MY BOOK BUYING DISORDER…

Now that we are nearing the end of February 2019, I decided to look back at last year’s purchases…and how many of those books I’ve read so far.

In 2018, I purchased 109 books,, and have read 78.  I DNFed two books.

So I need to get busy and read a few more.  I won’t even go into my purchases for the previous years, although I whittled those stacks down a bit during my Read the Books You Buy Challenges in 2016 and 2017:   100 books in 2016 and 121 in 2017.

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Ideally, I would purchase only as many books as I could read each month.  Wouldn’t that be great?  But my love of the new books I see every month would interfere with that plan.  So I will just keep plugging away at those TBRs…and also find new books at NetGalley and Vine.  Which reminds me:  I haven’t checked Vine in a while!

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How do you manage your reading/purchasing/reviewing stats?

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MY JOURNEY THROUGH BOOKS AND BLOGS…

When I changed up my header this week, I added the above photo to the right side of my banner to spotlight my own bookish contributions, with a peek at my Wizard of Oz characters that illustrate my bookish journey. 

I feel as though I have wandered down my own Yellow Brick Road in my journey to books and blogging.  It has been more than ten years since I created my first blog, and since then, there have been a few attempts to go above and beyond, with as many as twenty blogs at one point.  Happily, I now have six.  If you enjoy rambling tales, you could check out My Blogging Journey, over at my Potpourri blog.

I just reread it all, and I sighed a little at the ups and downs.  I was very happy to add this particular blog (in 2009), where I track my purchases, my review books, and my reading.  Seriously, I am finding many uses for that information.

Here is a stack of my TBR when I created this blog.  I moved into this downsized space with boxes of these books, and I refused to include them with the books I’d read, on those shelves.  Since then, I have also donated a few hundred of the books I had already read and reviewed. 

While I have whittled down most of those stacks, I have added a few more.  But they are primarily hiding out on Paige, my Kindle.  Sneaky, right?

I have also utilized the Goodreads site to keep track, as I eventually updated my pages here to include books from 2014 forward.

So…to sum up this particular Bookworm’s Journey, I use blogs to help me with my reading, writing, etc.   With the holidays around the corner, I still look forward to those gift cards that allow me to add more books to my shelves.  Mostly e-books, though.  I am expecting a hardcover book next week, as I love books with photos, and this one will be one to savor:

Wallis in Love, by Andrew Morton

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Today I hope to finish an e-book that I’ve been reading off and on since early in the week:

Gone So Long, by Andre Dubus III

I have read and loved other books by this author, but my favorite so far was House of Sand and Fog, and the movie based on the book, starring Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley.

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So…I have offered just a peek at my journey, but I hope you enjoyed the somewhat convoluted path I have taken.

What does your journey look like?

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A LOOK BACK AT THE JOURNEY…

This blog is one of my favorite spaces to talk about books, from purchases to review books.  When I think back to how it all began, with large stacks of unread books, I realize that others must also enjoy the journey through books, since this site has the most followers of all of mine:  606 as of this week.

I have been determined to borrow more library books and curtail my purchases.  August and September have brought lower numbers of purchases, see below:

 

AUGUST 2018:

1.An Unwanted Guest (e-book), by Shari Lapena

2.Mr. Flood’s Last Resort (e-book), by Jess Kidd

3.Other Woman, The (e-book), by Sandie Jones

4.Pieces of Her (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

5.Three Things About Elsie (e-book), by Joanna Cannon

6.Watching You, by Lisa Jewell

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SEPTEMBER 2018:

1.Cross Her Heart (e-book), by Sarah Pinborough

2.Fear:  Trump in the White House (e-book), by Bob Woodward

3.Girl, Wash Your Face: (e-book), by Rachel Hollis

4.Golden State, The (e-book), by Lydia Kiesling

5.Good Luck with That (e-book), by Kristan Higgins

6.I Know You Know (e-book), by Gilly Macmillan

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Note the links to my reviews, which tell us that I’m also endeavoring to read more of my purchased books.  In each month, I’ve read half of my purchases.

As you study the pages I have added to this site, you’ll see from my About page that this blog was created in October 2009.  Check it out to see what happened to jumpstart this journey.

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What does your journey through books look like?

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MY BOOKISH JOURNEY THROUGH REVIEW BOOKS…

My Bookish World consists of books I purchase, borrow from the library (recently), and ARCs provided by Amazon Vine, Authors, and NetGalley.

Below, note the review books on my stacks for 2018, with links to the reviews of those I’ve read.  (I still have one left over from 2017, Paper Ghosts, by Julia Heaberlin,  which will be released on May 15, 2018).  I’ll be reading it soon!

JANUARY 2018:

1.After Anna (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NG-4/10)

2.Alternate Side (e-book), by Anna Quindlen (NG-3/20)

3.Family Next Door, The (e-book), by Sally Hepworth (NG-3/6)

4.Flight Attendant, The (e-book), by Chris Bohjalian (NG – 3/13)

5.Not That I Could Tell (e-book), by Jessica Strawser – (NG-3/27)

6.Other People’s Houses (e-book), by Abbi Waxman (NG-4/3)

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FEBRUARY 2018:

1.Before and Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky (NG- 6/26)

2.High Tide Club, The (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (NG-5/8/18)

3.Paris Ever After (e-book), KSR Burns (NG – 5/1/18)

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MARCH 2018:

1.How to Walk Away (e-book), by Katherine Center – (NG-5/15/18)

2.Our House (e-book), by Louise Candlish (NG -8/7/18)

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APRIL 2018:

1.Bring Me Back (e-book), by B. A. Paris – (NG – 6/19/18)

2.Dream Daughter (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – (NG-10-2-18)

3.Go Ask Fannie, by Elisabeth Hyde – (Vine Review)

4.Lies (e-book), by T. M. Logan – (NG – 9/11/18)

5.Not Her Daughter (e-book), by Rea Frey (NG – 8/21/18)

6.Shadow Dancing (e-book, Country Club Murders), by Julie Mulhern – (NG – 6/19)

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Loving my Bookworm Journey!  What does yours look like?

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A JOURNEY THROUGH MY SHELVES….

I shelved another print book, in this space I have designated for overflow (above).  I have several bookshelves throughout the house, and I could squeeze more books into them, but I’m trying to maintain them at their current state.  Once I am tempted to exceed the number the shelves can comfortably hold,  I know it is time to purge again.

Before the purges of 2015, I had a lot of shelves for the books I had read.  I had three bookshelves in my office; five shelves in my bedroom; two in the hallway; one in the bathroom; and two in the living room.

Now:  One shelf in my office; none in the hallway; none in the bathroom; two in my bedroom; and two in my living room.  Additionally, some overflow in the shelf atop this post….and a couple of shelves in my dining room.

BEDROOM SHELVES:

OFFICE SHELVES:

Shelves for Unread Books: In my office

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LIVING ROOM SHELVES:

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OVERFLOW SHELVES IN DINING ROOM:

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HOW MANY PHYSICAL BOOKS REMAIN TO BE READ?

Nine books remain on the Unread Bookshelves shown above…plus, this stack on the coffee table:

And….

Twelve books on my nightstands…

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The rest of my unread books are luxuriating on Pippa, my Kindle.

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I have pages here at this site on which all my purchased/read books are listed.  Periodically, I go through those numbers and show you what unread books are on my Kindle…but that will be for another day.

Do you regularly inventory your books?  Or do you enjoy just having them around?

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UPCOMING EVENTS, ETC.

I am eager to start working on this site for Bloggiesta, even though I have until late September.  So, of course, I had to do a couple of “cosmetic” things, like changing the theme, header, and background.

Instead of fussing over these technical issues, I should focus more on my reading, which includes some print books on my nightstand that I am reading, a bit at a time.  I’ve been working on America’s Queen and Home for a while.

I’m almost finished with Home!  I might even have a review up by the end of the day.

I could also do a little housework, but no…scratch that!  There is plenty of time…later.

So…many things to ponder, which means that I will waste some time trying to decide.  Do you find that trying to choose what to do next leads to fewer things accomplished?

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INTERNET TROLLS, ETC.: OUT OF THE SLIME…

Good morning!  I’ve been playing around with my blog header here…and I’m not sure that I’ve settled on this one.  But time will tell.

Meanwhile, I was reading e-mails and got one of those comments on an Amazon review.  I should change the notifications so I don’t get those, but then again, I like to know what the trolls are saying.  LOL.

The person said that my review should be ignored, since I was a “paid reviewer,” and gave away too much info.

Of course I had to respond and point out that the description written before “my thoughts” came straight from the product page…and BTW, I am not a paid reviewer.

I don’t usually let comments unsettle me, and mostly I ignore them.  But I had to correct her assumptions about my review being “paid.”  If only!

I know that some book reviewers have opted not to post on Amazon…trolls seem to linger there and come out of the slime occasionally.  I should be grateful that it doesn’t happen a lot.

 

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So…now that I’ve vented about that, I can go back to reading Mrs. Fletcher, which I’m really enjoying.  A mother (Eve Fletcher) whose nest is now empty; her college age son who is struggling with his first year, mostly the social aspects; and a group of interesting new friends that Mrs. Fletcher has discovered in an unexpected place.

 

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Do you find yourself venting occasionally at comments on the Internet?  What do you do about them? 

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OFF TO THE SHORE: THE BOOKS ARE COMING, TOO….

 

It is almost time for my trip to the beach!  You’d think I’m going for a week or more, the way I’m gathering things together, making lists, etc.

All week long, these pieces of half-packed luggage have been sitting by my bed.  Whenever I can tuck something away, which has to be an item I won’t be using again before I leave…in it goes.

At least I have refrained from bringing out my large luggage…my daughter has reminded me that other people will have luggage in the van.  LOL.

One thing I haven’t forgotten…books.  Maybe I won’t have much reading time, but you have to be prepared.  For late nights, when everyone else is out doing other things, I can curl up in my hotel room and read a little.  I’m thinking one of these, below.  I’m already reading The Cutaway, by Christina Kovac.

 

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I’ll be bringing Pippa, too, with many book choices, including One Perfect Lie, by Lisa Scottoline.

 

 

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I also have a short book on my Kindle, one I downloaded this week:  All Grown Up, by Jami Attenberg.

 

 

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So….I will party with the others until I can make my excuses and retreat to my room…for reading, TV, etc.  That’s how I enjoy myself, and since many people will be having a bonfire on the beach after the festivities, I will not be missed, I’m pretty sure.

Now you know my secret…I am basically a recluse who comes out to play for only a few hours into the night.  That’s how I do things nowadays.  I had my days of partying all night back in the day…now I prefer curling up to read.

What do you like to do when you are on “vacation”?

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MY YEAR IN BOOKS: 2015, VIA GOODREADS

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Welcome to a peek into my Bookish Year of 2015.  Goodreads did a tabulation for those of us who use it…and here’s what they discovered.  Click the link to see a “prettier” view.

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My 2015 Year in Books, according to Goodreads.

 

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TOTALS

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172

books

59,961

pages

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SHORTEST BOOK
47 pages
The Dance Begins
by Diane Chamberlain
LONGEST BOOK
512 pages
The Lake House
by Kate Morton
AVERAGE LENGTH
353 pages
MOST POPULAR
726,210

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The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
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LEAST POPULAR
70

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Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer
by Joanne DeMaio
MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2015

4.4
HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS
November Nine
by Colleen Hoover
4.60 average

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I am still reading, of course, so by the “real” end of the year, there might be at least two or three more books.  What did your year look like?
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SOMETIMES A BOOKWORM’S JOURNEY INCLUDES PURGING….

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Recently I changed my header here (see above), and also my tagline.  Now it is A Bookworm’s Journey.

Finding the image of the little bookworm gave me the idea for the header.

For all the bookworms out there, remember:  Bookworms Rule!  LOL

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Now, on to another bookish topic.  Even bookworms sometimes have to clear their shelves, and I’ve been on a mission to do just that…it has been happening for a while.  Is there any end to the purging?

After I took this whole stack of books to the library…I thought I might be done for a bit.

 

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But, no, I swept through two more shelves this week, and here’s what happened.  Below, see my office shelf in July:

 

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And now, here is what it looks like today (October 8)

 

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In my bedroom, I had one remaining shelf to attack.  Yes, that’s what it feels like sometimes…an attack.  A shelf STUFFED with books, BEFORE:

 

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And after, here we are on October 8, feeling satisfied…

 

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I have a feeling that I could consolidate some of the books on a couple of shelves….but I think I’ll wait on that one.

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What do you think?  Have I gone too far?  LOL

Enjoy curling up with your books.

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