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TSS: The Annual Christmas TBR Explosion

tssbadge1Because my birthday and Christmas are so close together, I’ve always had a glorious few weeks where my to be read pile explodes and I find myself possessing books I’ve craved all year long. Most people I know well enough to exchange gifts with understand that pretty much all I want is books, so I’m lucky enough to receive books as gifts; this year I also … um … bought myself several as a birthday present. Kind of a celebration on lifting the TBR ban.

On top of this wonderful yearly addition to the physical TBR pile, Amazon also tend to put Kindle ebooks on sale around the New Year. This naturally means that I jump on the opportunity to possess wishlisted books at the ridiculously small price of 99p or £1.99; since Christmas I’ve acquired over 20 ebooks.

First, though, the physical books:


I’m particularly excited about Dangerous Women, although I think it will take me a while to read as it’s much too big to take with me on the train. But I’m actually looking forward to all these books, including the out-of-print Dreamsnake, one of the few remaining Hugo and Nebula award winners written by a woman that I haven’t read yet (the other one is Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold which I have somewhere).  The Raven Boys comes as a recommendation from Ana and Jodie. I think I also read about Biting the Sun on a blog but can’t actually remember where.

Then, there were the ebooks. I can’t take a picture of these, but I can list them:

  • The Grass is Singing, Doris Lessing
  • The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  • The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  • The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
  • First Grave on the Right, Charley Davidson
  • Cinder, Marissa Meyer
  • Heart of Steel, Meljean Brook
  • The Countess Conspiracy, Courtney Milan
  • Across the Universe, Beth Revis
  • The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan
  • One Summer: America 1927, Bill Bryson
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
  • Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
  • We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Harvest, Jim Crace
  • Life after Life, Kate Atkinson
  • The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
  • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, Max Hastings
  • Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O’Farrell
  • Goddess with a Blade, Lauren Dane

I’ve actually read three of these already – We Need New Names (fulfilling one of my monthly goals) and Life after Life, both of which I loved. The third was A Countess Conspiracy and above I’ve linked to my mini review post in which I discuss it.

Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, the pace of book acquisition has slowed down since then – otherwise I think I’d never catch up! Which of these do you think I should read next?


8 comments to TSS: The Annual Christmas TBR Explosion

  • yay Raven Boys :D I’ve seen Dangerous Women at work and it does look tempting, but yeah, can’t imagine myself dragging it around. I actually got many of the same e-books as you recently (curse you, tempting sales) including Life After Life. Really looking forward to it!
    Ana @ things mean a lot´s last post …Seeing the Glass Half Full

  • Bookgazing

    OMG RAVEN BOYS! And please let me know how Dangerous Women is (the contributor list didn’t quite convince me but the idea sounds fab). Also, really want to try the Brook books. I thought about treating myself to birthday books this year but couldn’t quite convince myself (there are so many books here already).

  • Oh, Biting The Sun, definitely! I see it’s the two-novel-under-one-cover volume, so you get to read both at once. Tanith Lee wrote some wonderful books back in the 70s and this is one of my favourites.
    Sue Bursztynski´s last post …Free Ebook From Peggy Bright Books!

  • You got some great books – The Fault in Our Stars and The Goldfinch are both outstanding. I just listened to One Summer and found it fascinating.
    bermudaonion (Kathy)´s last post …Review: Shake

  • I really enjoyed Raven Boys, and I’m reading The Goldfinch right now, which I’m really enjoying. I also have One Summer in my audiobook pile, and am looking forward to giving that a listen.
    Belle Wong´s last post …The Reading Stack #2

  • I didn’t love Valley of Amazement, but most of the others look great. I too have One Summer in audio; I love Bryson.
    Beth F´s last post …Bullet Review: Underwire by Jennifer Hayden

  • Yeah. I bought WAY TOO MANY e-books at the end of December, but hardly any since… So, if that keeps up I will just think of it as a stock-pile for 2014 and not feel guilty. And apparently I missed some of the sales. Ah, well, probably for the best. My problem was a multiple use coupon for Kobo… 50 percent off is so hard to resist!
    Kailana´s last post …Week in Review (3)

  • Dreamsnake has been on my wishlist for a while. I must admit, I’m curious to know what you think of it!