The TBR Book Tag


A while back, Claire at BlankSlaters tagged me after her post about this book tag, so here goes: my answers to 11 questions about all those books I’m still waiting to read.

  1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
  2. I use the Goodreads to-read list – it’s much handier than a scrap of paper by my bedside! Here’s a link to mine.

  3. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?
  4. Neither, yet. I plan to get most of them from the library, probably as eBooks (that way, I don’t have to physically go return them).

  5. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest
  6. According to Goodreads, these 4 books are tied for longest time spent on my TBR list. I added them in 2010, but still haven’t read them:

    4 oldest books on my TBR list

  7. A book you recently added to your TBR
  8. I’ve been crushing pretty hard on some time-travely-historical-fiction lately. New to my list are two upcoming YA releases for 2016, Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor and The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.

  9. A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover
  10. I don’t usually add books to my TBR because of their covers. Sure, a pretty cover will draw me in – but if the summary doesn’t intrigue me or the majority of reviewers seem unhappy, I won’t pick it up.

    In any case, here are some of my favorite covers among my TBR list:

    4 prettiest covers on my TBR list

  11. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading
  12. Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

    Published in England in 1865, this is described as a handbook written by the “Victorian Martha Stewart”. It’s nearly 700 pages long, so there’s no way I’d actually sit down to read it cover-to-cover – but it’s good for amusing historical tidbits here and there.

  13. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for
  14. The Thorn of Emberlain, book #4 of Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series. So far, I’ve only read the first two books in the series, but it’s heartening to know that more books are on the way!

  15. A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read except you
  16. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

    This author’s short stories are among my favorites of all time, and I’m not one for hyperbole! I want to check out this full-length novel of his, but I find myself dragging my feet a little… honestly, I’m a little sick of reading historical fiction centered around World War II.

  17. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you
  18. Honestly, not many people recommend books to me. Or maybe they do, but I forget… (sorry!)

  19. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read
  20. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke. After watching the wonderful BBC miniseries based on it, I decided the book must be worth a read. The book’s a bit of a doorstop, clocking in at nearly 800 pages. My 100 book reading challenge of 2015 wasn’t terribly conducive to reading long novels, but this year I’ve set myself no such challenge.

  21. How many books are on your TBR shelf?
  22. Just over 200. I try to chip away at it piece by piece, but every time I cross a book off the list, there’s an intriguing new release waiting to replace it!

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  • Reply Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout January 15, 2016 at 12:48 am

    I can’t believe there’s a book called A Heartbreaking Work of A Staggering Genius XD XD Laurus has SUCH a gorgeous cover eek! And since you are in need of recs I shall take the opportunity to scream HAVE YOU READ VICIOUS AND A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC READ THOSE. I have 163 on my GR to-read, but I feel you — it’s like a hydra and it’s just “read one book, two more take its place.”

    PS: Funnily enough, Cait @ Paper Fury just posted about TBRs and it’s a really funny post you ought to check out 😛
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  • Reply Ksenia @ Something Delicate January 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I haven’t read All The Light We Cannot See, so you are not alone, Paloma. Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up this book soon. And my tbr-shelf on GR is much bigger than yours, though lately I try to decrease number of books on it.
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  • Reply AngelErin January 17, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I haven’t read all the light we cannot see either! I thought I was the only one lol. Great tag!
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  • Reply Whitley January 17, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I am loving those covers! I might be adding a few more items to my TBR now…although A NAtural History of Dragons has been on there for awhile now already. And I have been desperately trying to read Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell for so long; with added pressure as the announcement and release of the miniseries came out.

  • Reply Paula January 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has on TBR for a long time! But I keep putting it off because of the 800 pages. I forgot that they made it into a miniseries, I must check it out!
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  • Reply Nicole January 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

    This looks so fun! I’m gonna do it @w@
    Loved reading your answers. I always find shelf dissection/self-reflection really fun. Do you ever actually ask for/want recommendations? I don’t give them all the time (actually pretty infrequently) but if I genuinely think someone might like something, I like to send a GR rec…but I sometimes don’t because I don’t want to be annoying…. (It’s okay to say no if you don’t want to get recs!! haha)
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      Reply Paloma January 26, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I do like getting recommendations! Admittedly, they’re most helpful if they’re from people whose reading tastes align somewhat with my own. (One of my good friends loves to read/recommend paranormal romances… I adore hearing her enthusiasm, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be picking up any of her suggestions, ’cause the genre’s not exactly my style.)

      “Shelf-reflection”… heh.

      • Reply Nicole January 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

        Hahah Yeah I think sometimes when people are super excited about something they just want to share it with everyone regardless of the other person’s tastes. I try to think about what people will like before recommending, but you can never be 100% sure…! haha
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  • Reply Lianne @ February 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    The cover art for Elijah’s Mermaid is so pretty! 🙂

    Your post reminds me that I really need to catch up on the Gentleman Bastards series. I really enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora but have yet to check out the rest of the series (oops).

    I hope you enjoy reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell; I totally hear you on the doorstopper bit, it languished for quite an amount of time on my TBR pile as well (I finally got around to reading it when I had brought it with me on my semester exchange and read it during a weekend trip to Austria).
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