TBR: 1 Zoe: 0

*sigh*. You know what this is a picture of?

Why, it's a pic of one of the fine staff at Cemetery Dance Publications packaging and shipping the new Stephen King novella BLOCKADE BILLY.

Which I totally ordered because I'm the girl who cried all over Stephen King when I met him in Atlanta last year. So, while the first photo should have me all agog, like, OH MAN! My copy's finally a-coming! Squee! It's more like. Crap. My copy's coming. *stumbles* You know why? Because the first photo reminded me of this:

What's that, you say? Why, it's my To-Be-Read pile, of course. Not to be confused with this:

Which naturally happens to be my Really-Need-To-Get-Back-To pile. Which isn't at ALL this:

Which is my I-Know-There's-One-Or-Two-Nuggets-Left-To-Be-Read-In-Here pile.

Oh, man. And did I mention THIS??
  1. The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti 
  2. Lesser Demons
  3. Kraken
  4. Let the Great World Spin
  5. The Grin of the Dark
  6. The Windup Girl
  7. Black Hills
  8. Islington Crocodiles
  9. Welcome to Hell
  10. Daughter of Hounds
  11. House with a Clock in its Walls
  12. City and the City
  13. The Unnamed
  14. Living Shadows
  15. Kaiki
Yeah, that's my To-Be-Ordered pile. So I can go through all of the above once again. Ugh. I'm obviously having a crisis of time management!

So what's on your TBR pile, and how many books do you get through a week?  
How in hell do you balance must-read time with must-write time and must-beta time and must-yanno-raise-the-children time? Ack! Ugh! Ergh! Oy!

I guess the answer is one book at a time. Quickly. SO. Right now, I'm starting on this:

With this quick on its heels:

I'll just have to do it in stages. Quick stages. And do it WHENEVER I haz downtime (ri-iight). Like at the doctor's. OHMYGOD that just reminded me of the paperback in my bag, which means there exists a PURSE To-Be-Read! And the CAR TBR! Zoinks! And the BATHROOM TBR!!! *drowns*


Falen | April 22, 2010 at 11:42 AM

ugh. Have fun with House of Leaves. After i finished it i didn't want to read anything for a month. Also i thought i might be crazy.
But that will fade!

Ian | April 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM


Glad I'm not the only one with a never-ending pile of to-be-reads.

I'm also guilty of leaving about a dozen books scattered about the house in various stages of being read.

House of Leaves was great - VERY creepy! Enjoy.

Zoe C. Courtman | April 22, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Hey, Falen! Thanks for dropping in. "Also i thought i might be crazy." LOLZ!!! THAT, my friend, might just be the marker of a great work of horror fiction.

Hiya, Ian! Nice to see you - thanks for commenting! I drive my husband CUH-razy with all my scattered booksies. But he dareth not touch one to put it away or there is helleth to pay!! lol. I'm looking forward to "House of Leaves". I'll definitely post what I think!

Matthew Rush | April 22, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I should probably read more in the genre I write. Or not - I'm not sure I care.

H.P. Lovecraft is absolutely amazing BTW. But you probably knew that.

Never heard of House of Leaves. I'll have to check it out.

Thanks for sharing Zoe.

Today's guest blogger is Michelle McLean!

Matthew Rush | April 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention my TBR pile: Ham on Rye, Bukowski, then The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Who Played with Fire series, Steig Larsson.

I'm in the middle of The Kids Are All Right, by the Welch siblings.

callieforester | April 22, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Wow. I feel like a big huge loser now. Lol. I want to come browse your library!!

I don't read enough. I know I should, and I LOVE to read, but I'd say I only get through about two or three books a month.

Whenever I get too sucked into something, I can't pull myself away to write. Then I feel guilty, and like I'm wasting my time, just lazing around reading when I should be working. I need to kick it through my thick head that it REALLY helps my writing to read a lot.

I love Stephen King as well--so jealous that you got to meet him! He's my hero!

Zoe C. Courtman | April 22, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Hey, Matthew! Ooh, how are you finding the Welch memoir? Sounds interesting. And, yanno, I love me some Lovecraft. Not on account of his excruciatingly purple prose, but for his monsters, man. *sigh* Love them.

Thanks for popping in, Callie! No -- don't feel like a loser!! Notice how I'm NOT actually getting through that big pile o' books. So I'm right there with you :D And don't let anyone make you feel guilty for sitting around reading. We're writing books, so we have to KNOW books inside and out!!

Anonymous | April 22, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Oh wow, those are a lot of books! Much bigger than my TBR pile -- although that might be because mine's a list on the computer (since most I have to get through the library :<). I've quite given up on ever finishing, since I get distracted easily by the new shiny books.

Some that are on top of my TBR pile are CATCHING FIRE, INCARCERON, and A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS. During holidays, I typically read 2-3 books a week. However, during school terms, I'd be lucky to read 1 book/week. That's why the pile's so high...

Jen | April 22, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Yikes that's the biggest pile of books I've ever seen in my life... that being said I'm drooling everywhere because I wish I had a bookshelf with that many to choose from. Instead I have a tiny little bookshelf that has less than 20 titles, why you ask? Because when I moved it was one of the things I had to give up... the hubby and I compromised. Don't you worry I'll get all of those copies back, they're on my list!!!

As far as the TBR pile, there are simply too many to list!

Love your blog... the stripes rock!

Zoe C. Courtman | April 22, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Hi, Sandy! Thanks for dropping in. Oh, INCARCERON looks great, doesn't it? Haven't yet put it on my To-Be-Ordered pile, but it's on my To-Be-To-Be-Ordered pile :D

Thanks for commenting, Jen! It is a big ol pile, and an even bigger testament to my dysfunctional time management process. Which, is, like no management at all. Boo.

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