TBR Plans and Schemes…

question markOk, I really, really thought I was making headway on getting through Mount TBR. I really did. The last time I had actually sat down and counted, I had around 190 books. I was a bit ashamed, so I put more of a concerted effort into getting things into a reasonable range. Fast forward to today, when I did another count to see how I was doing…and my TBR now totals 270. 270?!? How…when…WHAT?

A book buying ban is the fastest way to turn me into a raging bitch, so that will never happen. Instead, I have decided on a rethink of how I order, what I order, and when I order it. Instead of grabbing everything that catches my eye, I am going to try buying new releases from my existing series (that I have already read from and decided that I like). I will pick up the first book from a new series only when I have completed a series from Mount TBR. For example, I finished the third and final book in the Divergent series, Allegiant, so I decided to try out Robin D. Owens‘ new Ghost Seer book. Also, I will make myself buy only the first book of a series to see if I actually like it before I pick up the whole set – that is, except for the Dark-Hunter stuff, which makes me snicker every time I see the shelves of them that I have never read.

I have also come up with a way to organize the TBR monster. I have six full bookcases of six shelves each, and I rotate between cases. That way, I alternate between paperback, hardcover, young adult and trade paperback. And I have given myself challenges, too…like this go round, I must read one book from each bookcase that either finishes up a series, or gets me caught up to the most current release. The next round might be something like each book from the six must have a blue cover, or something like that. It actually makes me read something that I might otherwise have passed over yet again.

How does your TBR shape up? Do you have a technique for organizing it, or do you just wing it? Have any of you come up with a way to keep the numbers down while still having plenty to chose from, or are you overrun, too? Are you loud and proud, or slightly ashamed of the number of books demanding your attention?

Site Updates…

There are a lot of new releases to be added over the coming days, like most of what I listed in the post below, and some of them are on my most anticipated list, which is always a bonus. Also, it is almost time for another go over of the Series Reading List pages, and another update of which series are finishing up soon.

There has been an idea I have been toying with, but I am not sure if I could actually pull it off (both time wise and talent wise). I would love to have something like a “The Story So Far” section, where there was a relatively brief but quite detailed book-by-book summary of what has happened in some of the most popular series. It would be a lot of work, and like I say it might not be possible, but I think it would be very useful. Does anyone know of anything like that around already?

On the character guide front, I will have The Mortal Instruments guide updated quite soon. I have finished the re-reads of the three books I was behind, and now I just have to add the info. My goal was to get it finished before the final book comes out in May, so I am actually well ahead of schedule. I was thinking of then finishing up the Fever series guide, but I have decided instead to do one for Kate Daniels. If I work at it, I should be able to get it finished before Magic Breaks comes out at the end of July.

PhoenixFyre is finishing up guides for both the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and the Fallen Angels series from J.R. Ward, and then she plans on hitting the Dark Series from Christine Feehan. Two of those are monsters, and they should all come in very handy.

That is about it. Nothing else much to report from this side. As always, if you can think of something that needs work, just drop me a line and let me know.

Show Heart of Obsidian Some Love…

voteThe yearly dabwaha event is down to the elite eight, and one of the finalists is one of last year’s best books,  Nalini Singh‘s Heart of Obsidian. It is up against a book I haven’t actually heard of before, Captive Prince by CS Pacat. Captive Prince has a slight lead, but it is still anyone’s game at this point.

Voting wraps up soon, so if you haven’t made your choices yet, maybe stop by and show Nalini some love.

*Edit…well, looks like by the time I finally got around to posting this, the poll was closing. That will teach me to hit “publish” before work, not after.

Site Updates…

newsThat time again…just a quick note to say that the yearly new release summary is up to date, along with the monthly new releases which was done last week. As always, check and see if the books you have been most looking forward to have had a change in publication date. There were quite a few that moved around, and some that seemed to disappear all together.

Also, I have upped a character guide for Kelley Armstrong‘s new Cainsville series. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first book, Omens, and Visions is one of my most anticipated books for this fall.

That is about it. I will be adding the new release pages for 2015 over the next week or so, which is really scary when you think about it. Time does fly.

Charley Davidson Free Stories…

presentAs I was doing my bi-weekly author page updates, I found a treat from Darynda Jones. I don’t know how I missed it, but she has upped two short stories from her Charley Davidson series – or one story from two points of view, rather. A rather spicy Christmas scene from both Charley’s and Reyes’ POVs. As usual, they are both fun and hot…but there is a spoiler if you haven’t yet read Fifth Grave Past the Light.

Charley’s side of things is called Shimmer…HERE
Aaand Reyes’ is called Glow…HERE

Site Updates…

Well, the holidays are over, and after a quiet stretch hopefully things will get back to normal now. While I haven’t been posting much, I have been doing a bit behind the scenes (honest!). The 101+ Series section will be up-to-date with the newest recommendations by tomorrow, and I have updated the 2014 New Release section with a bunch more titles, too.

I just wanted to let you know that for some reason, WordPress is being a pain in my ass and not updating correctly sometimes. That means that there might be a discrepancy between the yearly summary and the monthly breakdowns (I add the info to both, but it will only show up on one). I will be going through and making sure both are correct tonight, as well.

And finally, I will have all of the Character Guides up to date by the middle of the week, too. I was behind on the Arcana Chronicles and Elder Races, but I have finished the notes and now just have to add them.

That’s about it. Back to work…

What is Your Top 14 of 2014?

It seems like only a couple of months ago that I was excited to find out what new books would be heading our way in 2013. Well, after a year that absolutely flew by, I am now starting to look ahead to 2014. There are quite a few that I am anxious to get my hands on, that is for sure. So, in no particular order, my top 14 for 2014 are…

  1. Magic Breaks – Ilona Andrews
  2. Burned – Karen Marie Moning
  3. Shield of Winter – Nalini Singh
  4. Dark Skye – Kresley Cole
  5. Visions – Kelley Armstrong
  6. Night Broken – Patricia Briggs
  7. Murder of Crows – Anne Bishop
  8. Rule Breaker – Lora Leigh
  9. Up From the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  10. The Darkest Touch – Gena Showalter
  11. City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare
  12. Cress – Marissa Meyer
  13. Dark Wolf – Christine Feehan
  14. Hunt the Darkness – Alexandra Ivy

This list will probably change subtly as new releases are announced (like the Avon series from Ilona Andrews is a biggie for me, when details become available). What does your list shape up like? What are you most excited for heading into the new year?