Sunday, March 1, 2015

The seemingly endless TBR pile(s)! :)

There is a challenge of sorts working its way through many book bloggers' posts.
This involves answering the following questions and then tagging others to do the same!
Naomi of Consumed by Ink posted an open-ended tag for anyone interested in doing this! we go!

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile? me on this...piles! :) Although I admit it is irritating to me that is it now owned by Amazon, I find goodreads an indispensable organizational tool for books...period! In addition, I can connect to many authors and other readers, and perhaps most importantly, read others' reviews...all in one place. And it is always with me, 'cause my phone is virtually always with me! Yay Smartphones!!

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book? PRINT! :) As my mother's eyesight failed, I purchased a Kobo e-reader for her so she could enlarge the font, etc., which gave me access to e-books for the first time. As I sat with her in many doctor's offices...waiting...I downloaded The Confession by John Grisham and read it. The plan was for both of us to read it and then discuss it. However, this proved to be confirmation for me that she could no longer "understand" (her word, not mine) what she'd read. :( I have not read another full-length novel in e-format, nor do I intend to; it just doesn't resonate as well for me as holding onto a physical book! I do, however, read e-short stories released by my favorite authors since there is no other way to read them.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next? This answer could go far in explaining why my TBR list keeps growing... I participate in many different reading challenges, read-alongs, and book clubs, so I literally have a "Reading Schedule" to which I must adhere to keep current with these reading commitments. Given the fact that I must work full-time, my reading time is limited. Additionally, I am making a concerted effort to post more reviews to my blog in a timely manner for each book read...well, it is say the least! Every once in awhile I just say "Screw it!" and pick one up and read it! :) As a matter of fact, I just did that with The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and now I want to complete a blog post of that review! 

4. A book that's been on your TBR the longest? According to goodreads, Gold by Chris Cleave is the first book I added to my TBR listing. However, that is only because I started using goodreads at that time. Many older "classics" are among the longest TBR place holders in my mind. Many of them that are the most compelling for me? The rereads from 40+ years ago: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter, Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, etc. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was one of these, but I just reread it! :)

5. A book you recently added to your TBR? Just today: Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors.

6. A TBR on your list strictly because of it's beautiful cover? None. I never ever select a book to read just because of its cover or title, though I may initially be attracted by either or both of these, the only way a book lands on my TBR list is if I review at least one synopsis and decide I really want to read it.

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading? Reference above answer: none. No book is ever listed on my TBR that I don't honestly want to read.

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for? Honestly, all of them! I'm such a book nerd, or perhaps "book junkie" is a more accurate term! :) Here are some I intend to add to my collection just as soon as they are published: 
(Love Walked In, Belong to Me, Falling Together, Saving Lucas Biggs)
(Water for Elephants)
(Open House, What We Keep, Home Safe)
(One Good Dog, The Dog Who Danced)
Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel #3) by Janet Evanovich
--And when is the next Stephanie Plum novel to be released?!? I wish there could be a new one at least every 6 months! :) 
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini
And I'm sure there are many more! 

9. A book on your TBR list that basically everyone has read but you? That was how I felt about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green! Until I finally read it! 

10. A book on your TBR list that everyone recommends to you? The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

11. A book on your TBR list that you're dying to read? All the upcoming releases in my answer to #8 as well as a book I just read about today: The Drowning of Stephan Jones by Bette Greene

12. How many books are on your goodreads TBR shelf? 3603...I did mention piles earlier, right?!? :)

Like Naomi, I am choosing to leave an open-ended tag to anyone else who would like to respond to this! Kinda fun and it really does make you think about those books listed on your TBR list and which are the most important to you!

How do YOU track TBRs?


  1. I can't believe I didn't see this until now. 3603! That's an impressive number! Does it ever make you sad to know that you will never actually get to them all? I try not to think about it.
    You have some good books in your pile. I just finished reading At the Water's Edge, and I'm finding it hard to review. I liked it, though, and I think you would too. I found it very different from Water For Elephants, more like a fun adventure story.

    1. jealous that you've read At the Water's Edge! It's release date (as well as 4-5 other books I anxiously anticipate reading and loving) coincides with my birthday. Although I don't believe in coincidences! So I'm certain it's fate!! ;) Ape House was not a favorite for me (certainly nowhere close to Water for Elephants!), though I enjoyed it. So I am anxious for this one. I own some of her earlier novels and have yet to read those... :(

      I try my best NOT to consider all the unread books I REALLY want to read! I am just grateful for each and every day that I live and am healthy enough to be able to read and blog! :) Glad you were able to see this posting since it was inspired by your own blog posting! :)