Down The TBR Hole #2

Week two of this meme started by Lia over at Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here we go:

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The Kite Runner | by: Khaled Hosseini

The movie based on this book was recommended to me by one of my coworkers a while ago. I still haven’t watched the movie yet either but I am still very interested in reading this. I’ll keep it for now so that I don’t completely forget about it.

Judgment: Keep

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Odd Thomas | by: Dean Koontz

I think I added this because my best friend loves the author. I’m not a huge fan of the mystery/thriller genre though.

Judgement: Go

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Pride And Prejudice | by: Jane Austen

Not going to lie, I’m not overly interested in reading classic literature most of the time. I’ll read it if I’m ever in the mood but otherwise I doubt it’s ever going to happen.

Judgement: Go

the-tie-travelers-wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife | by: Audrey Niffenegger

This just sounds to interesting to pass up. Time travelling and an out-of-order love story, sounds like something straight out of Doctor Who.

Judgement: Keep

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The Notebook | Nicholas Sparks

Another movie that I enjoyed, another book I need to read.

Judgement: Keep

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Being Healthy Is A Drag

So I’ve decided to put myself on a diet and I really intend to stick to it this time. Earlier this year I tried eating better. This mostly involved counting calories, which let me tell you is no way to diet. It seemed like it should be easy, and at first it was. Eat more veggies, eat less microwaveable junk. I’m still really not sure where it derailed, but it did.

A few months ago I was diagnosed with gallstones. It has been recommended that I get my gallbladder removed, but I opted to hold off on surgery for the time being mostly because I didn’t feel like going through the recovery with a one year old to take care of. So now I’ve got a gallbladder full of stones that likes to cause me pain once in a while. Only that once in a while has increased over the few months since my diagnosis and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it’s the junk I’m eating that’s causing it.

So I’m going on a low fat diet. Loosing weight would be nice but I’ve decided that this time I’m just going to focus on limiting the amount of fat and sugar in my food. With any luck the symptoms of my gallstone attacks will decrease or at least become less severe as a result.

So why is this a drag? I’m attempting to change a major portion of my lifestyle, in a household of people who do not wish to change theirs. So all of the fatty foods that I have grown to love are still here, tempting me, everyday.

My willpower is strong, for now; so I will persevere, I hope. Wish me luck guys.

Down The TBR Hole #1

So I found this and I thought it would be a good idea. I don’t actually have a ridiculously long TBR list on Gooodreads like I know some people do, but I love stuff that helps get me organized.

I found this over  on Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, you’re Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So here I go:

animal-farm

Animal Farm | By: George Orwell

I’ve been wanting to read this since I was in High School, I just keep forgetting all about it. Maybe the book I’m currently reading is having an effect on my decision but I still findd myself very intristing in reading this.

Judgement: Keep

 

lordof-the-flies

Lord of the Flies | By: William Golding

I’m not sure what this is even doing on my list. I’ve never really felt even a little bit interested in reading it.

Judgement: Go

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A Tale of Two Cities | By: Charles Dickens

I’ve never read any of his works and while I do want to read his most popular ones someday I just don’t see it happening anytime soon.

Judgement: Go

 

le-mis

Les Misérables | By: Victor Hugo

Not only has this been on my TBR list since the stone age, but I’ve also had a copy  of it on my kindle for just as long. Will probably never get to this. Not overly interested in it any more either.

Judgement: Go

eat-pray-love

Eat, Pray, Love | By: Elizabeth Gilbert

There’s no debating this one. I’ve actually finally purchased this book recently for my kindle too. My sister and I watched the movie a while ago and that’s probably why it ended up on my list in the first place. Love the movie and definitly want to see if I feel the same about the book.

Judgement: Keep

Holiday Traditions

I know it’s already a bit into December but I wanted to share with you guys a cute Christmas tradition that my family and I started this year for my daughter.

I originally saw it posted on Facebook, so the chances of most of you already seeing this are pretty high, but I though it was too good an idea to ignore.

24 book of Christmas!!

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Basically you get your hands on 24 books. I bought mine at Savers for only $22 but new books can work too if you have the money for them.

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So once you have them, you wrap them. Admittedly this was where I began to regret my decision since I HATE wrapping but it was pretty worth it.

Now place all of them under the Christmas tree, and beginning December 1st let your child pick one book a night to open. Spread out a comfy blanket under the tree and read together.

So far my daughter loves it and I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing this every year for many more years to come.

Are there any holiday traditions that your family does that you love? Have you started any of your own? I’d love to hear about them.

My December TBR List

I know this is sort of already a week late but I guess it’s better late than never. November is over and with it, NaNoWriMo. I did manage to reach to 50,000 word goal so I suppose the abandonment of this blog for the month was worth it.

This past week has actually been very hard for me. I lost my Grandfather on the 27th. He and I were no longer close but it hit me hard and getting back into reading has been helping me cope a little better. A little.

The list will be short, I’m a slow reader and I get distracted easily.

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A Gentleman in Moscow | by: Amor Towles

I began reading this book back in October but put it down last month to give myself more time to write. What I’ve read so far I have enjoyed immensely and I have found that it makes the perfect book to read at work. When reading it feels more like you’re taking a leisurely stroll through the story and its calming effect is just what I need during my breaks at the Rest Home.

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Scarlet, Cress, and Winter | by: Marissa Meyer

I read Cinder, loved it, and then prompltly purchased the rest of the series so I’m very much looking forward to reading these. Not sure if I’ll get through all three of them this month but I’ll certainly try.