August 4, 2013

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 08/04/13



Reviews:

Here We Are & There We Go by Jill Dobbe

Zinsky the Obscure by Ilan Mochari

Pilgrim's Wilderness by Tom Kizzia

Read:

The Returned by Jason Mott

The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Currently Reading:
Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain
Upcoming:
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Bookish/Bloggish Business:

Conquer those stacks!

I've been working on clearing my shelves for a little while now. But now I'm OFFICIALLY clearing my shelves by joining in Conquering the Book Stacks hosted by Tamara at Traveling with T:

What does this mean? Basically, for the month of August- we aren't buying new books. We are going to shine a spotlight on our book shelves and start crossing books of the TBR List.

This also means that my self-imposed library ban will be staying in place. I will not be bringing new books into my house in August. I have enough review books to keep me busy for the foreseeable future.

If you'd like to see the list of books I read in July you can do so here. I read a ton in July...it was too damn hot to do anything else.
Hooray for August, let's make it a good one!

Lastly, you'll definitely want to enter my latest giveaway. Unless you don't want to win a $50 gift card to Amazon that is.

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    1. Thanks so much Pat, the same to you :D

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  2. Good week! I definitely like the idea of Conquering the Stacks, though in my case it will have to be virtual stacks (ebooks) as I will be traveling all month. I've already put a moratorium on getting more any books in August unless they're already on my TBR list and just haven't come out yet.

    I checked out Pastrix on Goodreads, and it sounds fascinating! I'll look forward to your review.

    Have a great week! Here's my Sunday Post.

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    1. A month of travel sounds exciting...and exhausting ;) Doesn't Pastrix sound great? Shannon from River City Reading recommended that one. She hasn't steered me wrong yet :)

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    2. It really does. I've put it on my Goodreads "someday" list. . . someday, because I've got so many books in my print and e-book TBR piles to get through first!

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    3. I know just what you mean! You don't have to explain those crazy monstrous piles to me, lol. :) That's what I'm working on...getting through the piles!

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    4. I read the bit about Conquering the Stacks and thought, "That doesn't apply to me because I don't buy books." After reading your comment, Lark, I remembered all those free e-books on my iPad! I have about 90 unread books in my Kindle app. I also have 330 books on my Goodreads TBR list, all of which are available at my local library. Perhaps I should do more reading and less adding in August myself!

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    5. Ah ha! You thought your ebooks didn't count ;) It would be great if you'd just CTBS!! Thanks for visiting Dani :D

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  3. I wish I was as brave as you! The number of used books, library books and review copies that come in to my apartment is pretty crazy :)

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    1. I won't be able to stop those review copies from coming in but I won't be physically bringing any in myself ;) I need to get these stacks under control! :D

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  4. Impressive plan for August! I wish you luck....and enjoy!

    I joined a Mt. TBR Challenge for the year, so I'm gradually crossing them off, but yes, not buying would certainly help!

    Here's MY SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY POST

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    1. Thanks! I've just GOT to get some control around here! I'm buried, I'm drowning! ;)

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  5. Good luck clearing your shelves!

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  6. I was thinking that the Conquering Your Bookshelves thingie sounded like a fantastic plan and then I realized I already have a small stack of books sitting here that I bought August 2nd so I've already failed at the task! ::Sigh:: Good luck to you though!

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    1. LOL, that made me laugh! Well, maybe you forgo buying books for the REST of the month ;) Thanks Kristen!

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  7. Looks like a bunch of interesting books! I hope you have a great August!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I'm looking forward to them :D

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  8. Bah! August! My least favorite of all months.

    I really wanted to read The Wicked Girls. Sounds super fun!

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    1. Oh no, it is? Because of the weather?? I hope we don't have any more of those steamy hot days we did in July. Gag!

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  9. Good luck with the book challenge! Every month I say to myself I will not be buying books and every month I fail. I think I'm just going to roll with it now. I'll get round to reading them all...eventually. Have a lovely week :)

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    1. Ha ha, I hear you Ellie! I'll be so happy to get a handle on my stacks...if I ever manage it ;)

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  10. Good luck with the TBR challenge! It's so hard to read books you own when you can read those any time. I mostly get distracted by library books with those darn due dates... they always seem to come so fast!

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    1. Exactly!! I hope this works. I can't wait to see what my shelves look like at the end of the month :)

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  11. Here's to a wonderful August! I try to conquer the unread books on my shelves every other week, but when I put a limit on myself or say that I can't buy anything, I go a little crazy. But good luck! :)

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    1. Here's to hoping that I don't lose my mind, lol. Thanks!

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  12. Conquering the Stacks is a genius idea (although not a smart one for me right now, since I'm moving. I kind of have to live off of library books for the moment).

    I hope August is just as awesome for you as July was!

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    1. No, that wouldn't work for you would it? I imagine you're books are all in boxes! Thanks Sarah :D

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  13. Conquering the stacks sounds really good, perhaps I must do the same!

    Have fun with it,
    kind regards,

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    1. It's a lofty goal, hope it works! It would be great if you'd join us :D

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  14. A self-imposed library ban? No!!! (runs away screaming) I've tried to cut back on my library habit to tackle more reviews, but I'm weak! So weak!

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    1. Bahahaha!! It wasn't easy at first. My librarians are quite worried about me as well. ;)

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  15. You've inspired me! My TBR list is OUT OF CONTROL! So, I just suspended all my requested books at the library until 9/1. I don't normally buy books, but I may still have some coming in with giveaways, but other than that...I'll spend this month tackling my TBR shelves as well!

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    1. Way to go Melinda!! I love that you can do that with your hold list! I don't think that is possible on my libraries site. Hmmm...?

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  16. I hope August will be good to you - and that TBR pile will go down even further!

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. Thanks so much Tanya :D You and me both!

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  17. Fabulous! Good job with reading so much, I'll have to catch up on all of your reviews that I missed while road tripping. And fabulous giveaway of course.

    Also love the idea of reading your own books for August. I was thinking of maybe doing a classics month or even a classics 2 weeks, where all I read for 2 weeks or a month are classics from my club list.

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. I love the idea of reading only classics for a month Rebecca! I'm definitely going to tackle Les Mis in September...interested??

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  18. The Wicked Girls looks intriguing!

    Good luck with conquering your shelves this month - I know you can do it. :)

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    1. I started The Wicked Girls last night, so far so good!

      Thanks Lindsey, I sure hope so!

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  19. The weather was great for reading, that's for sure. I'd join CTBS except I bought a book the other day (well, technically it was a gift card but that still counts I'd say).

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    1. LOL, whoops! I had to fight temptation today. It was the annual library book sale! I didn't go! I can't believe it, lol.

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  20. Oooh, The Telling Room. I have it on my Nook. Story of my life.

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    1. LOL, I hear you Andi, I hear you.

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  21. I definitely did want to enter your giveaway! :D

    I love those new Penguin novels you've got there [Necessary Errors, The Wicked Girls], mmm they know how to design a good cover!

    I've got The Returned and Whistling Past the Graveyard on my Kindle too. When when when??!

    Have a great week Jennifer!

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    1. I'm glad! It's a good one :D I agree about you on those covers, they're lovely. You have a great week too Shannon!

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  22. Your upcoming reads all look good. Happy Conquering the Book Stacks!

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    1. Thanks Naida! I'm going to be strong ;)

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  23. I can't wait to read The Returned! I've heard such good things about it and the publicity is huge (never mind that it's already been made into a tv show!)

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    1. I just watched the trailer for the upcoming show yesterday! I could already see the changes from the book but it still looks very interesting.

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  24. Boy, I've been away for too long! I'm glad to be finally getting caught up! You definitely had awesome reading weeks in the meantime!

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    1. Where have you been woman? Lol ;) I did have a great couple of weeks, yay!

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