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22 February 2017 @ 04:34 pm
To Be Read Shelf, 2017  

I’m pretty sure I’ve gone over to the dark side. I’m looking at my TBR shelf and thinking “the only way I’m going to read half of these is if I get the ebook.” My last…several…book purchases have been e-books, with the exception of one that’s on its way that wasn’t available to me in e-book (and which I have the first book in print and signed), and I’ve replaced a few with e-books at this point. And there are several more on this list that, realistically, if I’m gonna read them, it’ll be by replacing them in e-format.

I’m starting, honestly, to have the horrible feeling that my TBR shelf is more of a Never TBR Shelf. I’m finding that if I don’t read something pretty much immediately on purchase, it goes on the shelf and becomes…well, something of a burden, at this stage. And the lovely thing about the e-books is I can put together a wishlist and go buy something from it when I have a moment to read, and then bam, I’m reading it and all is copacetic. Furthermore, if there’s a sequel available, I then tend to buy them up on e-book and read them while my enthusiasm is still hot. So…yeah. I think I’ve gone to the dark side.

Last year the goal was to read all the books on the TBR shelf and anything left at the end of the year was going to the used bookstore unread, but last year sucked and I’m not holding myself to that line. I may give it another go this year, especially as I’m starting to realize an awful lot of the books on these shelves aren’t actually *mine*. I should, frankly, be able to get through the 20 or so fiction books on my physical shelf without straining myself too much this year.

The non-fiction shelf needs some active effort as well as updating. I suspect there, as well, that e-books would be read more quickly, but I’d…have to really change my habits to buy history books in e-format, so I’ll just try to work with what I’ve got right now. (Mneh. I see I could replace Ben Wilson’s DECENCY & DISORDER with an e-book, which is…extremely tempting, because a significant part of the reason I haven’t continued reading that is it’s a big fat book with small leding and margins which makes it physically difficult to read. And that’s not just because my eyes are getting older, as I’ve had the book for several years now and it’s only in the past year my focus point has changed! It’s just not a well designed book….)

I need to make a graphic novels list, too, just to remind myself there’s stuff I haven’t yet read.


Fiction TBR:
Berg, Carol: DUST & LIGHT, ASH & SILVER
Brin, David: EXISTENCE (e)
Caine, Rachel: FADE OUT (e)
Delaney, Joseph: THE SPOOK’S DESTINY
Friedman, Celia: LEGACY OF KINGS (gotta replace w/e)
Hambly, Barbara: RAN AWAY, GOOD MAN FRIDAY, CRIMSON TIDE
Harkaway, Nick: ANGELMAKER
Kay, Guy Gavriel: RIVER OF STARS
Kristoff, Jay: SHADOWDANCER
Murphy, C.E.: HEART OF STONE, HOUSE OF CARDS, HANDS OF FLAME (e)
Richardson, Kat: POLTERGEIST (e)
Robinson, Kim Stanley: AURORA (possibly replace w/e)
Sagara, Michelle: CAST IN HONOR, CAST IN FLIGHT
Schwab, V.E.: A CONJURING OF LIGHT (e)
Shevdon, Mike: STRANGENESS & CHARM + a couple others i think
Sperring, Kari: THE GRASS KING’S CONCUBINE
Tchaikovsky, Adrian: EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD, THE BEAR & THE SERPENT (e)
Tregellis, Ian: BITTER SEEDS
Watt-Evans, Lawrence: ABOVE HIS PROPER STATION

Non-Fiction:
Adkins, Roy & Lesley: THE WAR FOR ALL THE OCEANS
Clements, Jonathan: A BRIEF HISTORY OF KHUBILAI KHAN
Emmerson, Charles: THE FUTURE HISTORY OF THE ARCTIC
Farmelo, Graham: THE STRANGEST MAN
Foulkes, Nick: DANCING INTO BATTLE
Garfield, Simon: JUST MY TYPE
Goldstone, Nancy: JOANNA
Harvey, Robert: WAR OF WARS
Hickman, Katie: COURTESANS
Isaacson, Rupert: THE HORSE BOY
Leon, Vicki: 4000 YEARS OF UPPITY WOMEN
Maffeo, Steven E.: MOST SECRET & CONFIDENTIAL
Nicholson, Adam: MEN OF HONOUR
Porath, Jason: REJECTED PRINCESSES
Weatherford, Jack: SECRET HISTORY OF THE MONGOL QUEENS
Weir, Alison: ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE
Wilson, Ben: DECENCY & DISORDER
Vanhoenacker, Mark: SKYFARING

Graphic Novels:
HELLBOY, Library Editions 5 & 6
LAZARUS, v2
EAST AND WEST, v1

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
Marissa Lingenmrissa on February 22nd, 2017 06:50 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great how people's brains work differently? For me the problem is exactly the opposite: I have a bunch of really interesting ebooks, but they are out of sight, out of mind for me unless I'm traveling or unless I start them right away. When I go to pick out a book, I go look at the physical piles on my desk (nonfiction, novels, short fiction, and borrowed books), and I pick one of those, and that's that. I pretty much never look at my poor Kindle. When I'm running low on physical books, I think, ack, should put in another library request! rather than oh, should see what's on the Kindle.

I have thought about doing some kind of Kindle reading challenge or goal, but there are enough things in my life that are obligatory without making my reading time into one of them. Which is not to say that other people are wrong to make that choice, just that it's the wrong one for me.
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2017 07:18 pm (UTC)
It's been a *very* slow transition to the e-reader being more appealing. I've had an e-reader for about six years and most of the first four years, save for when I was on vacation, were exactly as you describe. It's only been in the past two years (after having to pack, move and unpack fifty boxes of books for the EIGHTH TIME IN TEN FRIGGING YEARS), and especially the past year since downloading books has finally gotten as easy as it's supposed to be with the Kobo, that the e-reader has begun to take priority.