Monday, November 30, 2020

Tackling the TBR Week 44: Nov 22 - Nov 30, 2020


My TBR has been out of control for YEARS. Then in January of 2019 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! When a book cover is linked, it goes to the review here on my blog.

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!

If a book is linked in the 'Books Read' section, you can click the cover to go to my review.


Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,070

Currently Reading

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Books Added to TBR

Books Removed from TBR: 60

Books Read

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Books DNF-ed

Duplicates Removed: 1

New TBR Total: 3,008

I stayed up late to read The Cousins in its entirety and post on this #TacklingTheTBR, as it just arrived today, and HOLY SHIT! If you've never read a book by Karen McManus, I don't even know what you're doing with your life.

Any of these catch your eye? Have you already read any? Let me know!

Happy Reading!


Eleanor Reads: November Edition


I figured I might as well stop calling this a 'special edition' seeing as how it is now a monthly thing. It started as a special feature when schools closed down in March due to COVID-19 and has continued since then.

Each month I will share the chapter books we've read in that period. We've been reading chapter books since before Kindergarten and her attention span as a four year old was definitely something to brag about. Eleanor was born a reader and that makes my heart so, so happy.



Well, it finally happened. Eleanor has DNF-ed her first book. We love mermaid stories but this one was weird and boring. Not to mention the title is misleading because the three on the cover are the good mermaids, so...Either way, it was bland and boring and not nearly as funny as claimed.


Do the kiddos in your life have an interest in any of these?

Happy Reading,
Eleanor and Sarah

State of the ARC #29


State of the ARC is a monthly feature hosted by Evelina at Avalinah's Books - and now me, too! I took over temporary hosting duties back in early 2020. A couple months ago Evelina asked if I would like to co-host and of course I said yes! If you are new to the meme, you can check out the guidelines HERE.

Links go to my review. The majority of the ARCs I receive are through NetGalley. Some have come from publicists, or were offered to me from a publisher who specifically approved me for it on NetGalley; I will always note in the review how I acquired the ARC.

***NOTE*** In an effort to get these ARCs taken care of that have taken SO LONG for me to read, I am now going to include the pub dates so I can shame myself in finishing those books and getting reviews up. Though, in my defense, I sometimes received the book AFTER the pub date, so...

Currently Reading
The Founding Fortunes - January, 2020
American Rebels - March, 2020
Murder in the Garment District - May, 2020

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The Deviant's War - June, 2020
The Brothers York - June, 2020

The Story of China - November, 2020
Prisoners of History - December, 2020
Hermine - December, 2020

Between Two Kingdoms - February, 2021

January, 2021

Finished, Review to Come
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The Plaza - June, 2019
(In my defense, I did not receive this one until August, 2020)
The Twists and Turns of Living in Shanghai - Dec, 2019
(Held off on posting this review for a long time, will explain in review)

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race against time - February, 2020
The Abortion Caravan - April, 2020
Anna Komnene - April, 2020

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Hunting the Last Great Pirate - May, 2020
The Lost Pianos of Siberia - August, 2020
Juror Number 2 - November, 2020

Fallible - February, 2021
Growing Up Bank Street - March, 2021
Gilded Age Cocktails - April, 2021

Review or Feedback Sent

When I first started blogging my monthly State of the ARC I felt like I was drowning in ARCs. My main goal was to get my NetGalley feedback ratio above 80% and thanks to this meme, I slowly but surely clawed my way up. At my highest I was at 97%. I am currently at 88%.

How are you doing with your ARC goals? Let's talk ARCs!

Happy Reading

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