BTT ~ If the Corn and the Mashed Potatoes Touch, the World Will Implode!

Follow-up to last week’s question:

Do you keep all your unread books together, like books in a waiting room? Or are they scattered throughout your shelves, mingling like party-goers waiting for the host to come along?

Okay, I was not going to do Booking Through Thursday this week, I was going to start back on them next week, but I have to tell on myself… after all, confessions good for the soul, right? 

I am obsessive about keeping things separate (except when it comes to the laundry, then everything gets shoved in the machine with as much hatred for the chore the clothing and washer can take without breaking).  I get panicky if my food touches.  I swear, if they’d make good china like the lunchroom trays, I’d eat off those.  My dad used to grouse about it at dinner, “It’s all going to get mixed up in your stomach anyway!” and I’d answer, “Yeah, but I don’t have to look at it there!”

So YES, oh god yes! my books are separate.  Not just TBR and Read separate, but ARC and review piles here, audio books there, books on deck there, manga up there, Mt TBR here and here and there, unreads that aren’t yet TBR’s way over there, the kids’ books are in the living room so they can’t go near my books and spread their cooties to them… each kid has their own specific, all-yours books in their rooms, coffee table books over there… I used to seperate them even further according to genre, but my TBR shelves have become a free-for-all from acquiring so many so fast that I had to give that up.  

So, do I qualify as mildly anal or OCD? 

Oh, forgot to tell you, I alphabetize my canned foods, too.


Sunday Salon ~ Settling down… Maybe…

 The Sunday

Oh man… Today our church had services outside and then a picnic and fun and games after.  Gwen, my 15-year-old, entered the watermelon eating contest and came in second.  She at an entire melon and hasn’t felt up to much eating since.. lol.  Cotton candy, snow cones, hillbilly golf (no idea what that is), three-legged races, sack races and so much more.  All told, we were out on the blacktop in the unhindered sunshine for about 3 hours, and went home hot, FULL, and ready for fellowshippin’ with Pastor Pillow and Sister Sheets!  Not long ago, after scratching my forehead, I f0und my skin to be rather warm and sensitive.  My arms are a warm pinky color, but my face is a shiny red sunburn. yay.  Guess I’ll be tearing into the aloe plant in a bit 😉

I finally got the bookmarks from my old computer and put them on here.  The kids are being good little troupers and not complaining about the lack of internet.  Someone suggested I get a router to plug into the modem, and then plug my and their computers into it.  I hope it’s not terrible expensive, I’m already a desk and 25-foot cable into it.

Also, since my desk has been covered with stacks of books, which all went onto my bed when I took out the old computer and put in the new one, making sleep nigh impossible that night (especially since Mags had crawled in my bed while I was working), I finally broke down and got a new bookcase… a HALF bookcase, I don’t intend on filling it… nope, no way… nuh uh!  But, within 24 hours, it had been claimed by someone else.

Wait, THAT'S not on my TBR pile!

Wait, THAT'S not on my TBR pile!

Well, I’m hoping for a better week of reading and looking forward to maybe settling back down into a routine, again.  I’m also wondering if maybe I should go through Mt. TBR and being honest with myself, “Am I really ever going to read this?”  Especially if it’s something I know a lot of people have wishlisted.  I’ve already found a home for The Audacity of Hope, which I got last year along with McCain’s book with the plan of doing a post of opposing candidates.  Honestly, I’m not going to read it now, and BM had 199 people wanting it, so it’s going on to a new TBR pile.  Maybe they’ll read it, lol.

I’ve come to a point in having too many books *gasp, clutch pearls!  That’s blasphemy!* where I’ve bought or mooched books I already had, and, if I never got another book, it’d take me at least 3 or 4 years to get through them all.   I should unsubscribe to Shelf-Awareness… lol… but I’d just go to the website.  Too many books and NOT ENOUGH TIME!

K, so now I’ve come to the point in the post to announce the winner of the Something Beyond Greatness giveaway 🙂  And that winner is:  sdechantal!  Congratulations, if you’ll send me your address, I’ll get that out in the mail to you next week 🙂

and now, a video of MY OWN 😀  YaY!  I love my computer, I can now share my pics and vids from my new camera!  This is my dog, Missy.  She’s a Rat Terrier, and her favorite thing in the world is Hardee’s.  Can you guess what her LEAST favorite thing is?

and while watching the vid here, Missy started getting excited and prancing around.  She thought I was saying these things, NOW, to her… LOL….

LibraryThing’s Top Unread Books

I ran across an interesting post by LunarEclipse and thought, with all the LT lists that’s been done, this one would be fun to do, too.

These are the top 103 (was 106, bu I guess I lost 3 somewhere) books most often marked “unread” (or the equivalent) by LibraryThing’s users. The rules are: BOLD the books you have read, italicize the books you started but did not finish (DNF), *STAR* the books you’ve read more than once, underline books that are on your TBR pile, and cross out books that you hated.

Here is my list:

  1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  2. Anna Karenina (a long time ago in high school… should reread)
  3. Crime and Punishment
  4. The Silmarillion
  5. Life of Pi : a novel
  6. The Name of the Rose
  7. Don Quixote * (in English and the original Spanish)
  8. Moby Dick
  9. Ulysses
  10. Madame Bovary (read it in high school and I want to reread it.)
  11. The Odyssey
  12. Pride and Prejudice *(read it in high school, and just reread it a couple weeks ago, review is here)
  13. Jane Eyre (read in high school and want to reread)
  14. A Tale of Two Cities
  15. The Brothers Karamazov
  16. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  17. War and Peace (read in high school, but need to reread)
  18. Vanity Fair
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  20. The Iliad
  21. Emma (next up on my Jane-a-thon)
  22. The Blind Assassin
  23. The Kite Runner (one of my top 5 this year)
  24. Mrs. Dalloway
  25. Great Expectations (loved it! Read in high school, and want to reread)
  26. American Gods
  27. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  28. Atlas Shrugged (got to the sex scene, got side tracked by school, haven’t gotten back to it)
  29. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  30. Memoirs of a Geisha
  31. Middlesex (one of my top 5 this year)
  32. Quicksilver
  33. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  34. The Canterbury Tales
  35. The Historian : a novel
  36. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  37. Love in the Time of Cholera
  38. Brave New World
  39. The Fountainhead
  40. Foucault’s Pendulum
  41. Middlemarch
  42. Frankenstein
  43. The Count of Monte Cristo
  44. Dracula
  45. A Clockwork Orange
  46. Anansi Boys
  47. The Once and Future King
  48. The Grapes of Wrath
  49. The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
  50. 1984
  51. Angels & Demons
  52. The Inferno
  53. The Satanic Verses
  54. Sense and Sensibility *(read in high school, reread a couple weeks ago, review here)
  55. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  56. Mansfield Park (read it last week, review is here)
  57. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  58. To the Lighthouse
  59. Tess of the D’Urbervilles *(read in HS, reread at the beginning of this year)
  60. Oliver Twist
  61. Gulliver’s Travels
  62. Les Misérables
  63. The Corrections
  64. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  65. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  66. Dune
  67. The Prince (I’ve been reading this one for about 6 or 7 months now.)
  68. The Sound and the Fury (read in HS, could probably do with a reread, but I didn’t really care for it the first time so it’s hard to force myself to do it again)
  69. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
  70. The God of Small Things
  71. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
  72. Cryptonomicon
  73. Neverwhere
  74. A Confederacy of Dunces
  75. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  76. Dubliners
  77. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  78. Beloved
  79. Slaughterhouse-five
  80. The Scarlet Letter
  81. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  82. The Mists of Avalon
  83. Oryx and Crake : a novel
  84. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
  85. Cloud Atlas
  86. The Confusion
  87. Lolita
  88. Persuasion
  89. Northanger Abbey
  90. The Catcher in the Rye **(I’ve actually read this one three times, hated it at 14/ loved it at 15/ hated it as a mom)
  91. On the Road
  92. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  93. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
  94. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
  95. The Aeneid
  96. Watership Down
  97. Gravity’s Rainbow
  98. The Hobbit
  99. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
  100. White Teeth
  101. Treasure Island
  102. David Copperfield
  103. The Three Musketeers

don’t forget to enter to win FRE BOOK MONEY! a $20 Borders gift card at MY FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY!! Deadline for entry is July 31st, details in post.

The Sunday Salon – I must be Noah, ‘cuz I’ve got the ARC!

The Sunday

Okay, get me two zebras, two hippos, two lemurs, two unicorns… ‘Cuz I gotta load of ARCs!

I’ve had to pause the Jane-a-thon and get busy reading the ARCs and Reviewer books I’m committed ot reviewing. Since I just finished Nam Le’s The Boat this morning, review here, I have 13 more to go. I also have more coming in the mail. So this week is ARC week! Here is the list and order I have planned:

Dough: A Memoir by Mort Zachter This is for Harper Collins First Look. I’ve already read the first three chapters and like it so far. Zachter is Jewish, and I’ve always loved the Jewish writer’s voice. I haven’t read any for a while, so this is fun.

The White Mary by Kira Salak I got an email from the publisher this week reminding me to review it. I guess that means NOW! 😀

The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman I’ve had this for a month and a half, and it’s release date was in June, so I need to get it read.

The Spirit of the Place by Samuel Shem Woo-hoo! Another Jewish author. 😀

I, robot by Howard S. Smith I’ve never read Asimov’s and I wanted to before reading this one, but I might not have the time.

Aberrations by Penelope Przekop Interesting premise and good reviews, also, Przekop has an interesting blog.

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi another ARC I’ve had for a while. I need to get to it fast.

Red Letters by Tom Davis Tom Davis is one of the duo of Travel the Road, a missionary-adventure series. It’s a really cool show to watch, and I kinda need some inspiring.

The Art of Listening Prayer by Seth Barnes The second of the Travel the Road duo.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti I’ve heard good reviews of this, and it seems to have a bit of an Oliver Twist quality to it from the summary. Plus, the author(ess)’s name is a palindrome! 😀

One More Year by Sana Krasikov I honestly don’t remember requesting this one, but, since it came in the mail, I must have. It’ll be interesting to read it completely blind… to the plot I mean, not physically blind… I’m illiterate in Braille.

The Power Makers by Maury Klein a tome-ish book about the history of the men behind the industrial movement.

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale I’m excited to read this one. I like Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, and other detective stories.

So that’s my ARC stack. I’m afraid I’ll have to send my library stack back unattacked. Six lovely Jonathan Carrolls.. *sniff* I guess I can recheck them when Mt. TBR recedes some. I’ve joined Fyrefly in a Mt. TBR Challenge. No more than one book in for each three that go out. And it’s not like the Carrolls are just going to disappear, right? There just 6 blocks away on a library shelf, right??

This week I started My First Ever Giveaway!! I’m giving away a $20 Borders gift card, details and entry here. Just to update and give news, so far I’ve receive 294 entries. I will add a $10 gift card at 400, and $5 at 500. If I get more than that I’ll probably add another prize.

I was totally shocked and unprepared for the response! The first day of the contest I had almost 400 views. I’m sure to hit 2000 views before the day’s over, and my blog is 26 days old. Thanks for the encouragement! To put this into perspective: I’ve gotten 3067 views on my 16 month od MySpace blog. That’s a big difference!!

Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge!



I’ve been back and forth over this idea… I’ve commented a few times on Fyrefly’s post Ye Grand Olde TBR(e) Challenge! … but after buying a bunch of books at Goodwill and Waldenbooks, only to come home and find out two of the books were duplicates of what I already have in my library (and that isn’t the first time it’s happened, either!) So I am now repentent and ready to throw my lot into this Challenge.

BookMooch is my CRACK, as are the ARC offers and Goodwill’s book racks and Waldenbook’s bargain bins, not to mention the thrift stores! So, from here on I will:

  1. Not buy anymore books for Mt. TBR (sometimes I buy ones I know are wishlisted on BM.)
  2. Maintain at least a 3 to 1 ratio of books read to books brought in. (If I don’t give myself some wiggle room, I’ll lose it!)
  3. Seriously, only request ARCs and Reviewer copies that I would really love to read, not just get “FREE BOOKS!”
  4. Only mooch or request books already ON my wishlist, and not put new ones on it. (toss the one’s I’m not dying to have onto the Save-for-later page.)

That’s about it. Check out Mt. TBR and tell me if there’s anything you’d like me to get to sooner! (I still haven’t the heart to add the 20 books I got Thursday, July 3rd!)

OH! and don’t forget to enter to win a $20 Borders gift card in My First Ever Giveaway! So far, I have around 270 entries. If I hit 400, I’ll add a second prize of a $10 Borders gift card, and a $5 card at 500. So enter to win, blog for more entries, comment for more, and tell others about it!