Thursday, November 20, 2014

#BookBlogWriMo - Day 19 - #WaitingOnWednesday – TBR Books

Go grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get comfy, because this is going to be a LONG one. There are so many books on my TBR list right now, it's not even funny, and I'm constantly adding to the list. There are not enough hours in the day for me to do all the reading I actually want to do, and that makes me sad. I will try to keep this sort of brief, but I really wasn't kidding about that cup of coffee.

At the top of my TBR list, and this book has been there since it was published about a year ago is Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I have this habit of not buying new Stephen King books when they come out because it gives me something to put on my Christmas wish list that my mother insists I give her. Last year for Christmas, my parents gave me a hardcover copy of Doctor Sleep, and it's still at their house because I did not have room for it in the eight boxes of stuff that I mailed back to Germany before the children and I returned from our holiday visit, the kids presents and other assorted things were more important than my book. Also my husband said I could buy it for my Kindle anyway. That's not what happened. I put off buying it for my Kindle, hoping the price would come down some as it got a little older because I'm a bit of a cheapskate and I've gotten 11/22/63 and The Shining for like $2.99 a piece for my kindle, so I was willing to wait. Then I found a mass market paperback of Doctor Sleep at our base bookstore for LESS than the Kindle copy (which really pisses me off because that has much high production costs than the ebook version, but that's a rant for a whole other post) and my husband said I should go ahead and get it even though he really hates my book collection. I've had the paperback for a couple months now, still haven't gotten around to reading it because I've had other commitments (and an obsession with winning books from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program and I think I've figured out part of their formula). But I will read Doctor Sleep, eventually.

Another book that is high on my TBR list is Side Effects by Lisa Suzanne. Lisa is one of my favorite indie authors (I'm on her street team and everything) and this is the only book of hers that I haven't read yet because I was moving when she needed beta readers and since then I have no found the time to get it read. But I will, I promise.

The next book on my list is The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine by Alexandrea Weis. When I was first lured onto her street team with promises of vodka and raccoons (because who can resist vodka and raccoons), I bought this book so that I could at least test out her writing style to see if I can honestly support her. I still haven't read it. The first book I read of her's was a beta read, The Bondage Club, but I do enjoy her style of writing and can honestly pimp her shamelessly around Facebook and Twitter.

The next two books are tied for their place on my list. They are Sound Advice and Fragrance Free by L.B. Dunbar. I started with Taste Test, the second book in her Sensations Collections (which can all be read as stand alones, but they do have some characters in common), as an ARC for a blog tour and fell in love with her style and characters.

Another book that I absolutely must read is Destiny's Flame by D.S. Schmeckpeper. It's not even out yet, she is still writing it, but it is on my absolutely must read list because I know it's going to be epic, it is in the epic fantasy genre after all. You could all start by reading Destiny's Wings though and I'm sure you'll fall in love with Celeste, Tarnelius, and Arcus just like I did.

And one last book that is on my I absolutely have to read this book and I need it right now list is Falling Away by Penelope Douglas. It is also not out yet, but it is available for pre-order on Amazon already, so go do that right now, I have. I fell in love with Penelope's writing when I managed to snag Bully while it was free on Amazon, before she signed her super deserved publishing deal with Penguin. I fell so in love that I even decided to give other indie authors a chance, which is something I hadn't done in years. If it weren't for Penelope Douglas and Bully, I would not be here writing this today.

Like I said before, there are a ton of books on my TBR, but those are some of the ones I'm most looking forward to reading. So what books are on your TBR? - Katie


  1. OMG! You've figured out the Goodreads First Reads formula? Please share!!!

    Amazing books on your list. Some of them are on my TBR as well...oh wel...we'll read them eventually, right?

    1. Well I'm not sure I have it entirely down, but I have noticed a bit of a pattern. First of all, I enter almost all of the giveaways, available to me because I really love all books. I've been entering giveaways on there for almost a year now and have won 287 books. I've read 40 of them so far (reading for the blog takes up a lot of my time). At this point, when I finish a book that I've won, within two days, I'll win another.

      Other things that I think may help with winning is having a lot of friends on Goodreads (because when I review a book more people will see it in their feed that way), and participating in the groups because it means I'm more active on Goodreads.

      These things may be inconsequential, but they are certainly working for me.

      And yes, we will get the books read eventually :) - Katie