Monday, October 21, 2019

Tackling the TBR | Week 39: Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2019



Basically, I have a huge TBR and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list, instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon on Goodreads. I am going to make a real effort to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks I already have. It will also gives me a chance to take a good look at my list and see if there are ones I'm no longer interested in. I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.

Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,217

Currently Reading: 6

Books Added to TBR: 2

Books Removed from TBR: 1

Books Read: 3

Books DNF-ed: 2

Duplicates Removed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,216

There was a slight hiccup with last week's treasures due to a couple not being on Goodreads and me forgetting about that and not factoring them in last week. Oops.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #65

My mom, Eleanor, and I returned this week from a wonderful trip Colorado celebrating the wedding of two people we love very much, along with their sweet baby girl who I got to cuddle all weekend. I will be getting around to everyone and posting some pictures from our adventures. I am not what one would consider an "outdoor girl", but I deeply and fiercely love the Rocky Mountains. I am so happy I got to share the experience with my mom of introducing Eleanor to such a majestic landscape for the first time.


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.

Vacation Treasures
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What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, October 17, 2019

First Line Friday #77


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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"My name is Carrie Goldberg and I'm a victims' rights lawyer. Some people all me a 'passionate advocate' or a 'social justice warrior.' I'd rather be called a ruthless motherfucker. I operate my firm, C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, with one fundamental rule: if one of my clients has been harmed, somebody must pay. It's as simple as that. "

Damn right.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Reading,
Sarah

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Books From The Backlog #16



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
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Why did I add Catherine Howard to my TBR?

Because this was long before Gareth Russell wrote what I consider to be the Bible of Catherine Howard. I feel a deep sense of pity for this Catherine, just as I do the first one, despite their very different circumstances. I am cautious in my interest in this one, because most historians are not kind to this child who had no idea what she was getting herself into, and was used as a pawn by her power-hungry family.

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tackling the TBR | Week 38: Oct 8 - Oct 14, 2019



Basically, I have a huge TBR and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list, instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon on Goodreads. I am going to make a real effort to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks I already have. It will also gives me a chance to take a good look at my list and see if there are ones I'm no longer interested in. I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.

Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,213

Currently Reading: 6

Books Added to TBR: 10

Books Removed from TBR: 11

Books Read: 3

Books DNF-ed: 0

Duplicates Removed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,217

Friday, October 11, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #64

*Posting early, as we are on our way to a wedding and I won't be able to do so tomorrow!


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.

Library Treasures
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What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Books From The Backlog #15



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
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Why did I add Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty to my TBR?

Because she deserves to have her story told accurately and not through the BULLSHIT LENS OF PHILIPPA GREGORY AND ALL HER NONSENSE. Because I love all things Tudors (except those nasty Boleyns, and books by Gregory, obviously). Because, because, because.

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

Monday, October 7, 2019

Tackling the TBR | Week 37: Oct 1 - Oct 7, 2019



Basically, I have a huge TBR and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list, instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon on Goodreads. I am going to make a real effort to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks I already have. It will also gives me a chance to take a good look at my list and see if there are ones I'm no longer interested in. I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.

Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,224

Currently Reading: 8

Books Added to TBR: 1

Books Removed from TBR: 9

Books Read: 3

Books DNF-ed: 0

Duplicates Removed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,213

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #63


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.

Library Treasures
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What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, October 3, 2019

First Line Friday #76


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.

IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE! IT IS FINALLYYYYYYYY HERE!!!!

I kinda like Dan Jones, in case anyone forgot. This gem came out on Tuesday and it was in my hands the same day. Love it. Love it love it love it. So good. So, so good.

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"Shortly before Easter in the year 1188 CE, an English archbishop of Canterbury went to Wales on a recruitment drive."

Also, in case anyone forgot this as well, Dan Jones and I are pretty much best friends. If you don't know the story I will gladly tell it. Repeatedly.


Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Reading,
Sarah

Books From The Backlog #14



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
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Why did I add Mary Queen of Scots to my TBR?

Because she is another Mary who was shaped early on by her environment and circumstances, and did not know until it was too late that she could not trust those around her once she returned to Scotland to rule - lookin' at you, Moray.

Also, QEI was a whiny baby and could not stand that her younger cousin received so much attention. Don't come at me with any garbage about her feeling terrible about Mary's execution. Elizabeth knew for YEARS that Cecil was just waiting for the go-ahead to execute Mary. She knew damn well the moment she signed the death warrant, it would be carried out. Garbage. Garbage. Garbage.

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

Monday, September 30, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Book Titles With Numbers In Them



Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week is dedicated to book titles that have numbers in them. I've read all fifteen books on the list. It turned out to be surprisingly easy to find books with numbers in them.

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This is as far as I could go before the numbers became part of years, and given my love of non-fiction, that is just plain old cheating; so many books I have read include years in the titles or subtitles.

Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR? Leave a link to your TTT also and I will be sure to visit.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Tackling the TBR | Week 36: Sept 22 - Sept 30, 2019



Basically, I have a huge TBR and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon on Goodreads. I am going to make a real effort to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks I already have. It will also gives me a chance to take a good look at my list and see if there are ones I'm no longer interested in. I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.

Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,227

Currently Reading: 8

Books Added to TBR: 2

Books Removed from TBR: 1

Books Read: 2

Books DNF-ed: 0

Duplicates Removed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,224