My Comments On: Culling my lengthy TBR list – second attempt

This is a sad and anxiety producing post about a book junkie who has created a list of too many TBR novels. Sad because I am one of these junkies also. For the addicted, this post has to be read with caution because Fictionophile lists several links to the ten selections chosen for possible removal. And I had to follow each one. I won’t reveal how many titles migrated to my list.

Fictionophile’s list comes from Goodreads. My addiction is to a site called Instafreebies which further links to author mailing lists and other blogs which offer collections of free books. How can I resist free? A positive note is that many of the books I get from Instafreebee are novellas or short stories. A negative note as far as TBR list expansion is that this weekend I found nineteen titles to download. (But they were free!!)

This is an interesting post to read and commiserate with. Read to the end for a surprising conclusion which might make you laugh out loud.

Shame on you. You shouldn’t laugh at the addicted.


Lost in a Story began this idea for blog posts as a way to edit a growing to-be-read list.  You take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest 5-10 items on your list.  If you haven’t read them by now, are you likely to? Why or why not?

I began using Goodreads in September of 2012.  I was not overly successful in my first attempt at culling my TBR list, so I hope I’ll have better results this time.

I’ve reread the Goodreads blurbs for each of the following and based my decision on the Goodreads rating and whether the blurb still piqued my interest.

My second ten oldest titles on my Goodreads TBR

The last winter of Dani Lancing” by P.D. Viner (Goodreads rating 3.34)

A psychological thriller that I could skip. REMOVE

You’re mine now ” by Hans Koppel  (Goodreads…

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Stand up

I am stuck on this theme for a bit. I am still in a state of shock. This writer expressed it more dispassionately than I can.


Everyone is posting Nazi stuff on Facebook. And the general feeling is one of shock and horror, as it should be.

How can this be, how could this happen, is what all the posts say.

It happens under our noses.

Many years ago I went to the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. A beyond chilling experience.

The Jews must have asked themselves the same question.

This is not possible, how did this happen?

More recently I was in Rwanda, at the Nyamata Church. Over twenty thousand people were killed in this church, bludgeoned and burned to death.

‘It could never happen here’ is what they too must have thought.

Before they were murdered.

I remember the Bosnian genocide . I watched it on fucking TV.

I remember the Rwandan genocide. Same thing, live television footage.

And since then there has been Sudan and Yemen and Syria and war and death…

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For Charlottesville…

I really like to avoid the immediate visceral reactions to “breaking news” but this has (apologies in advance)”trumped” the North Korea/US chaos-in-the-making. A problem created at home, there will be no appeals to the Chinese, Putin, or the UN. It is not fake news and cannot be answered with hyperbole and empty twitter rants. It is time for children to be reined in or grow up fast.

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Language Lover Alert: Cacoepy Friday’s Word of the Day Haiku

I like languages and the clever use of them. In this particular case, we look at English. Blogger Kat Myrman writes that this language feature, mispronunciation, causes her to cringe when she hears it but out of politeness she listens while planning her escape. Although I agree in general, I am alert to the possibility that I might be in the presence of a struggling comedian.

This is a long post but be sure to scroll through to the fun part, the misinterpreted lyrics. These are followed by a scary politick le (sic) haiku and one more haiku to emphasize the new word learned.

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Happy Friday! Today’s Word of the Day is “cacoepy” [kuh-koh-uh-pee]. I had never heard this word before, but I have definitely heard more than a few cacoepies in my life.

They are like fingernails scraping across a chalkboard to those of us who take words, vocabulary and language seriously. They can also be amusing and goofy. Context is key. Cacoepy is defined as an “incorrect pronunciation or an instance of this; mispronunciation. had a lengthy etymology summary:

“Cacoepy comes from Greek kakoépeia “mispronunciation, incorrect language,” made up of the adjective kakós “bad, evil, worthless, ugly” and the noun épos (also dialect wépos) “word, speech, song.” The adjective comes from baby talk or a nursery word widespread in Indo-European languages, kakka- “to defecate, poop, shit.” The root appears in Latin cacāre (Italian cacare, Spanish cagar), Slavic (Polish) kakać, German kacken, and English cuck(ing stool). The Greek noun épos (wépos)…

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The Day After …


‘Tis the day after 15 April 2017, a pleasant holday for getting together with family and, for many, a reaffirmation of faith. The preceding day (the 15th) is not a holiday and has many locally generated unofficial names. Some of them are even not obscene. I’ll just stick with Tax Day (capitalization is my choice). The date is a deadline by which many US citizens and residents must report their earned income to the US Federal Government so that they can voluntarily pay a sum of money (Tax) determined by the Government. This is an over-simplification because there are many exceptions (loopholes) as to required filing dates. It remains a deadline and for those who can’t work to deadlines (writers?), the existence of yet another deadline can produce stress.

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A Slight Change of Focus

I am in the final week of classes where I lecture at university. My goal for all my classes, no matter the subject, is to encourage the students of English as a Foreign Language to read. This blog has been my experiment to get them to do so. By trying to read one novel or short story per day and writing a short review, I hoped to expose readers to a wide variety of novels and language. Now that the experiment is over, I want to shift focus and content a bit.

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Thoughts on a Reviewer Mentality

About a year ago I was reading a lot and made a decision to write a review every time I finished a book. I felt it would impose some measure of discipline on my reading. Much like running/jogging/exercise, if I missed a scheduled workout, I would feel guilty. Avoiding guilt is good.

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