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Here is the list of books I reviewed over at The Itinerant Librarian for June 2017. Feel free to check them out. Book links go to the reviews unless noted otherwise.

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This is the list of books I reviewed over at The Itinerant Librarian for the month of May 2017. Book links go to the my review unless otherwise noted. Feel to check them out.

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I saw this prompt idea at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures here, and I figured  I would give it a try.  It is a chance for me to think a bit about how I keep track of things in terms of books and reading. I need to add that my TBR list is just something I find interesting to track. When I started tracking consistently, I had the intention to read it eventually. Over time, and as it grew, I made peace with the idea the list would keep growing, and I would never get it all done. I think I just enjoy the idea that I will never run out of things to read. In addition, part of the reason I do not always draw new books to read from the TBR lists is I keep finding new things on NetGalley (or Edelweiss) and at my local public library. Still, keeping track for me feels like a good exercise, plus the notes I make on the blog here are helpful to me for reader’s advisory. The tag questions are in bold.

How do you keep track of your TBR Pile?

I have more than one way to keep track of things, and they vary in effectiveness. One way is my series of blog posts here on “Items about books I want to read.” As part of my current awareness as both reader and librarian, I follow a lot of sources, and I keep track of them in my RSS reader. Every so often I compile those articles and notes about books I would like to read into blog posts here. It gives me a way to keep track of things I would like to read, and it reminds me where I learned about a particular book. I will add that at times in reviewing stories I had clipped as I get ready to blog, I will find a book that I decide not to include in the list. In other words, a book that seemed cool at a given time may become a “what the hell was I thinking, why did I want to read this?” item. I just discard those. If you are interested, you can go to click on the “books and reading” tag on the sidebar of the blog (or direct link here) to find these posts. This is probably the main way I keep track of my TBR book lists.

I also keep a “to read” shelf on GoodReads. However, I do have a love-hate relationship with GoodReads, so I do not keep up that shelf consistently. To be honest, I probably could go in, review it, and delete a few things. I used to be pretty good about using GoodReads, until they got bought out by Amazon, and I left them (in part due to that, and a couple other reasons). I used BookLikes for a while until they  had a massive crash that basically disabled their site for about almost two months. Since the company did not bother to reply right away, like a few others I left it because it was just not fucking working (pardon the language), and I reluctantly  went back to GR to keep tracks of books I have read. All I do in GR now is just track a book and rate it; I do not post any reviewing there; that’s what my book review blog, The Itinerant Librarian, is for.

A third way I keep track of books I would like to read is my personal written journal. I just jot down titles I recall or that may get mentioned  in something I am reading. Once in a blue moon, I may look through my journals to find something to read from those lists.


Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I’d say print since print tends to be my preference. However, I do read e-books just fine. In fact, I use NetGalley (and Edelweiss to a lesser extent), so I get a lot of e-books that way.


A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

I have to think about that a moment.

If I go by the GR shelf, Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows (Book One of his Night Angel series) would be the oldest. It was added in December 2010. There are a couple older ones, but one of them I did read, and another one I am removing due to lack of interest.

If I go by my posts on this blog, here is the first post I ever made on “Items about books I want to read.” Back then in 2009, I had no idea it would become a regular series. From that list, I will pick Alex Beam’s A Great Idea at the Time, about the Great Books program.


A book you’ve recently added to your TBR.

Nicole Cushing’s The Sadist’s Bible. I am doing a horror reading challenge this year, so I am always on the lookout for horror titles to read.


A book on your TBR you never plan on reading.

Hmm, this is tricky since I tend to remove such books when I review my TBR lists and see the book no longer holds my interest. I may have to get back to you on that.


An unpublished book on your TBR you’re excited for.

I cannot think of one right at this moment. However, I do have a few e-book galleys sitting in my e-reader that are not published just yet.


A book on your TBR everyone’s read but you.

Rachel Pollack’s Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. It seems everyone who is anyone in the Tarot community has read it.


A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you.

This is another question I have to ponder a bit. A few librarians I know were recommending The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.


A book on your TBR you’re dying to read.

E.K. Johnston’s Ahsoka (Star Wars) comes to mind. I just finished watching The Clone Wars on DVD, and I want to know more of her fate after that series.


How many books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

461 as of June 28, 2017, but as I said, I have not always kept this list consistently. Now that I am back to using GoodReads, I may be adding to it more.



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