Thursday, January 23, 2014

Calling for Buddy Reads! Tackling TBR, Tackling Challenges!

To all of you who have signed up for 2014 challenges or to all of you who have large TBR piles of old books you want to read or to all of you who are willing to reread beloved classics.... read books with me!

I have this new shelf. On it are nearly all the books I own but have not read yet. There is a REALLY good chance that you will find (YA) books published in the past three years on that list, so if you have any of them on your TBR, search though and see and read them with me! I gave away A LOT of books this past summer but kept some others because I thought 'now that you've given those away, you have space for these others and you'll read them and get even more space and donate some more books.' And I have read some. I've read a few but not nearly enough, and I'm not fast enough of a reader to combat my terrible book buying purchase habits (which I am working on fixing). One of the things I'd liked about my feature Christina Reads Your Recommendations was that it allowed me to read these old books - it gave me the push that I needed, but soon I couldn't deal with the blogging pressure that came with that feature.

Now I feel that terrible pressure of having TOO MANY BOOKS. I have a neat and tidy schedule for 2014 review books; I delete most review requests without even reading the emails. I don't like hoarding books. I felt so light and happy after donating those other books, but I don't want to donate these shelved ones yet without giving them a chance. Maybe that is hoarding in which case... HELP HELP HELP.


Owned-but-have-not-read

1Q84
The 5th Wave
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Aesop's Fables
All These Things I've Done
All Together Dead
Among the Nameless Stars
An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales
The Arabian Nights II: Sindbad and Other Popular Stories
Arabian Nights: The Thousand and One Nights
Around the World in Eighty Days
As You Wish
Ascend
Asunder
Awaken
Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Darkness
Beautiful Redemption
Beauty Queens


Owned-But-Have-Not-Read »


Some of these I received for free after volunteering at the Romantic Times Booklovers Conventions in 2011 and 2012. Some of these I received as gifts. Some of these I purchased for classes. Sometimes I didn't end up reading the material in time and sometimes the professors changed the syllabi and I didn't bother to try and resell my books because-what-the-heck-I'll-eventually-read-them. Some of these I have because I didn't know how to use my college library properly. Some of these I purchased while on vacation with friends and/or classmates because The Strand! This-is-so-cheap-must-buy! Or: City Lights! Mr. X, what do you think I should read since I loved Jane Eyre? Oh, and while I'm at it, let me buy other random novels! Or: Borders-is-closing-must-buy-things! Or: Gift-cards-must-buy-things! Or: Amazon-1-click-Kindle-purchases! Or: I'm-a-new-blogger-and-therefore-I-must-buy-everything-and-anything-that-others-recommend! Or: This-is-popular-and-I-want-to-know-why! Or: Amazon-bargains-ah-such-a-good-deal-now-buy-moar! Or: Pretty-cover-ooooh! OR:


This is why I generally don't enter giveaways anymore. Because wtf. Christina, go read what you already have and/or donate to the library again because clearly, despite your "best" efforts, you have not tackled that pile and you need to save your money!!!!!! The point is: there are 235+ books on that shelf from five years of TBR build-up and holy **** please help me get through these so that I can discover awesome new worlds/characters/plots/etc. and/or give away these books to other people who will love them.

Let me know if you want to read any of these books with me!
(For me, TBR jars don't work as well as having other people hold me accountable.)

38 comments:

  1. hahaha I just recently went through my shelves and donated almost 3 boxes. I still have over 200 that I haven't read yet too. Will have to go through and compare to see what I own too so we can both knock out our owned books! Here's my list: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5136858-bonnie?shelf=owned-tbr

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    1. found some! The Hangman's Daughter. Anna Karenina. In the Woods. Some others I'm not sure & will look through later -- like I know I had them on my list of OOOOOOOH WANT TO BUY, but did I actually is the question....

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    2. So I went back through to make sure I hadn't missed any since we now have 5 (THD, AK, ITW, Paper Valentine, & Master and Margarita), and saw that there's also: In Cold Blood, Cat's Eye, & The Robber Bride if you're interested. Looking at your list makes me think I haven't marked all the ones that I have. Like THD wasn't there until I saw it and remembered I had it... Hmmm...

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  2. I think I've already read all the good ones on your list, haha, but you should definitely read The 5th Wave, Master and Margarita and In the Woods. :)

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    1. Aw! You've already the Malinda Lo books and Every Day? And why do you make it sound like there are so few good books on the list. Harrumph. Either that or you read a lot. Or both, of course, but bleh! :P

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    2. Yep, I already read Every Day (not the Malinda Lo ones though... might have to check those out...) and I read a lot. There are more than a few good books on that list though. :) I only listed my top three favorites, but I also enjoyed Tom Sawyer, the Sookie Stachkouse series, Around the World in 80 Day (and I just <3 everything Verne), The Call of the Wild (used to live on Jack London in middle school), Hunger (great issue-y book), I am Number Four (so much better than the movie), The Lovely Bones (*sobs*) and Robinson Crusoe (one of my fave classics)

      I also read If I Fall (it was... okay) , Beautiful Chaos (was one of my first audiobooks), Incarnete (not really my cup of tea), Candide and The Iliad (for school), The Da-Vinci Code (because my mom bought it), Linger/Forever (didn't really like them, loved the first one though), the first Anna book (wasn't as scary as I thought it would be), Hopeless (was really good, but I just <3 Slammed more), Maze Runner (was okay...), Opal (ditto).

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    3. Ooooh, if you do want to read the Malinda Lo books, pick me pick me! Ha ;). Adaptation looks really good. Oh gosh, you make me want to put all those books above the rest, and even those are a lot for the 235+ book pile hahahah. I wish I got to read the Illiad for school - it seems so epic. I really liked Shiver myself too, so it's a little sad to see that Linger and Forever didn't end up working out for you :(. And oooh, you also are a Colleen Hoover fan? Interesting. You don't read a lot of NA do you? Most of the people who've mentioned her to me do, so that's why I'm curious. It's the ones that get the non-NA readers interested that make me curious.

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    4. Yeah, I don't read much NA, not really my genre... And I don't know, I think I'm more of an ex-fan... I LOVED Slammed, and Hopeless was pretty good too, but I'm not really interested in their sequels/companion novels... I guess the love is over... :(

      Oh yes, Illiad is pretty epic - hope you like it! And you should read Odyssey too. I actually enjoyed that one quite a bit more than Illiad. :)

      YESS! We should totally read some Malinda Lo together! How about
      Adaptation? I've heard some amazing things about that one. Let me how/when we should do it - if you are in :)

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  3. I thought my TBR pile was huge but it is no where near yours! HaHa!! I am a book hoarder as well. I love books and if I see one I want I will get it. If I have a book or two in a series I have to keep purchasing the other books even though I have yet to read the first few. It's fun and exciting but I can never keep up! I really like your post Christina reads your recommendation.. That is actually a great weekly post. For me though, since I read slow, I would still purchase the books and they would probably still sit! haha! Great post!!

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    1. Damn. So I guess I am a book hoarder, even though I thought I wasn't. I don't buy books in a series the same way though :/. I think this is because I used to buy a lot more books than I could read in a year, and I still haven't caught up with them. Like this: "since I read slow, I would still purchase the books and they would probably still sit!"

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  4. YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK THIEF? :O From all the books you have, that is by far the book I recommend the most. It's one of my all time favorites <3 And you should read Entwined, it's one of my favorite retellings from the Twelve dancing princesses :)

    You have some awesome books on your shelves, by the way. I've never done a read-along with someone, but we're already going to do Dark Triumph and I'm sure it will be fun to try more. So in case you want, these are the books we could do together:

    -The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
    -Outlander (planning to re-read this series. I stopped after.. book 4 or something like that and I remember I really liked it)
    -Heartless & Timeless.

    And you know, my TBR pile is even bigger, haha. I'm even getting rid of some books I think I'll never be able to read, just to make space for new books.. Because I used to be an Adult reader and I don't enjoy most of them anymore.

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    1. Er, I tried the Book Thief. I felt like I couldn't get past the first chapter. I know you love that book though. Maybe another day I will get past the beginning... And I tried Entwined on audio and couldn't jibe with the narrator. Hopefully the book will be better!

      YAY DARK TRIUMPH. And let's do more!! I like all the ones you listed, so whenever you're ready to read one of these, let me know :).

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  5. Oooh oh I'd love to do a buddy read! They're so much fun! x)

    The books I have that we could read together are DAIMON, DARK TRIUMPH, EVERNEATH, THE FIRST STAR TO FALL, FINDING CINDERELLA, GOLDEN, LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE, BEAUTY QUEENS, and THE NEAR WITCH.

    I also have a bit of a problem with my TBR because it towers over my Read shelf. I try to think of the massive amount of unread books I own like I will never run out of choices of what to read. But then again, when I finish a book, I always have the worst times picking a new one. :o

    One book at a time and I'm sure you'll make your way through your TBR pile in no time! :D

    Kaede @ Wake Up at Seven

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    1. Let's read Lips Touch, All These Things I've Done, Beauty Queens, and the Near Witch! Are we friends on Goodreads? We should be and/or follow each other on twitter. Let me know when you want to start and we can pick these up :D :D.

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    2. I'm sorry I saw this so late :O

      I'd love to read the books together :3 I'm already following you on twitter @Kami178xx :D

      I'd be happy to start whenever you want. I'm the most excited about ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE and THE NEAR WITCH ^//^

      Kaede @ Wake Up at Seven

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  6. I really enjoyed Crime and Punishment in HS and I hope you'll like it. It has lots of confusing names, I imagine you'd be even more confused (every person has like a thousand synonyms for their names, maybe the English version isn't as bad, but since Estonia was occupied by Russia for a long time and the country is our Eastern neighbour, the Estonian version holds the pronouncations of the original Russian names down to a T. I know that some English books have these Slavic names and places written in a completely different way (though I don't remember the names of the books) so.. Idk. Perhaps there's a sample on Amazon and I can look it up.) The concept is brilliant though and even though lots of my classmates were bored with it or didn't understand the book, I found it enjoyable. We can read Golden, Dearly Departed, I'd Love to Tell You...., A Million Suns (because then I'd have a reason to finish it, I'm about 40% in and it's on hold. I couldn't force myself enough to pick it up every night) and and and um.. The Maze Runner. I was about 70% through 2 years ago, but for some reason put it down. I'd love to read it again before the movie comes out :) If you just tell me a few days ahead, I can basically always read them. Not next week, but the week after that etc.

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    1. I haven't heard much about Crime and Punishment, but I will keep it in mind that the names will make it confusing o.o but the actual concept will be great to discuss. Let's read Golden, Dearly Departed, The Maze Runner, I'd Love ... (Ally Carter, yeah?), and A Million Suns. I am actually just like you with AMS - started but didn't finish for some reason. And you got me Dearly Departed so we should definitely read that together!! When would you like to start?

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  7. I enjoyed hounded , a million suns of that list. I wish I could buy books . I only get books trough giveaway . The bookstores in my country are small and do not have a huge collection . There are only 4 bookstores in for a 500,000 population . Le sigh . I m never gonna get the books I want

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    1. Yikes, I'm sorry. I do most of my ordering online vs. visiting bookstores, so the collection thing isn't a problem, but I imagine that too gets extra costly with international shipping and the like.

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  8. I will definitely look through your complete list next, but I wanted to let you know about a group I started on Book Blogging called Book Buddies that is aimed at helping people find reading buddies :D So maybe you'll be able to find some people to read with there *crosses fingers*

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    1. How cool! I will need to visit it soon! I admit, I haven't used a lot of the Book Blogging site - just signed up and left it - but I think you've got the right idea. I'd love to find a bunch of reading buddies.

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  9. I will send you a full list later, but I'm definitely up for doing this with you! I have a Challenge for 2014 of my own and while some of them are already scheduled, there are still SO many unread books to tackle!

    At first glance:

    White Cat by Holly Black
    The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
    The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
    Allegiant by Veronica Roth (once I finish the first two)
    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
    Every Day by David Levithan (gah I've been dying to read this one)
    Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
    Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
    Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

    ...okay, that's actually a full list. There'd be a few more but I'm a bit behind in those series. Also, I commend you for being so timely about your review books. That's my other goal for this year. Clear up my Netgalley mess.

    C.J.

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    1. I tried the Book Thief. Maybe trying again with someone else will help though? As for the list, let's read:

      White Cat by Holly Black
      The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
      The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
      The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
      Every Day by David Levithan
      Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
      Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
      Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
      Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

      Basically all except Allegiant, which I already read and I think you might've seen that free "Path to Divergent" or whatever it's called thing. When do you want to start? :)

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    2. AKA we already have an email chain going, so let me know when works for you and we can set page number goals and the like :).

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  10. Book buddies sounds fun! I actually do have a few books on my TBR list that are on your list here too:

    - Awaken
    - Before I Fall
    - Bones of Faerie
    - The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
    - Catching Jordan
    - I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
    - Saving Francesca

    There are a few series that I want to get into but you seem to be further along already:

    - Newsoul
    - Heist Society
    - Birthmarked
    - Matched

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    1. Excellent!! If you get caught up in some of the series you want to get into and want a reading buddy for later, let me know! I do need to finish those series out too. And and I love all the books you've listed, so when do you want to start? Are we friends on Goodreads? Just let me know and we shall get onto them!! I'll make a special shelf on GR and all that jazz.

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  11. This is why I'm working on cataloging my own library. I have a vague idea of what I need to read, but I want a comprehensive listing so that I can do a buddy reads, too. I actually did just that with a friend for The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski after we both read and loved The Winner's Curse -- I promise I'm writing my review this week and will send this back ASAP! -- and it went swimmingly. :) I want more buddy reads. But I need to get completely organized first. *sigh* It's kind of tragic how many of us have so many unread books on our shelves. Poor, lonely books...

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    1. Yeah!! Cataloguing the list and seeing everyone comment here and who has what is just great - even if things don't get started right off the bat, I like having this list and the books list. I'm glad you liked The Shadow Society after TWC! No worries about sending it ASAP :D. We should do a buddy read when you get organized!

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  12. I love Buddy reads, I will read Under the Dome and The Maze runner with you if your still doing this and not had too many responses? It will help me too, I am also terrible at keeping up with books. I have over 500 on my kindle, then a few hundred on my shelves, not all unread, but a lot of them are unfortunately.

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    1. I have had a lot of responses, but I've only started one read-along, so I'm still able to read something :). Let's read those two then! Are we friends on GR and/or follow each other on twitter or something? Just let me know when you want to get started!

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  13. Lips Touch Three Times is a must read if you like Laini Taylor. Hatchling was my favorite story, so magical! Golden was amazing, for me anyway. I have a hard time finding contemporary YA books that I like, but it was a great sad(ish) story.

    You can let me know when you read Sweet Venom and Great Expectations. I need to switch it up with a classic soon. Great Expectations is my number one choice. :) Also, Going Bovine. Libba Bray is my favorite and I have yet to read it!

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    1. I knooooooow. It looks so good, especially the illustrations. I've heard such great things about Golden too.

      Yay! GB, SV, and GE. Let's read all three. Is there a particular time you'd like to get started? I say this because if you leave it up to me, hahaha, it might not happen. Therefore you should choose the time and we should be friends on GR and/or follow each other on twitter and get to reading!!

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  14. omg you should just go give away Hereafter right now because it's a terrible book. It was actually one of my "owned-but-not-read" books until a couple of days ago and D: it's so bad you have no idea. There is basically no plot and a horrible romance lol

    Onto better news, I'd probably be up for these titles:
    Cuckoo's Calling
    Everbound
    Just One Year
    Magic Under Glass

    How exactly does a buddy read work? I tried doing one with someone but it didn't really work that well :/

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    1. Hhaha, really? One of my best friends said she actually quite enjoyed the novel :P. It has a very pretty cover too :O. (Not that that has anything to do with whether or not it's a good book hahahah).

      YES Let's read all of them! Okay, so a buddy read can work however you want it to work. We can update statuses on Goodreads and comment there, we can email each other with our reactions on the book, we can tweet how far we are in and just have each other as those sort of 'checkpoints.' Whatever you'd like. I personally tend to like discussing the novel with my friends, but whether I do that in intervals or at the end of the novel depends on the book itself. If you want to do this, let me know when is a good time to get cracking on these novels!

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    2. Maybe in a week/two weeks' time? There are a fair few new releases in the next week plus I have to read some adult fantasies (Mistborn and The Way of Kings) which are huge, so I may need a bit of time to finish those before starting a buddy read haha.

      Discussing sounds good! I'll just Tweet you or sth after I get these other books read first and we can organise stuff then :)

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    3. Kk, I'll check back in with you in a few days :). I still need to read Mistborn myself. I hope you like the book!

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  15. I'd love to read Every Day by David Levithan with you! I've also had the book on my shelf for a long time. I know that it's good, but I just can't bring myself to pick it up! Let me know if you'd like to read it with me :)

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