Blogger Confession: Epic Fail at Operation TBR *sigh*

Posted August 2, 2012 by Felicia S in Blogger Confession / 14 Comments


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Blogger Confession:  Epic Fail at Operation TBR!

NOTE: Excuse this post as it is a little indulgent.  I needed to put it on paper and out in public.  It makes me far more likely to keep it honest and keep it real.  Feel free to just move right a long—my feelings will not be hurt 🙂

Started: June 1, 2012

The Goal: To read 3 books for every 1 book bought/accepted for review

The Progress: FAIL! Seriously should get sent to remedial courses on how to stay within my goal parameters!

Books I have read since June 1: 40 Books

  1. Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers
  2. Tattooed by Callow, Pamela
  3. Heart of Evil (Krewe of Hunters, #2) by Graham, Heather *
  4. Plague Town by Fredsti, Dana
  5. Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1) by Gregory, Philippa
  6. Temptation’s Warrior by Anderson, Gabi
  7. Big Sky Country by Miller, Linda Lael
  8. Sacred Evil by Graham, Heather
  9. Summer Days (Fool’s Gold, #7) by Mallery, Susan
  10. The Evil Inside (Krewe of Hunters #4) by Graham, Heather
  11. Summer Nights (Fool’s Gold, #8) by Mallery, Susan *
  12. Big Sky Mountain by Miller, Linda Lael
  13. C791 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines, #1) by Langlais, Eve *
  14. Hunted By The Others (H&W Investigations, #1) by Haines, Jess
  15. Taken by the Others (H&W Investigations, #2) by Haines, Jess
  16. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Grahame-Smith, Seth
  17. The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Mead, Richelle *
  18. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) by Clare, Cassandra *
  19. Stalking the Others (H&W Investigations, #4) by Haines, Jess
  20. Deceived by the Others (H&W Investigations, #3) by Haines, Jess
  21. Operation Endgame (When the Mission Ends #1) by Snow, Christi *
  22. Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel by Rollins, James *
  23. Never Tell by Burke, Alafair
  24. Criminal (Will Trent, #7) by Slaughter, Karin
  25. Nocturnal by Sigler, Scott
  26. The Lost Ones by Atkins, Ace
  27. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by Rowling, J.K.
  28. Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2) by Rowland, Diana *
  29. The Line Between Here and Gone by Kane, Andrea
  30. One Second After by Forstchen, William R.
  31. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) by Harkness, Deborah *
  32. Take it Like a Vamp by Havens, Candace
  33. Rock Hard (Sinners on Tour, #2) by Cunning, Olivia *
  34. Surrender: A Little Harmless Military Romance (3) by Schroeder, Melissa *
  35. Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour, #1) by Cunning, Olivia
  36. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by Rowling, J.K.
  37. Gone Girl by Flynn, Gillian
  38. F814 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines, #2) by Langlais, Eve
  39. Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes by DeBorde, Rob
  40. The Unseen by Graham, Heather

Books For Review (Audio, eBook, and Paper): 36 total

  1. Trapped
  2. The Tucci Cookbook
  3. The MILF Diet
  4. BloodLine
  5. 12.21
  6. Angel’s Ink
  7. Asylum Interviews: Bronx, The EPB
  8. Shadow of Night
  9. Big Sky Mountain
  10. The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook
  11. The Covert Wolf
  12. The Uninvited
  13. The Unspoken
  14. Courageous
  15. Summer Nights
  16. The Demoness of Waking Dream
  17. Never Seduce a Scot
  18. Run the Risk
  19. Mark of the Witch
  20. Shades of Temptation
  21. Carpathia by Matt Forbeck
  22. Pants on Fire by Maggie Alderson
  23. Vlad: The Last Confession by C. C. Humphreys
  24. Unholy, The (Krewe of Hunters Trilogy) by Heather Graham
  25. Never Tell: A Novel of Suspense (Ellie Hatcher Series) by Alafair Burke
  26. Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
  27. All Summer Long by Susan Mallery
  28. Heart of Gold by J. R. Ward
  29. Leaping Hearts by J. R. Ward
  30. Ransom River by Meg Gardiner
  31. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
  32. Cry Wolf by Tami Hoag
  33. The Line Between Here and Gone
  34. Boozy Brunch
  35. Take It Like A Vamp
  36. Criminal

Books Purchased: 50 Total

  1. Half-Price books sale book (not in front of me don’t have title): $1
  2. Half-Price books sale book (not in front of me don’t have title): $1
  3. Half-Price books sale book (not in front of me don’t have title): $1
  4. Half-Price books sale book (not in front of me don’t have title): $1
  5. Half-Price books sale book (not in front of me don’t have title): $1
  6. Daughters of the North: $1.07
  7. Two for Sorrow: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (Josephine Tey Mysteries): $1.07
  8. Skinny: A Novel (P.S.): $1.07
  9. Magic Gone Wild: $4.99
  10. Demon Hunting In the Deep South: $9.95
  11. The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale (US Edition): $1.07
  12. Death of a Cozy Writer (A St. Just Mystery): $2.15
  13. 3rd Degree (Digital Audiobook): 1 credit
  14. 4th of July (Digital Audiobook): 1 credit
  15. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: $2.15
  16. Gone Girl (Digital Audiobook): 1 credit
  17. The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat: $10.46
  18. Shadow of Night (Digital Audiobook): 1 credit
  19. Deep Autumn Heat: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance: $3.24
  20. Tell it to the Marine (1 Night Stand Series): $4.32
  21. Once Her Man, Always Her Man (1 Night Stand Series): $4.32
  22. What if…: $5.40
  23. Surrender: A Little Harmless Military Romance: $3.24
  24. The Minotaur: A Jake Grafton Novel: $2.15
  25. 1105 Yakima Street (Cedar Cove): $1.24
  26. The Unseen (Digital Audiobook): 1 credit
  27. Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel: $8.65
  28. F814 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines): $3.34
  29. C791 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines): $3.17
  30. The Golden Lily (Digital Audiobook): 1 credit
  31. About Last Night: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance: $3.24
  32. Deceived By the Others (H&W Investigations): $4.58
  33. Taken By The Others (H&W Investigations): $4.58
  34. Wicked By Any Other Name: $1.99
  35. To Walk the Night (Kat Redding): $2.99
  36. Weekend with Mr. Darcy: $2.99
  37. His Dark Bond (Fallen Angels): $3.99
  38. Utterly Charming (Fates): $0.99
  39. Taste Me (Underbelly Chronicles): $0.99
  40. Return of Black Douglas: $0.99
  41. Heart of the Highland Wolf (Heart of the Wolf): $0.99
  42. Legend of Michael: Sin and Satisfaction (Zodius): $0.99
  43. The World is a Stage: $4.24
  44. The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel: $3.99
  45. Carbs & Cadavers (The Supper Club Mysteries): $1.99
  46. A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy): $3.24
  47. Graceling: $6.99
  48. Sacred Evil (Digital Audiobook): $5.00
  49. Heart of Evil (Digital Audiobook): $5.00
  50. The Evil Inside (Digital Audiobook): $5.00
  51. Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5): $2.25
  52. In a Witch’s Wardrobe: A Witchcraft Mystery:  $5.15
  53. Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery): $5.15
  54. Echoes at Dawn (A KGI Novel): $5.15
Total Spent: $160.81 (over budget by 10.81–I allow myself $75 per month)
Only 4  books above what I consider “too high” eBook pricing.
I purchased 10 physical books.

Freebies (Don’t Count but still Track): 47

  1. Deadly Offerings (Deadly Trilogy)
  2. I Own the Dawn (membership freebie)
  3. Love Me (Contemporary Romance) (Take Me)
  4. Map of Bones (Sigma Force)
  5. The 5th Horseman (Digital Audiobook) (2 for 3 sale–so free)
  6. Arrow to the Heart (Louisiana Plantation Collection
  7. The Officer Says “I Do” (membership freebie)
  8. Hell on Wheels (membership freebie)
  9. Protector (Crossfire)
  10. Texas Lily (Too Hard To Handle, Book 1)
  11. Dead Pan
  12. The Legend of Lady MacLaoch
  13. Murder At The Rocks (A Fitzjohn Mystery)
  14. Haunting Refrain
  15. Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne Mysteries)
  16. Wild Card (Down & Dirty #1)
  17. Sea Scoundrel (Knave of Hearts, Book 1)
  18. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, a Paranormal Romance (Jolie Wilkins Series, Book #1)
  19. Suddenly a Bride
  20. Aries Fire (Sign of the Times)
  21. If You Can’t Stand the Heat (Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop)
  22. Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride (Emma Rae Creation)
  23. Always the Designer, Never the Bride (Emma Rae Creation)
  24. Against the Wind
  25. Hide ‘N Seek
  26. Death Benefits (Southern Fraud Thriller 2)
  27. The Grave Gourmet (Capucine Culinary Mysteries)
  28. The Outlaw Takes A Bride (The Burnett Brides)
  29. Faking Mr. Right
  30. Project Produce
  31. SEAL Encounter (SEAL Brotherhood)
  32. Mortal Deception
  33. To Kill A Warlock, an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance (Dulcie O’Neil Series, Book #1)
  34. Burning Tigress (The Way of The Tigress, Book 4)
  35. The Love of a Cowboy
  36. Warrior’s Bride (The Stone of Destiny Series)
  37. The Huntress (full-length sexy romantic suspense)
  38. DARK MOON (Decorah Security)
  39. Ral’s Woman (Zorn Warriors, Book One)
  40. Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1)
  41. Heart of Mine (Bandit Creek)
  42. Hot on Her Trail (Hell Yeah!)
  43. Black Oil, Red Blood
  44. Glamorous Illusions: A Novel (Convenant)
  45. Death Perception (Digital Audiobook) (freebie)
  46. Immortal Coil (A Dragon Spirit Novel, Book 1)
  47. Glow in the Dark

So final totals:

Read: 40 Books

Bought/Received: 86 Books

EPIC FAIL: 46 books over if I am going a 1 to 1 swap!  Yep I failed miserably!  Sorry my fellow Operation TBR peeps!  I am going to be better this month!

Felicia S
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14 responses to “Blogger Confession: Epic Fail at Operation TBR *sigh*

  1. It looks like a lot….but its probably close to what were all downloading, I know Ive gone a bit crazy with the free kindles….(lol) and my eBook purchases and my new library lend outs……oh and my audible account. I think writing it all down is a great idea.

  2. Felicia, I am with you and I’m the freaking creator of this challenge! I should totally have more control over this than most. It is so hard. Whenever I see a bargain it’s like: “But one of these days I might not have any money for books and this one is so cheap and it sounds good too!” Lol. What we will do to justify our habits. 🙂

    Let me be your cheerleader for this month! *\o/* You can do it!!

  3. I’ve tried it as well, after you first posted about this. And I read about 20 books a month, but well, I scoured a secondhand booksite last week, to treat myself for my birthday, and well, let’s just say, I will get through another three months. And of course, my pre-orders should be arriving weekly as well. Not counting my ebooks, that would drive me mad.

  4. hahahaha, I know you are probably frustrated with yourself, but you just made me feel like a thousand times better about the fact that I am drowning in my TBR pile 🙂 I am such a sucker, mention the words book sale and I’m there, the amazon freebies get me every time, but I am going to try to organize my bookshelves this weekend! Happy reading, lots and lots of reading… Book Savvy Babe

  5. Wow Felicia, that is a lot of books! Looking at your TBR list gives me a little bit of stress:) Love that you give yourself a budget for books each month, I really need to start doing that because I just got my credit card bill for the month and almost every purchase on there said “Amazon Kindle”. Well done me:)

  6. hehe….I’m so glad that I’m not the only one that blows these types of challenges out of the water. I need to do this one again, but I don’t want to. *whiny voice here* especially since there are 8 books coming out next week that I want. O.O

  7. I love you girl. Sometimes accountability can be a real bitch. It is so hard to pass up a good deal. I’m a glutton. I gobble them up. The only way to keep myself in check is not access any wifi hotspots or go to Half-Price Books Or stop following great bloggers with great recommends 😉

  8. It’s just so hard! (heh–that’s what she said) I did really well this month and didn’t buy a ton of books and didn’t get much for review so my TBR (especially the ebooks) aren’t overwhelming me. But you read 40 books! That’s awesome!

  9. Um… *shuffles feet* I won’t tell you how much I’ve spent on books, because I wanna live. 😉 But I’m actually caught up for the moment in tbr reviews and even read a few of my own books! WIN!

    I still don’t think you did too badly…

  10. *shakes head* bad bad bad *points finger* bad!

    But then I..well I have not given away a single book and gotten a lot. But I am in denial

  11. Yikes! I was totally admiring your dedication to cut back! I am doing great with the not buying books but the accepting books for review is killing me! I am desperately trying to push to clear out the TBR so I have to be so strict about not taking in books…aside from freebies, they don’t count, right! Wish me luck!

  12. JenM

    Well, at least you are honest enough to own it. I’m in complete denial. I can’t even bear to count up how many more books come in than go out. In my own defense, I will say that I’ve stuck within my book budget of $50/mo for two years now. However, the free books are my downfall. My kindle is groaning under their weight – I’m being selective and I still end up downloading way too many. It’s a sickness, but at least it’s not as destructive (or expensive) as the usual addictions.