What’s on Your TBR List?

As 2015 draws to a close, I’m busy trying to get things done that should have been finished months ago. I’ve given up on writing projects – hopefully two months of not writing will result in a fresh look at the plot problems and wayward characters! I have several sewing projects I still hope to get done, and the house to clean, since the family Christmas gathering is this coming weekend.

I also set a reading goal each year on Goodreads. This year I decided I would read 50 books – ten more than last year. But I really let things slide in the middle of the year, and now I’m reduced to reading a lot of short books. The longer books, especially those written by friends, will have to wait for January 1. I’m going to pledge to read another 50 in 2016, because I really don’t think an average of one book a week is too much. Here are the ones I plan to tackle first:

The Case of the Fabulous Finance - 750 CoverThe Case of the Fabulous Fiancé by Diane Burton. Diane is a fellow member of the Mid-Michigan RWA, and a very supportive author. She’s made a name for herself writing romances set in outer space, so when she started a mystery series set in West Michigan it was a change of pace – and a delightful one! It’s about a female detective, Alex O’Hara, who inherits her father’s agency, and Nick Palzetti, the son of her father’s partner. I read the first in the series, The Case of the Bygone Brother, and loved it – so when the second one came out a few weeks ago I bought it and will start reading.

Christi BellChristi Bell by Lori Lapekes. Lori is a fellow member of my other writing group, the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group, as well as a fellow Eskape Press author. Christi Bell is a new adult novel, another genre I don’t usually read, but the few chapters I’ve read so far have intrigued me and I want to know how it ends. Also, like Diane’s book, it takes place in locations I’m familiar with. Christi, the main character, is described as “quirky” and someone for whom things never seem to go as planned. I understand the feeling, so I imagine I’ll identify with her.

Watercolors in the RainWatercolors in the Rain by Kay Springsteen. Kay was a guest here at Four Foxes, One Hound in November, just after this book was released. I tried to get the book read before her guest appearance, but failed miserably. It’s set in the world of fine art, so I know I’ll love it. And, like the other two on this list, it takes place in my home state of Michigan – but this one is set a little farther north, on Mackinac Island. Again, I’ve read the first few chapters, but then got caught up in year-end stuff. I’m going to want to give this my full attention when I got back to reading it.

LOVE-OVERCOMES-coverLove Overcomes by Angela Schroeder. I know Angie’s got other books, but this is the first one of hers that I bought and I feel bad that I haven’t read it yet. That’s going to change soon!

So here are my first four titles for 2016. If I read one a week I should get these all read by the end of January. And hopefully the momentum will continue!

What’s on your To-Be-Read list?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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12 Responses to What’s on Your TBR List?

  1. jeff7salter says:

    I see some wonderful authors in that list of yours. I admire the impressive numbers in your reading goals. I guess I’ll discuss this more on Hound Day, but I find it difficult to carve out much reading time. And most of the reading time I DO have seems to be in (interrupted) chunks of 30 mins. or less at a time.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      It’s frustrating when your reading time is cut short, isn’t it? I guess I’m pretty lucky that most of my time is my own. Even though I’m running in circles most of the time, it’s stuff that I choose to do, and when I want to sit down and read I can usually find time.


  2. I am honored to have one of my books on your reading list.
    Watercolors in the Rain is one that I have but still need to read.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m sure I’ll love it, Angie. I’m thinking about continuing the TBR list post on our free weeks this year to keep myself accountable.


  3. Diane Burton says:

    Thanks for mentioning my book, Patty. I hope you enjoy it. I don’t think I’m going to make my goal this year. 75 books is a little too ambitious. I’m going to check out the books you recommended.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      With your writing output, ANYONE would have trouble reading 75 books! Hope you’re enjoying your holidays in the sunny south, especially with the new grandchild!


  4. There was a time when I read that many books and more in a year, but life gets in the way here.With all that you do,(sewing, your music, writing), how in the world do you plan on 50 books a year?Do you not sleep???


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Tonette, I have the kindle app on my ipad and on my phone, so I read whenever I have idle moments. Yesterday I read for half an hour at the airport while waiting for my daughter’s plane (it was delayed in Minneapolis) and today I read for an hour while on hold with my mother’s condo association. I’m already 30 percent through the first book on the list!


  5. efmeyette says:

    I am currently reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I LOVE it. Does it count if I finish it in 2016?? I will be reading many non-fiction books for research for my upcoming historical romance set in colonial Boston.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I certainly hope it counts, Elizabeth! I’ve already started reading Diane’s book and since I probably won’t finish it before Friday I plan to count it toward my 2016 goal. I need to do some research, too. Thanks for stopping in!


  6. I’m reading a series titled A Family Affair by Mary Campisi. The first one was free, and I’ve bought two more of them.


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