Though I gave up on this year's TBR Dare, exactly half-way through, in favor of re-reading, I did refrain from reading any of the new books I've acquired since January 1st. My total of books cleared off the TBR stacks is 45. But I added 23 more, so it's really only a decrease of 22 books. Still, the TBR total is the lowest it's been in years, and I'm happy about that.
I have been donating the books cleared off to my branch of the county library system. (I was trading some of them on Paperback Swap, until I realized that the books I wanted were rarely available, so I was pretty much just giving my books away. Which is fine, but if that's the case, I prefer to give them to the library.) Last week at the annual library sale, I spotted at least six of my donations on the tables. And I only bought two this time, so I think the balance is in my favor!
From the 23 new-to-me books, these are the ones I'm most looking forward to:
Bubbly on Your Budget, by Marjorie Hillis - thanks to Claire's review (My version would be "Books on your budget")
A Thousand Miles up the Nile, by Amelia B. Edwards - while I wait for the last (sob) Amelia Peabody adventure
Cluny Brown, by Margery Sharp - from Jane's birthday party, and Simon's review
Girl in a Green Gown, by Carola Hicks - about one of my favorite painters, Jan van Eyck, and his "Arnolfini Portrait"
Miss Miles, by Mary Taylor - "A Tale of Yorkshire Life Sixty Years Ago," published in 1890
Together Tea, by Marjan Kamali - a mother & daughter, at odds over the mother's match-making, take a trip back to their native Iran
P.G. Wodehouse, by David Jasen - this will be my third attempt at a Wodehouse biography; the first two fell into the "throw across the room" category.
And I just know that someday my copy of the Laura Ingalls Wilder autobiography, originally ordered back in October, will actually arrive. No thanks to Barnes & Noble, which canceled my order without notice.