…as in books. Not a one gracing my cute antiquey wicker footstool which is actually my TBR shelf. It’s usually brimming with books, all carefully arranged in reading order. It’s situated at the end of my bed and is guaranteed to send a thrilling tingle up my spine first thing in the morning when I set eyes on it. Oh the sweet promises all those stories hold. The lure of adventure and romance. Countries to visit. Mysteries to solve. Heroes to fall for.
Yes, I might derive a bit too much comfort from my TBR pile as I learned all too well last week when…gasp…my gaze lit upon an empty footstool. All the books were gone. Read. Nestled in their permanent home on a Keeper Shelf. And that left me…GASP…bookless!
Well, not really bookless since I have hundreds of book-friends crowding my little home. But no new friends. Not a one. It was…traumatic. And frustrating since I should have seen it coming. I should have prepared more. Calculating the approximate number of reading hours on that pile and then divided it into days so I’d have plenty of time to stock up before I reached that last book.
But I didn’t. Despite this clever tracking system. Isn’t it pretty? It’s my Must Read list for 2015 – 2016. Those tabs each represent a month and then I write down the new releases I absolutely must read. Nothing like keeping your reader love totally organized, right?
Here’s a glimpse inside. See the way I check off the book once I receive it? And I make a notation about where I got it — review group, library or bookstore. Is that a little too organized for y’all?
Despite my efforts I never seem to manage to read every book on my list by the end of the year. I come close though. Now’s the time I make a new, abbreviated list. “The Ones That Got Away.” and then I lay hints on friends and family and I make a desperate last minute order from an online store, or head out to the local bookstore…okay, I usually do both…in a last ditch effort to read everything on my list.
This one looks so intriguing — and who can resist the lure of historical and suspense?
Two words: Irene Hannon — need I say more?
I’ve wanted to read one of Pepper’s books for ages but they are hard to come by in Canada. And super expensive to buy even from Book Depository (the Canadian dollar being what it is and all.)
I can’t resist a good Amish story…and this is a new-to-me author.
This is the Christmas story that got away and it looks too sweet to resist.
So, how about you? Is your TBR pile hail and hearty? Are you as compulsive about tracking your reading life as I am? And what are the books that got away from you this year?