Sunday, July 30, 2006

A Week of Bad Boys, Good Spies, Unforgettable Lovers

As if my TBR piles aren't high enough.

I've been accumulating books with alarming consistency for fifteen years. Books I bought at bookstores, bookfairs, and amazon.com. Books I asked for and received as gifts for some or another holiday. Freebies I collected at bukoo writers conferences. Lots-o-books.

Sadly, I have yet to read many of these. I simply lack the time. Yet, my TBR piles keep growing. It doesn't help that I now work at a library. Now I not only have stacks of purchased books, but stacks of borrowed books. I recently ordered Deep Breath by Alison Kent via Amazon. That same day, I noticed another library in our system had Kent's, The Beach Alibi, so I put that on hold.

Today, while checking in books, I ran across a brand new release by Catherine Coulter, then one by Iris Johanson. There's a waiting list for both. I added my name. Since one of my critique partners is writing a YA novel, I decided I really need something in that genre, so today I checked out one of Cyndi's recommendations. Oh, and there was the Robert Crais book that a patron highly touted. Checked that out too. So I have those two books on my desk and probably both of Alison's will arrive on Monday. *g*

Meanwhile, I'm on deadline. The only books I'm cracking (aside from the Stuart Woods and Robert B Parker novels I read two weeks ago) are research books. I'm typing away like a madwoman, creating my own story. And though I love my characters and their adventure, I'm dying to be swept away by someone else's tale.

I stare longingly at my stacks and stacks of purchased and borrowed books. Soon, I tell myself. Soon. The only problem will be, which one do I devour first?

What about you? TBR pile out of control? What are you reading now? Any recommendations? Because, you know, I just don't have enough books to choose from. *g*

36 comments:

Taylor said...

Beth, love the post cuz it strikes so close to the heart. First if there was one thing we share is the amount of books that pile up. It's a serious problem. Maybe not medical, but close enough!

Mary Stella said...

I recently discovered Tara Jantzen's "Crazy" series. Right now, I'm reading the first book in the series. (I read the second book first.) I plan to hit a bookstore on my way back home today. It's the last day of the sales-tax-free shopping days on books!

Tori Lennox said...

Recommendations:

Enchanted Inc. and Once Upon Stilettos by Shanna Swendson. I love these so much, I read them frequently.

Cute YA book is Ally Carter's I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. About a spy boarding school for girls. :)

Caro said...

I don't have a TBR pile. I have a TBR basket -- and numerous plastic tubs. The more I put my butt in my chair, the more I don't have time to read as much.

What am I currently reading? Lindsey Davis' Marcus Didius Falco mysteries set in Ancient Rome. I'm swallowing these like candy.

Beth Ciotta said...

I appreciate the suggestions. Keep 'em coming. Making my list and cringing as I imagine my TBR piles going through the roof. Literally. *g*

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Beth,

I found your blog through Alison's Week of Bad Boys contest hunt down *G* I like your blog. I will be visiting more often :)

Also I enjoy reading your post. I so agree with the TBR pile growing and growing *G*

Right now I am reading Pure Sex By: Lucinda Betts, Bonnie Edwards and Sasha White. Very good book. It's Erotica. What genres you like and I will be glad to suggest some books you should read.

I would like to be enter for Alison's contest.

Thank You,
Linda.H.

Milady Insanity said...

I feel like a weird person.

I don't have a TBR mountain even though I go book shopping twice a week.

Beth Ciotta said...

Hi Linda! I think you're the first person to find me via Alison's contest. Woo-hoo! Welcome. By commenting you are automatically entered in her contest. Good luck!

Glad you like my blog, and I would be thrilled if you dropped by now and again with your thoughts. Hmm. Genres I like to read. Well, it changes, but just now I'd say I'm most in to contemporary romantic suspense and historcial westerns. I enjoy humor. Any level of sensuality is fine. Any thoughts?

Beth Ciotta said...

If you're weird, milady insanity, then I aspire to your weirdness. No TBR pile? And you shop twice a week? You remind me of the patrons who come in to the library and check out six hard covers on Friday. I joke, "This should last you for a week." Thinking it'll take them the full three allowed. They say, in all seriousness, "Oh, I'll finish these over the weekend."

I WISH I could read that fast. *g*

Cheryl said...

Hi Beth,
I've been a regular to your blog for a few months now. So when Alison directed us to a performer, I knew right where to come for the "Week of Bad Boys, Good Spies, Unforgettable Lovers" hunt.

Maureen said...

LOL We packed up our house in Febuary because of substantial amounts of home renovations and moved in with my parents for the still ongoing duration. I counted as I packed. 256 books!!

I think the number has grown I have read some but like you can't help going out and buying more.

You could probably recommend a few authors to me. You and Mary are the first authors i have read in romantic comedy My pile consists of paranormal, historical or suspense.

Oh and yep, that's my website, Melissa and I are Co-writing Marissa together. I'm glad you liked it, it is just getting started. Don't have a siteof my own yet unless you count yahoo 360.

Hope the writing and research is going well Can't wait for you next release! lol And you have become one of the authors i read right away so you won't be in the pile.

Beth Ciotta said...

Hi Cheryl! Thanks for chiming in and good luck in Alison's contest! Speaking of performing, I'm heading off for a gig in a few minutes. Emceeing a sweepstakes at Trump Marina Casino tonight. Won't be back until after midnight, so talk among yourselves and keep those book recommendations coming!

Beth Ciotta said...

256 books?! Holy wow, Maureen. I haven't counted mine. All I know is that I weeded out four bags full last month to donateto the library and I STILL have piles and piles. Gads.

As to your website, yes, I liked it very much. Didn't relaize you and Melissa were writing together. Best of luck with that!

As for me, the nose is to the grindstone. It's going to be close, but the writing is going well. I think. Heh. Next book out will be my HQN book in the spring of 2007. Then another western in the summer. :) Thanks for your kind words! I wouldn't mind if I eneded up in your pile. Better in someone's pile than a distributors warehouse! LOL

Cherie Japp said...

Stopping by from Alison's scavenger hunt. I have to say that I feel your pain Beth except that my TBR pile is so out of control it is taking up three bookshelves. Currently reading Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter which I started today. If you have not tried any of Gena's books you must. Robin Owen's books "Guardian of Honor" and "Sorceress of Faith" are also very hard to put down.

Shawna said...

I'm one of those quick readers... Depending on the week and the books, I'll go through between 3-10 a week... maybe more, if I'm on a romance kick that week. I stock up on used books just to keep myself from running out.

Joyce said...

Hi Beth, Yes I am part of Alison's scavenger hunt.

Have you read Elizabeth Lowell's The Wrong Hostage, or Allison Brennan's trilogy the Hunt, the Prey, the Kill. They are also really good. One thing I love about blogs is I'm not the only one with a huge TBR pile who is on the lookout for more good books.

Brooks said...

"So many books, so little time."

I don't know who the credit goes to for that quote. It's so true. I've had to cancel magazine subscriptions because I know that I'll never have enough time to read everything I'm interested in.

I wonder how many, faced with the same realization, have just thrown up their hands and run off to join a convent or monastery?

kim c said...

I found your site through Alison's contest, but I have to agree about the TBR pile getting out of hand. I'm currently reading the new Edge books by Cherry Adair which I just love so far.

Rachael said...

Hi Beth!
Linda Howard writes really good romantic suspense. Do you read Evanovich? Those are funny mysteries. Really good! :)

My TBR pile is tilting. It gets bigger every day. I found your site through Alison's treasure hunt contest. :)

ellie said...

Great website and topic. Enter me in Alison's contest. I am reading A Thread of Grace, baker Towers.

joelle said...

great website. I am reading The Messenger, The Last Spymaster. Please enter me Alison's contest.

pearl said...

cool books. Love your site. Am reading between sisters and ya yas im bloom. Enter into Alison's contest please.

sharon said...

cool website. reading in a dark house and no good deeds. entry for Alison's contest, thanks

Charlene Teglia said...

I tend to read right through my pile pretty fast. Then I have to get more books. *g* I have Iris Johanson's latest hardcover on my nightstand, I'm about to start it. I've loved her stories since Loveswept days.

Maureen said...

I have many piles of books and my problem is the same as yours. I get books much faster than I can read them. Right now I'm reading Tara Janzen's Crazy series.

Laurie said...

My TBR piles are bags and bags and bags!! Way too many to count! My keeepers are also too numerous to count. I'm addicted to books!! I admit it. Right now I'm reading: "When Good Things Happen to Bad Boys""-Lori Foster, Erin Mc Carthy and HelenKay Dimon and "Bad Boys Southern Style" -Jill Shalvis, EC Sheedy and JoAnn Ross.

Cynthia said...

Another drop in from Alison Kent's contest. My TBR pile is ridiculous. I've fooled myself this weekend by packing up some of the all ready read books and stashing them under the bed (please don't let them breed under there like the dust bunnies do). So at present I don't see a towering pile of books TBR. I love finding new writers, paying forward the good karma I suppose. If you're looking for recommendations and you love thrillers, you should check out Christopher Whitcomb. He's got two thrillers that are amazing. Okay, so he's a friend of mine, but gotta help out our friends right? No seriously, the books are more than worthy of a read if you like FBI thrillers. Oh and let me second the "Crazy" series from Tara Janzen. I've read four of them so far and need to hunt down the rest. Yeah, because I need more books.

Meljprincess said...

Hi Beth,
We met in Daytona and I got, LASSO. :-)
I just finished reading JUST ONE TASTE...by Wendy Etherington. It's her first Blaze and it's fantastic! Wish me luck in Alison's contest. *g*
My TBR pile would take you to the moon and back.

Amy S. said...

I am reading Jennifer Crusie's new book.

Marie said...

I'm reading I Spy by Jacey Ford. I have All Night Long by Jayne Ann Krentz and If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl on my TBR pile.

Beth Ciotta said...

Thanks again for all of the recommendations! So many that I'd like to check out. Yowza. The TBR read pile is tipping!

I believe Alison is drawing for winners on August 1. Good luck everyone! I just got the copy I ordered of DEEP BREATH today. Can't wait to read!

Evanne said...

Aha! Another new author site found via Allison's web site.

ElsieHogarth said...

Since we were in D.C., this past week, for a family wedding, I read Lisa Kleypas'-Scandal in Spring, Julia Quinn's-On the Way to the Wedding and Joan Wolf's-His Lord's Desire. They were all very good.

My TBR pile is all in a Xerox box. They are just too many.

yesy rubi said...

hope I'm not too late, but then I guess "better late than never" :-D

My TBR list just seems to be getting longer and longer, and that's not even adding the books that will be coming out soon. Too many books, not enough time.

Beth Ciotta said...

Welcome, newbies to my blog! Good luck in Alison's contest!

Elsie, hugs on the BOXES. :)

Alison Kent said...

The winners are Joyce, Cynthia, and Juliett! Please contact me with your mailing info!