Wednesday, November 9, 2011


As writers our To Be Read and To Be Watched lists could be considered research but that’s really just an excuse to do what we love. This slightly false declaration should only be used to justify ordering Pizza three times in one week or in defense of your husband’s lucky football jersey being horribly wrinkled on game day. Go Texans!

I usually let both of these lists grow until I’m the last one to read a popular novel and my DVR threatens to burst into flames. Then I like to do reading marathons. There is nothing more satisfying that a librarian asking me if I need extra time and watching her eyes widen when I say I’ll be back in a week.

My TBW list is a little harder because there are some shows that cannot be watched with the company of my family. Not because they are risqué but because I am surrounded by males and any show of emotion (last five min. of last week’s Vampire Diaries) is a display of weakness and leaves me open to incessant teasing. Of course this is done as they duck and dodge because everyone knows wooden coasters are to a suburban mother like Chinese throwing stars are to a Ninja.

I’m concentrating on YA novels at the moment but I like to throw in a little J.R. Ward (vampire biker porn) to cleanse the pallet of teenage angst once in a while. Small sample:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvator
Linger by Maggie Stiefvator
Fallen by Lauren Kate
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
And the entire Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr

My TBW list is like a stew of awesome (which changes with the seasons).

Vampire Diaries
The Secret Circle
Once upon a Time
Criminal Minds

I think our lists say a great deal about us. Like mine obviously saying I have a split personality. No big surprise there. What does yours say about you? Share your lists!


  1. The last few shows I got into on TV got cancelled. Basically, the networks have trained me NOT to watch anymore. I prefer Art and science over sports, dramas over comedy, and being tortured over reality shows.

    Dirty Dancing still sucks.

    My TBR list these days contain friends' books on order from Amazon, or pretty much any upcoming thrillers, especially if there's an element of science in the plot. The last non-friend book I enjoyed was Year Zero by Jeff Long. Dan Brown rules.

  2. I saw on Goodreads that you were on an urban fantasy kick (though, I think that's normal for you :P). I'm reading Behemoth right now, but I'm not as taken with it as Leviathan. Don't know why. I may have to move on down the pile to something else if it doesn't pick up.

    And I'm always running six months behind everyone else on books and movies it seems. I'm just now getting Captain America and Green Lantern on DVD. BUT I am going to go to the theater this weekend and see Immortals on the big screen. Looks like fun.

  3. My TBR pile now encompasses two entire rooms. This is problematic. Also, they would not all fit in this little text box.

    I shall write to Blogger and complain.

  4. My TBR pile right now is fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal romance with one lonely women's fiction. My to-buy list is more of the same with some dystopian thrown in and a non-fic here or there.

    My TBW list? Well, lately there's only a couple things I have to watch - Biggest Loser and college football. Oh, and Grey's Anatomy reruns in the afternoon. =o)

  5. TBR: The Scorpio Races, What Happened to Good-Bye, Shatter Me, The Dead Gentlemen, The Marriage Plot, Everybody Sees the Ants, The Sky Is Everywhere, Legend.

    TBW: American Horror Story, Supernatural

  6. Amazing to know that I beat someone to Shiver. lol.

    I only watched the first season of Dawson's Creek last year. I think I'm going ot buy it for myself for my 30th birthday. :)

    One great thing about living in Japan is that I don't feel pressured to keep up with movies and series. I have no clue what's on these days. :)

    But my TBR is big enough to whip Godzilla's butt.


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