Stacked-Up Book Thoughts are my random notes about books I've read, movies I've watched, books I'm looking forward to, and events I hope to get to.
I'm writing this while watching the Super Bowl. I'm sipping some wine and am totally exhausted because I spent the entire weekend going through all my books: I sorted them, reshelved them, and culled them. I now have bags of books ready to go to charity and many fewer books on the floor.
Now, let me quickly say that the books I'm giving away are not all review copies. I've finally gotten to the point at which I accept that I'm never going to look through my old craft books, college textbooks, or yellowing paperback mysteries again. By getting rid of them (and ARCs I'm clearly never going to read), I found that I had room for most of the books I want in my permanent library plus current(ish) review books.
Besides just feeling good about lighting the load, I love that I took the time to group my books into useful categories, such as books I want to read now, books I want to read someday, books I've read and want to keep, and books I want to write about even if I don't get to read them all the way through. It was also fun to rediscover books I had been so excited to get. Can't wait to dig in.
Next up is organizing my collection of eBooks and eGalleys. I'm in fairly good shape with them, thanks to Calibre, but I need to make some realistic decisions about what I'm really going to read or write about.
What We're Watching
Besides a few movies I've gotten for review purposes, we're watching a only a handful of current shows, including Black Sails on STZ, Shameless on SHO, and Downton Abby on PBS. We're also slowly catching up with Blue Bloods and Justified on streaming. We would be watching Longmire but the newer seasons are not streaming for free yet (what's up with that?).
Black Sails is bit complicated, but we like the actors and the story, which is a kind of prequel to Treasure Island. Plus it's pirates! Shameless is a U.S. remake of a British show about a lower-income family trying to stay afloat the best they can, which isn't always by staying on the right side of the law.
Books at the Top of My Stack
I'm currently listening to The Mime Order and reading Ongoingness and Fables: Rose Red (vol. 15). Two books at the top of my February list are The Coach's Wife and Members Only. For the Blogger's Recommend newsletter, my pick of the month was A Matter of Breeding. Look for reviews of all these in the weeks to come.
The Mime Order is the second in an alternate history/fantasy series that has great characters, good action, and a fresh premise. The Coach's Wife promises to be a multilayered novel about sports, love, and teaching. It takes place in Indiana. The three nonfiction picks provide fascinating looks into dog breeding, exclusive clubs and organizations, and journaling. Everything is high on my recommend list.