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BTT – Unread and TBR

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I’m weeks and weeks behind on Booking Through Thursday, but considering I haven’t had much to blog about, this one sounded fun, so I’m incorporating the past two weeks into one.

An idea I got from The Toddled Dredge (via K for Kat). Here’s what she said:

“So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, ‘No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’ “

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A good majority of what is one here has been sitting there for over a month. A few are new. Included are: 2 early Batman graphic novels, Four Blind Mice, High Five, Sin City: Volume 5, Decked, The English Patient, Memoirs of a Geisha, Marley and Me, Pride Prejudice and Zombies, From Dead to Worse, Gone With the Wind, D is for Deadbeat, Five Days in Paris, and A River Runs Through It.

Follow-up to last week’s question:

Do you keep all your unread books together, like books in a waiting room? Or are they scattered throughout your shelves, mingling like party-goers waiting for the host to come along?

I did some rearranging not long ago, and began to organize my book shelves not only by books already read, but by author as well, so the series books I read will all be together in one spot. Of course, it doesn’t take long for them to get a little mixed up because I am currently out of shelf space so books (unread and read) are mingling around on the edges waiting for a home. It makes it much easier when picking out new books to read, knowing where to look exactly.

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BTT – Numbers

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Here’s the question:

Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…
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1. Are you currently reading more than one book? Yes
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading? Three
3. Is this normal for you? For the most part. I usually have more than one going at a time.
4. Where do you keep your current reads? I am reading one through Dailylit.com so that comes to my email. I carry one around in my purse (or car) that is usually more lightweight, and the third usually stays at home. I’ve been reading The Pillars of the Earth and so despite it’s size it goes a lot of places with me, except the gym, where I bring a smaller book.

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BTT – Library

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Suggested by Barbara:

I saw that National Library week is coming up in April, and that led to some questions. How often do you use your public library and how do you use it? Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library? Did you go to the library as a child? Do you have any particular memories of the library? Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?

Answer: I am not a very avid library goer. I usually end up there multiple times per week based on books I have reserved and those returning. I also use the library as a movie rental store, and have recently been checking out movies and TV shows as well as books. I remember vaguely going to the library when I was younger, mainly the book mobile or the library branch out of the mall, but for years I didn’t go at all and last year decided it was about time I got back there and stop spending so much money on books I’ve never read. I like modern libraries, but my current library is older and more cozy and familiar. It’s filled with so much history. A new branch is opening near my house in the next couple months so I’ll be switching, but it may have a different feel to it.

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BTT – Best Book You’ve Never Read

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I’m a few days later but that’s better than never.

We’ve all seen the lists, we’ve all thought, “I should really read that someday,” but for all of us, there are still books on “The List” that we haven’t actually gotten around to reading. Even though we know they’re fabulous. Even though we know that we’ll like them. Or that we’ll learn from them. Or just that they’re supposed to be worthy. We just … haven’t gotten around to them yet.

What’s the best book that YOU haven’t read yet?

The first book that comes to mind if David Copperfield, at least in regards to classics, along with Emma by Jane Austen. There are many more contemporary fiction novels that I hear about constantly that I have yet to read. They continue to be added to my TBR list, so eventually one day I will get to them all.

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BTT: Collections

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  • Hardcover? Or paperback?
  • Illustrations? Or just text?
  • First editions? Or you don’t care?
  • Signed by the author? Or not?

I think I have a large mixture of both. I buy most brand new books in hardcover, and if I have a choice in a library book sale or something I will choose hardcover over paperback, but paperback is lighter and easier to carry around day to day.

Pretty much everything in my collection is text, except the children’s books which of course have illustrations.I don’t prefer one over another, but that’s somehow just how it turned out.

I’m not a huge collector like some, so when it comes to getting books that were released years ago, I just go for what’s available, however I know that my library does have a a lot of first editions of books released in the past few years. For example, a good portion of my Sandra Brown and James Patterson collections are first editions because I bought them as soon as they were released.

I don’t think I have any books in my collection that are signed. Maybe one or two. Boise doesn’t have a lot of book signings that major cities do, so the opportunities aren’t there to get signed copies. If I found one somewhere, that would be pretty cool.

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BTT – Storage

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I recently got new bookshelves for my room, and I’m just loving them. Spent the afternoon putting up my books and sharing it on my blog . One of my friends asked a question and I thought it would be a great BTT question. So from Tina & myself, we’d like to know “How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?”

It’s still a continual work in progress. I’m saving up money to put some shelving into my office so currently in there the book shelves had little organization. I do have all my writing books on one shelve, my journals on another, and all my children’s books on one as well.

In my living room it’s a little less organized. The authors that I have been collecting are all together, so I have a separate shelf dedicated to Sandra Brown, James Patterson and Sue Grafton. Since I have started collecting Michael Connelly and Janet Evanovich, those are grouped together as well. But then I also organized so that the books I have read come before those that I haven’t.

Just as an example, below is a picture of what my Sandra Brown/James Patterson shelves look like.

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BTT: Authors Talking

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Do you read any author’s blogs? If so, are you looking for information on their next project? On the author personally? Something else?

Usually when I visit an author’s blog or website I’m looking for one of two things – their next book release(s) and/or a complete list of books they have written.

Most authors I google I’m already familiar with somehow. If it’s my first time searching them I heard their name somewhere and want to see a book list and find a synopsis. For more familiar authors, like James Patterson, I am looking for an updated book list to replace my old one with.

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