Thursday, June 30

TBR Challenges And The Other Thing

It's the last day of the month and I've reached my TBR challenge, I pledged to read 15 books and have actually read 23, a really good month. I've been in such a good reading groove that I hoped to reach 25, but I may get 24. I'm half way through Anne Stuarts Into the Fire.

I swore I wouldn't buy anymore books for a couple of weeks, but I couldn't keep to it. I somehow managed to squeeze a little bit out of the food money this week and picked up 3 new books and 1 used at the UBS yesterday.

One of the books I picked up was Kathy Love's Wanting Something More. This is the last in the "Ugly Stepp Sisters" series. Which I, of course, had to read immediately. I liked it, but was somewhat disappointed. I new it was going to be about Marty and Nathaniel (Nate), but I was expecting to see his transformation from AH to decent person. The transformation happens before the start of the book. She always tackles interesting subjects as part of the plot, this times it's near death experiences.

Can someone recommend a good message board?

I hate to admit it, but AAR's message boards give me a headache, I hate that you can't just follow down the list of messages, without going "back". I like discussions, but some people get down right combative, it's like being on RT's Political Board.

And, the RT boards seem to have been hijacked by aliens, I'm sick of lists and inane questions. I think most the interesting posters have gone to blogging because of this, not that I'm saying I'm interesting, but Anne E, Amanda, Erika, Holly... are blogging and they really aren't posting anymore. At this point I'm popping in on RT to check on Jenster and see how she is feeling.

Why is it my husband can't put a dirty, empty dish in the sink to be washed (they always go on the counter or the table), but he will put a dish with stuff on it (like cherry pits or a banana peel) into the sink, instead of dumping the garbage in the trash which is literally 2 feet from the kitchen sink??

Have a great day, and happy reading.


Jill said...

Husbands, or males in general, have a genetic disorder that makes it so they don't know how to use the dishwasher. Annoying, isn't it?

Anne E said...

I haven't had as much time recently to post on the RT boards, but, yeah, I know what you mean! I thought it was just me, but I find a particular poster particularly annoying, & at the same time trying to remember that not everyone appreciates my deathless prose either..

Anne E. said...

I keep checking on Jenster too. I am so glad that she is doing well!

Tara Marie said...

Jill--forget the dishwasher, I just want dirty dishes in the sink and garbage in the damned pail--LOL. Of course, I'm genetically unable to work the gas grill and the lawn mower, so maybe I should just consider us even.

Anne E--Jenster AMAZES me, not only is she doing well, she has the most amazing attitude. I for one appreciate your "deathless prose..." And, really miss good discussions over there.

Jay said...

Completely off topic but I saw a woman the other day eating cherries whole! I think she was swallowing the pits! I couldn't stop staring - I've never seen anyone eat cherry pits before!

The AAR boards annoy me to no end, with respect to both the posters and the layout. That said, though, I have no suggestions.

Tara Marie said...

Jay, doesn't that lady know a whole bunch of cherry trees will grow in her stomach.

sybil said...

Oh I see you suffer from the same buying illness I have. Nice to be in such good company :).

erika said...

Hey Tara Marie, I've posted a few times this week at the RT board..
And, men are funny creatures when it comes to household responsibilities. My brother will see the dishwasher empty but where does he put his dirty dishes....the sink!

Bookwormom said...

Glad I'm not the only one who felt that way about the RT boards. I check in every day or two, but the conversation died. I agree about AAR & like the others have no suggestions for improvement.

Anne E. said...

The Republic of Pemberley board will be down for about two-three weeks, but should be back up around July 20th. The posters do not usually discuss romance novels, but pretty much confine themselves to mainstream fiction, the classics (especially Jane Asuten), & non-fiction on the literary board. The movie board is where to discuss films and TV programs. The site is very G rated, due to the fact that many children and YAs frequent the boards: no profanity & no sexual references are allowed. In addition, no political posts (what a relief that can be at times!), no prayer requests, no personal issues, such as asking for marital or health advice is allowed. I know this sounds very restrictive when you look at the often free-wheeling, anything goes romance novel sites, but I enjoy the RofP as a change of pace. Just do a yahoo or google search for Republic of Pemberley if interested.