Monday, March 7, 2011

Musing Monday...I Need Me a Plan.

It is bright and early Monday morning and I am just home from work, off to sleep in a minute, but first, let's check out this week's Musing Monday question from Miz B at Should Be Reading.
This week’s musing asks…
What book(s) are you most excited about right now? (it can either be something you’re currently reading, or something you just bought, or a book/books that are soon to be published).

If I was better organized I might be able to answer this. I would have a nice Excel spreadsheet with my reading calendar and what books were coming out in the near future. But, since I am pretty much in a state of continual, total TBR chaos and don't even know what I will read next, it is hard to say.
I am in the middle..or actually about 3/4 done...of a book on my Nook that will not be out until July, Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante, while books that are already out or will be out shortly sit in a little pile. Just because it sounded really interesting...
I have a couple of books from Amazon Vine that I must read shortly or be unable to request any more...and you know I crave more. No, I do not need them...I crave them.
I have a couple of books I requested from publicists that I have actually finished in a timely fashion, but not yet reviewed and a Library Thing Early Reviewer book that I have not yet read.
So it seems that I should not be reading books that are not coming out until July...even if they sound interesting. I think I need a book secretary, who would consider all these things and save me from myself, handing me the book that should be read next calming handing me a book and slapping my hand if I reached for something different.

You get the picture.
I am surrounded by stacks of books, figuratively and literally.
Many books I should have already read and have not.
Many books I should be reading very soon and have not.

But..are there books that I am still looking forward to and will start just as soon as I get my hot little hands on them?
Why yes, of course!

I have read a couple of Julia Spencer-Fleming's book recently and the next in the series, One Was a Soldier, was just awarded to me by those nice folks at LT Early Reviewers. I think that I am particularly happy since I just finished two of them, I am caught up in the series and it is all fresh in my mind.
A point unrelated to the question...I really think the ideal way the read a series is to wait until 3 or 4 or 5 books in the series are out and then read them all together, one after the other. The author may not like it, the publisher may not like it, but it is so enjoyable.

Back to the question. Somewhere, the other day, I noticed that the fourth book in the series about one of my all time serial killer favs, Gretchen Lowell, is back with the newly released Chelsea Cain book, The Night Season. How I did not just go ahead and order this the other night when I saw it is beyond me, because I will admit I am not known for my self control either.

Poorly organized, out of control, book lover. That's me!


  1. LOL. How sad is it that when you said "book secretary", I immediately thought to myself, "Oooo, that'd be a great job for me!!!" LOL. :P

    ((shakes head))


  2. Wow, you are literally buried by books! :)

    Here's my Musing Mondays (March 7) post!

  3. A woman after my own heart! Instead of obsessing about what to read next, I decided that my "challenge" for 2011 was simply to read what was screaming at me the minute I needed a new one to start. Of course, I do have to keep track of those that require reviews because publishers have been nice enough to send them to me.

    I listed all the books I wanted to read, and add to the list as I see them, then at the beginning of each month, I let pick 5 from the list and add those to my "MUST REVIEW" book pile. I'm having fun this way, and not feeling guilty about what I pick.

    And I also got the Julia Spencer-Fleming book (I just re-read them all late last fall in anticipation of this one coming out) and I KNOW it will be on the top of the pile the day it arrives.

    Happy reading - whatever it is. If it ain't fun, don't read it.

  4. I am always looking for new books, but like you I need to read what I have. I keep telling myself, I am not buying anymore books... but how can I resist... I love to read. When I'm not blogging. ; )

  5. The only time I know what I'm going to read next is when I prepare for my MM and What Are You Reading? posts on the weekend before the new week. But books are stacked everywhere!

    I know what you mean about Vines, though. Those and other review books have to move to the front of the line.

    I am behind on Chelsea Cain's series! I read the first two, but haven't read the third one!


  6. Personally I think plans are overrated. This year, with my TBR Dare, I have been liberated from The Plans. I am a willy nilly girl the last two months, and I'm having a ball.

  7. I'm with Sandy, plans are a pain. I wanna be a willy nilly girl, too! :D

    I read a book on the plane last week that caused quite a stir: "Have a new husband by Friday." My friend gave it to me as I was boarding the plane and every woman in my section wanted to borrow it. A lot of them did (it was a 10 hour flight and the book is a quick read.) Now, here's the interesting thing. We all read it cover to cover, even though we all agreed it was terrible! :D

  8. I can totally relate to the TBR chaos, that's for sure!

  9. I'm a bit jealous you have Turn of the Mind and the new Chelsea Cain book as well (love that series)....enjoy

    BTW...I am in total TBR chaos as well, if that makes you feel any better.

  10. No, it doesn'
    BTW, Turn of the Mind is an e-book from NetGALLEY.

  11. You know that books you really really want to read because you drop everything to read them once you get your hands on them ... and are willing to pay FULL PRICE!


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