As I seem to have slowed down a little on my reading I wanted to do a tag post; a few days ago I read Belle‘s The TBR Tag post, over at Books and Belle, & decided I would give it a go! I’ll be answering 12 questions on my to-be-read pile (& trust me, it’s a very large pile).
How Do You Keep Track Of Your TBR Pile?
My general reading list is kept organised on my GoodReads account; I currently have 416 books on my to-be-read list, but another 185 books on my to-buy list… oops. The 416 books on my TBR list are all books that I own & mostly don’t include the unread ARCs I’ve been sent, either in the mail or on NetGalley.
My NetGalley ARCs are kept organised via a list in my main notebook & the to-do list on my iphone! The list in my notebook is in the order of which I was approved for the books but I have a list on my iphone to-do list that has the books in order of release date, which is generally how I decide which ARC I’m going to read next. Any NetGalley books that I have that have already been released are just added onto my general TBR list.
My physical ARCs & my most recent buys are currently stacked in a pile on top of my chest of drawers; once I’ve got through my library books I’ll be starting on that pile, & then I’ll focus on reading the unread books that are on my bookshelves.
Is Your TBR Mostly Print Or e-Book?
I think I currently have more unread books in print than I do in e-book, but with my rising number of NetGalley ARCs the difference between the two probably isn’t that large anymore. The only reason I think I probably have more unread print books than unread e-books is because I’ve been buying print books for longer & generally prefer them over e-books.
How Do You Determine Which Book From Your TBR To Read Next?
As I’ve already mentioned I have a date-ordered list of my NetGalley books that really dictates which ARCs I read & when.
I currently have a lot of library books in my room so the books that I read that aren’t from NetGalley are currently coming from that selection; with these books my decisions are pretty much random or based on whatever I fancy next.
As for the rest of the books I own (apart from the new ones piled on my chest of drawers) I have an old bath salts jar that is full of pieces of paper with the titles of all my books written on them – whenever I can’t decide what to read next I pick one piece of paper at random & that’s my next read! (although sometimes I have to choose a couple before I’m satisfied with what I’ve pulled out).
A Book That Has Been On Your TBR The Longest?
According to GoodReads the book that has been on my TBR list for the longest is The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – I was given the book ages ago by a friend of my mum’s & I have previously attempted to read it, but at the time I wasn’t as obsessed with books as I am now so I gave up on it pretty quickly. I’m hoping I’ll eventually pick it up, but when that will be is a mystery to me!
The book that has been on my to-buy list for the longest, again according to GoodReads, is Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman! I picked up another book in this series in a charity shop but haven’t yet bought the first one. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series & when I was doing a to-buy clear out Twitter assured me that this was a series I wanted to keep on my list!
A Book That You Recently Added to Your TBR?
A Book On Your TBR Strictly Because It Has A Beautiful Cover
A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan On Actually Reading
Generally I’m pretty good at keeping my to-buy list empty of books I won’t actually ever read, but there are a few on my shelves that I’m not sure why I bought them in the first place, two examples of these are The Carrie Diaries & Summer & The City by Candace Bushnell; I bought these books ages ago as I love Sex & The City (the TV show) but they’re not the types of books I tend to read… if you’re interested in taking them off of my hands let me know & we can organise something!
An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You Are Excited For
Ahhh, so many! I’m really, really excited about the book being released by the Doctor Who team about Missy, called The Missy Chronicles, which is due out next year!
I’m also really excited about Caterpillars Can’t Swim by Liane Shaw – I have an eARC of this book & I can’t wait to get to it on my long NetGalley list! Caterpillars Can’t Swim is about two boys, one who is disabled & finds freedom in the water (I do this!!!!) & another who tries to take his life using water; the two boys end up connected & the book is about their relationship.
The Winds of Winter by George RR Martin is obviously on this list too; I’m currently reading the second half of A Dance With Dragons & I’m devasated that I’m going to have to wait ages for the next instalment (& no, I don’t watch the TV show)!
There is also The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Itrube (translated by Lilit Thwaites), which is obviously my kind of read, I did try to get my hands on an ARC but the publishers ignored me 😭
And a book that I have been waiting forever for is Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster! I also tries to get an ARC of this but it never happened, it’s coming out soon though so hopefully I’ll have the money to buy it!
A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone Has Read But You?
A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You?
A Book On Your TBR That You Are Dying To Read?
The Number Of Books On Your GoodReads TBR?
I have 416 on my TBR & a further 185 on my to-buy, which equals 601 books! That’s at least 6 years of reading, if I manage to read 100 books a year! …oops.