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My TBR Shelf is out of this world…

How does one tackle 200+ novels??

So it was about 4 years ago that I wrote a second post regarding my Bottomless Bookshelf and at that time, the list finished at 190. I’ve managed to knock a few off of that list, but 1) there are still books on that list I haven’t read, and 2) for every book I read, I seem to purchase 3. I clearly need a sabbatical from work. Read more…

The 2015 Reading Challenge – In Review

Last year, I thought it would be a grand idea to try the 2015 Reading Challenge: a list of prompts that would allow one to read 52 books. In the beginning of the year, I went all out with excitement determining what my reading list would be; I had the books separated from my gigantic TBR shelves and was all prepared to completely blow this thing out of the water. Looking at the 2015 Reading Retrospective, you would think that by having read 102 books, I totally did blow that challenge out of the water. Read more…

Reading Retrospective 2015

Well this year was a busy one regarding life in general; despite that, I managed to have a record-breaking year for reading books! I thought 80 books in 2013 was amazing. Thinking that I wouldn’t be able to come near that, I set my goal for 60. I blew that out of the water by reading 102!! Mind you, a lot are graphics novels (very quick reads for me), and many are free Ebooks found thanks to Still, a good year. Read more…

The choices so far:

IMG_3626Managed to work through my book shelves of books not read, and found some great choices for the 2015 Reading Challenge List.

A few of the choices so far: Read more…

Prepping for the 2015 Reading Challenge


Ciara is making her For the LOVE of Books! debut as she watches me match a few books with the prompts from the 2015 Reading Challenge list.

Reading Retrospective 2014

Well, apparently 2014 wasn’t a particular strong year for reading total; to say the least, it was a crazy busy year with major changes and new beginnings. Without realizing it though, it seemed the year of M/M novels, with 32 books falling within that genre; over half of my total books read. My greatest find was Westwind by Ian Rankin, making me squee not only because it was a rare out of print find, but because it officially allowed me to complete all of his novels published at the time. Another semi-happy but semi-sad squee (do those even exist!?) was the penultimate Ty and Zane novel by Abigail Roux; I loved it so much, that I had to read it back-to-back. And then don’t even get me started (or maybe do?) on the first full-length novel for Nick and Kelly; I will forever be an Abigail Roux fan. I read some really weird things; books that actually made me gag and skip sections because it went WAY past my comfort zone (of which I didn’t know that I had one). Of course, there were flops and of course there were amazing reads. As always, take a look at the list. I hope a few peak your interest like they did mine. Read more…

New Years Resolution/Goal: Book Style

I will certainly be giving this list my best effort next year! It actually looks like it can expand one’s reading and get people interested in different novels or authors. It also may get some of those books that have been sitting on my shelf, finally read!


Let’s Go Get Some More Books!!

With a shopping trip coming, I’ve started the book list! I have an unused Coles gift card and I’ll be near some awesome used bookstores! One such being a favourite used bookstore of mine: Allison the Bookman! I’m going to try to stick to the list, but I highly doubt it will happen! Once I start browsing, I can’t control what will happen!



Weekend Book Haul

This weekend, the books that caught my eye ran a little more on the dark side … Read more…

The Bottomless Bookshelf 2!

Well, it’s been a couple of years since I started this blog, and my first posting was to show my unending love for books (or obsession, as some would call it). It was a list of books, that despite being on my bookshelf, had yet to be read. Has anyone else ever gotten themselves into this kind of situation? This would be the third time for me, despite telling myself the first time that it would never happen again. That first posting listed 89 novels to read, without touching on those that were recommended to me, or lent to me. Well, I have no more borrowed books; let’s see if the list has shrunk (I’m thinking it hasn’t :S)

  1. Jane Boleyn: the True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox
  2. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
  4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre
  5. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maquire
  6. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  7. Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  8. The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave (as in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds …)
  9. The Lyre of Orpheus by Robertson Davies
  10. Alone by Lisa Gardner
  11. Black Creek Crossing by John Saul
  12. Circle of Stones by Anna Lee Waldo
  13. Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through the Pearly Gates by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
  14. Irish Fireside Tales by Leslie Conron
  15. How to Train Your Dragon: How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm by Cressida Cowell
  16. A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons by Cressida Cowell
  17. How To Train Your Dragon: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale by Cressida Cowell
  18. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola Read January 11, 2013
  19. Damaged by Pamela Callow
  20. The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
  21. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
  22. This Book Has Feelings by Dr. Neil Scott and Dr. Sandi Mann
  23. Mystical Scotland by Ann Lindsay Mitchell
  24. Thermopylae by Paul Cartledge
  25. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
  26. Brave New World Revisted by Aldous Huxley
  27. How NOT to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmann and Sandra Newman
  28. Favourite Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
  29. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
  30. Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
  31. Watchmen and Philosophy by Mark D. White
  32. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
  33. Little Stalker by Jennifer Belle
  34. Where the Truth Lies by Rupert Holmes
  35. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  36. Duh! The Stupid History of the Human Race by Bob Fenster
  37. Modern Irish Short Stories by Ben Forkner
  38. Wall of Shame
  39. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
  40. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
  41. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Read December 30, 2012
  42. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  43. The Chimes by Charles Dickens
  44. The Haunted Man by Charles Dickens
  45. The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
  46. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  47. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  48. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  49. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  50. The Man Who Wrote the Book by Erik Tarloff Read September 17, 2012
  51. It by Stephen King
  52. Plum Island by Nelson Demille
  53. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  54. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks Read April 19, 2012
  55. Lost and Found by John Glatt
  56. Dead Run by Erica Spindler
  57. Warriors 3 by George R.R. Martin, et al.
  58. Eve by Iris Johansen
  59. The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
  60. The French Executioner by C. C. Humphreys
  61. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  62. The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi
  63. Missing Joseph by Elizabeth George
  64. Her Mother’s Daughter by Marylin French
  65. Death at Sandringham House by C.C. Benson
  66. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
  67. The Sword of Attila by Michael Curtis Ford
  68. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  69. Devices and Desires by P.D. James
  70. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  71. The Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
  72. Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
  73. Skywater by Melinda Worth Popham
  74. When Satan Wore a Cross by Fred Rosen
  75. Life Penalty by Joy Fielding
  76. Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky Read May 29, 2013
  77. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie
  78. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie
  79. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  80. The Hollow by Agatha Christie
  81. Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
  82. The Nights the Gods Smiled by Eric Wright
  83. Smoke Detector by Eric Wright
  84. Death in the Old Country by Eric Wright
  85. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (I’m combining all of these because my version is an omnibus!)
  86. The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes (another omnibus!)
  87. Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda
  88. The Soloist by Steven Lopez
  89. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  90. Tales of the City by Armistad Maupin
  91. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemiway
  92. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding Read July 25, 2013
  93. Bridget Jones’ Diary: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
  94. Without Conscience by Dr. Robert Hare
  95. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  96. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  97. The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre Read August 11, 2012
  98. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
  99. Room by Emma Donoghue Read July 27, 2012
  100. The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho Read April 28, 2012
  101. The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho
  102. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  103. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
  104. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  105. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  106. Dracula: The Undead by Dacre Stoker
  107. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  108. The Other Tudors by Philippa Jones
  109. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  110. Hour Game by David Baldacci
  111. American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson
  112. Left Behind by LaHaye and Jenkins
  113. The Remnant by LaHaye and Jenkins
  114. Glorious Appearing by LaHaye and Jenkins
  115. The Queen by Steven James Read July 13, 2012
  116. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  117. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  118. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  119. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  120. The Third Translation by Matt Bondurant
  121. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  122. Exodus by Leon Uris
  123. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  124. Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  125. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  126. Drood by Dan Simmons
  127. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  128. Banting by Michael Bliss
  129. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  130. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  131. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  132. Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper
  133. Secrets of the Code by Dan Burstein
  134. Secrets of Angels and Demons by Dan Burstein
  135. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  136. How The Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman
  137. Fear’s Empire by Benjamin R. Barber
  138. Becoming Batman by Zehr
  139. The Batman Handbook by Beatty
  140. The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals, and Dirty Politics by Kim Long
  141. Down These Strange Streets by George R.R. Martin et al.
  142. Songs of Love and Death by George R.R. Martin et al.
  143. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
  144. Attila the Hun by Christopher Kelly
  145. The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon
  146. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
  147. Rivals for the Crown by Kathleen Givens
  148. A Brief History of the Celts by Peter Ellis
  149. The Histories by Herodotus
  150. Virgin Earth by Philippa Gregory
  151. Wideacre by Philippa Gregory
  152. The Favoured Child by Philippa Gregory
  153. Meridon by Philippa Gregory
  154. Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  155. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  156. The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
  157. The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
  158. Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford
  159. A Brief History of the Tudor Age by Jaspar Ridley
  160. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
  161. Decoding the Celts by Claire Hamilton and Steve Eddy
  162. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
  163. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  164. Agnes Grey by Anna Bronte
  165. The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
  166. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  167. Emma by Jane Austen
  168. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  169. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  170. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  171. Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith
  172. The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin December 12, 2012
  173. Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
  174. Ray Bradbury Omnibus (3 novels)
  175. H.G. Wells Omnibus (7 novels)
  176. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin October 8, 2012
  177. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  178. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  179. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  180. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  181. The Second Life of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan
  182. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt July 6, 2013
  183. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
  184. A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  185. The Tiger by John Vaillant
  186. Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
  187. 5,000 Years of Royalty by Craughwell
  188. Left-Handed History of the World by Ed Wright
  189. The Trial by Sadakat Kadri
  190. Criminal Shadows by David Canter

Well, with the omnibuses not combined, I have over 200 novels to read! :S Oh geez, I think I’m on a book ban until at least HALF of these are read. Despite appearances, I did actually read novels last year!

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