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Tackling the TBR Pile - Finally!

I'm so excited! I currently have just six books for review left in my TBR pile. That's it for the rest of the year! I've decided not to accept anymore, and I'm staying away from NetGalley so I don't get tempted. I am determined to spend the rest of the year (after I'm done with these six) reading the books I've been wanting to read but never get around to. I should be done with the review books by mid-October.

So what's in that TBR pile that I am excited to read? Here are the ones I really want to read, in no particular order:
  1. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
  2. Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon
  3. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
  4. Captivity by Deborah Noyes
  5. Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
  6. The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch
  7. Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji
  8. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  9. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
  10. All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
  11. Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
  12. The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
  13. Cape Cod by William Martin
  14. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  15. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  16. Beyond the Darkness by Leonard D. Hilley II
  17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  18. The Mongol Objective by David Sakmyster
Have you read any of these? Which do you most recommend?

As a side note, I do plan to get back to accepting books for review in January. So I'm not giving up on that entirely. I just really needed a break!


  1. Definitely The Book Thief. It's amazing! It was one of my top 2 reads in 2010, and I already re-read it once.

  2. The Book Thief is great, as is The Forgotten Graden. I really need to read some Eudora Welty!

  3. Netgalley is far to tempting I agree. Good for you for getting the TBR lower. :-)

  4. My recommendations would be 8 and 17.

  5. Oh, wow!! What a list - you have some good ones there! Don't you just love choosing your next book to read? It's so much fun!

    Let's see...what I have I read here...

    Infidel was excellent, very enlightening and thought-provoking. I read it for a book group.

    Another book group of mine recently read The Forgotten Garden and everyone loved it. I started it not thinking it was my kind of book but ended up loving it.

    All Over But the Shoutin' was good, too - I usually enjoy memoirs.

    I read Shoot the Moon and thought it was pretty good but not top of the list, given the others you have here.

    And The Book Thief is fabulous - that should be at the top of your list.

    I have also heard great things about a few of these but haven't read them myself - The Little Giant of Aberdeen County and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.



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