Five on Friday: The TBR pile

June 12, 2009 at 10:40 am (Authors, Five on Friday)

In my wonderings of what to write about, I was walking across my living room and a topic just seemed to jump out at me.

Really. It was a box of books I tripped over.

I’ve got some down time this summer, and like any good bookaphile, immediately started making a special TBR stack for this time. Now, there are some books in there I’ve read before (a few LaVyrle Spencer’s spring to mind), but there are also some others that I’ve either wanted to read for a while or have recently recommended been to me. So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are my top 5 Special TBR books:

1. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr  For those of you who have been here for a while, you know I’m a fan of Melissa and her amazing YA dark and tortured fairy series. This is the third book in the series and I’ve been practically drooling not to break it out sooner.

2. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher   I know Robin is hyperventilating at the thought I’ve been able to withstand temptation this long, but if this isn’t a book/author/series for some down time, I don’t know what or who is. (And Robin, there is hope for me yet. Keep reading.)

3. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton   Here was my thought process on this one—loved the movie Timeline. Read the book and loved it. Always loved the movie Jurassic Park. Ergo, the book should be good, too, right? I’ll let you know later this summer.

4. Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart   I saw this on Courtney Milan’s blog as a keeper shelf book of hers and it intrigued me. I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds.

5. Midnight Pleasures by Eloisa James   I’ve been trying to find a copy of Eloisa’s debut, Potent Pleasures, but haven’t had much luck, so settled for her second book for now. She’s skyrocketed to being one of the heavy hitters of historical romance, and with her DNA, I’m dying to see how she writes. (I also have one of hers from her Duchess series, too.)


And, since this is a TBR 5 on Friday, I also thought I’d let you know about the last five I’ve read, so you can see my list stretching behind me as well as reaching before me.

1. White Night by Jim Butcher   See, Robin? I told you not to worry. To refresh myself for Turn Coat, I’m reading the past few in the Dresden Files. I love this one, but (***SPOILER ALERT***) think it’s sad Lash sacrifices herself. I liked her and the interaction she and Harry had.

2. Tempted by the Night by Elizabeth Boyle   This was the first Boyle I’ve read, and by this book, I’m going to be looking at many of her others, I’m sure. Great writing, wonderful and unexpected twist—I was hooked.

3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman   Two posts ago I mentioned I was halfway through this and, now that I’ve finished, can willingly give it two enthusiastic thumbs up. I had trouble with Gaiman (maybe it was Pratchett) with Good Omens, so this was almost a tie-breaker, but based on Mr. Gaiman’s delightful story, I’m going to try his American Gods series soon.

4. Honor’s Splendor by Julie Garwood   Ah, early 90s historical romance, I’ve missed you. Julie is one of my hall-of-famers, along with Lindsay, McNaught, Woodiwiss and Small. I can never go wrong if I have one of your books in my shelf.

5. ???   I couldn’t remember number five and had obviously, in some misguided attempt at cleaning, reshelved it.

So, now that I’ve finished White Night, need another book to start. I’m reading a non-fiction book for research, but it’s always nice to have something fluffy to fall into while trying to go to sleep or for a few quiet minutes on the couch. Guess I’m going to have to wander back into the living room and browse through our shelves and shelves of books and pick something out.

Life’s a bitch.


  1. coffeegirl88 said,

    I look forward to what you think of the book Jurassic Park. I read the book the summer the movie was released, wish I could remember which I did first but well . . . it’s been a while. I liked the movie just a little better than the book, but then again the science jargon lost me so there were chunks of the book I skimmed over.

  2. Robin said,

    Oh, you’re going to love Turn Coat! And remind me to tell you what the first line of his next book is! It’s a doozy! And I didn’t realize you were a Melissa Marr fan too. I LOVE her books and Fragile Eternity was great! Now I’m dying for the next one! (I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying the saga continues…)

    Please save some time for one more book! I’m uh, sending something special your way next week. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  3. jeniferm said,

    I don’t think you’ll be shocked to hear me recommend this. 🙂

    A spreadsheet is a great tool to remember what you’ve read! I’ve got one to organize various book and movie aspects: a sheet of books read, a sheet of movies watched, a sheet of books listened to, a sheet of books to read, a sheet of movies to watch, a sheet of movies to watch specifically recommended by Jenny Crusie 🙂 . . .

    I started sometime in 2005 and have 360 books on my already read tab. It’s fun to keep track. Plus, I can look back if a book didn’t stick so well in my memory and I’m trying to decide if I’ve already read it.

    Barring that, a site like Good Reads is a handy way to keep track (and share with others).

    Enjoy your books!

  4. Sandra Ferguson said,

    Is Turn Coat the newest release? My son is a huge Dresden fan and he has to have the hardcopy on all these because he can’t wait for the paperback version to come out. He also reads, and got me hooked on, the Codex Alera series by Butcher. Have you read those? Hands down some of the best plotting I’ve ever read. 3 major story lines going at once. Amazing.

    I like the previous comment about the spread sheet. The memorable ones I wouldn’t need to list, but the stinkers or ‘just didn’t hold my interest’ — now that would be useful to remember.

    Have a great weekend.

  5. Pamela Cayne said,

    Coffee–whee! I’m so glad somebody chimed in about Jurassic Park. I have to tell you, I’m really excited to read it and hope it stands up to my Timeline standard. I’ll be sure and post a mini book review when I’m done! 🙂

    Robin–Yup, I’m practically vibrating to read both Jim and Melissa’s books, both fabulous authors! And since they write a series, so more to keep reading, that’s just the cherry on top! And there’s no worries–my TBR pile always has room for more! 😉

  6. Pamela Cayne said,

    Jenifer–I just adore you. It’s that simple. I can’t even get my address book on Excel, and you think I can create a book spreadsheet. I’m humbled by your (misplaced) faith in me. But, I promise to ask you if I’m ever curious about a book–you know, see if it’s already on JenList2000. 😀

    Sandra–yay, another Butcher fan! I knew about his Codex Alera series, but was being a bit snobbish that anything could be as good as the Dresden files, so didn’t pick one up. However, hearing your recommendation, I’m going to have to dive in a try one! 🙂

  7. Melina said,

    Thanks for all the book recommendations! If I were more together, I’d put the titles on a spreadsheet like Jen, but alas, I doubt that’ll happen. But I will find a way to save these titles.

    Happy reading! 🙂

  8. Marilyn Brant said,

    I’ve had Jim Butcher on my TBR list for a while…I’m looking forward to trying the Dresden series soon, though!
    p.s. I think Jenifer should give the techno-challenged amongst us a mini lesson in spreadsheets! 🙂

  9. jeniferm said,

    For Marilyn and anyone else brave enough to play with spreadsheets, I created a blank one:

    Right click and choose save-as to copy it to your computer, then open using Microsoft Excel, Open Office Spreadsheet (free download) or any other spreadsheet software.

    It contains 6 sheets or tabs (books read, books listened, movies watched, books to read, books to listen, movies to watch). Click to each to add content.

    In each there are relevant headers like title, author, rating, comment. In comment for things watched/read I like to include notes about what I liked or didn’t like for some things. For those to read/watch I like to include a note about where I got the recommendation for that title.

    You can delete sheets by right-clicking on their name at the bottom and choosing the option to delete the sheet. You can add a sheet by right-clicking in the list of sheets/tabs at the bottom and choose to add one, then name it. You can re-order the sheets by simply clicking the one you want to move and dragging it to its desired position.

    Happy to answer more questions if anyone tries it out. 🙂

  10. Pamela Cayne said,

    Melina–think of it not as a matter of being together, but the plotters vs the pansters. (I say that because I am amazingly jealous of Jenifer’s spreadsheet!) 🙂

    Marilyn–I love the Dresden books, not only for the world-building Butcher does, but they’re just such fun reads! Hope you enjoy! 😀

    Jenifer–I am both in awe and a little bit in girl geek love. 🙂

  11. L.A. Mitchell said,

    I wouldn’t be able to ignore LaVyrle’s books. She is and will always be my Queen of Romance.

    Sounds like you’ll be busy 🙂

  12. Marilyn Brant said,

    Jenifer! Wow–thank you. How cool is that?!
    Pam–what lovely friends you have :). And, btw, today is June 15th. I believe you need to email me rather soon…

  13. Pamela Cayne said,

    L.A.–LaVyrle is one of my top 3 comfort reads, so she will always be in my bookshelf! 🙂

    Marilyn–Yes, I do have the best friends. And now that you’ve opened the floodgate, be prepared for the storm. (Though with the weather heading your way, I should be careful saying that!) 😉

  14. Katie Reus said,

    I love Eloisa James! I don’t read a lot of historicals but she’s on my short list of historical authors 🙂

  15. Pamela Cayne said,

    Katie–thanks! It’s great to hear an enthusiastic recommendation of Eliosa. I can’t wait to dig into one of her books! 🙂

  16. Caryn Caldwell said,

    Yay! Lots of nice recommendations. You know, as if I need to buy any more books!

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