Thursday, January 23, 2020

First Line Friday #91

First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is easy: open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines offered up this week.

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"The New York Times investigation into Harvey Weinstein began with the most promising source refusing even to get on the phone."

It's too bad this book was not better. Kantor and Twohey are not great authors in long-form and I should have learned my lesson about Kantor from her book on President and Mrs. Obama. Such a wholly important moment, and all the survivors, deserve a much better book.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Reading,

Books From The Backlog #30

Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.

I am featuring books in the order that they were added to my Goodreads To-Read shelf, so sometimes there will be a couple weeks in a row of books on the same topic.

Neglected Book of the Week

Why did I add Catherine de Medici to my TBR?

Because I know very little about the Medicis and she is the best place to start - and definitely the most interesting, as far as I know anyway.

Have you read this book, or is it somewhere on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tackling the TBR Week 3: Jan 15 - Jan 21, 2020

My TBR has been out of control for a while now. Then I started tracking weekly my true reading/acquiring habits, and voila! I have been able to keep on top of things a little bit better. I may never get below 1,000 books, but at least I won't be topping out over 5,000!

I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month. Feel free to join in if you'd like!

Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,159

Currently Reading: 11

Books Added to TBR: 6

Books Removed from TBR: 1

Books Read: 5

Books DNF-ed: 1

Duplicates Removed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,159

Breaking even is better than nothing! Something is off about my numbers this week and I am not quite sure where the error is. Either way, it will be sorted out by the next post

Happy Reading!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday | The Ten Most Recent Additions to My TBR

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is the ten most recent additions to the bookshelf. I felt this was kind of up to interpretation, bookshelf or TBR? I went with TBR, because I already do a Stacking the Shelves each Saturday and don't want to be redundant. So, here are my ten most recent adds to the ginormous TBR.

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Happy Reading!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Stacking the Shelves #78

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc.


What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Snow Day For My Birthday! Snow Day For My Birthday!


The bummer part of the impending storm is that Eleanor is at her dad's tonight and the roads are supposed to be shit tomorrow because of the ice - we are not actually supposed to get much snow, between 2-5 inches. This means that if the roads are terrible, I probably won't get to bring her home until Saturday, because even though I know how to drive on wintery roads, none of these idiots in Omaha do and I don't trust any of 'em on the road with my baby.

So, until I can get my girl home, I will be all snuggled up with a good book or ten. Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Reading,

First Line Friday #90

First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines offered up this week.


"Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001."

I will never forget this day as long as I live. I was a freshman in college, hadn't even been there a month. I saw the first reports as I was getting ready for class, and the second plane struck by the time I got to class across campus. I watched the first tower fall, and my professor did the unthinkable: he turned off the television because we were not paying attention. Some kids got up and walked out. I wish I would have. I was in shock.

Classes were obviously cancelled. The "preacher" who stood out in front of the Union every day, yelling at us about how we are going to hell because of the homosexuals, was there as usual. I hated that guy, and he's out there on September 11 with same bullshit about how we brought this on ourselves and the people on the planes deserved to die, we all deserve it. People usually ignore him, but not that day. I watched a young woman walk right up to him and get in his face, yelling that if he was any kind of pastor he would be praying for those who were killed, injured, missing. He didn't miss a beat and went right back to his rant about "the gays".

The rest of the day is a blur. I went back to my dorm and watched CNN all day and all night. I fell asleep, finally. It was late but I don't remember when. All I could think about was how the world would never be the same.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Share your story if you'd like.