Nov 192013

RandomReadsBW_200I finished reading Don’t Bite Me, I’m Santa Claus and headed straight for to find my next Random Read. The number randomly selected for me was #1206 out of #1580–Someone Else’s Fairytale by Emily Mah Tippets. This book has been on  my “to-read” shelf since July of last year, and I have a review copy on my Kindle. As this is one of the review books I was sent but haven’t been able to get to yet, watch for my review on the LDS Women’s Book Review blog.

SomeoneElsesFairytaleAs I page through my Goodreads feed, I’ve realized that my Random Reads feature on this blog has had an unintended side effect. In the past, I have been a bit indiscriminate about the books I’ve added to my “to-read” shelf. Since starting this feature, however, I find myself considering whether I would really want to read a particular book if it came up as one of my Random Reads. I’ve been a little surprised at how many books I let slide past in my feed. Perhaps some decluttering of my “to-read” shelf is in order?

Do you ever “declutter” your Goodreads shelves?

Sep 192013

RandomReadsBW_200Though it took two months, I finally finished Random Reads #1Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (read my Goodreads review), and I’m ready to tackle my next Random Read. Yesterday I pulled up trusty and it selected #848 out of 1,523.

After scrolling, scrolling, and a little more scrolling, I discovered that “to-read” #848 is Don’t Bite Me, I’m Santa Claus by Tom Plummer. I don’t remember this book, but I must have come across it at some point because I added it to my “to-read” shelf on December 27, 2009, shortly after it was published.

dontbitemeimsantaclausI worried that I might have to find a different book for Random Read #2 because of its seasonal nature, but luckily my local library has a few copies on hand. I’ve put it on hold and will soon be reading my first Christmas-themed book of the year.

I have several more holiday-centered books coming up in the queue for review on the LDSWBR blog, but they are decidedly more fictional and romantic than Don’t Bite Me, I’m Santa Claus.

We’re only days away from the official first day of fall, and October is just around the corner. Is anyone else in denial that summer is almost over? As much as I love the cooler days of fall and watching the leaves change color on the mountainside, this year it is particularly hard for me to let go of the warmer days of summer.

But since there’s no holding back the earth in its orbit around the sun, I will kick-off the upcoming Holiday season by reading Don’t Bite Me, I’m Santa Claus, maybe with a cup of hot chocolate for good measure.

What Christmas-themed books are you looking forward to reading this year? Have you read Don’t Bite Me, I’m Santa Claus?

Jul 182013

RandomReadsBW_200My “to-read” bookshelf on Goodreads has over 1400 books on it.

I add more to it every week. There is no way I can remember everything I’ve added over the last several years, and rarely do I have the time to browse through 1400+ books to decide what I might like to read next.

So I’ve come up with something new that I’m going to try.

Have you seen that episode of “The Big Bang Theory” where Sheldon uses dice to make his decisions for him? (I’m just remembering this episode now, as I am typing this post, so this is not where I got the inspiration for this, except maybe subconsciously.)

Ah, man, I love that show. (Click through to watch the clip if you’re not reading this on the BW blog.)


Anyway, I’ve decided to start a feature called Random Reads and this is how it works: On, I will enter the range from 1 to the number of “to-reads” books on my bookshelf that day and whatever random number shows up, that’s what book I will read next. If it is a sequel in a series I haven’t started yet, I will read the first book in that series (or the next one in the series if I have read others previously).

The first random number selected for me was 462. The 462nd book on my “to-read” shelf was Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt. It’s a Newbery Honor Book. It’s been a while since I read one of those so I’m looking forward to it.

Have you read Across Five Aprils? What do you think of my Random Reads feature idea?