Posts Tagged ‘TBR’

TBR TBA

April 17, 2008

I have started to get a fair number of books that need to be read (and usually reviewed) at or by a certain time. I’m currently on my 4th consecutive win of Early Reviewer books, I’m beginning reviewing on ReaderViews, I’m taking part in a few theme reads on LibraryThing, I’m getting an ARC from the Barnes and Nobles First Look Book Club, I keep trying to receive Harper Collins First Look books, I’m part of a blog tour, and I’ve got my book club.

For each of these things (and hopefully more in the future!) there is some sort of deadline. Obviously I’m not going to be kicked out of book club or the theme reads if my book isn’t done on time, but not finishing and reviewing/discussing the other books on time would not be conducive to receiving more books.

I was afraid that I was just going to simply forget to read a book in its allotted time, so I’ve decided to schedule out (some of) my TBR time with the books that need to be read at a certain time, using the handy-dandy Google Calendar. The link to my TBR Calendar can also be found on the right-hand side of my page under “Devourer’s Stuff”. As long as I’m doing this, I might as well include the other books I read that didn’t HAVE to be read, so I will add other books as I read them and edit what I read to reflect the correct dates. Books that ‘had’ to be read will be indicated with asterisks.

Feel free to check out my calendar!

Reading While Remodeling

March 13, 2008

Right now, my bookshelves are covered with drop cloths. Within the next week or so, all of my books will in boxes, the cataloging order destroyed even further. In the meantime, I’m figuring out how to read while remodeling.

I had a live Christmas tree this year – the first year I’ve had my own live tree since I lived with my parents. Brian and I went out and bought a tree stand sometime after Thanksgiving, put a tree in it, and left that tree up until about the end of January. When we finally took the tree down, we noticed a large, black and red spot on the carpet. Mold. Luckily we had stopped watering that tree sometime around Christmas! Long story short, the tree stand company is paying to replace the carpet – which has turned into getting new carpet; rewiring all of the rooms for cable, internet, and phone; removing popcorn ceilings; sanding those ceilings; painting the ceilings; painting the walls; replacing the floor boards; and adding crown molding.

Did I mention this all has to be done – and everything put away and cleaned and nice – by April 10th?

This process really started in earnest last weekend, which means most of the furniture is pushed against a wall and the bookshelves are all covered in very dusty drop cloths. Before they were all covered, I rescued a smallish stack of books and put them on the counter in the guest bathroom (since it isn’t as if I am going to have any guests over anytime soon) so that I can get to them without too much trouble when I finish the two I am currently reading.

It can be very hard, though, for me to pick books too far in advance, because I decide that I am in the mood for something different. I tried to take enough of my TBR books that I couldn’t get through them all, but I’m still worried that I won’t want to read those. I will probably either end up sitting on the floor in the kitchen tearing apart the boxes all of the books are going to go in before the carpet people come, OR I will end up making numerous trips to Half Price Books with my wishlist in hand.

The other issue is a lack of anywhere to sit. The sofa and the chair in the living room are against the wall with knitting stuff piled on top and other furniture in front of them. I am left with only my bed and the folding chairs set up around the folding table where Brian and I have been eating dinner.

On the bright side, once everything is put back together, I can export my handy dandy LibraryThing catalog into Excel, sort by tag and author, and put my library back in order!

Excitement!

March 3, 2008

One of the things that I love about LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewer Program is that everyone who requests these books are very generous. Partly as a favor to the publishers who are kind enough to provide us with advanced reader’s copies, and partly just to share the free book wealth, many LibraryThing Early Reviewers pass on their books when they are done. Case in point, I just received two Early Reviewer books in the mail today: American Theocracy: Unpacked and The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur. The Translator is still not even out in the stores yet, and won’t be until March 18th. I think that this puts The Translator to the top of my To Be Read list, so I can say that I read it before it was even out in the bookstores. Plus, it seems like an extremely interesting and important book; not to mention that it will be my book for Sudan in my Reading Around the World Challenge.

This was like a win-win-win-win-win day!

By the way, I will definitely write and post reviews for both of these books (plus the Early Reviewer book I received, Holding Her Head High). My fiance told me last night that I should be a professional reviewer because, “that way you can get paid for all your opinions.”