Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge March 2018


Welcome to the Sixth annual Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge!

The rules are simple: for the entire month of March, you focus on reading/listening to books in your TBR pile released before March 1, 2018. They can be eBooks, physical books or audiobooks. Let’s clean off those shelves and finish those series and trilogies!

This is one of my favorite events as my to-be-read pile is often neglected. For those with a backlist of ARCs have no fear, as long as they have already published you can count them!

Kim is hosting the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge and since I’ve been trying to make a dent into my TBR/for review pile since late last year, I figured this would be a good motivator to continue doing so.

Here is the stack of books I will be reading from. Even if I get at least two read that will be great.

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Top Ten Tuesday 2/13/18: Complicated Love


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT topic is Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

10 of My Favorite Complicated Love Stories

I’m a sucker for romance, it is one of my favorite genres. I gobble it up in literature and in film. But I am really a sucker for unhappy endings and complicated love that just burns the house down so to speak. I love it when the couples have to work hard for it, it feels like they earned their love and it feels more true to life.

Today I am listing 10 of my favorite complicated love stories. The kind of love that is meant to be but the timing isn’t right or there are miscommunications and other things involved that keep the lovers apart. Some of these finally have happy endings but most don’t. There are also a few movies thrown in here for good measure. All are based on novels except for the one film.

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1. Love in the Time of Cholera is one of the most complicated love stories I have ever read. These people have to wait decades to finally reunite.

2. The Great Gatsby
Why Gatsby? Why are you so besotted with Daisy? She doesn’t deserve it. Everything he does is to win Daisy back into his life.


3. Gone with the Wind is a favorite classic, both the film and the novel. In think Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most unlikable heroines in any book I’ve read. She is her own worst enemy and this comes full circle in the end. P.S. I love Rhett. I purchased the hardcover vintage copy above one day at a library book sale for like .50 cents. I wasn’t even looking for it, that’s what I call good book karma 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday 2/6/2018: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

February 6: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read


I could be here all day. I have so many books on my TBR mountain. I am notorious for holding onto books that I hope to finally read one day. It is so book hoarding. It was hard to narrow this list to just 10 books. Some in this picture aren’t mentioned below and a few are e-books.

1. Dark Lover: The First Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
I purchased this one at the height of the popularity for this series and now I feel like the last one left that hasn’t read it. It’ll be a paranormal romance classic by the time I get to it. Then I will have to read the rest of the books in the series so it is an endless cycle.

2. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.
I just had to buy this classic and I still have yet to read it. Mind you, I had to have it. I remember having to have it on my Nook. That was at least 6 years ago.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is a classic that I never make time for. I don’t know why. I actually have two copies of this one on my shelves because I purchased a second copy when I forgot that I already had one. That means I really want to read it right?

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 2/4/18: Gameday and Book Updates

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy Superbowl Sunday everyone. First off, I am glad January has come and gone, it always feels like such a long, cold month. We still have February through April though and I am already longing for Spring. It is a chilly, dreary day here, one perfect for lounging in my pj’s and getting caught up on blog-land.


It’s game day. We usually host a Superbowl get-together at our house, but this year my sister-in-law is hosting it so *yay*. All we have to do is show up, eat, enjoy and go home…lol. Everyone brings something to eat, mostly finger foods, hors d’oeuvres and chips, etc. and we all stuff our faces.


I mainly watch for the commercials and it is tradition for us to do a Superbowl get-together so it’s always fun. This is the first time in about seven years that we aren’t hosting the party ourselves, but the people who would come to our place will just go to her place instead so it’s the same group of friends and family.

Bookwise, I managed to read 3 full books in January and just about finished a 4th, but I finished that one yesterday. I’m doing good with my reading flow so I hope to continue that and reach my 50 books goal for 2018.

In my mailbox and my next read:
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Idyll Fears: A Thomas Lynch Novel by Stephanie Gayle arrived this week via AmazonVine. I’m going to dive right into this one, it sounds thrilling.

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Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

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title: Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
author: Kate Bolick
published: April 21st 2015 by Crown
genre: memoir/non-fiction
pages: 352
rated: 4 out of 5 stars

“Whom to marry, and when will it happen – these two questions define every woman’s existence.”
So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her own experiences as a starting point, journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why­ she – along with over 100 million American women, whose ranks keep growing – remains unmarried.

This unprecedented demographic shift, Bolick explains, is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood, nor appreciated. Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity, and flair for drama have emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms: columnist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social visionary Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By animating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down, and having it all, are timeless – the crucible upon which all thoughtful women have tried for centuries to forge a good life.

Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, Spinster is both an unreservedly inquisitive memoir and a broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities within ourselves to live authentically.

my thoughts:
Where to begin?
I acquired an ARC of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick via LibraryThing back in 2015 and as I have mentioned on my blog recently, I am really trying to get through all my review books this year. So I happily grabbed this one off my shelves and I dove right in. Isn’t the cover pretty?

I have to say straight away that Kate Bolick is a talented writer and that I loved her writing style. She drew me right in, especially as she wrote about her love of being alone and of reading and of books and about her literary heroines. I enjoyed reading about her work as an editor and book reviewer and her New York City life as well.

“I’ve always known that a book will find you when you need to be found; in New York I learned that so did history.”
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