a Glass, Darkly: A Commissario Brunetti Novel
Tigers Wife
To Darkness and to Death (Reverend Clare Fergusson)
Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire)
Trick of the Light
Tuesdays with Morrie
Uniform Justice: A Commissario Brunetti Novel
Warden
Warlock
Wolf Hall (Group Read June)

4cyderry
Edited: Nov 5, 2012, 9:20am Top

ARDs (Antique Reading Devices -- AKA real books) 25

Here are some of the candidates: (Again, these are the ones that made it to the top of the list for serious consideration.) @designates probables and include ER books of 2012 from LT and ARCs

Books Can be Deceiving
Border Lord and the Lady
Bridge CardPlay
Dead Cat Bounce
Death at Bishop's Keep
Death in Vienna
Design for murder
Dire Threads@
French Pressed @
Gilt by Association @
Hanging by a Thread @
It Happened One Season
Jane & the Unpleasantness at Seagrove Manor @
Killer Plot
knit Fast, Die Young @
Larceny and Old Lace
Lies that Bind @
Lord Carew's Bride
Lucifer Code @
Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia
Murder Most Frothy
Murder with Puffins
Murderous Glaze @
My Reading List
Never Seduce a Scoundrel
Only A Duke will Do
Perfect Mistress @
Plateful of Murder
Precious Jewel
Priceless
Queen's Bastard
Reckless Bride
Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos
Secret Mistress
Set Sail for Murder @
Setting Trick
Temple Mount Code @
Wedding Trap @
Wife Trap
The Winter Palace

5cyderry
Edited: Dec 31, 2012, 5:54pm Top

I also want to track how many books come into my house this year - whether I purchase them or win them in giveaways or get an ARC - so here tickers for that.



Books Bought
1. ✔Affairs of Steak 2/14/12 - Nook $7.99
2. ✔Sprinkle with Murder - 2/18/12 Nook $6.99
3. ✔Tempest in the Tea Leaves - 2/18/12 Nook $7.99
4. Sup with the Devil - 5/10/12 - $12.60
5. Killer Read - 5/10/12 - $7.19
6. Mind Over Murder - 5/10/12 - $7.19
7. The Hanover Square Affair - 5/13/12 - $.99 Nook
8. Longboat Blues - 5/13/12 - $3.43 Nook
9. ✔Rutherford Birchard Hayes: The Life and Death 6/1/12 $3.99 Nook
10. Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant 6/5/12 $0.99 Nook
11. ✔Pies & Prejudice - 7/3/12 $7.99 Nook
12. Bond of Passion - 7/18/12 9.67 ARD
13.✔Due or Die 9/4/12 7.99 Nook
14. Murder Passes the Buck 9/12/12 $2.99 Nook
15. Greatest Knight 9/25/12 $0.99 Nook
16. Staying Home Is a Killer 9/28/12 $4.80 Nook
17. ✔The Hangman 10/1/12 $2.99 KindlePC
18. Death of a Kitchen Diva 10/21/12 $3.50 Nook
19.A Night Like This - 11/2/12 ARD $5.99
20. ✔A Christmas Homecoming 11/25/12 $9.99
21.✔Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas 11/26/12 NOOK $10.99
22. Emerald Atlas 11/26/12 $3.99
23. Bianca 11/28/12 $10.98
24. ✔500 Appetizers 11/28/12 $12.12
25. 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know 11/28/12 $18.95
26. Welcome to Last Chance 12/18/12 $5.99
27. 11/22/63 12/21/12 B&N
28. Tempest 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
29. Threaded for Trouble 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
30. Stitch Me Deadly 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
31. Book, Line, and Sinker 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
32. Sweet Revenge 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
33. The Diva Takes the Cake 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
34. Lost and Fondue 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
35. Let's Play Dead 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
36. Dead Letters 12/26/12 B&N Gift Card
37. Fonduing Fathers 12/31/12 B&N Gift Card


Books won (ER, ARC, GIVEAWAYS, Netgalleys) in 2012
1. ✔Mr. Churchill's Secretary - LT ER 2/4/12 ARD
2.✔Agony of the Leaves -1/24/12 from author for review ARD
3. ✔Gone to Ground - ARC - 2/16/12 freebie for review ARD
4. Cake on a Hot Tin Roof - GIVEAWAY WIN - Pudgy Penguin - 3/28/12 ARD
5. ✔The Girl Below - LT ER 4/6/12 ARD
6.✔Summer Breeze - LT ER 5/5/12 ARD
7.The Pleasures of Men - 5/22/12 freebie for review Hyperion ARD
8. ✔Queen's Vow - 6/8/12 - LT ER ARD
9. Hearse and Buggy - 6/18/12 - Penguin Group/ ShelfAwareness ARD
10.✔The Aluminum Christmas Tree - 6/24/12 gift from whisper1
11. All Sales Final - GIVEAWAY WIN - BOOKIN' WITH BINGO - 7/12/12 ARD
12.✔We Got to Play Baseball - 7/20/12 NetGalley e-book
13.✔The Inn at Rose Harbor 8/7/12 - LT ER ARD
14.The Pigeon Pie Mystery - 8/29/12 - GIVEAWAY WIN - tututwocents ARD
15.✔Princess Elizabeth's Spy - 9/4/12 - NetGalley e-book and LTER
16. The Golden Door - 9/5/12 - ARC freebie for review ARD
17.✔The Secret Keeper 9/8/12 ARC Simon & Schuster for review ARD
18.✔The Art Forger - 9/12/12 - ER from LT for review - ARD
19. The Outcast - 9/24/12 - gift from whisper1
20.✔The Orchid Murder - 10/25/12 - NetGalley e-book
21. Severed Threads - 10/25/12 - NetGalley e-book
22. Widow of Port Seaton - 10/25/12 - NetGalley e-book
23.✔A Christmas Star 11/27/12 - publisher
24.✔The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society 11/28/12 ER from LT for review - ARD
25.Written in Stone - 11/29/12 GIVEAWAY WIN - pudgypeguinperusals ARD


Books received for no cost
1. Don't Know Much about Mythology - 1/13/12 B&N freebie
2. The Inside Ring - 1/30/12 B&N freebie
3. Winston's War: A Novel of Conspiracy - 2/3/12 B&N freebie
4. Ghost a la Mode - 2/3/12 B&N freebie Book Bub
5. My Lady Gisborne - 2/3/12 B&N freebie Book Bub
6. What's a girl gotta do - 2/7/12 B&N freebie
7. Silent Kills 2/9/12 - B&N freebie
8. One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mystery Series) 2/9/12 - B&N freebie
9. The French Maid 2/9/12 - B&N freebie
10. In the Garden of Temptation 2/13/12 - B&N Freebie
11.For the Love of Livvie - 2/14/12 - B&N Freebie
12. Pretense for Murder - 2/14/12 - B&N Freebie
13. Bring on the Blessings - 2/17/12 - B&N Freebie
14. Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues - 2/20/12 - B&N Freebie
15. The Killing Room - 3/6/12 - B&N Freebie
16. Catching Fire - 3/10/12 - B&N Freebie with Nook Touch purchase
17. Hose Monkey - 3/12/12 - B&N Freebie
18. Green Grow the Rushes - 3/14/12 - B&N Freebie
19. Divorced, Desperate and Delicious - 3/15/12 - B&N Freebie
20. Stress Fracture: Book One in the Dub Walker - 3/16/12 - B&N Freebie
21. Blackout - 3/17/12 - B&N Freebie
22. Dare to Die - 3/28/12 - B&N Freebie
23. Dead Politician Society - 3/28/12 - B&N Freebie
24. Deadly Stillwater - 3/29/12 - B&N Freebie
25. Leaving before it's Over - 4/6/12 - B&N Freebie
26. The Ghost and Jacob Moorhead - 4/10/12 - B&N Freebie
27. From the Ashes - 4/13/12 - B&N Freebie
28. Love's Magic -4/19/12 - B&N Freebie
29. Devil's Cradle - 4/20/12 - B&N Freebie
30. Indecent Proposal - 4/26/12 - Kindle PC Freebie
31. Heartfire - 4/26/12 - B&N Freebie
32. Stolen Crown - 4/27/12 - B&N Freebie
33. The Billionaire's Curse - 5/2/12 - B&N Freebie
34. Yorkshire - 5/7/12 - B&N Freebie
35. Pillow Talk - 5/12/12 - B&N Freebie
36. Intentions of the Earl - 5/15/12 - B&N Freebie
37.The Name Game - 5/15/12 - Kindle PC Freebie
38. 212 (Ellie Hatcher Series #3) - 5/22/12 - B&N Freebie
39. Beauty Bride - 5/24/12 - B&N Freebie
40. Natural Causes - 5/30/12 - B&N Freebie
41. Through a Glass Darkly 6/1/12 B&N Freebie
42. The Deal 6/2/12 KindlePC Freebie
43. Still Life With Murder 6/6/12 B&N Freebie
44. The Duchess of Love 6/6/12 B&N Freebie
45. The Wary Widow 6/7/12 B&N Freebie
46. Just Deceits 6/17/12 KindlePC Freebie
47. Dead Tease 6/17/12 B&N Freebie
48. Peaches 6/21/12 B&N Freebie
49. Birdman 6/22/12 B&N Freebie
50. Solomon vs. Lord 6/25/12 KindlePC Freebie
51. Hide in Plain sight 6/25/12 B&N Freebie
52. Master of Verona 6/27/12 KindlePC Freebie
53. Bridesmaid Lotto 6/27/12 B&N Freebie
54. 28½ Wishes 6/29/12 KindlePC Freebie
55. 3 Skirts 6/30/12 B&N Freebie
56. Priced to Move 6/30/12 B&N Freebie
57. Wedded to War 6/30/12 B&N Freebie
58. The Order of the White Feather 6/30/12 B&N Freebie
59. Daughter of the Sea 6/30/12 B&N Freebie
60. Heiress 7/2/12 B&N Freebie
61. Murder on the Mind 7/5/12 B&N Freebie
62. Oh, Cherry Ripe 7/5/12 B&N Freebie
63. Silver Lies 7/6/12 KindlePC Freebie
64. Justice in June 7/7/12 KindlePC Freebie
65. Fortuna 7/7/12 KindlePC Freebie
66. Crown in the Heather 7/18/12 B&N Freebie
67. Easy Innocence 7/19/12 KindlePC Freebie
68. Maid for Love 7/19/12 B&N Freebie
69. Wild Angel 7/21/12 KindlePC Freebie
70. Accused 7/23/12 B&N Freebie
71. Daughter of Time 7/24/12 B&N Freebie
72. The Entitled 7/27/12 B&N Freebie
73. Fairy Tale Bride 8/4/12 B&N Freebie
74. Bait & Switch 8/8/12
75. Cake Icing, Butt Budder and Tea Lids 8/9/12 Kindle PC
76. A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book 1 8/16/12 Kindle PC
77. Married By Mistake 8/19/12 B&N Freebie
78. Amberville 8/20/12 B&N Freebie
79. Stuck in the Middle 8/27/12 B&N Freebie
80. Murder on the Cote d'Azure 8/28/12 B&N Freebie
81. The Billionaire Wins the Game 9/2/12 B&N Freebie
82. Laid to Rest 9/2/12 B&N Freebie
83. Love and Murder on the Queen Anne 9/6/12 B&N Freebie
84. Hostile Witness 9/13/12 B&N Freebie
85. BLACK DIAMOND DEATH 9/16/12 Kindle PC
86. SINNERMAN 9/16/12 Kindle PC
87. I HAVE A SECRET 9/16/12 Kindle PC
88. Never Buried 9/18/12 B&N Freebie
89. The Retribution 9/22/12 B&N Freebie
90. The One You Love 9/23/12 B&N Freebie
91. A Family Affair 9/23/12 B&N Freebie
92. Dying to Get Published 10/6/12 B&N Freebie
93. Spinning 10/6/12 B&N Freebie
94. World War One: History in an Hour 10/26/12 B&N Freebie
95. Twin Passions 11/2/12 B&N Freebie
96. A freak of freedom; or, The Republic of San Marino 11/12/12 B&N Freebie
97. Aphrodite's Kiss 11/27/12 B&N Freebie
98. Happy Hour 11/29/12 Kindle PC
99. Sea Scoundrel 11/30/12 B&N Freebie
100. Dolled Up For Murder: A Gretchen Birch Myster 12/4/12 B&N Freebie
101. Protector (Jane Perry Series #1) 12/7/12 B&N Freebie
102. The York Rose 12/7/12 B&N Freebie
103. Haunted on Bourbon Street (Book 1 Jade Calhou 12/12/12 B&N Freebie
104. Dying For Danish (A Lexy Baker Bakery Mystery) 12/13/12 Kijdle Freebie
105.Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride 12/19/12 B&N Freebie
106. The Billionaire Wins the Game 12/22/12 B&N Freebie

6DeltaQueen50
Dec 20, 2011, 5:33pm Top

Very brave of you, Chelle, to track the books coming in - I'm not quite ready to do that yet.

7auntmarge64
Dec 20, 2011, 8:46pm Top

I love your ideas for keeping track of books in and out. I'm thinking I'll probably copy them and add another ticker: books brought home from the library.

8cyderry
Dec 21, 2011, 8:31am Top

marge, I track my library books with my collections, showing the possession of Ownership (Owned, Library, Borrowed) that way. But new Owned books are also divvied up as to Nook, NetGalley, PC (technically these are borrowed from the library or others but I change the PO after I read it). I'd liked to see how I get books - whether they are purchases actually costing me money, freebies from ARC/ERs to giveaway wins, or Galleys that I have to review.

9LauraBrook
Dec 26, 2011, 11:17am Top

Good idea to put your Books Purchased tracker over here - that way I'd have a better idea of what kind of "progress" I'm actually making, if any. :)

10Meredy
Dec 26, 2011, 5:24pm Top

>1 cyderry:

This is my first time at a reading challenge. Thank you for starting this group.

A counter (and accountability) will probably help me. I'm not going to get too complicated with it or I know I'll defeat myself. But your lists and tickers look as if they might take the edge of pain away.

11cyderry
Dec 27, 2011, 9:56am Top

Well, the Christmas gift cards have been talleyed, and I have $75 plus the $65 from the 2011 challenge - giving me $140 to spend on books. Now the question is, do I spend it all now or a little now a little later, or wait? Decisions...decisions

12jonesli
Dec 27, 2011, 10:48am Top

#11, I vote for spend it all now, I am a big fan of instant gratification. I swear as soon as those B&N gift cards hit my little hands, I was downloading books within minutes!

Off topic question for you: I see and hear a lot of people gripe about the price of e-books, do you think that in general they are overpriced? I don't think so, although there are times when I've seen a book for $14.99, which I won't buy, in a case like that I will get it from the library or just wait it out. I didn't get the Nook thinking I would get cheaper priced books, but I get the impression that some people originally thought that would be the case.

13dudes22
Dec 27, 2011, 12:18pm Top

>12 jonesli: - IMHO - I think that if you were going to buy a book and it was going to be a hard cover, then the ebook is probably cheaper. If you mostly buy trade paperbacks (i.e. the larger ones) I think it's about the same for the most recent books. Seems to me they're around the same price as the big box stores ($14-15). As the books get older, the big box sometimes has BOGO 1/2 or buy 2 get 1 free, etc which could work out cheaper. It's when you look at older paperbacks and mass market paperbacks that I think sometimes you could find them cheaper. (library sales comes instantly to mind). Depends on your level of instant gratification.

I think you're right that people expectd the books to be a lot cheaper because no trees, no paper production, less overhead, less people, etc. but I think the ebook just allowed the company to show a bigger profit even after the cost of production of the ereader itself.

...IMHO

14cyderry
Dec 27, 2011, 6:43pm Top

I agree... when I originally bought my Nook I thought that the prices would be considerably cheaper since there wasn't "a production" cost but when I think about it now there is the expense of maintaining file storage for the purchaser, records of who bought what if the owner's unit is lost or stolen, etc. so that the cost is there just in a different way. When I go to B&N the paperback cost is about the same as the e-book cost so I am just saving shelf space because my Nook (currently holding nearly 200 books, isn't taking up the shelf space of 200. There are also the Free Books that I can get every Friday and the under $5 books that are available frequently.

Last year I had all my new acquisitions lumped together in 1 ticker but this year I really wanted to see how they differ in numbers by Freebies I found, freebies I have to review, and books that I wanted enough to spend my money on. I will check the library catalog before I spend my money, so most of the books I buy are ones that are not available at the library or ones that I really want to own.

The great thing about B&N is that I can make a wishlist for my Nook as well as a separate one for real books and prioritize them as to which to buy first. My current Nook Wishlist would cost me $400 but I will frequently check the library catalog and find books that I want that way. I also can download e-books from the library to my Nook.

I don't think that I will ever go completely digital but on those cold winter nights when I snuggle down under the covers, having only one hand outside holding the Nook and turn the pages, it's great.

I have the first version of Nook (not color or touch). I saw the Kindle Touch and the Nook Touch this weekend, and I'm sticking with mine for the time being. Yes, I have to charge it more frequently and it's a bit heavier, but otherwise it still it's advantages over the newer models.

15cyderry
Dec 27, 2011, 6:45pm Top

jonesli,

I think I'm going to go half and half - I'm going to spend my gift cards this week so that I will have those books on my Nook but my BOYS Bank from 2011 I'm going to save for later this year.

16jonesli
Dec 27, 2011, 8:07pm Top

#15 Cheli, I admire your resolve and self-control. I too have the first version of Nook, I do have to charge it more frequently, but I still think it's great!

17dudes22
Dec 28, 2011, 7:01am Top

I vote for saving some since you never know what book might be published later in the year that you absolutely have to have. I have the nook color but I still mostly read "real" books. But it is so nice for traveling. We're off the end of Feb for our "do nothing but lay on the beach and read" vacation and I'm trying to figure out if there's anything I should add to the nook now so it counts for this challenge. It' so much more convent than pa king a dozen books n my suitcase. I only have around 60 books on mine so far, but I check the free books and the "daily find" for cheap books too.

18cyderry
Dec 28, 2011, 9:10pm Top

These are my Christmas gift card acquisitions:

Dead Men Don't Crochet
Chili Con Corpses
A Peach of a Murder (Fresh-Baked Mystery Series #1)
Sketch Me If You Can
The Quick and the Thread
Organize Your Corpses
A Crafty Killing
Fundraising the Dead
Candy Apple Dead
Remains to Be Scene
Fatally Frosted
Dire Threads

9 books are first in the series - why do I do this to myself?

19rabbitprincess
Dec 28, 2011, 10:00pm Top

Wow, an impressive haul! Hope you like Organize Your Corpses. The series it's part of is pretty reliable for nice light reading. And as someone who is rather prone to generating clutter, I also like the organizing tips at the beginning of each chapter.

20dudes22
Dec 29, 2011, 6:42am Top

...why do I do this to myself

Why to drag the rest of us into new series, of course! :)

I can see my wish list exploding some more. Although I do have one of them already on the shelf.

21cyderry
Edited: Jan 7, 2012, 10:52am Top

Well, I defused my first BOMB! I finished A Death in Vienna last night about an hour after midnight. I'd been trying to finish it for last year but at least I got started quick!

glitter-graphics.com

22mrsrochester
Jan 1, 2012, 6:04pm Top

I love the graphic! I didn't finish my last of 2011 either so I'll count it as number one. BOMBS away!

23Robertgreaves
Jan 1, 2012, 10:13pm Top

Except when I'm on a real spree I look in the bookshop and my various sources of ebooks first. If the physical book is cheaper I'll buy that. I resent paying more for an ebook. If they're more or less the same or the ebook is cheaper I'll get that simply as a storage issue.

But what does annoy me is the geographical restrictions ebook sellers impose. I quite frequently see a book I'd really like but can't buy it because I'm in the wrong country :-((

24LauraBrook
Jan 1, 2012, 10:51pm Top

Cheli, I LOVE how organized you are! Looking forward to following your progress this year!

25XenaBallerina
Jan 1, 2012, 11:26pm Top

Robertgreaves, I completely agree with you re the geographical restrictions ebook sellers impose. I really do not understand the reason for it - how is it okay to ship the hard copy overseas but restrict the e-version? And of course no one advised of this limitation when the e-reader was being purchased!

26Robertgreaves
Jan 1, 2012, 11:51pm Top

I got bitten when I first bought an ipod and discovered I couldn't actually download much in the way of music. I was hoping to be able to download classical music I just can't get here but no way.

So I've always asked careful questions about readers before buying and have ended up buying general devices which I can also use as readers.

27tututhefirst
Jan 2, 2012, 12:13am Top

Re the prices for ebooks....in many cases, it's the publishers who are pushing the higher prices. Several authors I've spoken with say they are having to really push the publisher to 1. release the books in e-format, and 2. sell them at an attractive price. Seems the authors love ebooks - they make as much from them as from paperbacks, and publishers don't make nearly as much. So I'd not be quite so fast to denigrate B&N on prices. OTOH, I think Amazon's pricing is bizarre...they are so determined to corner the market on everything that they don't seem to have developed an organized scheme for pricing.

Some of their "free books" they're giving away (3-10 each day!!) are just plain junk...self published with no input from anyone except the author. How anybody is supposed to make any money off these I have no idea. I wonder if Amazon is charging the poor authors to publish the books?

28tymfos
Jan 5, 2012, 4:04pm Top

Hi, Cheli! I admire your organizational skills and hope you can keep up all those stats. I never seem to manage to keep track of much, apart from a list of titles -- and sometimes I mess that up.

29cyderry
Edited: Jan 7, 2012, 10:55am Top



two more BOMBS defused! Dead Cat Bounce(an ARD) and The Orchid Affair (an audio)

30FAMeulstee
Jan 7, 2012, 2:54pm Top

WOW 3 down!!!!

31cyderry
Jan 22, 2012, 12:20am Top

4th BOMB - The help


32cyderry
Edited: Jan 25, 2012, 11:42pm Top




Crunch Time - 5th BOMB

33ramblingivy
Jan 25, 2012, 11:51pm Top

Congratulations, Cheli!

34cyderry
Feb 4, 2012, 9:47am Top



Trick of the Light #6

35cyderry
Feb 11, 2012, 6:47pm Top




#7 Count of Monte Cristo

36DeltaQueen50
Feb 12, 2012, 2:08pm Top

Hi Cheli - The Count of Monte Cristo is such a chunkster, it should count as 2 bombs!

37mrsrochester
Feb 12, 2012, 2:43pm Top

Haha! I have The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers on my shelf but I'm trying to hold out on them for two reasons- I'm trying not to start any series that I don't have a complete set of so that I'm not tempted to break my no-buying rule, and because I'm afraid that adding chunksters will slow me down!

38cyderry
Feb 12, 2012, 8:36pm Top



A Christmas Gift finished - A Crafty Killing

39tymfos
Feb 14, 2012, 7:05pm Top

Cheli, I love the "fireworks" you include for each title you finish!

40cyderry
Feb 14, 2012, 8:14pm Top

It's a celebration!

41cyderry
Edited: Feb 18, 2012, 4:07pm Top



#9 Great Expectations ♫
#10 A Fountain Filled with Blood ♫
#11 Phantom Tollbooth ♫
#12 Books Can be Deceiving


42cyderry
Feb 26, 2012, 5:53pm Top




#13 Silent Mercy ♫ - audio stockpile
#14 Book of Lost Fragrances Net Galley



#15 Maisie Dobbs ♫ - audio stockpile
#16 Mr. Churchill's Secretary LT ER

43DeltaQueen50
Feb 27, 2012, 2:48pm Top

I love coming here, Cheli, so colorful!

44cyderry
Mar 11, 2012, 11:29pm Top

Well, I bit the bullet and broke down and bought the Nook Touch this weekend. I wanted to get it before my vacation since the battery life was longer and it was a bit lighter. Looking forward to having on my lap most of the time in Florida.

45mrsrochester
Mar 11, 2012, 11:38pm Top

Enjoy the nook touch! I have the original nook and it suits me fine, but navigating on it is such a pain. I don't use it often enough to warrant buying a new one but I always have a little mental drool when I look at the touch!

46cyderry
Mar 12, 2012, 5:32pm Top

People kept telling me to get the Nook Color since I use my Nook Version 1 so much but I really am not interested in magazines or other such items where the color would be essential. My Nook and now My Touch are for reading and books are Black and White, so I don't need color. I kept my Nook for backup so that in case I need to charge my Touch for a few hours, I can still be reading. When I bought the Touch, I asked the salesman if I would need to get an additional storage chip but he said that the storage right now would take care of 1,000 books. I'm only at about 150 so I guess I'm okay for a while. By the time I reach 1,000 I'll probably need to get the newest version anyway! lol :-)

47mrsrochester
Mar 12, 2012, 7:50pm Top

Yeah, the color and the tablet are pretty cool but if you're only using it for books its kind of pointless.

48tymfos
Mar 16, 2012, 2:51pm Top

the color and the tablet are pretty cool but if you're only using it for books its kind of pointless.

Unless they are art/photography books or picture books for the kids (or grandkids)!

49mrsrochester
Mar 17, 2012, 4:37pm Top

That's true, I meant for books as opposed to Internet browsing and apps and what not. I didn't think about it from that angle.

50cyderry
Mar 18, 2012, 1:53pm Top

Well, no kids here....grands are in other states.
Art books I'd rather hold those so that I can see them in all their glory.
In fact, Santa brought me a book that is filled with ALL the paintings of the Louvre. I figure I'll never get to Paris but this is the next best thing. I'm waiting for a weekend when I just want to veg out, not strain my mind, and I'll definitely peruse this book of eye candy! It's about 3" thick so it will keep me busy for an entire day at least!

51cyderry
Mar 18, 2012, 1:56pm Top

17. A Killer Collection :
18. Dire Threads
19. Out Of The Deep I Cry♫

52cyderry
Mar 28, 2012, 2:23pm Top

20. Agony of the Leaves
21. Affairs of Steak
22. Tempest in the Tea Leaves
23. Chili Con Corpses

53cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:44pm Top



24. Diva Runs out of Thyme
25. Remains to be Scene

Finished just in time for March!

54cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:44pm Top




26. Superior Saturday

55cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:44pm Top




27. Lord Sunday

56cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:45pm Top

28. Hunger Games
29. Body at the Tower
30. The Agency: The Traitor and the Tunnel
31. Elegance of the Hedgehog



57Meredy
Apr 15, 2012, 3:01am Top

58cyderry
Apr 15, 2012, 8:31am Top

Meredy, Normally I don't like the change of viewpoint so frequently, but in this book it did work. The characters seemed to be stereotypes rather than well-rounded personalities all in all. That said, I really didn't like this book. Maybe it was the setting, maybe it was the characters, maybe the philosophies, maybe it was translation. I really don't know. I'm surprised at my reaction to it because I had an audio version narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt. She's great and this is the first time I didn't like a book that she read. I used to believe that she could read the phone book and I would love it.

59cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:45pm Top

32. Tuesdays with Morrie

60cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:47pm Top

33. First Rule of Ten
34. Murder Most Frothy

61Meredy
Apr 27, 2012, 7:00pm Top

>58 cyderry:: Interesting. I saw it as a writer's novel, meaning that I thought it would be most admired by another writer because it was so--I don't know what other word to use, so my word for it is "writey." It was so writey. And in that respect I did admire it.

The dual narrators didn't bother me; I enjoyed the interplay of perspectives. And I didn't find the characters stereotypical. I relished the literary and philosophical elements, the erudite vocabulary, and the incorporation of analytic comments on literature, film, and so on. I liked that it made demands of the reader and didn't talk down.

But--SPOILER ALERT--what did bother me tremendously was the ending. Up to that point there was no reason whatsoever to anticipate a suspension of the normal rules of mortality. Dead people do not write in journals and do not narrate their histories or address audiences. The posthumous monologue absolutely violated the rules of the normal world as created by the author. To me that is cheating. The reader is tricked. This is not fair play on the part of the author. What it tells me is not to trust her again.

62cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:47pm Top

35. Beekeeping for Beginners
36. The Necromancer ♫
37. The Warlock ♫
38. Murder with Puffins


63cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:48pm Top

39. The Postmistress
40. To Darkness to Death ♫
41. Collateral Damage

64ramblingivy
May 13, 2012, 8:36pm Top

39!!! Congratulations, Cheli!

65cyderry
May 14, 2012, 9:51am Top

I'm loosing ground! I just realized that even though I've knocked off 39 BOMBS so far this year but I've acquired 50 new ones so far. Granted I've only paid for 8 of them, but still. I'm going to have to devise a month when I just read BOMBS....
Hmmmm... maybe a TIOLI Challenge of the future?

66ramblingivy
May 14, 2012, 11:06am Top

tioli?

67cyderry
May 14, 2012, 3:50pm Top

The 75 group have a monthly challenge in a challenge.

This month my challenge is to read books received for review prior to 1/1/12 (definite BOMBS).
Some others this month are:

Read a book originally written in a Slavic language
Read a book about the Tudors
Read a book set in a library or about a librarian

-------INFORMATION ABOUT TIOLI CHALLENGES:------

What it is: It’s a way to expand the kinds of books you are reading within the 75 Books Challenge and give you a way to share your books with others.

What it's not: It’s not just another challenge to add to the long list of your other challenges.

Why it’s called the Take It or Leave It Challenge (TIOLI): You do it if you want to for that month. If you don’t want to do it, you don’t do it. That’s it.

How it works: You may either use my challenge, use one of someone else, or make up your own within the first four days of the month. List the books you read under the challenges you select and mark your books COMPLETE or remove them from the wiki before the end of the month. You do NOT have to read a book from every challenge. Just choose what you'd like to read from the vast array of challenges presented monthly.

Why even do this craziness?! The idea is to challenge yourself to read something different or unexpected. Don't plan ahead; just do it spontaneously from month to month. It's fun to see which of us reads the same book. It's also fun to see who has the most unusual challenge. Feel free to borrow ideas from others or to make suggestions. Talk about a book you share with someone else by visiting that person's thread, on the current month's TIOLI thread, or on a separate dedicated thread. Learn to use the wiki. Suggestion: Always check your TBR pile first when selecting a book!

Several of the members of the 75 book group will setup a challenge for the other members or non-members if they want to join in.

Some readers try to read a book from each challenge for the month, others, like me, set up a challenge to nudge themselves to read books that have been languishing too long on their shelves. It's fun and very motivating.

Next month my challenge is going to be-- read a book visiting a state or country you've never been to before in a book. This is going to help me in my 12 in 12 challenge get to work on the Geography category of my 12 in 12 challenge.

Check out TIOLI http://www.librarything.com/topic/136355#

68ramblingivy
May 14, 2012, 9:08pm Top

Sounds fun! Thanks, Cheli.

69dudes22
May 16, 2012, 7:01am Top

Don't feel so bad - my TBR is also heading in the wrong direction. Although I've read 26 so far, I've added 91. Even if I reach my goal, it still won't be enough. And I'm planning to go to another library sale this Saturday. I'm thinking of planning a month of cozies which I should be able to knock off a few quickly. Not that I think that will do much.

70cyderry
May 16, 2012, 9:48am Top

Betty,
Please don't get me started on planning!
I sat down yesterday for a minute because I had an idea of how to handle my 131313 challenge for next year and before I knew it the afternoon was gone! I had an entire list of books settled for reading next year, but nothing else got done. And, of course, if I only read what's on the list the BOMBS will be increasing!

71dudes22
May 16, 2012, 12:14pm Top

Last year I started planning my 12-12 in March whenI got a book that didn't fit in any of my categories last year. This year I haven't even started to think about it. But - your right - it's easy to let time get away from you when you start planning your reading.

72tymfos
Edited: May 19, 2012, 11:23pm Top

I'm losing the battle of the TBR shelf too, Cheli. I've read 22 off the shelf, but added 32. So far, that's a definite improvement over last year. I forced myself to stay away from one big book sale, and have mostly avoided bookstores this year.

That is all paid for and/or paper-based books. I've given up trying to track free stuff I download from Project Gutenberg and such.

I have one more book on the way from Amazon, but I'm tempted to not count it as added to my shelf. It is a "family" purchase in preparation for a vacation we're planning this summer: Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia.

73cyderry
May 22, 2012, 6:16pm Top

Undenotated BOMBS!

Books are turning up on my doorstep and I'm in a reading funk!
The disease is spreading and I have to get a cure - the shelves are gaining ground on me and some are even e-books! I'm losing the war!

74ramblingivy
May 22, 2012, 8:58pm Top

We shall fight them on the beaches....

75cyderry
May 22, 2012, 11:24pm Top

LOL :-)

76dudes22
May 23, 2012, 6:48am Top

I've been going through my shelves over the past few weekends, doing a little organizing, try to find more room. I found a few I decided to purge, but also a few that were never on my TBR list. Overall more now than before....

....sigh...

77tymfos
May 29, 2012, 1:14pm Top

I attended a book signing last week, and of course wound up buying two books, nicely autographed.

At least they're not thick books . . .

78cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:49pm Top

42. The Third Coincidence


halfway to my goal!!

79DeltaQueen50
May 31, 2012, 12:35pm Top

Congratulations on reaching your half-way point.

80cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:49pm Top

43. Burn ♫
44. All Mortal Flesh ♫
45. Sprinkle with Murder


81cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:50pm Top

46. Shakespeare's Landlord
47. Summer of Fire
48. Rutherford B. Hayes

82cyderry
Jul 5, 2012, 3:38pm Top

Watching the fireworks last night, I kept thinking.."if only those were BOMBS" LOL :-)

83moonshineandrosefire
Jul 7, 2012, 9:34am Top

You are doing a wonderful job so far, Cheli! Keep at it! :)

84cyderry
Jul 7, 2012, 4:13pm Top

I finally finished catching up on my cataloging and I can't believe that I've added over 90 books so far this year! I need an entire year when new books are not written just so I can get a little caught up, but I know that won't happen.

It's these free books that I just can't resist!

85dudes22
Jul 8, 2012, 5:30pm Top

I can see your 90 and raise you another 70 ( or close enough). And it's not even new books. It's library sales and recommendations from here

86tymfos
Edited: Jul 10, 2012, 4:24pm Top

I'm with Betty -- new books aren't the problem for me, either. If the publishing houses all took a sabbatical, I could still pile dozens more books on the TBR stack from used bookstores, library sales, etc. But I'm proud that I've managed some restraint this year; I've only added 38 books so far, (well, plus 4 Thingaversary books I didn't count, some books ostensibly for other family members . . . and one mystery book on the way from Amazon for me that I haven't counted because it hasn't arrived yet.)

But I know that restraint isn't going to last. I'm already scouting out used bookstores on our likely vacation routes for this year. Picture a four story warehouse full of used books . . . the thought has me drooling.

87cyderry
Jul 10, 2012, 11:18pm Top

I am drooling....LOL

88dudes22
Jul 11, 2012, 5:35am Top

I'm drooling too...

89moonshineandrosefire
Jul 13, 2012, 8:42am Top

Lock myself and my daughter inside that warehouse with enough food and drink to last us and we'd consider ourselves in heaven! :)

90cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:51pm Top

49. Wolf Hall ♫
50. Enchanted April ♫
51. Irish Country Doctor ♫
52. Gone to Ground

91tymfos
Jul 13, 2012, 11:21pm Top

Wow, you're rocketing through those books, Cheli!

92cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:53pm Top

53. Tongues of Serpents ♫
54. The Girl Below
55. The Wife Trap
56. Fatally Frosted

93cyderry
Edited: Aug 14, 2012, 11:54pm Top

57. The Quick and the Thread
58. Pies and Prejudice
59. A Queen's Vow

94cyderry
Aug 14, 2012, 11:55pm Top

60. The Winter Palace
61. A Peach of a Murder


95cyderry
Sep 6, 2012, 1:16pm Top

62. A Sea of Troubles ♫
63. Summer Breeze
64. Organize Your Corpses :
65. The 19th Wife ♫
66. Candy Apple Dead
67. The Inn at Rose Harbor
68. Fundraising the Dead

96cyderry
Sep 6, 2012, 1:47pm Top




I know that I am supposed to be setting an example for everyone since I kind of head up the group, but when I look at the books that I've "acquired" this year, I've been bad.

So far:

17 ARDs 4 Purchased, 13 FREEBIES
My shelves didn't get a huge impact, but...

98 e-books (13 purchased) have been flying into my Nook and PC along with....
20 audiobooks downloaded

I've been very bad!

97cyderry
Sep 6, 2012, 2:07pm Top

In case you all can't guess, I am a planner. and I am currently working on the plan for my 2013 reading. Because I have been sooooo busy acquiring books (and reading) I have decided that next year in my category challenge I will have an entire category dedicated to reading the freebies that I have in my possession. That doesn't mean they're the only ones I'm going to read but at least those will be a definite.

How do each of you decide what TBRs will take the stage?

98Robertgreaves
Sep 6, 2012, 7:25pm Top

My basic system is that the TBR pile is classified into fiction, non-fiction, chronology of English writers (I'm working my way through the list at the front of Peter Ackroyd's Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination), ebooks, this year's purchases, and I rotate my reading through these categories.

It then gets complicated because books with a deadline (time-limited challenges, book club choices) get priority and if I'm ill then I skip categories to find something light and easy to hold in bed. I'm also something of a series junkie so once I start a series I stay with it till either I've finished it or the next one is not available or the deadline for one of my priority reads is coming up.

99connie53
Sep 7, 2012, 3:28am Top

I've about 500 books (real paper ones) to be read. So i've made a shortlist based on what i really would like to read this summer. I placed those books in a row on a sideboard in the livingroom. (pic in my photo galery) but just like Robert (98) sometimes other books need to be read first (challenges and books i've won somewhere that needs a review).

For the BOMBS 2012 I chose books that i bought in the past (before 2012).

100dudes22
Sep 7, 2012, 12:01pm Top

I try to pick categories for my "12-in-12" (13-in 13) challeneges that will allow me to use as many books as I can from what I already have. There's always an ER book or this year the TIOLI monthly challenge that cause me stray, but almost all the books I read come from what I already have. I just don't always count them here because I don't count books acquired in the current year.

101rabbitprincess
Sep 7, 2012, 6:03pm Top

I usually just wander back and forth between my bookshelves, trying to decide which book is yelling at me the loudest. If I have two or three possibilities I gather them up and get my boyfriend to pick one (either with his eyes closed or by him actually reading the back cover). If I'm really stuck either I or someone in the Go Review That Book! group will pick at random from the TBR list.

As for patterns, I generally try to alternate between a book I own and a borrowed book.

102clue
Sep 7, 2012, 10:31pm Top

I do pretty much the same thing. When I finish a TBR I "shop the shelves" for the next one. It's sort of like shopping at the store but it can be done anytime of day or night. I'm a happier reader if I don't dwell too much on the "shoulds" though it's hard to do sometimes. I read more new books than TBRs but next year I will retire and plan to step up the TBR reading. That and cull the TRBs that I've decided not to read, most books that were given to me.

103Kirconnell
Sep 8, 2012, 3:43am Top

I don't have much of a pattern for picking my next read, but most of the time I plop a stack of books next to the bed and pick the one on top.

104Tallulah_Rose
Sep 8, 2012, 6:54am Top

If I finished a book, Iusually go browsing the shelves and see what attracts me most at the moment. Sometimes it's also ifi got a recommendation and coincidentally own that book that i'll pick it up. But most often it really is browsming and being attracted. If there is nothing to attract me, I will just pick one up thagt I promised to read a long while ago or is sitting on the shelf for more ages than the others.

105cyderry
Sep 8, 2012, 10:32am Top

The TIOLI Challenges of each month really help me weed out the candidates and make my selections every month. I usually end up with more than I can read but at least I'm not running out.

106tymfos
Sep 8, 2012, 8:33pm Top

I am a moody reader, and my moods mostly dictate what I read. ARCs have a certain priority. Challenges have an impact, too. Right now, I'm doing September Series & Sequels and Surreal September on the 75 challenge, and those are impacting my choices. (Unfortunately, they're leading me to quite a few library books . . .)

107cyderry
Sep 19, 2012, 12:08am Top

I've been trying to keep my library books to a minimum, usually the bios of the presidents and historical events, because I really don't want to buy those chunksters, and I know I probably won't reread those. But I do get tempted if a book is on audio - because those are expensive and I'd rather borrow than buy then.

108tymfos
Sep 19, 2012, 11:55pm Top

But I do get tempted if a book is on audio - because those are expensive and I'd rather borrow than buy then.

Cheli, my audio listening is mostly from the library. I've done 21 audio books so far this year, about a quarter of my book total for the year. Audios have increased my reading numbers while letting me get more done because I can "read" while doing other (mindless) things (like housework).

I like to have an e-book going most of the time, too. It's nice for reading in bed, and with a book on my phone, I'm never caught in a waiting situation without something to read. A lot of my e-books are library downloads.

Working in a library, I find it hard to avoid reading library books of one kind or another!

109cyderry
Sep 20, 2012, 12:28am Top

I could never work in a library, I'd never go home!

110tymfos
Sep 22, 2012, 2:11pm Top

Yeah. I think most of us who work at our library spend a lot more time there than our paid hours. There's just something wonderful about a building full of books . . .

111cyderry
Sep 30, 2012, 12:47pm Top

69. Willful Behaviour
70. Buttercream Bump off
71. Cleopatra: A Life
72. From the tow-path to the White House
73. Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos
74. We got to play Baseball


112cyderry
Oct 22, 2012, 8:31am Top

75. Reckless Bride
76. Quarantine
77. Princess Elizabeth's Spy
78. Art Forger
79. Uniform Justice




Just one more to go!

113dudes22
Oct 23, 2012, 11:36am Top

You go girl!!

114staffordcastle
Oct 23, 2012, 1:03pm Top

Hurray!

115cyderry
Oct 23, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Thanks, I'm actually in the middle of #80 - Dracula for my ladies reading group - so I should be finished in the next few days.

116Robertgreaves
Oct 23, 2012, 7:49pm Top

Standing on the sidelines chanting: Che-li, Che-li, Che-li.

117Tallulah_Rose
Oct 25, 2012, 3:11am Top

keep going! Dracula is a really good book. I've also read it this year and it was way better than I expected. Hope you and the ladies will like it!

118cyderry
Edited: Oct 25, 2012, 11:10am Top



I did it! I did it!

80. Dracula

Now I have a few more for this year to get to the right breakdown, but at least I cleared 80 BOMBS!

119bragan
Oct 25, 2012, 1:14pm Top

Ooh, congrats! You are an inspiration to us all. :)

120connie53
Oct 25, 2012, 2:50pm Top

Go Cy Go!!!

121rabbitprincess
Oct 25, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Yee haw! Congrats! :D

122staffordcastle
Oct 26, 2012, 6:04pm Top

Hurray! Congratulations!

123tymfos
Edited: Oct 29, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Great work!

How is the storm affecting you? Stay safe!

124cyderry
Oct 29, 2012, 11:25pm Top

We still have power, but we have a very wet yard. We heard something fall on the deck out back but haven't been to see what it is. We'll look in the morning.
But basically we're warm, dry, and safe.

Hope the same for everyone else.

125staffordcastle
Oct 30, 2012, 1:34am Top

Glad to hear that, hope it continues true!

126tymfos
Oct 31, 2012, 11:33pm Top

125 Ditto!

127connie53
Nov 2, 2012, 2:46pm Top

Hope you are allright, Cyderry!

128cyderry
Nov 5, 2012, 9:48am Top

Okay, I have finally reached my goal plus a few more but I'm not sure that I'm really making progress since 136 new books came into my possession so far this year while I've only read 83. Net loss = 53 and I'm sure there will be a few more ins and outs.

So my question is...next year do I set my goal at something that I probably won't reach or should I be realistic again?

129connie53
Nov 5, 2012, 1:00pm Top

Allways be realistic! Better up your challenge during the year then not reaching the challenge. 83 is a nice number and you have still 2 months to go.

130dudes22
Nov 5, 2012, 5:49pm Top

Yeah - keep it realistic or maybe just a smidge of a challenge more.

131tymfos
Nov 7, 2012, 4:25pm Top

I think you need to be realistic, but at the outer limits of what's realistic, if that makes sense. Betty said it pretty well -- just a smidge of a challenge more.

132cyderry
Nov 7, 2012, 6:54pm Top

Okay I think I'd decided about next year, but y'all will have to wait to see what my decision is. HA HA!

133staffordcastle
Nov 9, 2012, 5:08pm Top

Well, congratulations anyway!

134tymfos
Nov 11, 2012, 1:15am Top

*sings in best Carly Simon imitation*

Anticipation . . .

135cyderry
Nov 20, 2012, 5:51pm Top

81. The Secret Keeper
82. Thirteenth tale ♫
83. Border Lord and the lady
84. Just Desserts
85. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
86. Sketch Me If You Can

136cyderry
Dec 7, 2012, 5:50pm Top

87. The Hangman
88. Great Bridge
89. The Orchid Murder
90. Too Many Murders: A Carmine Delmonico Novel

137cyderry
Dec 26, 2012, 11:51am Top

91. The Christmas Homecoming
92. Being Santa Claus: What I Learned about the True Meaning of Christmas
93. The Aluminum Christmas Tree: A Novel
94. A Christmas Star

138cyderry
Edited: Dec 26, 2012, 12:20pm Top

I must have been a very good girl because I got $75 worth of B&N gift cards from Santa. So with the dollars I put away from my BOMBS Challenge I have $170 for book buying! Now all I have to do is decide which books!

I've been going over my Nook wishlist and regular wishlist, trying to decide which books had priority and decided that for the time being, I'm just going to spend the gift cards and save my BOMBS BANK for later.

So for $74.90 (NOT INCLUDING TAX) I can get:

Tempest by Cynthia Wright
Fonduing Fathers (White House Chef Mystery Series #6)by Julie Hyzy
Threaded for Trouble (Threadville Mystery Series #2)by Janet Bolin
Stitch Me Deadly (Embroidery Mystery Series #2)by Amanda Lee
Book, Line, and Sinker by Jenn McKinlay
Sweet Revenge by Andrea Penrose
Let's Play Dead (Museum Mystery Series #2)by Sheila Connolly
The Diva Takes the Cake (Domestic Diva Series #2)by Krista Davis
Death of a Kitchen Diva (Hayley Powell Series #1)by Lee Hollis
Lost and Fondue (Cheese Shop Mystery Series #2)by Avery Aames

I've just got to check and make sure that the e-book isn't more expensive and then I'll be placing my order.

139dudes22
Dec 26, 2012, 12:20pm Top

That will be a good haul. I got a small B&N gift card so far, but I'm hoping to get one at the family get-together this weekend. I too have a list so that I can put them on the shelf before next year's challenge starts.

140connie53
Dec 26, 2012, 5:09pm Top

You have a BOMBS Bank!? tell me more.

141LauraBrook
Dec 26, 2012, 7:11pm Top

Wow! You really must have been good! I got diddly-squat in the form of GCs for books, but I feel a "hell with it, I MUST BUY BOOKS" binge coming on sooner than later.

Hey, doesn't Half Price have a sale going on now?

142cyderry
Dec 26, 2012, 7:21pm Top

BOMBS BANK - I put $1 in the bank for each BOMB exploded. I have one more that I should be able to finish this year making $95 in the bank.

143connie53
Dec 27, 2012, 5:59am Top

> 142. What i nice idea! I think i'm going to steal it for 2013.

144cyderry
Dec 27, 2012, 8:53am Top

Connie,
it works great because then I don't feel guilty when I buy a new book with my bank money. When you think that the average price of a new book is at least $8, that means I had to read 8 BOMBS to get one new book. Good ratio IMHO.

And I did finish that last BOMB for the year..

95. The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

So I end up reading 15 extra BOMBS!

145connie53
Dec 27, 2012, 9:42am Top

@ Cyderry,

Well i have to save a bigger amount then 1 Euro. A new book here in Holland is around 20 euro's and with 1 euro per book i have to read a lot of ROOTs. Perhaps 2 euro's of more is a better plan.

146cyderry
Dec 31, 2012, 4:47pm Top

The Christmas Dog was my last BOMBS.

96 when I pledged 80. - 120% of my goal!

147staffordcastle
Dec 31, 2012, 10:14pm Top

Congratulations!

148connie53
Jan 1, 2013, 7:24am Top

Good work, Cyderry!

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