Tackling The Mammoth TBR Pile!

Happy Friday everyone. Casey here.

IMG_2161A quick post today, since I am on vacation this week. And because I’m on vacation, I have a giant TBR (to be read) list. Oh, don’t worry, I’m still writing two books at once. Although it looks like Mystic Hero is winning the word count war.

I mentioned last week that I troll the Kindle Daily Deal everyday, so most of these books are on my Kindle purchased as a result of said “deal”. Here’s what I have on my plate (which is a slim fraction of the TBR pile):

1. The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo – And the Evil that Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parky – non-fiction, true crime

2. Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell- YA/Middle Grade

3. Money Shot by Christa Faust – Crime Noir

4. A Bad Day for Voodoo by Jeff Strand – YA

5. Nightwings by Robert Silverberg – Science Fiction

And finally, earlier in the week I read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (and in case you missed it, Galbraith was outed as JK Rowling). I read my local library’s copy because there is no way I’m spending $9.99 on a digital book. I really enjoyed it. The story sucked me in and I finished in about two days.

So you may (or may not) be asking yourself, with a week of vacation and nothing to do – why are you reading at all? Surely, the time could be better spent just writing. Well, I have been writing (I average about 3,000 words in about 2 – 3 hours).IMG_1347

I also believe, that to be a better writer and storyteller, I have to keep reading. Otherwise, life is no fun for me and my writing actually comes easier if I don’t spend all my time stressing about it.

What about you? What’s in your TBR pile? And if you’re a writer, do you find reading helps with the writing process?

6 thoughts on “Tackling The Mammoth TBR Pile!

  1. Okay, in my TBR list I have:

    1. ALEPH by Paulo Coelho–memoir, spiritualism (and I caught a typo in the blurb… I guess I can’t feel bad about a typo in the middle of my book, if a big six can make one on the jacket, huh?)

    2. PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE by Michio Kaku–nonfiction, science stuff (though, honestly, with the talk about light sabers, I wonder about the nonfiction status. So much of physics sounds made up to me. Like, it’s two dudes sitting in their mom’s basement at two in the morning, saying, “Hey man, wouldn’t it be a trip if there were dimensions within dimensions and multiple universes inside the dimensions? Let’s do math and blow everyone’s minds!” I hated Physics as a class, but I love Michio Kaku. Go figure)

    3. SCOTLAND: THE STORY OF A NATION by Magnus Magnusson–because what else are you going to read if you’re writing highlanders?

    4. DESIRE UNCHAINED by Larissa Ione–because a girl needs some smutty demons; it’s the same reason I just re-read KISS OF THE DEMON KING by Kressley Cole. I like smutty demons. They’re a good time.

    As for writing, I find I either read or I write. And when I can’t write, it means I need to go back to reading for awhile. Over my vacation, I didn’t write a single word. Not one. I read like a maniac, I hiked, I biked, and I chatted, but I didn’t write. My brain needed the vacation, and I finally just let myself have it!

  2. Hi Meggan!

    I’ve been having a similar vacation experience – not doing much writing at all. I’m okay with that. Sometimes, you just have to chill and have fun. I love your reading list – especially Dr. Kaku’s book. I will have to check that out!

    Speaking of typos – I found several in The Cuckoo’s Calling and in Money Shot! I really wanted to circle them with my red pen. But, Cuckoo belongs to my library and Money Shot is an e-book!

  3. What a timely post I have a reading retreat this weekend – a much need rest to recharge >.< My list includes:
    (1) Writing and Being – a book on journaling by G. Lynn Nelson (journaling is something I used at my no longer day job and I still like to read up on different approaches)
    (2) Plan on revisiting Terry Brooks series – The Sword of Shannara
    Waiting on my Kindle –
    (1) Rys Rising – YA – Tracy Fable
    (2) Awaken – Melanie Walker
    (3) Rock Your Plot – Cathy Yardley (So I can 'rock' when I return to full time writing on Monday)
    And since I suffer from shiny object disease, I'm sure the list will shift and grow 🙂
    Enjoy your books and vacation

    1. Hi lyncee!

      Thanks for commenting! I love, love, love The Sword of Shannara series. I haven’t read the books in years. I will have to check them out in the kindle store.

      Hey, I think I have shiny object disease too! I have to check the kindle store every day (and Teefury.com – which is a whole other obsession!). My TBR pile is so huge, I think it may take years to catch up.

      Happy writing! I know, come Monday, I go back to the day job and back to writing by night!

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