Cheli's BOMB disposal efforts for 2012
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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
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!
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
✔Affairs of Steak
✔Body at the Tower
Carved in Bone
✔Chili Con Corpses
✔Count of Monte Cristo
First, There is a River
✔From the Towpath to the White House
Murder on the Rocks
✔Quick and the Thread
✔Tempest in the Tea Leaves
Until Proven Guilty
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
Air We Breathe
✔Burn (Anna Pigeon)
Calligrapher's Daughter: A Novel
✔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)
Murder in the Dark: A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Other Boleyn Girl
✔Out Of The Deep I Cry (Reverend Clare Fergusson)
Over Sea, Under Stone
Pillars of the Earth
Shifting Tide (William Monk) @
✔Silent Mercy (Alexandra Cooper)
Suffer the Little Children: A Commissario Brunetti Novel
✔The Help (Group Read January)
Through a Glass, Darkly: A Commissario Brunetti Novel
✔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
✔Wolf Hall (Group Read June)
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
✔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 @
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
✔Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos
Set Sail for Murder @
Temple Mount Code @
Wedding Trap @
✔ Wife Trap
✔The Winter Palace
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.
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
Very brave of you, Chelle, to track the books coming in - I'm not quite ready to do that yet.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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
#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.
>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.
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.
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.
#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!
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.
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
9 books are first in the series - why do I do this to myself?
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.
...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.
I love the graphic! I didn't finish my last of 2011 either so I'll count it as number one. BOMBS away!
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 :-((
Cheli, I LOVE how organized you are! Looking forward to following your progress this year!
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!
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.
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?
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.
Hi Cheli - The Count of Monte Cristo is such a chunkster, it should count as 2 bombs!
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!
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.
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!
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 :-)
Yeah, the color and the tablet are pretty cool but if you're only using it for books its kind of pointless.
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)!
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.
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!
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.
>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.
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?
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#
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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....
I attended a book signing last week, and of course wound up buying two books, nicely autographed.
At least they're not thick books . . .
Watching the fireworks last night, I kept thinking.."if only those were BOMBS" LOL :-)
You are doing a wonderful job so far, Cheli! Keep at it! :)
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
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.
Lock myself and my daughter inside that warehouse with enough food and drink to last us and we'd consider ourselves in heaven! :)
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.
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!
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?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .)
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.
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!
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 . . .
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
Okay I think I'd decided about next year, but y'all will have to wait to see what my decision is. HA HA!
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
87. The Hangman
88. Great Bridge
89. The Orchid Murder
90. Too Many Murders: A Carmine Delmonico Novel
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
The Christmas Dog was my last BOMBS.
96 when I pledged 80. - 120% of my goal!
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