In the Weekend Was A Success department - I saw Lil' Sis and Lemon Drop on Saturday and we hit some thrift stores in her area. Wahoooey! I found a workable "costume" for the Gilded Age party at the upcoming Deeanne Gist getaway at the Biltmore. I found a long black skirt, a scoop-neck embroidered white blouse, and some Mary Jane-lookin' black heels. All for the Salvation Army bargain basement price of $8.40.
I've got some Victorian-ish jewelry at home I can use to dress it up, and I think I'm good to go. Sort of a Gibson Girl meets spinster school teacher look.
In the Weekend Wasn't So Successful department, I didn't get nearly as much reading done as I wanted. Maybe 100 pages? Tops? What I did get accomplished was weeding Ye Olde TBR Mountain Range That Can Be Seen From Space. I didn't touch my Harlequin collection, but did get through contemporaries, romantic suspense, mystery/suspense and historicals. The trick to weeding your TBR? Ask yourself this important question:
Will I ever read this? I mean, really? Ever?I got rid of quite a few books by asking myself that question. The biggest sub genre on the chopping block? Single title contemporaries. I know, I'm a hater and part of the problem. But one thing I've realized over the years is that when I want a contemporary story, I'm just much more likely to gravitate to category romance. Just am. But take heart contemporary lovers. I didn't get rid of all my single title contemporaries. Uh, just a good chunk of them.
But you wanna know the sad truth? Even yanking somewhere in the ball park of 100+ titles out of my TBR, I still own an obscene amount of books. I mean, just ungodly. And dang, I knew it would be hard - but it was nearly impossible for me to dump any historicals. Even the Regency historicals where an evil ex-mistress was mentioned in the back cover blurb. It's a sickness I tells ya.