Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Organizing your TBR

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What's new with Ashleigh?

Like many of you, this is a busy time of year for me. As a homeschooling parent, I spend much of August preparing my children’s curriculum for the upcoming school year. We start after labor day, and it generally takes a couple of weeks to get into our routine. By then, I need to start making Halloween costumes and preparing for a child’s birthday party. When we turn the page to November, it’s Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s. Sometimes it feels as if my holiday season starts with Labor Day.

Needless to say, I don’t get a lot of writing done during this time period. Instead, I use the time to catch up on my reading. And right now, I certainly don’t have a shortage of reading material. I participate in a local book club, beta read for other authors, and serve as a judge for several editorial book awards. As you can imagine, my TBR is fairly large.

Over the years, I have tried several methods to keep track of all the books I want to read. I especially like being able to share my TBR on my website. But, I have not found a good way to do this.

I have tried clicking “want to read” on my GR profile and even found a way to share that, but I can’t sort that by genre. I have created spreadsheets with links to the images and posted that on my website, but I usually forget to update it. The only method that seems to work is to list each book on my to-do app, adding tags for genre and length. Unfortunately, this method can be very labor intensive and the list cannot be shared.

So my question this week is:

How do you organize your TBR?

In other news

Did you notice the new banner? This November, I will be launching my new books for middle grade readers, including another Choose Your Own Path Adventure. If you're interested in joining this new newsletter,

Choose Your Own Path Stories

The Detention Adventure

The Detention Adventure is an interactive young adult story.

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Late For Work

Late For Work is an interactive romance story.

A Weekend at Munson Manor

A Weekend at Munson Manor is an interactive mystery story.

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles

Season 6 of Hartfield Chronicles is here!

For Hartfield students, Spring Break means two weeks away from campus. Pat has so many plans: earning his pilot's certificate, the Hollywood premiere of Tomodachi, auditioning for a new movie, and spending time with the friends in L.A. that he hasn't seen in months. Melinda's only plan, however, involves being bored for two weeks at home. After an adventurous night babysitting, however, her parents have a surprise for her: she can join her friends in L.A.

Melinda can't wait. There are so many things she wants to see. But most of all, she's looking forward to seeing who Walter and Pat become when they become Wally and Patrick McGregor.

But L.A. isn't exactly the experience Melinda expects. Between Hollywood parties, Pat's ex-girlfriends, crazy fans, and paparazzi around every corner, Melinda questions whether she would be better off back in Connecticut.

Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life. Each episode features two stories, one from Melinda's point of view and one from Pat's, along with an excerpt from Melinda's writing journal. New episodes are published every Wednesday.

Here's what you missed:

Episode 137
Hartford Chronicles
Pat takes his flight test
Episode 138
Hartford Chronicles
Melinda and Walter go shopping

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A Curse of Gold and Beauty

A Curse of Gold and Beauty
A clean romance fairytale retelling

What if Rumpelstiltskin and the miller’s daughter fell for each other?

Meg is cursed, bewitched with breath-taking beauty at the cost of absolute obedience to her father. Rhys, her best friend, is also cursed. He is able to spin straw into gold, but each pump of the treadle exacts a terrible price. Two souls were never so perfect for each other, but fate seems determined to pull them apart.

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Boss's Little Secret

Boss's Little Secret
An Enemies to Lovers Second Chance Romance

I had a plan and dreams, but now I'm stuck with my gorgeous bosshole... and a baby we didn't plan for.

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Despite our differences, our chemistry was unavoidable.

There was another side to him, someone sweet and charming.

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Dark Harvest

Dark Harvest
A Newcastle Novel

It's just a story. Right?

Driven from Salem, Massachusetts, at the height of the witch hunts, a coven calling itself “Sohm” has found a new home in the forest outside of Cooke’s Creek, Vermont, next to William Fletcher’s humble farm. Within those woods, revenge will be theirs.

Soon after their arrival, strange events begin to happen.

Fields smell of death.

Livestock are slaughtered by unseen hands.

The water turns bad.

The church-going townspeople begin to turn on each other.

A diabolical being beyond comprehension has been summoned.

What was once a peaceful hamlet of God-fearing people has turned into a sadistic community of deception, backstabbing, and violence.

Will good triumph, or will evil permanently take root?

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The Last of the Silver Wings

The Last of the Silver Wings
A YA Dragon Fantasy Series

Below Nadine’s medieval village, the fragile peace that dragons and mankind had died to forge, is about to shatter.

A power-hungry King bent on revenge discovers the legend of a darkened dragon heart. The story explodes into a plot to eliminate the church hierarchy that destroyed his mother. He must have a dragon hatchling.

Nadine wakes to the screams of her village being destroyed by dragon fire, as the last dragon mother exacts her vengeance at this cruel betrayal of mankind. And she takes hostages.

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Ripped away from an age of innocence, this epic fantasy thrusts Nadine into a world of kings, queens, and dragons. The stakes for victory are high.

The Chronicles of Nadine is an action-packed adventure series set in a time where the struggle for world domination is real. It weaves politics and religion into the lives of a series of well fleshed out characters, who call to each of us to reckon with our own inner demons.

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The Summer Sisterhood

The Summer Sisterhood
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Boudin and Bloodshed

Boudin and Bloodshed
Book 2 of the Small Town Girl Mysteries

Remy Robichaux is missing…or is he?

Evangeline Delafose has settled back into small-town life, yearning to solve another case. The sheriff has offered her a missing person investigation because, well, no one actually believes Remy Robichaux is missing.

Follow Ev as she takes on her next mystery, with her frustrating but loveable private investigator by her side. And, of course, a bit of insider info from the quirky residents of her small town.

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1 comment:

  1. I read books in the order I receive them unless it is a book I have committed to review. Then it moves up in the list so the review will be done on time.