This was kind of a short month in the reading department and part of that is due to the fact that I am back working. Another reason is that I have been sewing again and that takes time away from my reading, but I love it so much so it's a good trade off. Now, I would be set if I were like Heather and I could listen to books on my MP3 while I sew, but I have a weird thing about listening to books and it just doesn't work for me. I am one of those who, while reading, is totally in the zone to the point that I don't remember whole conversations with my husband and kids! When I listen to books I have to concentrate too much on listening...sounds weird, but my mind wanders while I am sewing and I miss parts of the book. I can listen to books that I have already read but I miss out on too much good stuff when it's something new. It sucks for me because doing 2 of the things I love so much at once would be pretty dang awesome!
So...here is a quick look at what I did manage to add to my "read" shelf in August.
I still have to review most of these! Actually I know that I will review For Nick, The Gargoyle and probably Ashes, but I don't know that I will review the others. It will just depend on how my time goes. I tend not to review every book I read anyway because I only have 3 posts a week and some weeks I do read more than that! If there is one here that you would like me to review feel free to shoot me a comment and I will write something up.
I have decided to take part in a Reading Challenge that Nette's Bookshelf Reviews has issued. This couldn't come at a better time too, because I have a TON of books that I have been adding to my shelves that I haven't read. I tend to buy books nearly every time I go to town. I get them at The Dollar Tree for $1, I get them at a local used bookstore 3/$1, I do a lot of buy 2 used books get one free, etc.... So here is a shot am my TO BE READ shelves and just a quick warning....it's a HOT mess right now.
As you can see they are just crammed in there! They are stacked in front of full shelves so there are a ton there and I think I have probably 10 more books on the top shelf stacked in front of others that I have read! I have a real problem here! I actually have an empty bookshelf that I need to fill so all my read books are going to be moved there and this whole shelf will be just for books that still need to be read. I have another shelf that is full of review books that I haven't read for some reason or another, but those are ones that were cold sends, etc... and chances are I won't ever read them. I may need to do a giveaway so I can pass them on to someone who will enjoy them.
SO...my goal is to read at least 25 of these books (NOT new ones that I add) by the end of this year. I am realistic enough to know that I am going to get new books and I am going to read those too, but this is in addition to the ones that I have for tours, etc... I may actually go so far as to pick 25 books out and stick to reading just those from my unread shelf. When I do I will make sure and post an update with the titles and all that fun stuff. Oh and once I clean up this mess and get my shelves back in order I will post a picture for you as well.