I’ve been thinking and thinking and thinking about TBRs lately. I love them, because I love having some structure as to what I want to get read next. More than just looking at the list of books I own – and the list of books I want to own, being honest – I like having a list of a handful of books that I want to read. However, they also tend to not work for me, because what I want to read next changes so drastically.

Last month, about a third through the month, I put together six books that I swore I wanted to read next. I read two of them and don’t want to read the other four now. And I said those were going to be the next books I read. And month-long TBRs are just difficult for me, because, by the time I hit the halfway point chances are great I want to read something that isn’t on my list. (Let’s not even talk about how far the list has been thrown out by the final week in a month.)

This month, I had all these great plans for a TBR – but today got here and I still didn’t know what I wanted to read this month. (Which is, I’d guess, partially why I was so slow getting this up.) The truth is, I don’t want to do a month-long TBR because they are more hindrance, usually, than help. (Even if I do usually read most of the books on my TBR.)

And, because I usually plan for the next book while I’m reading the current one – but any further is difficult – I’ve decided to try something different. Starting today, I’ll try to post weekly, on Thursday, a little ‘what I’m reading now, what I plan to read next’. It’ll still keep me accountable to a degree, but offer me some freedom outside my seasonal TBRs.

We’ll see how this works and if I like it at the end of the month – as I’ll do my best to actually post every Thursday.

What I’m Currently Reading

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Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is attempting to build a new life with salvage operator Craig Ryder on his ship, the Promise. Turns out civilian life is a lot rougher than she’d imagined-salvage operators are losing both cargo and lives to pirates. And when they attack the Promise, Craig is taken prisoner and Torin is left for dead.

When Torin finds out why the pirates needed Craig, she calls in the Marines to get him back-and to stop the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space.

So, I’m 140 pages into it, and I’ve almost covered the synopsis. (Sometimes, I really wish synopsis’ didn’t give so much away, especially because the one on the back of the book is even more spoiler-y.) I hope to have it finished by the weekend, though I’m not totally sure I’ll make it as it is, so far, my least favorite of Huff’s books that I’ve read. (It’s not bad, I’m just disappointed that it currently lacks the colorful, likable characters that the previous in the series had.)

What I’ll Be Reading Next

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Batwoman

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Batwoman’s new series finally begins! The creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman launch the ongoing Batwoman series, as Batwoman (a.ka. Kate Kane) faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City’s underworld–and new trials in her personal life.Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this long-awaited series!

This deluxe hardcover colllect issues 0-5 of Batwoman, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event.

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The Doctor’s Discretion

New York City, 1831.

Passion, medicine and a plan to break the law …

When Doctor William Blackwood, a proper gentleman who prefers books to actual patients, meets retired Navy surgeon Doctor Augustus Hill, they find in each other not just companionship but the chance of pleasure–and perhaps even more. The desire between them is undeniable but their budding relationship is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious patient at New York Hospital.

Mr. Moss has been accused of being born a woman but living his life as a man, an act that will see him committed to an asylum for the rest of his life. William and Augustus are determined to mount a rescue even if it means kidnapping him instead.

Their desperate plan sets William and Augustus against the hospital authorities, and the law. Soon they find themselves embroiled in New York’s seedy underworld, mixed up with prostitutes, spies, and more than a lifetime’s worth of secrets. When nothing is as it seems can they find something real in each other?

I plan on reading both these over the weekend, regardless if I get The Truth of Valor Finished or not. (Sadly, I don’t think it’s going to be one of those that I can’t put down.)

How do you handle your TBR? Do you have monthly lists, read next lists, or is a just a total free-for-all? (I’m half thinking the later is what I should do.)

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