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text 2016-05-13 10:37
A book title on your shelf that describes you

I found this book blog question on a Swedish book blog and I wanted to answer it too.


This one was a bit difficult to answer actually. First of all, at the moment, I don't have access to my books 'in real life', because I've been living 'in a box' for a long time and I'm still in the middle of moving. Fortunately, I still have my virtual book shelves, so I looked around a bit and found a few alternatives. I'll skip the Swedish title I found, since that book doesn't seem to be available in translation and move on to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. In a way, I'm the constant outside, the one who doesn't fit in anywhere. For a more positive choice, I'm picking Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, because losing oneself in a good book is among the most wonderful things you can do.

Source: missmagicscabinet.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/bokblogsjerkan-en-boktitel-som-beskriver-dig
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text 2016-01-10 09:18
My TBR (To Be Read) Pile - All Goals Achieved!!!


On the shelf above you can see all of my unread print books, add to that four unread ebooks and four audiobooks and you have my complete TBR pile.


Years ago I had all in all around 150-200 unread books at home (print + ebook), books stayed on my TBR pile for months or even years. Sometimes, more often than I liked, I lost interest in the books because they had been on my shelf for such a long time. One day I finally had enough of it.


I decided to work on making my TBR smaller, more manageable. My goal was to be able to read a new book within a few weeks after getting it.


I was damn happy when I reached 60 books, then 40 and now I'm finally under 20. For me this is a perfect number. I no longer need tons of unread books in my life, no longer want them. I stopped feeling anxious about not having anything to read at home long ago.


I love that I can and will read a new book, every new book, within a few weeks after I got it, I'm reading books shortly after I bought them and that's what works best for me.


My small TBR pile might not be something for every reader and that's ok, because it's my TBR pile and it only needs to work for me. In the end it's all about finding out what works for you and going after what makes you happy.


I'm happy with my TBR pile, very happy, and hope that the same is true for you.


Happy Reading!

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text 2015-09-21 02:38
I'm having trouble choosing...

Hi, all. I was going to continue my reread of Stephen King's Dark Tower series with Wizard and Glass, but I'm not really in a reread frame of mind right now -- I want to read something new, quick, and mostly inoffensive, and yet, pretty enjoyable. What is more of a sure-fire way of reading inoffensive/mostly enjoyable (Read: vanilla, but tasty vanilla) literature than picking up a Dean Koontz novel? 


No offense intended to those who love Koontz -- I'm a pretty big fan of the guy myself. I can't read a lot of his books back-to-back, but I do enjoy a Koontzian thriller from time to time. 

Below is a picture of my Koontz collection, and I would like you guys' help deciding what my next read will be! Yay! Don't you feel special?!? 


Here's the beautiful shelfie:



Okay, so that's what I have to choose from. Now, before we commence, I should probably list the Koontz books I've already read, because I'm thinking most of the ones I've read already are titles you guys would probably suggest. I've read the following:







- ODD THOMAS series books 1-4











.... And I think that's it! The rest are on the table, and I'm open-minded to any of them. Help a brother out. 

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text 2015-08-26 21:27
Bookshelf BINGO call is for Urban Fantasy Shelf...
Better Homes and Hauntings - Molly Harper

...and this book fits the bill.  (Okay, so do hundreds of others on my TBR but library borrows get preference).

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review 2015-08-22 22:56
Review of "Staying Dead" (Retrievers, #1) by Laura Anne Gilman
Staying Dead - Laura Anne Gilman

This reader's personal opinion, ©2015, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


I was delighted to read more of main character, Wren, and her current and back story. On that front, the book didn't disappoint. And it looks like series is gearing up to feature more of PB and the fatae, which could be a plus. The story itself, not really my taste. More mystery and tracking down clues; murky politics and conspiracy theories — even a super secret agency coming into the mix along the lines of a star chamber (not PUPI which was completely absent from this different timeline story arc).


Lousy in the romance department with the heat level of fifth graders angsting the like-like-know-don't-like-you-like crap.


Wren was more fun and more independent in the other series—and did more "retriever" work than tracking down clues and conspiracies.


Well written and a lot of interesting bits to the characters and the worldbuilding. I have no clue if I'll be pursuing series. Not immediately pursuing, I keep my mystery/conspiracy-theory books spaced way apart because not my favorites reading despite the interesting bits I might pursue later.


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