Down The TBR Hole #3

Down the TBR Hole

This meme was started by Lost in a Story (not sure why the link is odd)

Here are the rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I have a serious book problem. My Goodreads TBR is out of hand because I love the giveaways. I’m also easily disractedby new books.

Product Details

Fish Nets The Second Guppy Anthology by Ramona DeFelice Long

I own this on my kindle. I’ve read one or two stories. I need to finish it. The stories are mysteries by Sisters in Crime members.



Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlise

I’ve read several in this series but never the first book. *sigh* I should do that soon. I enjoy the characters and the setting. There’s no reason for this to still be on my TBR!


Guilty by David Baldacci

I tried to read this and didn’t make it past the first chapter. The way the southern accent is written drove me mad!



Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Seriously! Look at that cover. And the title. Hold on…*tap,tap,tap*… My library has this and I just put it on hold. This book looks like all kinds of fun!


In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops

This is a time-travel story with lots of great reviews! It’s also free on kindle. *tap,tap,tap* just what I needed another book on my kindle 🙂



The Take Away

I deleted 1 book from my Goodreads list.

Placed 2 books on my IGTIBID List. (I’ll get to it before I die)

I need to finish reading 1 book and Ireserved 1 from the library with hopes of reading it before Valentine’s Day!

That brings my Goodreads TBR shelf to 941 books!



Read the Books You Have

If you’ve read this blog for long, you know I have a problem with books. I love to read. A few years ago (2014) I bought a paperwhite kindle. In the years since I have aquired around 537 books . Those are only the books I haven’t read. That’s a lot of books. There’s also around 20 books on my bookshelf I need to read!

Most of these books were free or spur of the moment purchases. Some I started and hated. A few are classics I know I will never read.

I’m going to look at the 5 oldest books on my Kindle. Then decide if it’s a book I will read. Then I will chose one to read this month. Similar to the TBR hole.

The Books:

Water Dance: The Story of a Were-Mermaid (The Sisterhood of the Ring Book 1) by [Greenstein, Jay]

Water Dance: The Story of a Were-Mermaid (The Sisterhood of the Ring Book 1) By Jay Greenstein

Aug. 2014, It was free and there is a mermaid. It was actually one of the 4 books I purchased when I bought my kindle. The blurb sounds familair, I think I may have started reading it but didn’t finish.

The Summer I Learned to Dive by [McCrimmon, Shannon]

The Summer I Learned to Dive by Shannon McCrimmon

Sept. 2014, This sounds like a YA book. It has pretty good reviews. I don’t know why I haven’t read it. I do see a theme with these books. Do you?

Secret Adversary by [Christie, Agatha]

Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

Sept. 2014, Somethinf I’ve learned about these public domain books. The formatting can be crap. The formatting is weird in this one. There dosne’t seem to be page breaks between sections. The pages just run into each other. I haven’t read this and I’m leaning to just deleting all of the public domain books I have. *sigh*


The Turn of the Screw by [James, Henry]

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Oct. 2014, Another public domain book. Flipping through the first few pages the formatting looks okay.  I think I tried to read this once and gave up. I should probably keep these. I need a book with an ugly/boring cover for a reading challenge.

Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel by [Eason, Lynette]

Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel by Lynette Eason

Nov. 2014, I read book 3 in this series which is why I bought book 1. There tend to be full of tension and suspense.


Take Away:

Delete: 2 books deleted- they were free so it’s okay.

TBR: 1 book moved to the top of my TBR list, Too Close to Home

That brings the grand total of unread books on my Kindle to 537!



Down The TBR Hole #2

It’s been a while since I participated with this meme. Click here for the 1st post. Progress: I read Spelled by Betsy Schow and loved it 🙂

This meme was started by Lost in a Story (not sure why the link is odd).

Here are the rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5, or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous, books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books


Dishing the Dirt (Agatha Raisin, #26)Dishing the Dirt by M.C.Beaton*

This is book 26 in the Agatha Raisin series. That’s right 26! Now I prefer to start a series at the beginning, even when it’s not necessary. Sometimes it’s not possible because there are so many books. And then I forget which I have read. As is the case with these. I don’t think I’ve read this one. But I want to.



Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina, #1)Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty*

It’s set in the historic Biltmore Estate…and there’s a ghost. At least I think there’s a ghost. Look at that cover. It’s gorgeous. I’ll have to get this one at the library. Reading the blurb I noticed the accent. Mixed feelings.



A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery, #2)A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

Book 2 in a series. Murder, baking, and chocolate mixed with a reality TV show. Sign me up.




NeverwhereNeverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I own this one and have for some time. I’ve never read one of his books. In all honesty- he scares me just a little. I shall move this to my Fall TBR. I will read it.



The Friends of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury                   The Friends of Jesus (Heart of the Story, #2)

Giveaway. The blurb interests me but not enough to read the book




Sea Lovers: Selected Stories by Valerie Martin

Sea Lovers: Selected Stories

I want to read this for two reasons. 1- the cover is beautiful. 2- the short stories sound fascinating.



Louisiana Saves the LibraryLouisiana Saves the Library by Emily Beck Cogburn

It sounds like a quirky story but … not interesting enough and maybe a touch cliche.




*These two were recently spotted on clearence at BAM. I guess I should have bought them.

The Take Away

Goal: Read Nevermore by Febrary 1st! It’s on my Kindle I have no excuse.

I deleted 2 books from my Goodreads list.

Placed 4 books on my  IGTIBID List. (I’ll get to it before I die)

I’m undecided on 1 book. I probably will not read it.

That brings my Goodreads TBR shelf to 942 books!

Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge 2018

We have quite a challenge set up for this year. 35 books! I had a hard time with a few categories last year. Several of these look interesting– especially number 22. Number 30 was my idea 🙂

  1. A book you’ve had on your shelf for the longest time and haven’t read
  2. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
  3. The next book in a series you’ve already started
  4. A book with a map in it
  5. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
  6. A book by two authors
  7. A book by an author you’ve never read
  8. A picture book
  9. A classic
  10. A book based on a fairytale
  11. A childhood classic you’ve never read
  12. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
  13. An “old” book in your favorite genre
  14. A book of short stories
  15. A play
  16. A book you got for Christmas
  17. A book with illustrations
  18. A book you wouldn’t normally read
  19. A book set on another continent
  20. A first in a series
  21. A book with a one word title
  22. A book of mythology
  23. A murder mystery
  24. A book you can finish in one weekend
  25. A New York Times #1 bestseller
  26. An obscure book by a well-known author
  27. A book set in your favorite season
  28. A book about an animal
  29. Close your eyes and point to a random book on your shelf to read
  30. A book with a boring cover
  31. A book you heard about online
  32. A book set in the future
  33. A comedy
  34. A sci-fi made into a TV show
  35. A time travel book

Winter Reading Guide

It’s finally winter 😉

I’m so excited for Christmas. I’m just coming off a massive fail for NaNoWriMo 2017 but that’s okay. I worked hard on it, life just got in the way.

I have a huge Winter TBR list. You know me, this is more of a guide than anything. This runs from December 21 to March 19. Winter just barely started here (on odd days only) and runs until mid-February but then the South has weird weather!

  • Magic Bites by IionaAndrews
  • Murder on Moon Trek 1 by Diane Vallere
  • The Vigilante Vignette by  Larissa Reinhart
  • Ella the Slayer by A. W. Exley
  • Deception by Stacy Claflin
  • The Hilo Hustle by Tom Brayly Jr
  • The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
  • Rest in Pieces by Kati Graykowski
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Always Watching by Lynette Eason
  • Ruby Milk by Lucy English
  • The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller
  • Rusty Nail by J. A. Konrath
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Skulduggery by Carolyn Hart
  • The Amulet Thief by Luanne Bennet
  • Of Mice and Men by John Stienbeck
  • A Perfect Manhatten Murder by Tray Kiely
  • The Headhunter’s Daughter by Tamar Myers
  • Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier

That’s a monster list.

I am also taking recommendations for the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge for 2018. If you know of a topic or category we should read leave a not in the comments. Final decision rests with two teenagers 🙂


NaNoWriMo 2017 Week 1

Week 1 of NaNoWriMo has been tough. The world has tried it’s best to keep me from writing. We’ve had car trouble, illness, and other issues pulling my attention away. Today I woke sick– again. I’m really tired of allergies. I can’t wait for the weather to turn cold and kill whatever is producing this pollen.

I am starting to feel like I am in the groove. The words are coming easier. Thanks to my handy dandy outline keeping me on track. I will say that this week’s daily goal of 2500 words is hard! Next week my goal is 3000 words. Yikes.

I may have to steal an hour this weekend to get a little work done.


In other news, I just completed the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge for 2017. We’ll need to make a few adjustments for next year. Some of these topics were rough. If you would like to see the 2017 list, click here.

That’s it for now. My fingers are tired and I need a nap.

How’s your week?


Autumn Reading List

I usually do a monthly TBR. Until this summer when I participated in the 20 Books of Summer. I really liked how that worked out. So I decided to make a TBR for fall. Technically, it’s fall but the temperatures here are still in the 90s. That’s the South for ya.

I’m a little late getting this posted (I’ve read 3 of the books so far) but I’m excited for it. I’ve included tons of “fall” reads. Although, my daughter did ask if I was EVER going to get around to reading the books she placed on my TBR shelf. Isn’t that sweet. She picked two books she thinks I’ll like, I should include them but I think I’ll wait for winter. One is huge.

On with it.

Authumn TBR

  1. Search for the Dead by Sheila Connolly
  2. Pumpkin Killer by Stacey Alabaster
  3. O’ Happy Dagger by Monica Knightly
  4. Off the Leash by ?
  5. Kissing the Werewolf by Kendra Ashe
  6. Yesterday’s Thief by Al Macy
  7. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahme-Smith
  8. Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley
  9. Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  10. Candy Corn Murders by Laslie Meier
  11. The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  12. Fairy Eyeglasses by Emily Martha Sorensen
  13. Familiar Trouble by Carolyn Haines
  14. Ghostly Interests by Lily Harper Hart
  15. In for a Penny by ?
  16. Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
  17. Darkness Echoes by L.A. Starkey
  18. False Identity by Jennifer Youngblood
  19. Spelled by Betsy Schow
  20. Nightmares by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

That’s a huge list. Most of these are on my Kindle and I’m hoping to clear some of these out. My kindle has gotten a little out of hand (505 books). As you can see from the titles, they have spooky theme to most of them. Maybe not spooky but Halloween.

What are you  planning to read this fall?