When Your TBR Pile Becomes The Leaning Tower of Pisa

I’ve recently found that putting my to be read (TBR) pile on the dresser by my bed keeps me motivated to read those books ONLY! I get off task really easily.. Especially if I walk by my bookshelf and see a book or a few books I want to read as well. It’s so tempting.

At least if I have the books I chose to read for July in front of me when I’m in my room I can stay focused on getting those books read. As I read them and post reviews, I will place them back on my bookshelf. I will see how having a pile works out instead of picking a book from my bookshelf when I finish a book. I have over 100 books, so I think it would keep me from getting overwhelmed, too.

I chose nine books to read for the month of July and I have to finish two from this month. I will post my July TBR tomorrow!

Where do you put your TBR pile? What methods have worked for you to stay focused on the books you chose for the month?

June: Read List!

1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
2. The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton
3. Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
4. What You Wish For by Mark Edwards
5. The Merciless by Danielle Vega
6. The Gordian Knot Undone by Valerie Benzley
7. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
8. Small Town Evil by Ken Berglund
10. After by Francine Prose

Every book I’ve read this month, I have reviewed. So, if you’re interested in any of these titles check out my review posts.

I started reading Splintered by A. G. Howard and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz, but I didn’t finish them for this month, so they will be added to next month’s read list. I’m half way through both of them, so I’m sure I’ll finish them sometime this week for July.

Goodwill Finds

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I found these books at a local Goodwill in near perfect condition. They were only about 65 cents each. I bought When A Heart Stops, a romantic suspense novel by Lynette Eason. It’s about a detective named Serena Hopkins that was called on a scene of a murder of someone she knows. She works hard to find the serial killer before he kills again.

The other book I bought is The Golden Lily by Richelle Read. It looks like it may be part of a vampire series called Bloodlines. A woman called, Sydney Sage is an alchemist and she gets into magic that can bridge the worlds of humans and vampires while protecting vampire secrets and human lives. Of course it’s a paranormal novel and is geared towards young adult readers.

Both books were released in 2012 and I can’t wait to get to them. I don’t know when I’ll be able to read them, but I’m sure it will be before the year is up.

Barnes & Noble Saved My Wallet!

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Let me first say that Barnes & Noble did not pay me to post this! I want everyone to know that having a membership there saves me money. Not a lot, but it lets me save enough. As a member, you get to save up to 40% on books. You get 10% off on everything in the store and 30% off on new releases. You even save money on things that are already bargain priced (I think)!

You have to pay a membership fee of $25 per year. If you buy enough books during the year you’ll get your money back that you spent on membership and save even more. Sadly, I haven’t written down how much I’ve been saving through the membership, but it’s something I plan to do next year.

If you are an avid reader and/or a book blogger, it would be very smart to get a membership. A lot of books that I review I bought from Barnes & Noble. The only way that a membership would be reasonable is if you buy and read a lot of books during the year. I buy a book or two almost every week, so it makes sense to me.

I think fellow book bloggers would appreciate this! It helps me A LOT, so it could help you guys out. 🙂

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

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Do you watch “Witches of East End” on Lifetime? Then, you should know the first of episode of season two will be premiering soon. I wanted to watch the TV show and I recently found season one on Netflix. I also found that it is based on the book with the same title. If you enjoy reading the book before the movie/TV show, then you’re in luck! Even if you’ve watched the first season, you can still read the book to see what the director and writers of the TV show left out. I am very tempted to read the book now!

Reading: Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe

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I must admit that I am little late with reading this book! Philosophy is one of my favorite subjects and I am a fan of Dante’s Inferno, so I was pleased with finding this book. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz is about two boys named Aristotle and Dante who think  about the world very differently and they figure out who they want to be and how they want to live their lives.

I am on the fourth chapter right now and I like it. I am really glad I purchased this book. As I read further, I want to see how the author may have included some knowledge from these two very famous individuals, Aristotle and Dante. As you may know, Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and Dante was a poet and the writer of the Divine Comedy.

I will post a review of this book as soon as I finish reading!

Review: What You Wish For by Mark Edwards

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What You Wish For

Mark Edwards

Released: June 24, 2014

Publisher: Tom & Mercer

Length: 271

Synopsis

Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth…

Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie’s unusual beliefs hold the key.

But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger.

Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in…

Review

What a surprise! Surprise! Surprise! If I knew this book was about aliens and people obsessed with them, then I probably wouldn’t have read this book. I saw the advertisement on my Kindle and read the synopsis. I thought I would like it, so I bought it for $4.99 in the Amazon ebook store.

The whole book is about a guy, Richard whose had a dry life as a photographer in the past and after meeting this girl, Marie, she changes his view about life and love. He soon finds out that Marie is obsessed with aliens and is able to hear their voices. He’s a cynic, of course. One day Marie disappears and he devotes all of his time to finding her. In his desperation of trying to find his love, Marie, Richard gets himself into a very strange, dark, and dangerous world of alien cults and finds out that those people aren’t as loving and “hippish” as they claim to be.

I would recommend this book for people who enjoy reading about aliens. This book is about aliens and Richard’s obsession, but it also holds a deeper meaning about faith and belief about anything, specifically religion, if you can read between the lines. The book is interesting. After reading it, I wouldn’t have paid $4.99 for it. …more like $2.99, but I bought it on impulse and it’s based solely on what I like reading and aliens aren’t at the top of my list!

Review: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

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If You Could Be Mine

Sara Farizan

Released: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Length: 257 pages

Synopsis

In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Sahar, a 17-year-old student who lives in Tehran. She is smart and ambitious, and she has a secret that could get her arrested or even killed; she is a lesbian and is in love with her best friend. When Nasrin’s parents arrange for her to marry a young male doctor, Sahar knows that she and Nasrin will no longer be able to be with each other. When desperate Sahar meets transsexual Parveen at a party given by her gay cousin, she thinks she sees a way to be with Nasrin. In Iran, it is not illegal to be transsexual, as it is to be gay or lesbian, and the state will even pay for sex reassignment surgery because it is seen as a necessary medical procedure. Sahar pursues sex reassignment, dreaming of marrying Nasrin even though she knows in her heart that she doesn’t really want to become a man. As Nasrin’s wedding approaches, Sahar realizes its inevitability and must decide what she is going to do. Farizan’s portrayal of Sahar and her predicament is sensitive and heartbreaking. Even less-sympathetic characters, such as Nasrin and her parents, are portrayed in a nuanced manner; in the culture Farizan depicts, the girls’ fears that their romantic relationship will become known are realistic and understandable.

Review

I love this book and I highly recommend it. It chronicles the life of two teenage girls who are in love with each other. They were friends since they were little girls because their mothers were best friends. Sahar has to deal with seeing her best friend, Nasrin get married and knowing she isn’t able to be with her publicly due to the strict rules governing Iran. I do find it odd that Nasrin identifying herself as lesbian or not wasn’t clear. It is clear to the reader that Sahar is lesbian. Nasrin insists on separating herself from the homosexual and transexual community, while Sahar didn’t.

The author gives us a glimpse into their lives about things that are taboo to talk about in Middle Eastern countries. The book even explains what people have to go through who feel they are the wrong gender (transgendered). It’s amazing to read about how far someone would go for love, even in a stage of immaturity, then in the end realize that there is more to life than the one you love. There are other people who love you just as much. I am not a lesbian, but I can relate to Sahar in a lot of ways. This is a beautiful story about friendship, love, and loss.

If You Could Be Mine is available in the Amazon ebook store for $2.99 and in paperback or hardcover.

Store Pickup: Hacker by Ted Dekker

While I was in Walmart last week, I went over to the book section and I saw the most glorious book I’ve ever seen (at that moment)! I’ve BEEN wanting to read Hacker by Ted Dekker. Ever since I read Dekker’s book, Three (It’s about this guy obsessed with the number 3), I’ve been a fan of his work. I could not wait to get my hands on this book. It is part of The Outlaw Chronicles, but this is the only book I’m interested in within the series. I skimmed the first chapter and it doesn’t seem like it can only be read as part of the series without missing important information. It is capable of standing alone.

I don’t know when I will get to reading it, but I’m glad I have it in my collection. If I get to this book before September, I’d be surprised. It was $13 at Walmart. As always, I will post a review once I’ve read the book.

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