Holiday adventuring and the cornucopia of books

cornucopiaHappy holidays, lovely readers!

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season – and staying warm (or cool) wherever you are! I love this season, with its hot drinks, warm layers, parties and family gatherings, its lights, garlands, decorations, and of course, books! Although I love books in every season, obviously.

You know the cornucopia, right? The horn of plenty that holds inexhaustible fruits, produce, and other tasty goodies? Yeah. I have that in bookshelf format. A shelf that holds an  inexhaustible number of books waiting to be read. And it’s glorious. And also intimidating.

This season has started out on a very busy note. I find myself with a long list of books from the library (books and e-books), the bookstore, and the review list. I’m having trouble keeping track of them all. Every time I go to the library, I walk out with my arms full of more books than I can read. I recently ended up at the bookstore, by accident, I swear! And walked away with most of the books in one of my favorite series (Mercedes Thompson by Patricia Briggs, in case you’re curious) because I needed to revisit those old friends. And then, whenever I check the review sites to see when the books I’m reviewing are published, I end up requesting more.

And that’s how I end up with a never-ending list. Most of them are still science fiction and fantasy, but I’ve also tried some historical mystery, historical romance, and nonfiction.

The ones I’m most looking forward to?

Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel What Darkness Brings (Sebastian St. Cyr) Autumn Bones (Agent of Hel #2) The Bone Season Trade Secret (Liaden Universe) Down These Strange Streets Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosigan Saga) A Study in Ashes

So, you can see I have a lot of reading to do. What’s on your reading list?

For all that I love being able to put my hands on (so many) books from such varying sources, I often have trouble keeping track of deadlines and due dates. I use a calendar on my phone, but in addition to phone problems, the format is difficult to read. I need a monthly calendar to keep track of regular deadlines like review dates and library due dates, and my phone doesn’t have that view. Because I don’t have a paper calendar, I end up writing dates on Post-It notes and stashing them everywhere (including inside my e-reader cover).

Do you keep track of publication dates, review deadlines, library due dates? How do you do it, and what works for you?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get back to reading.

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