The To-Be-Read Tag


Kelly at The Well-Read Redhead posted this fun little questionnaire the other day. Apparently bloggers are tagging other bloggers to answer the questions, but since no one has tagged poor, lonely moi, I’m just going to be a crazy SWF and answer them anyway…

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Your first mistake is assuming that there is just one TBR pile. I’ve got my official one on Goodreads, of course, but there’s also the one on my library’s website, the one on my library’s eBook website, and then there’s the one at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s eBook website, to which I hold a membership. It ‘s a sickness, really.

2. Is your TBR list mostly print or eBook?

I personally prefer reading on my Kindle Paperwhite and seek out eBooks as often as possible (haters don’t hate!). Almost all of the books I read are from either my online libraries or the local library, so I do read a few in print; just not many.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR list to read next?

I really just play it by ear. It depends on what ARCs are due for review, or what’s available from the library, or what Kindle deals I might have come across on Amazon.

4. What book has been on your TBR the longest?

According to Goodreads, I added Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen on August 23, 2012. There are others I’ve wanted to read for longer, but I don’t have a record of them, so we’ll go with the official record.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

I don’t have any currently on the TBR because of their cover; that’s not something that usually draws me to a novel. But the last time I read a book for its cover, it was Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano, and it happened to be just as amazing on the inside as well.

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. I was supposed to review the ARC, but just couldn’t bring myself to read it. Not my sort of thing. Come to think of it, I should probably go remove it from my list…

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. It’s gonna be a killer, I can feel it in my bones.

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – no question. I think I’m the last person on earth who hasn’t read it.

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Outlander would be the winner of this one, as well. As we bibliophiles well know, when we find a novel we love, we want the whole world to love it, too.

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash. I adore him. So far he has not written a single word I have not worshipped.

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

A measly total of 416. I recently went through it and weeded out most of the books that I knew I would never read. But trust me – this is just the puny little tip of the iceberg; see question #1 for more details.

Well, folks, that about does it for this particular Reader. Feel free to complete and share this little questionnaire yourself, if you haven’t already.

What about your TBR pile? share in the comments below!



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Library Love: December 12, 2014


Library Love is a recurring post in which I share my bounty from my public libraries.



Alas, I did not visit my local library this week, y’all – however, I’m never very far from my trusty laptop and thus my online libraries saw plenty of me this week. It’s not that I don’t like going to the actual library (besides the whole leaving my house and going out in public part), I do. But I truly do prefer reading on my Kindle Paperwhite. Sorry, y’all, but that’s the way it is. I never – in a million years – would have guessed I would have forged this alliance, but… it is done. A Kindlephile I am. Oooh, and have you seen the new Kindle Voyage? Oh, Sweet Baby Jaysus, y’all, I just swoon when I look at it on Amazon! Heaven, y’all, heaven. Enough about my Kindle obsession, though – let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading next week:

I’ve had my eye on Blue Asylum for a while, and now that I’m going through a bit of a historical fiction obsession, I went for it. The Miniaturist has been on hold for me forever, and it finally became available – finally. Betrayed is part of a series I’ve been reading for years and years, so I don’t know if I’m reading it out of duty or for pleasure – I’ll let you know which afterward. Night Film. Ahhh, Night Film, how many times have I checked you out and returned you unread? Will this finally be your chance? Let’s hope so. The Objects of Her Affection is actually a book I stumbled upon accidentally while looking for a similarly titled novel – it sounded a bit intriguing so I went for it; hopefully it will be a happy surprise. Wish me luck, y’all – and Happy Reading!

What was the last “happy surprise” novel you read?



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Amazon Brings Goodreads to First-Generation Kindle Paperwhite


When Amazon released the 2nd-generation Kindle Paperwhite last Winter, one of the features I was most envious of was the direct link to Goodreads located on the main menu of the device. I have lamented the fact that my 1st-generation Paperwhite does not have this feature on a daily basis since then. If you are in the same boat as me, well then I have got some awesome, awesome news, my friends! Amazon has announced that it is bringing Goodreads to the 1st-generation Paperwhite! This free upgrade will be available via an automatic, wireless download or as a manual download via USB, and will include several other groovy enhancements including inline footnotes, the ability to skim pages and chapters without losing your place, improvements to bookmarks, highlights, and notes, as well as the option to coordinate stored content via Cloud Collections.

With Goodreads now on your Kindle Paperwhite, you will be able to:

  • Rate books
  • View your shelves (read, currently reading, & to-read)
  • View Goodreads friends’ activities
  • Share your favorite passages from within the book you’re currently reading
  • Add your Amazon book purchases to your Goodreads shelves

But wait, you say. How will we know when we finally have Goodreads? I’m so glad you asked! Take a gander at the photo below:


You’ll know your 1st-generation Paperwhite has Goodreads when you see the Goodreads “g” on the top right-hand side of your navigation bar.

If you just cannot wait for the automatic update, here are directions for How to Get Goodreads on Your Kindle Paperwhite Right Now. Please keep in mind that the post I just referred you to will direct you to download Update 5.4.2 – that was the update for the 2nd-generation Paperwhite. You will want to download Update 5.4.4. It really is very self-explanatory if you read the post I indicated and then visit the 1st-Generation Paperwhite update page.

If you’ve decided to wait around for the automatic upgrade but want to learn more, Engadget has published a post in which the author goes Hands-on with Goodreads for Kindle Paperwhite.

What do you think about Goodreads on the Kindle?


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Are You a Kindlephile?


I thought you might want to hear the latest development in my Kindle obsession…

Yesterday, while I was reading a library book (a real, honest-to-God book! Yes, apparently homeschooling research OCD trumps library book booger/food crumb/bed bug OCD!)… Anyway… Yesterday, while I was reading a book, I came upon an unfamiliar word. No biggie. Without a thought, without a second of hesitation, I lifted my hand, pointed my index finger, and pressed down on the page. How embarrassing! Thank God no one knew what I was doing! While it would be nice if all books had the dictionary feature that the Kindle does, I think I would get a lot of strange looks if asked to explain myself… I do believe this was my final induction into the Kindlephile Hall of Fame.