There’s a question I get fairly often, because these stacks are ginormous, especially in the spring. There’s a reason for that. Actually there are two reasons for that.
First, I have terrible tsundoku and always have. I like knowing that I have choices about what to read next, and next, and next, so I’ve always acquired more books that I could possibly read. Before ebooks, when we went on a trip it would be normal for me to take a carry-on bag filled entirely with books and to stop at a bookstore at least once to buy more.
Second, for the past nine years I have been on a series of book awards committees for the American Library Association. And, as a perk or a punishment or both for being part of one of these committees – often referred to as the Overachievers Book Club, I receive actual tons of books over the course of a year. I won’t be required to read all the books I receive, but there’s no way of knowing exactly which ones I’ll have to read until later in the year. And there are always plenty in the pile that I want to read. The committees’ year of deliberation starts in early February, which means I start getting metric buttloads of books not too much after that.
Yes, the UPS delivery people all hate me.
In the long term, or long tail, I read about half of what I receive. But that tail can be very long. I’ll be reviewing a book this coming week that I received four years ago. The stacks will be this big until at least the end of May, possibly into June, but then things will calm down – so to speak – until next year. Or at least that’s the plan. We’ll see!
The Birdcage by Eve Chase
Child Zero by Chris Holm
Cleopatra’s Dagger by Carole Lawrence
The Colony by Audrey Magee
Count Your Lucky Stars (Written in the Stars #3) by Alexandria Bellefleur
Girls Before Earls (Rogues to Lovers #1) by Anna Bennett
The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan
Hell Bent by Calista Lynne
Housebreaking by Colleen Hubbard
The Light Always Breaks by Angela Jackson-Brown
Little Foxes Took Up Matches by Katya Kazbek
Meant to Be Mine by Hannah Orenstein
Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare
One Lucky Summer by Jenny Oliver
Pignon Scorbion and the Barbershop Detectives (Pignon Scorbion #1) by Rick Bleiweiss
The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann
Scarlet in Blue by Jennifer Murphy
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell
Sister Stardust by Jane Green
The Sizzle Paradox by Lily Menon
Spear by Nicola Griffith (audio)
String Follow by Simon Jacobs
The Unkept Woman (Sparks & Bainbridge #4) by Allison Montclair
An Unlasting Home by Mai Al-Nakib
The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall
Wicked Beauty (Dark Olympus #3) by Katee Robert
Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda
Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
Acadie by Dave Hutchinson
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