Reading Wrap Up

I have already bored everyone a couple of weeks back with my sudden love for e-books. I think I went bipolar or something, because something made me flip the switch from snobby contempt to raging love affair in the matter of a day. Well, the love is still going strong, and I am having a blast. I either packed up or un-hauled all of my mass market and trade paperback books, which emptied out three full six-shelf bookcases (I did keep pretty much all of my hardcovers and UK paperbacks, though). I did manage to spend a few hundred dollars over the last couple of weeks re-buying the must-haves, but it was worth it to free up the space. And as a sign of my special nerdness, I even edited some of the books when there were different versions of the covers I liked better. Yep, nerd.

And as bonus, I have exactly one physical TBR book. ONE. That has always been the goal, but it never seemed possible. Now it is a matter of “what do I feel like reading? One Click. Mine”. It is so freeing to not have Mount TBR mocking me from across the room anymore. I went all digital on music a while back, and I have been playing around with switching my blu-rays, too, but that one is hard. I still like “the collection”. At least for now.

blood kissedEh, back on topic. I did manage to get four books read recently. Well, three and a DNF, but whatever. I ended up “One Clicking” (totally a thing) Keri Arthur‘s Blood Kissed, which was the first book in her new Lizzie Grace series. I hadn’t planned on starting a new series, but my freedom as mentioned above went to my head. It was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed it. And strangely, I haven’t ever read a book set in Australia, either, which was a treat. It was a fast read, quite interesting, and I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here. There wasn’t much on the romance side of things, but the set up is done and things should get going in the next book. I might have to check out a few more series now, too.

covetI also dove into one that had long been on the former Mount TBR. I have faithfully followed J.R. Ward‘s Black Dagger books for years, but I never made the jump to the Fallen Angels until now. I didn’t have much in the way of good or bad expectations for Covet, but it ended up being a decent read. I have to admit that I was looking for more Brother sightings, but a quick little run-in with an unnamed Phury was a treat. I liked the characters, it was an interesting premise, and it was nice to have a Ward book that wasn’t so over-the-top brand-name dropping and slangy, but still with some humor and snark. I wouldn’t pull an epic marathon and read them all in a row, but spaced out it could be a good thing. Oh, and Devina needs to die. Now-ish.

purity in deathAaand my J.D. Robb trek continues, this time with Purity in Death (#15). I can’t say much I haven’t said before, still loving them, still look forward to each new story, still haven’t even gotten slightly bored, either. Great characters, great premise, great promise for more to come. The supporting cast just keeps getting better, and while there are still times I would like to slap Eve around, it is part of the enjoyment. And Roarke may be one of my dream guys. It is a series I still pick up in physical copy, and the UK paperbacks look so pretty it should be a crime. Love.

talisman chroniclesHonestly, I can’t quite be sure what made me “One Click” the Young Adult (which I don’t read anymore) The Talisman Chronicles by T.M. Franklin (whom I have never heard of until now), but I did. It was a collection of six previously-released short stories about six kids who must fight the forces of darkness, but I only made it through the first story. It wasn’t bad, but it did make me remember why I had given up on YA. I could’ve kept reading, it would’ve been fine, but I didn’t care if I did or not so I figured it was time to hit the old delete button. If it doesn’t grab me, I figure why waste the time?

So, your turn. Come across anything exciting lately? How goes your TBR battles?

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20 thoughts on “Reading Wrap Up

  1. library addict says:

    It took me about a year-and-a-half to go completely digital and I also went broke buying my must haves. Thankfully I was a somewhat early adopter, so had Fictionwise to buy at. They had a club you could join where you got 15%+ off large orders. Also whenever you bought a book on the NYT Best Sellers list you got the full amount back to spend at their store…so more books! Of course, this was in the days before Agency pricing so that also helped.

    I kept books my absolute favorite authors though. Especially since there were some I’d spend years tracking down via snail mail in the days before the internet. My major downsizing came when I moved over a decade ago. I have a much smaller house now with less bookshelves. So I had no choice but to purge. It was hard but oddly freeing at the same time.

    I now only buy hardcover books (usually used) of my absolute favorite authors. I continue to buy the In Death books for example, but I also buy and read them in digital. And if I wait until my library sells their extra copies, it’s only a $1 per book. Since I read them in digital I can be patient and wait until I find the print book for cheap. Every now and then I’ll splurge on a signed copy from TTP. Since it usually arrives in the mail the day before release day I justify it by actually reading the print version a day early. But I can’t do that with every release.

    Are you using Calibre? I replace my covers with the originals, too. Makes them easier to find when looking at covers as well.

    • kaleigha says:

      I kept all of my hardcover and UK paperbacks, because like you I love to have my favorites in physical copy. My downsizing has been going on for a couple of years now – I did it in several different steps, maybe getting rid of 50 or 60 books at a time. It hurt way less that way.

      Calibre is a total lifesaver, especially for my father’s reading. I have to take each book of his and strip off all of the extra stuff except the cover and the story itself, then edit 10 or 12 books together into one volume so he has to just one-tap through everything.

  2. Barbara says:

    Thanks to your good reviews I took the leap and started Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series. I read them all and loved it…which came as a huge surprise since I really don’t like mistery. So, just wanted to say thank you.

    • kaleigha says:

      Yay…one of my favorites, but so different than my usual stuff, too. Going to be rough to see it wrap up in August, though.

  3. Maria says:

    Hi! Well done! I’ve actually been able to reduce my TBR from 50 to 40, and I’m proud of myself. Now I want to leave it at 30 by the end of the year and I’ll be a happy person.
    I went fully digital when I bought my kindle and installed calibre in my pc. Now, I only buy hardcovers and only if I really really liked the read, it has to bee a 5 stars, and I only gave one last year.

    • kaleigha says:

      I have always done the TBR reduction in stages, too, always with a yearly goal. It really bugged me when I had 400+ books, since I felt like a failure. I knew I would never, ever get through them, and I don’t like extra stuff laying around. I kept my Patricia Briggs, Kelley Armstrongs, Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews hardcovers and such. From what I can calculate, I might only be picking up 4 or 5 physical books (plus whatever I read in the In Death UK books) for the rest of the year. Seems so weird.

  4. Jean says:

    I’ve been enjoying TA White. Her work is more fantasy/urban fantasy with little to no hints of romance but I think the romance could be in the works. If no romance is pending, the books are still great reads. Anyway, TA White’s my new author crush. Devon Monk came out with the third book in her Ordinary series, which I love. It’s been a jam packed week of reading happiness.

    I’ve also made the switch to electronic. It’s pretty great. Every now and then I still buy a paperback book because I do enjoy them. The only thing that makes me sad about the electronic version is that I can’t donate my books to charity. That was one of the ways I discovered the joys of reading when I was growing up was from charity book sales and second hand book shops. that’s the big downside of electronic formats for me. I know you can share books electronically but it doesn’t have the same distribution life of a paperback version. And yes, there are libraries but when I was growing up, they didn’t have fantasy/sci fi/ romance/ or paranormal books available.

    • kaleigha says:

      I haven’t heard of TA White. Maybe I should do an author spotlight post? I saw where Devon Monk had a new release, and I have tried to keep up with her books on the new release pages but it seems like they just suddenly appear on release day. Makes me nuts.

      It’s weird…donating my books was always a chore. The local librarian looked at me like I was bringing in my garbage, even though most were brand new and unread. The fella at the used bookstore always wanted to do the uncomfortable hug thing every time I bring in books, so I started doing after-hour drop offs in the dark so he couldn’t catch me. It was a burden.

      • Jean says:

        The donating process sounds horrible for you! If that was my experience I would have a different perspective on the process, for sure!

        Devon Monks book did pop up out of no where. It was like a surprise pay raise showing up on your paycheck. I’ll take it.

        I think TA White could be a good author spotlight. If you wanted to try out her work, I’d take a look at Shadow’s Messenger. She has a couple other series in the works also.

        • kaleigha says:

          Yeah, and when I did find a place that would do me a favor and take my books, I got weird looks like I was reading porn. After that, I made my father deliver them…

        • kaleigha says:

          It always made me feel like I was trying to pawn my garbage off on someone else, but I couldn’t make myself throw them out, either.

          • Jean says:

            Someone enjoyed the books you donated. I guarantee it. Like I said, donated and second hand bookshops are where I fine tuned my out of control book habit.

  5. Em says:

    I love Keri Arthur.
    Her Riley Jenson series is phenomenal. It was one of the first series I read when I got hooked on UF. I loved the read so much I couldn’t help myself and went out and purchased her entire back catalogue.
    Keri Arthur is fantastic at what she does

    • kaleigha says:

      It was my first Keri Arthur read, but she has been on my “One Day” list for years. I am surprised I never took the plunge earlier, since I have been following her for the new release pages for years and her covers are eye-catching. Totally up my alley, but I just never seemed to get around to it.

  6. Kim says:

    I love my kindle, and I also use iBooks as well on my iPad. I love the portability of my kindle, l have been known to read a page or two at the level crossing and standing in line at the check out….

    • kaleigha says:

      Pretty much my entire entertainment life is on my ipad (and ipod and computer) now. All of my books and my music are on there, and I watch all of my Netflix and Crave TV on there, too. I have been renting movies and buying shows through itunes, plus I have figured out how to stream from my computer to my ipad and connect to my TV for my father’s movies too. I wouldn’t go without it at all now. I couldn’t do the Kindle because it was only black and white, but as soon as I saw the pretty color covers on my Kindle for ipad I was on board.

  7. saidahgilbert says:

    I’m the opposite. I’ve only just started working for a year or so now which means that I can finally afford my own books. Now I am buying print books that I would’ve either borrowed from the library or read as an ebook. I have a Kindle which I got for my 21st birthday so I still read a lot of ebooks but I can collect print books now and I am doing so with a vengeance!

    • kaleigha says:

      I went through that, too. For a while, it was four or five books a week, every week. It was so much fun, but then I started the anti-clutter thing over the last couple of years and have started purging a bunch of stuff.

  8. renpuspita says:

    Reading Light My Fire and Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken. So ready for Bring the Heat. I have a feeling that book will be the final book and I’m not ready to say goodbye 😦

    • kaleigha says:

      Really, do you think she is wrapping things up? I sure hope not, or at least I hope she jumps to the next generation – Talan, Talwyn, Rhi, the other abominations. I am not a huge fan of her new series, so I am still hooked on the Dragons and the Pride.

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