Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The State of My Shelves - August 2016 #readmyowndamnbooks

Last month, I revealed that my TBR was out of control--I mean, horrifically out of control.  I've actually made it a bit of a project to get it under control.  Well, it's more like a diet...and trust me, it feels like a diet whenever I log onto Amazon to buy some non-book item.  And don't give me any of that "It's not a diet--it's a lifestyle" talk.  This is a diet, pure and simple!

Anyway, I promised monthly updates and here is my first one.

Let me start by outlining what I'm counting.  I'll be including this with each post.
How books come into my TBR:

  • Purchases (Pre-orders, subscription boxes, impulse buys)
  • Book Club (Books purchased for my in-person book club and books that come in for my postal book groups)
  • Gifts and Giveaways
  • For Review - Solicited (I have an agreement with the author/published/publicist to review these books)
  • For Review - Unsolicited (These just appear on my doorstep.)
  • Missed (Purely clerical--for some reason, I find a book that I already own that didn't make it into my spreadsheet)

How books leave my TBR:

  • Read
  • DNF
  • Duplicates (Purely clerical--I find books in the spreadsheet that were accidentally listed twice)
The Monthly Update:

Notes for this month:
  • I do have a number of books that fall into the Missed and Duplicates category this month.  I'm pretty sure that the reason for this is that, ever since upgrading to Windows 10, my computer crashes on an almost daily basis and sometimes that happens before I save the spreadsheet.  I do think that these numbers will be very small, if not zero, going forward.
  • There are a number of subscription box books in this month's purchases.  Going forward, this should only be one a month.  I thought I had only 2 subscriptions, but then I got a box from Quarterly!  Apparently, when the Book Riot box was discontinued, my subscription didn't end as I thought it would, and I got a (not very) Literary box from Quarterly.  Once I discovered that, I made sure to cancel it going forward.  I also discontinued my "Send Me Swooning" box--I really enjoyed it, but it really wasn't helping me decrease my TBR.  I do have a pre-paid Book of the Month Subscription into the end of this year and I will most likely continue with that one because, of all the boxes, that one really gives you the most bang for my buck.
Now, onto the...

  • Beginning TBR: 794 (June 30, 2016)
  • Last Month's TBR: 794 (June 30, 2016) 
  • Current TBR: 788 (July 31, 2016)
  • Monthly Change: -6 books, 0.7%
  • Total Change: -6 books, 0.7%
Incoming Books:
  • Purchases: 6 (1 Pre-Order, 5 Subscriptions)
  • Book Club: 2 
  • Gifts and Giveaways: 0
  • For Review - Solicited: 1
  • For Review - Unsolicited: 2
  • Missed: 2
Total: 13

Removed Books:
  • Read: 13
  • DNF: 1
  • Duplicates: 5
Total: 19

The Nitty-Gritty:

Books Purchased:
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Pre-Order)
Rich and Pretty by Alam Rumaan (Subscription - Book of the Month)
Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery (Subscription - Send Me Swooning)
The Phoenix Candidate by Heidi Joy Tretheway (Subscription - Send Me Swooning)
The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger (Quarterly Box)
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave (Quarterly Box)

Book Club:
As these were both for my Postal Book Clubs, I will not be listing them here so that my co-readers who receive the books after me can be surprised.

For Review - Solicited:
The Girls by Lisa Jewell (TLC Book Tours, review 8/25)

For Review - Unsolicited:
Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star (Lake Union Publishers)
I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (St. Martin's Press)

Books Read:
The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino (review 8/9)
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (review 84)
The Valley by Helen Bryan
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale (review 8/16)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (review 8/11)
The Half Life by Jennifer Weiner (review 8/23)
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (review 8/23)
Good Men by Jennifer Weiner (review 8/23)
Disconnected by Jennifer Weiner (review 8/23)
For Love and Liberty: Untold Love Stories of the American Revolution by Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, Kate McMurray, and Stacey Agdern (review 8/23)
Recalculating by Jennifer Weiner (review 8/23)

The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan (not a true DNF as I never actually started it.  But, after The Valley, I knew that I wasn't going to give Helen Bryan another try)

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