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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Neverending To-Be-Read Pile

Every avid reader has a mountain of novels, magazines, and short story collections to hand just in case the apocalypse is upon us and we're stuck in our homes like Burgess Meredith in the end of that Twilight Zone episode (you know the one). Well, it's either that or we'd collect shampoo bottles to read the long chemical labels, or have an insane-sized stack of cereal boxes in our crazy cat lady-like home, whereby we'd be smothered beneath the avalanche of cardboard. Forget the electronic age, because if our Kindle Fire's battery dies, or a worldwide EMP wipes out technology, we Avid Readers have a drive to read something even if it's a TPS report from the Day Job.

Having the reading addiction means there's always something to read close by. But when our stock diminishes, we have to go gather more.

I've tried various methods to keep track of a) all of the crap currently on my bookshelf and b) all of the crap that I want to add to my bookshelf. From handwritten notes shoved quickly in my pocket to Excel spreadsheets with release dates, notes on if they're out of print, and smiley faces next to ones I think I'll really like, nothing seems to stay long. While in my unemployed days I used to be a staple at the local library, nowadays I make excuses for my bookstore obsession like: "If I don't buy these books, then I won't know what's going on in the current market" or "If I don't buy this book, the writer will be reduced to begging on the street corner holding a sign that says 'Will write knockoff Twilight fanfic with lots of BDSM for change.' "

Here is a slice from my current TBR pile:

1. Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik. So, yeah I'm a big fan of a) Napoleonic-era sea battles a la Horatio Hornblower and b) the Dragonriders of Pern. This series is a healthy mix of the two, therefore = AWESOME.

2. All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman. I love pretty much everything Thurman has ever written, and I own all of her books (yes, Rob is short for Robyn). When I found out this book was released last month I nearly ran half-naked to the bookstore to buy it.

3. Legacy of Kings by C.S Friedman. Friedman is one of my favorite authors, and this new trilogy of hers is deep, dark, and the characters are so real that I feel I can reach out and slap them—or run terrified and screaming from them.

4. The Iron Wrym Affair by Lilith Saintcrow. I'm on a super-ultra-mega Steampunk kick right now, and I'm reading every bit of it that I can find, which means that I'm also after: The Impossible Cube by Steven Harper, Lady of Devices by Shelly Adina, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, and for my Steampunk-meets-fantasy Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger.

5. We have the obligatory Dance with Dragons by George R.R. "That Guy Who Kills Off Everyone" Martin.


This topic brought to you by the always readable Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, where you the reader, get to read blog posts from a variety of awesome-tastic writers from all across the globe, in all genres, from noobs to published authors. Up next is the always popular: Gillroy Cullen at Swords vs. Pens.

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