TTT: Spring Cleaning Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. There is a new topic each week for bloggers to join in with their own top ten. If you’re looking for some new or different book blogs to read, hop on over to her site and check out some of the links.

It’s time for some Spring Cleaning! At least of my TBR list. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is really a freebie, meaning we can twist “Spring Cleaning” to mean whatever the heck we want it to mean.

Over the last year or two, I have been a bit overwhelmed with the amount of books on my docket. From library books to books I own to ARCs and preorders from my favorite authors. I just can’t always find the time. Really, once I went back to work after years of being a homemaker I had a hard time fitting in what I wanted to read. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I want to read All. The. Books. Yet real life doesn’t let me do that. I find that sometimes I’m not in the mood to read a book that I have a blog tour post commitment approaching. Or that my library book is due back any day and I haven’t touched it yet. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for the chance to get ARCs and participate in blog tours. But I was, quite frankly, overextending myself.

I’ve tried to make a real commitment to stepping back from how many ARCs I request and/or accept. I’ve really only thrown myself into this since the beginning of the year and I’m just now starting to see my schedule open up a bit. Unless the book is by a favorite author or from a publisher I’ve had a great success rate with or has such a wonderful blurb I cannot think of passing it up, I’m trying to give myself a break and learning to say no. That means I may (fingers crossed) have more time for my library books.

Here’s a list of 5 library books I’m hoping to get to in the next few months. These are books I have gone on the waiting list for over and over, only to have to pass when it’s my turn because of other reading commitments. And a list of 5 books I own that keep getting pushed aside for the same reason I’ve missed out on my turn at the library books.

Books From the Library

Game Changer by Rachel Reid

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs

Book I Own

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Lies by Kylie Scott

Cup of Joe by Annabeth Albert

The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

I always find it fun and informative to see what other bloggers do with freebies like this week’s. Inevitably, there are a few out there that make me wish I had thought to spin it a different way. And honestly, that’s part of the fun.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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12 Responses to TTT: Spring Cleaning Freebie

  1. Poinsettia says:

    I hope you enjoy these when you get the chance! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

  2. lydiaschoch says:

    It’s cool you returned to work after years of being a homemaker! That’s something I’m looking into doing. If it’s okay to ask, what field do you work in? Did you take any classes or do any volunteering before getting hired in your field?

    I hope you enjoy all of these books.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-about-fresh-starts/

    • Cheri says:

      I was working in prosthetic and orthotic billing and got very burned out. In the US, it’s a fight to get these things covered. My youngest really needed me at home and I was lucky enough to have a spouse who made enough for me to leave the paid workforce. I spent the years volunteering at my son’s school and taking care of my dying mother-in-law, among other things. Once my son graduated I worked for a bit more than a year at a local coffee shop for some friends until it closed. Now I’m part time doing admin type stuff at a local union. I’m someone without formal education but a jack of all trades that learns quickly. It has served me well. That all being said, I would love to go back to college some day. It just hasn’t fit into my life yet.

  3. I read Girl, Serpent, Thorn last year and it was pretty good. I also still need to get around to House of Earth and Blood.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/09/top-ten-tuesday-306/

  4. I know what you mean about overextending with ARCs. I love my library and definitely try to make sure I have plenty of time to read those books. It looks like you have some good picks to get to, the only one I’ve read is Girl, Serpent, Thorn! I really enjoyed House of Earth and Blood. I hope you enjoy all of these! πŸ™‚

  5. Susan says:

    I decided last year not to do scheduled reviews anymore. It’s been SO liberating! I still accept a fair amount of books to review, but I always tell people I’ll get to them if/when I can. It’s taken so much pressure off of me – I should have made this policy years ago. Good luck with all your reading commitments πŸ™‚

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    • Cheri says:

      I’m slowly finding a happy medium. It’s hard for me to not have a schedule, but then the schedule stresses me out. So I’m learning to let go.

  6. Good luck! I hope you get to The Bromance Book Club soon.

    • Cheri says:

      I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s been my turn on my e-library at least 8 times and I’ve had to turn it down. I finally stopped putting a hold on it since I knew I wasn’t going to have time for a while.

  7. bevbaird says:

    Loved Country Guesthouse and Crescent City! Hope you get to read them all!

    • Cheri says:

      I really enjoyed all of the other books in the Sullivan’s Crossing series. I just need to find time and be in the right mood when it’s my turn.

  8. Girl, Serpent, Thorn is on my tbr too, I loved Crescent City and Dark Lover!

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