24 in 48 TBR

So I’ve got a stack of books ready for the Readathon! I tried to pick some short books and some books that I think I can really get into and spend big chunks of time reading. Here’s my list:

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Good at Games by Jill Mansell. Jill Mansell books are guaranteed to keep me up all night because I just need to read one-more-chapter.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. Almost done, just need a little time to finish.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I’m itching to get to this one.

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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. This has been on my shelf for a while and it’s super short. I started it but got distracted so I need to finish it.

The Persephone Book of Short Stories. I figure some short stories will do for those short spans of time when I’m out but could be reading.

I’m certainly not optimistic enough to think that I can get all this read in one weekend, but a girl can dream, right?

24 in 48

I’ve decided to participate in the 24 in 48 Readathon! To participate in the Readathon is really simple. The goal is to dedicate your weekend to books by spending 24 out of 48 hours of the weekend reading. This Readathon takes place this weekend.

I’m so excited to participate in this!  I’ve always loved the idea of readathons and can’t wait to spend the weekend curled up with some good books. Now I just have to put together my TBR pile! I’ll be back with one soon. Any tips?

Top Ten Tuesday

This Tuesday over at the Broke and the Bookish, the list is the Top Ten Releases of 2015 We Meant to Get to but Didn’t.

    1. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.  I know very little about this book, but I keep thinking about it.
    2. City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg.  There was so much hype about this book when it came out, I still want to see what the fuss is all about.
    3. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.  A book I bought when it was first released.  I still can’t wait to read it.
    4. The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray.  I loved Skippy Dies, so I was so excited when I heard Murray had a new book.
    5. The Giveness of Things by Marilynne Robinson.  Another book I own.  I’ll read anything by  Robinson, I just haven’t gotten into it yet.
    6. Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill.  I’ve been trying to get into short stories, and this set sounds amazing.
    7. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.  I get the new John Grisham every year, I just haven’t read it this year.
    8. Purity by Jonathan Franzen.  I own this one, too.  Majorly hyped books always end up on my radar.
    9. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.  I have only heard good things about how beautiful this book is.
    10. The Witches by Stacy Schiff.  It’s a monster of a nonfiction book, but it sounds so interesting.

So what books did you wish you could have gotten to last year?

Top Ten Tuesday

What better way to start off the new year than listing my top ten bookish resolutions!  Go check out The Broke and the Bookish for other resolutions.

  1. Start this blog – This has been an idea of mine for a while now, so I’m glad to actually be starting it.
  2. Don’t be afraid to DNF – I always feel guilty for not finishing books, but I shouldn’t!  If I’m not enjoying it, I should just move on.  Maybe I’ll try it again some other time, maybe I won’t; I’m not going to worry about it.
  3. Try new genres – I’m huge on realism, but I’m very aware that there are so many brilliant books out there that I’m missing out on.  It’s time to get out of my comfort zone: fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, YA, romance…the possibilities are endless!
  4. Make time for reading – Every day if I can.
  5. Make time for writing – Same thing (though I’ve always found this particular goal a bit difficult.  I might have to settle for once a week…)
  6. Don’t worry about numbers – Pages, books, time spent…none of it should matter if I get some good reading time in.
  7. Classics – I miss reading the classics back in undergrad.  I found a lot of authors I really enjoyed, but didn’t continue on with them.  Time to get back to them.
  8. Indie and small press authors – I know there are a ton of great ones out there, but I keep getting sidetracked by the Big 5 presses.  I’m going to start reading some of the lesser known presses this year.
  9. More nonfiction – I’ve always loved nonfiction and want to keep reading them.
  10. Read what I want – I’m not going to force myself to read anything I don’t really want to read.  I’m only going to read things I’m excited about.

January TBR

I’ve never been much for TBRs, but I figure, with the new year, I can try again.  I’ve always been a little over ambitious with TBR goals, I’ll try to keep it down.

  1. Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry.  Got an ARC through NetGalley and hoping it’s a quick read so I can finish it before its released.
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling.  Rereading the series (again) and I can probably finish this one and the Half-Blood Prince this month.
  3. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.   I’ve been itching to read this since I bought it, so up to the top of the TBR pile it goes.
  4. The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin.  Another book from NetGalley that I’m anxious to read.
  5. A Life on Nashville’s Music Row by Bobby Braddock.  I’m a huge country music fan (and a fan of Nashville in general), so I’ve been really excited to read this book.

So that’s my list for the month!  We’ll see how this TBR thing goes…

Welcome!

Welcome to Books Beyond Measure!  Starting the blog is a bit of a big deal for me.  This is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, and I’ve finally decided to get on with it.  I’m a new professional who has been learning how to balance my reading life with my personal and professional lives.  Balancing everything hasn’t been as easy as one would hope, but I’m starting to get the hang of it!

With this blog, I’ll be chronicling my journey through my bookshelves as I catch up on reading and collect new editions to add to my shelves.  I have a wide range of interests, and will basically read anything that sounds interesting, though I do tend to lean more towards realistic fiction.  I have started trying to expand my TBR to include science fiction and fantasy, so we’ll see if my interests change.

I’m so excited to get going with this, and I plan on utilizing that enthusiasm while I can, so I except to get more posts up soon!