Time to Play TBR Book Tag!

Since Anya at On Starships And Dragonwings and Molly Mortensen openly tagged readers on their TBR Book Tags, I thought I’d continue the chain! So, I combed through my physical bookshelves, took some photos, and (finally!) finished updating my “To-Read” shelf on Goodreads to include my home collection. Now I’m ready to play!

For anyone who’s not familiar with the acronym, TBR stands for “to be read.” Therefore, a TBR pile or TBR list consists of the books in your personal collection that you haven’t read yet.

Ready to explore my bookshelves and reading wishlists with me? 🙂  

The top half of my bedroom bookcase. Recognize any titles?

1. How do you keep track of your TBR list?

Usually I have a good memory of which books I’ve read and which ones I’ve yet to read. (Emphasis on the word “usually” here.) So, I don’t use Goodreads or a specific system to keep track of things. Of course, a mental system isn’t foolproof, which explains why I forget about some of the unread books after a while. *blushes*


The lower half of my bedroom bookcase – and a cute bunny figurine!

2. Is your TBR list mostly print or ebooks?

All print! I’m going to be one of the last people on the planet to buy an e-reader. *lol* No tablet could ever compare to running your fingers over the covers (especially hardcover ones) and smelling ink and paper as you turn the pages. Plus, print books provide a welcome break from computer screens, which I spend a lot of time in front of for my day job and for my own writing projects.


My “currently reading” pile on my nightstand as of Saturday, November 15, 2014

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR list to read next?

Usually I read newly published books as soon as I get them. Otherwise, it depends on what I feel like tackling next. Maybe I want to read a particular genre. Or, maybe I’ve heard a sequel is coming out in a few months and I realize, “Oops! I haven’t read the first book(s) yet!” Or, maybe something jogged my memory about a book I own but haven’t read yet, so why not read it next while I’m thinking of it? It’s really on a case-by-case basis.


My living room bookcases, which also hold my journal collection

4. What’s been on your TBR list the longest?

A few books have been sitting on my shelves for a couple years or more. An embarrassing confession, but that’s what happens when you keep adding to your collection!

Over Sea Under Stone cover

Anyway, Susan Cooper’s Over Sea Under Stone has probably been there the longest. I bought it 2 or 3 years ago, when I was looking for more fantasy classics. Listing Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising sequence in my recent Top 10 list of science fiction and fantasy series I want to read reminded me that I should make time for this book over the winter.

5. Pick a book you recently added to your TBR list.

Child of a Hidden Sea cover

A.M. Dellamonica’s Child Of A Hidden Sea. Because, if I read the synopsis correctly, it’s a fantasy novel featuring PIRATES. A swashbuckling alternate reality! This could be a lot of fun. 😀

6. Pick a book that’s on your TBR list strictly because of its beautiful cover.

Learning to Walk In The Dark cover

I was going to list either Sherry Thomas’ The Burning Sky or Alison Goodman’s Eon. However, I gave both of them cover-love recently here, so today I’m going with Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning To Walk In The Dark. The colors, the owl in the tree, the moon, and the title’s cursive font all captured my attention when I was browsing through Barnes & Noble earlier this year. Absolutely beautiful, in an ethereal, delicate, and breathtaking way. I read the synopsis afterwards, of course, and knew then that I needed to read this book.

7. Pick a book on your TBR list that you’re apprehensive about reading.

Eat Pray Love cover

The original version of this question is “Pick a book on your TBR list that you’re never going to read.” My response was, “Why would I put a book on my TBR list if I’m not interested in reading it?” So, I rephrased the question, and found my answer with Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. A friend gave me Gilbert’s best-selling memoir as a birthday gift. We both share interests in new age spirituality (meditation, chakras, etc.), and Eat, Pray, Love is one of her all-time favorite books. I have every intention of reading this… But after reading the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and seeing words like “narcissism,” “self-absorbed,” and “shallow” pop up again and again, I’m wondering if I’ll want to throw the book across the room before I finish it. :S Maybe I should read it just to see if I can catch onto what the other reviewers picked up on…

8. Pick an unpublished book on your TBR list that you’re excited for.

Alyssa Palombo’s The Violinist of Venice, tentatively due out next October from St. Martin’s Press. It’s a historical fiction story about a love affair between Vivaldi and a female violin student, with consequences that reverberate for decades. The Violinist of Venice is a sentimental choice, as I’m friends with the author. Alyssa and I met on an Evanescence messageboard about 10 years ago (?!?!) and became friends by critiquing each other’s work and sharing other common interests like music, reading, and sports teams. After losing touch a few years ago, we finally found each other again on Twitter – after I heard about her book deal! So, you bet I can’t wait to read this one. 😀

9. Pick a book on your TBR list that basically everyone has read but you.

Allegiant cover

I doubt that everyone has read this one except for me, if you know what I mean, but I’m going with Veronica Roth’s Allegiant. Yes, I know how it ends, but I’m not going to let that deter me from finishing this trilogy.

10. Pick a book on your TBR list that everyone recommends to you.

Cloud Atlas cover

Three people have recommended David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas to me this year alone. Consider me persuaded! 😉

11. Pick a book on your TBR list that you’re dying to read.

Shadow Study

I’m going to cheat by picking an unpublished book. Maria V. Snyder’s Shadow Study is due out in February and continues her original Study trilogy (Poison StudyMagic Study, and Fire Study) that follows magician-diplomat Yelena Zaltana. While I had some qualms about the two later books, I still enjoyed the first trilogy enough that I’m itching to read this new chapter of Yelena’s life – to the point that I may drop whatever I’m reading to dive into Shadow Study as soon as it arrives!

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

As of today, the grand total is… 62 books! Here’s how it breaks down:

  • 21 of the 62 are yet-to-be-read books at home.
  • 40 of the 62 are additional titles from Goodreads.
  • 1 of the 62 is due out in late 2015 but isn’t listed on Goodreads yet.
  • 5 of the 62 are also due out in 2015 and are listed on Goodreads.

And when you look at it by genre:

  • Adult Fantasy: 20
  • YA Fantasy: 17
  • Historical Fiction: 5
  • Fiction, Science Fiction: 4 each
  • YA Historical Fiction: 3
  • Mystery / Thriller, YA Science Fiction / Dystopian, YA Fiction: 2 each
  • Spirituality / Self-Help, YA Horror / Suspense, Memoir: 1 each

Somehow, that heavy lean towards fantasy doesn’t surprise me. *lol*

Tag some people!

Hmmmmmm…. Well, I’m curious to see the answers Sumaira at Hyper About Books and Kel at Booked Til Tuesday would give. Otherwise, if this book tag tickles your fancy – TAG! You’re it. 😉

What are some of the books on your TBR list? Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, what did you think of them? I’d love to know your opinions (positive, negative, or otherwise).  

9 thoughts on “Time to Play TBR Book Tag!

  1. Congrats on getting the books you own on your goodreads list! It took me forever to get that done! Thanks for linking to me. 🙂

    I like your renaming that one question. I thought it was rather silly too. Why would it be on my list if I didn’t want to read it?

    I haven’t read Allegiant either! When I finished Insurgent I went to buy it, but saw it had only 3 stars on Amazon, so I went looking for spoilers and now I’m putting it off.

    I saw the movie of Cloud Atlas and really only one of the stories appealed to me, so I don’t think I’ll read the book, but it is highly talked about and if it’s anything like the movie it’s certainly unique.

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    • No problem! 🙂

      Yeah, plus the way that question was originally worded seemed a bit… rude? No, that’s not the word I’m looking for, but the attitude it carried didn’t sit well with me. So I decided to change it. *lol*

      I know what spoilers you’re talking about in “Allegiant.” At least, one in particular. I still want to finish it, though, and see for myself whether I agree with people’s general opinions about the book.

      Everyone who’s recommended that I read “Cloud Atlas” told me NOT to watch the movie! *lol* Apparently there’s a huge difference not necessarily in the plot, but in how the movie presents the separate storylines. It’ll probably make more sense once I read the book, but we’ll see.


  2. Oh my gosh, YES!!! I absolutely love blogfests and tags like this. As you know, I re-launched my website and blog a couple days ago, and I cannot wait to get involved in the blogging community again and participate in blog events 🙂

    Anyway, on to the books! I use Goodreads to track my TBR list; it’s just really easy for me and a great way to find out about new books that my friends may be reading. I actually really enjoyed “Eat, Pray, Love” – to me, it’s a memoir about self-awareness and enjoying the little details in life, so to me it makes sense for Elizabeth to talk a lot about her own journey. Then again, everyone has their own opinions 😉

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    • Oh, please do, Wendy! I’d love to see what your answers would be. 😀

      I’ll keep that in mind about “Eat, Pray, Love.” That was the impression I had from reading the synopsis, but all of the backlash made me less eager to read it. I’m hoping to get to it next year… but we’ll have to see, thanks to all the other books I want to read. *lol*


  3. I love seeing what other people have on their bookshelves and TBR piles. I have just written a post about TBR guilt before I saw this, but may borrow these questions for a future post. I have never read the Veronica Roth series and can’t decide if I’m really missing out or it it’s one to pass for now!

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    • So do I! I like to see what books I have in common with other readers and what recommendations I can pick up from them. Let me know if you end up playing this book tag – I’d love to see your answers!

      I’ve read the first two books in the Divergent trilogy so far, and apart from some criticisms and nitpicks they’ve been pretty good so far.


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