The TBR Tag

This tag is originally hosted/created by Dana Square and A Perfection Called Books.

I haven’t officially been tagged for this, but as my TBR pile/list is a constant source of wonder/horror/epicness (delete as appropriate on a daily basis!) which is constantly expanding at a rate that goes far beyond my reading pace, I thought it would be fun to join in.

I’ve always been a reader, so had a reasonable sized TBR pile already, but since I joined the book blogging community my pile/list has become something that’s beyond all reasonable control. I visit so many wonderful blogs which recommend all these amazing sounding books and I’m powerless to resist. I would probably need two or three lifetimes to read even half of what’s currently on my list. It’s frustrating knowing that I just can’t read all the books, all the time. The perils of being a bookworm!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

It’s beyond keeping track of these days, but I do try! I keep lists of books, which I’ve tried to organise a little; I have titles arranged by group – found through read-a-thons/events, books I must read soon, to be read at sometime in the future, probably.

I also have a TBR jar, which is an idea I first came across on Tumblr. You write out the titles of books you already own, add them to the jar, then pick one out at random when you’re looking for something to read. This jar contains all my e-books, which I want to read more of at the moment, so many of my upcoming reads will probably be chosen from this collection.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

A long time ago it was print, but I pretty soon exhausted all the potential bookcase space, then resorted to boxes full of books stored in various hiding places around the house. Finally I decided I couldn’t go on in this way and tried to limit the amount of books I bought by making use of the local library more.
Then came a wonderful invention – The E-Reader.
Needless to say when I had my first e-reader my book buying continued, on a large scale, and now I have a massive list of e-books just waiting for my attention. It’s wonderful though, being able to buy a new book without the worry of where I’m going to store it.

How do you determine what to read next?

I’m a big fan of the library, so anything I borrow which other users have requested has to be put to the top of my TBR pile and read quite quickly, and the same goes for books which are due back within the next days/weeks. I read those first.
If there’s a book I’ve been looking forward to for a while before it is realised, by a favourite author, I’ll give that priority too.
Other than that it’s either random choice from the TBR jar, or decided on the spur of the moment by the mood I’m in at the time.
Sometimes after reading something heavy or particularly long I’ll choose a short, more light-hearted read, or I’ll go for a completely different subject, and vary my reading.
Sometimes it’s something as simple as an eye-catching cover which helps me decide what to read next.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

There are many, many, many books which could fill this category, but a couple spring instantly to mind as they’re the ones people keep asking me if I’ve read yet, and I sheepishly admit that I haven’t, and these are Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Another one I just remembered is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

A book you recently added to your TBR:

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher, The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, Cinder and the rest of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and Enchantress by James Maxwell.
I could go on and on and on with this list.
And of course, Revival by Stephen King also makes the list, but I don’t think this one will be TBR for long because I’ve been anticipating this book since I first heard months ago that it was going to be published.

A book on your TBR because of its beautiful cover:

This is one of the hardest questions for me. I’ve seen many books with beautiful covers on other blogs, but they’re books I don’t yet own (Suspicion by Alexandra Monir is one). I’m going to say all the Lunar Chronicles covers as I recently bought these books and they do have very striking covers.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading:

I don’t think there’s anything on my list that I don’t really plan on reading, but there are many that I’ll probably just never get around to for one reason or another.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited about:

I’m reading The Diviners and really enjoying everything about it, and I believe there’s another book in the series due out sometime next year, so that’s one I’m pretty excited to read.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you:

There are so many…
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is the first book that comes to mind. I really have been intending to read this book for a while now, and every time I see it mentioned on a blog it’s always with great praise and enthusiasm for the series which makes me feel I’m missing out on something great. I really must get around to starting it soon.
Anna and the French Kiss is another book that everyone seems to have read, along with the other books by the same author.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you:

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – I saw the third book in the series in the bookshop a little while back and was so drawn in by the lovely cover, but I managed to resist by reminding myself that I haven’t even read the first book yet.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read:

I’m dying to read all the books, all the time, and that’s a great problem at times. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to read all the books I want to read, and I’m always finding new things which look amazing. I’ll visit blogs and read about someone having read the most amazing new book, and before you know it I’m checking out if the library has that book, or if I should buy a copy. It’s wonderful and awful all at the same time. I really need to start limiting myself a little bit, but it’s an almost impossible ask.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Um, quite a few? And that’s not even the complete story when it comes to my TBR list. Sometimes I see something while I’m out and scribble a note for myself to recall the title. These notes very rarely get transferred to GR, but I do keep adding to the list.


So, there you have my answers to the TBR Tag. As I wasn’t originally tagged for this I won’t go on to tag anyone else, but if you’ve enjoyed reading this, and feel like having a go yourself then do feel free. Or, if you’ve already done it, drop me a line in the comments and a link to your entry and I can check out your blog (and no doubt find yet more books that I’ll want to read!)


5 thoughts on “The TBR Tag

  1. Kaja says:

    I’m probably repeating what loads of people have told you before: go for Lynch and Rothfuss 🙂 You won’t be sorry.
    I haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss yet – it’s one of those hyped-up books so I’m afraid it won’t live up to my expectations!


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