♫My Little Po– *ahem* TBR♫

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I am not a List Aficionado,  but I  like lists. I have my Favorite lists, my TBR lists [and my TBR is a list of books I am actually going to read, not just a list of books I might someday, sometime, maybe perhaps, get around to reading]. I make grocery lists. I make Wish Lists on Amazon. I do the schedule for Children’s Story for church. I make lists of my Magic: The Gathering cards.

So to celebrate lists, I figured I’d post what is currently on my Kindle. That way you can see what is on my TBR for the next 6-12 months. When I finish one series, I simply replace it with another from my Calibre TBR list. Calibre is a fine piece of free ebook managing software. It is also where I keep my reviews offline. The numbers in parentheses are the number of books I have in that series that I still need to read. So without further ado, here’s a list of series I’m reading:

 

Dread Empire  by Glen Cook [3]

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott. [1]

Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters [10]

Omega Force by Joshua Dalzelle [5]

Blood on the Riek trilogy by Sand Mitchell. Warhammer novels [1]

Forgotten Realms: The Harpers by various and sundry [15]

The Sackets by Louis Lamour [13]

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson [9]

Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky [9]

The Polity series by Neal Asher [14]

Count to the Eschaton by John Wright [1]

Books by Patricia McKillip [17]

Alex Hunter by Greig Beck [3]

Chronicles of Dune by Frank Herbert [7]

Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patrica Wrede [3]

Tales of Shikanoko by Lian Hearn [2]

The Space trilogy by C.S. Lewis [2]

Malaz Empire by Ian Esslemont [5]

Night Angel by Brent Weeks [2]

7Th Sword by Dave Duncan [3]

The Swan’s War by Sean Russell [2]

Chess Team Adventures by Jeremy Robinson [9]

Misc:

  1. Warrior King
  2. Guns of the Dawn
  3. Dreams of Distant Shores
  4. Infinity Engine
  5. The Twelfth Imam
  6. The City of Mirrors
  7. Revenger
  8. Lord of Light
  9. Indomitable
  10. A Fire Upon the Deep
  11. United States of Japan Currently Reading

 

The nice thing about having such a variety of series is that it takes me 6-8 weeks to cycle through them all, so I never feel like I’m reading something stale. And as you can see, several series only have 1, or 2, books left, so then I just replace them, thus continuing the cycle of fresh reading. The other bonus that it has for me, is that I don’t have to “choose” what book to read next. I simply read the next book of the next series. Back in ’11 or ’12 I tried to do the whole “read whatever the heck I feel like at the moment” and it ended up as a disaster. This type of thing definitely doesn’t work for everyone and I’d be very hesitant to recommend it, but it works for me and how I read.

 

Now here’s a funny Cyanide & Happiness comic strip about lists to end this post:

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bookstooge
ps, I am always available for a little bank-robbing, IF, you can guarantee that the cops will show up and we’ll go out in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Cops are negotiable, as I will settle for private security, mercenaries, aliens or even super-heroes, but the Guns & Glory are non-negotiable.

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22 thoughts on “♫My Little Po– *ahem* TBR♫

  1. Christy Luis says:

    Have you ever played the Cyanide and Happiness card game “Joking Hazard”? Oooh man. Fun times. (Content warning though lol Not for kids!!!)

    Nice lists! Book blogging has helped me become more aware of reading patterns that work best for me, partially through reading cool posts like this. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      No, I have not played the game. I can’t even read the comic on a daily basis as some of the stuff just makes me sick. It’s like looking for a pearl in pig swill sometimes 🙂

      I certainly wish that I had figured out my pattern earlier in life. Would have made quite a difference I suspect.

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  2. Ahh I’m a list person too- amazon lists, to do lists, tbr (for the present and future)- you name it- I probably have a list somewhere 😉 And- at the risk of saying “list” too many times- this is a great list!! 😉 hahaha love that cartoon!

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  3. If I made a list like this, I think I would cry at the results. All those books/series I still have to catch up with 🙂

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  4. Manuel Antao says:

    I haven’t read all of the polity series. But it’s one of my favourites, although a bit uneven. The Space trilogy also brings back rather pleasing memories. Wonderful list. I like lists…

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  5. What a busy list, indeed! The mind reels at the staggering amount of books you have lined up for the next months! 🙂
    And I’m intrigued by the notion of using Calibre as review storage: I would never have thought about that…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      When I began creating my list of series to re-read, I realized that I had to either cut every other book and make it a full year of nothing but re-reads or put “new to me” series in between and stretch the re-read project out to 18+ months. Thankfully, I chose the add new books route. I don’t want a whole year to pass me by 🙂

      As for calibre, I got the idea from someone else on Mobileread. Also, when Leafmarks went down and Booklikes didn’t create an export option, I realized I needed to start relying on myself to keep my reviews with all the data. I checked out bookcollectorz, but didn’t like the idea of paying money. Then I realized that I was already using Calibre and that I could simply create a “review” library populated with empty entries but that had all my data. Reviews go into the comment section and I can export it to a csv if I ever come across a site that I want to join and add my books to. Just a lot of work to get it into shape. I have about 1500 book entries still to whip into shape, out of approximately 3K. So I’m hoping to be done by years end.

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  6. I like how you go through your TBR. There’s so many series I want to BEGIN but even if I start one, I also end up wanting to CONTINUE and potentially FINISH the series, but then it comes into conflict with what I want to BEGIN. Gosh, I envy your system and how it works for you! 😀 This year I’m just trying to go through the first book of series that I really want to begin. But as the year slowly comes to an end (that’s odd to say when January wasn’t so far away…), I feel like returning to a series I just read and to read the sequels! The struggle is real. I do like the looks of your TBR though, seems like there’s quite a lot of great books you’ll be reading throughout the coming months.

    – Lashaan

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    • Bookstooge says:

      One nice thing is that if I don’t like a series, I just quit it. Then I can add another in its place. I don’t ever feel like I “have” to keep reading a series just because. Dave Duncan’s 7th Sword series is on probation and the second book will decide if I go on or not. If I quit, then boom, 2 books I don’t have to read 🙂

      The other thing I am realizing is that I need to not worry about the books that I’ll never read. If I’m vaguely interested in a book, there are so many books available that a “vague interest” isn’t nearly enough. I need to WANT to read it. And I’m learning to simply curb my appetite for what I read. I’ve made my peace with the fact that I’m going to miss some good books. But the up side is that I’m also missing a literal ton of bad books. I’m good with those odds 🙂

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      • That definitely helps in your progression. I haven’t read enough series (like.. beyond 2 books) to be able to acknowledge the upsides of not continuing one, but from what I’ve seen in other hobbies (movies, shows, etc.) I do end up continuing till the end, especially if I find out somehow that it gets A LOT better at a later episode/movie. I’m assuming I’ll have the same faith with books and feel too much regret if I don’t go through the bad to get to the good. But I guess it really comes down to experience? Maybe giving up and not looking back in order to discover other series that don’t have ANY bad is probably a better experience? Ah… decisions… decisions…

        – Lashaan

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Exactly, decisions, decisions. And the choices I’m making now are definitely NOT the choices I’d have made 20 years ago. I also suspect the choices I make now are not the choices I’ll be making in another decade. It’s an evolving process…

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  7. Ah yes, I have a few lists as well. TBR list, wishlist, i have an archive of all the books I read in my life (as far as I can remember..) My Pile of unread books is never that high.. 3-5 is enough, otherwise I stress. For some reason I can’t deal with it anymore. On the other hand, my wishlist is pretty long and constantly changing.

    I read ‘City of Mirrors’ recently and although it has some boring parts, I liked it as the end of a trilogy

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  8. youandibooks says:

    I like your routine. I often spend a day or not reading because I can’t decide what to read next which is a waste.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Yep. That is a shame. The thing though, is that you’ll have to find your own schedule. Because if you try to force yourself to keep something that doesn’t work for you, that’ll burn you out as well 🙂

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  9. nikihawkes says:

    I love lists!!! And yours looks pretty good, indeed! Also, the comic made me laugh. 🙂

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