The lovely Pippa over at thelittlebookowl posted this tag the other day and I enjoyed her answers so much that I thought I’d share mine as well.
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Most of the books I want to read are listed in my Goodreads To Read shelf but I tend to only put the first book in a series on there. If I’ve read the first book I don’t often add all the sequels to Goodreads, I like making lists. Most of my notebooks have some sort of series/author list in so I can keep track of where I’m up to in a series or author’s backlist. Probably not the most organised approach, but it works for me! I have also separated all my unread books onto one bookcase so it’s easier to pick my next read. I like to be able to see all the books I can choose from in one place and it’s fun rearranging my other shelves when I’ve finished a new book to add it in.
Is your TBR mostly print or ebooks?
Oh I’m definitely a print girl. But I have recently become a tiny bit obsessed with regency romance novels and some long urban/paranormal fantasy series which I find easier (and cheaper!) to read on my kindle. I love my paperwhite as it allows my to read in the dark surrounded by candles so I’m happy to have an endless supply of ebooks on there too. I also much prefer reading paperbacks to hardbacks, they’re just so much easier to read.
Name a book that’s been on your TBR list forever
Hmm, this is a tough one. I’d probably have to say Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy because I got about half way through it many years ago on a family holiday to Turkey when the sun melted the binding glue and it fell apart… I never got round to finishing it off so I must do that at some point! I should also include Austen’s Mansfield Park, Persuasion and Emma as I’ve been saying I’ll read them for at least a decade. I really should get on those.
Name a book you recently added to your TBR
Georgette Heyer’s entire works. After falling head over heels into the regency romance world I thought I’d try Heyer. I’d heard of her before but never really considered picking her up, assuming that she’d be the same as Austen. That is not the case. A wonderful twitter friend loves Heyer too and recommended a few of her faves and I ADORED them. I was surprised by how accessible her writing is and the themes she writes about are still so relatable. Love Love Love. The ones I’m most keen to get to are The Grand Sophy, Faro’s Daughter, Venetia and Frederica. I adored Devil’s Cub, Black Sheep and Regency Buck.
Which book is on your TBR strictly for its beautiful cover?
Although a striking cover is guaranteed to make me pick up a book and check out its blurb, I don’t think I’d buy it if I wasn’t at least a little interested in actually reading it! I have to cheat here and pick two… Andrew Lang’s Fairy Tales from Around the World is stunning. It has a leather cover with beautiful gold patterns and pages. I also love Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Wales, illustrated by Kate Forrester. Just look at it.
Name a book on your TBR that you never plan on reading
I plan on reading alllll the books but I guess I’m not in a rush to pick up Lev Grossman’s The Magicians (again). Pippa and I tried to do a buddy read of this as it sounded interesting and has mixed reviews on Goodreads/online. We struggled and ultimately failed. I can’t speak for her but I just couldn’t get into it at all. I thought it was quite boring and a bit miserable. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood but it put me off for the foreseeable future, but I own it and it’s on my tbr shelf. I tried watching the TV show and it just freaked me out. Maybe one day…
Name an unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for
I’m super excited for Gardner Dozois’ Book of Swords that’s coming out in October. I’ve only just found out about it but it’s going to contain short stories from some of my favourite authors (including Robin Hobb – my numero uno!) and I love a bit of Sword and Sorcery fantasy. Sounds perfect!
Name a book on your TBR that everyone’s read except you
Oh wow so many! I’ll go with Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. I keep trying to read this. I’m about 100 pages in and the writing is great, the characters are great, the plot is intriguing, the world is interesting but there have always been books I’ve wanted to read more. I don’t know why, I really need to pick it up again as everyone’s read it. Everyone’s loved it.
A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you
Apart from Lies of Locke Lamora?! I’ll go with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I know everyone’s recommending it to everyone at the moment with Trump’s Presidency and the Hulu show (which I’ve seen by the way and is absolutely terrifying!) but many people had recommended it to me before either of those things. So hipster ye? I joke.
A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read
Winds of Winter. A Dream of Spring. Come on GRR Martin, we need these. I have to add the latter as I kinda know what’s coming in Winds of Winter thanks to the show having now overtaken the books. Saying that, there are a lot more unfinished storylines in the book series that are not included in the show so I’m keen to see how those characters get on. Surely it’s got to come out soon??
How many books do you have on your Goodreads TBR shelf
um. 325. Plus all the sequels I’ve added to my physical bookshelf. And all the non fiction I’ve picked up and not bothered to put on Goodreads… I’d better get reading!
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