I saw this over at Caro @ Bookcheshirecat, and, sadly, it appears the original creators of the tag have deleted their blogs, so I can’t credit them, but, you know what I can do? IT’S CALL OUT TIME! Y’all, my TBR is always out of control, and is especially terrible right now because I’m about to add some books to it that I don’t have space for, so let’s get this party started!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

In so many different ways, and it’s truly obnoxious. Obviously, I’m on Goodreads, so I’ve got a virtual TBR there which is basically just everything that I ever want to read. It’s 625 books long, which is just overwhelmingly insane, but it’s more of a way for me to just keep track of books that interest me. I don’t specifically buy off of this list when I go shopping, so it’s not an end all be all kind of list for me. I do have a separate owned/unread list on Goodreads, too, that’s my actual physical TBR that I plan on reading. This list mostly mirrors the physical way I keep my TBR on my bookshelves, too.

Those are everything I’ve purchased from 2018 until now. Everything pre-2018 is just mixed into my bookshelf, and, actually, this doesn’t account for my book cart, which has got all of my nonfictions from the last two years, as well. I don’t really use Goodreads for keeping track of my TBR that much because I’ve got the physical version of it separated from the rest of my books.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

All print. I don’t read e-books, not because I think they’re not worthy or something stupid, just because I’m literally on my laptop all day writing and for work, so I really try to have a separation between looking at a screen for work and reading a physical book for pleasure. Obviously, I read fanfiction on my phone, but even that is few and far between.

What book has been on your TBR list the longest?

ahahahaha it’s going to be an Austen

OH MY GODS IT’S A BRONTË??? That’s wretched. I am going to read Jane Eyre at some point, but I’d have to buy it first, and given my experience with Wuthering Heights, that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon, so my oldest owned book is an Austen–Persuasion, to be exact. I don’t think this is the oldest owned unread book I have, but it is the oldest added to my Goodreads TBR.

What book did you recently add to your TBR?

Here, have a top three instead! These are all Goodreads, not owned.

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles has been all over my Instagram lately, so of course, I’ve fallen for the hype and added it to my Goodreads. I’m not sure I’ll read this anytime soon, but it sounded really interesting! And though I said none of these were owned, I’ll probably end up buying Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie fairly soon because I took a second look at the summary recently, and, uh, yeah, that’s a lot of boxes checked for me. I know that a lot of people remove books from their Goodreads when they can’t remember what they’re about, but that’s pretty much me with every unread book ever because I’m hellishly bad at remembering summaries and usually start reading without refreshing my memory of what the heck I just bought, so I’m pretty sure The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig is about vampires, given the plastic teeth on the cover, but don’t quote me on that. Either way, it looks fantastic.

What book is on your TBR because of its beautiful cover?

Um, all of them? I’m honestly not even going to feature a book here because I’m such a cover person. I sometimes go through rec lists and only look at the covers because I’m an asshole and can’t be bothered to read the very short descriptions.

Which book on your TBR that has the lowest priority?

LOL WE BACK WITH THE BRONTËS. Nah, for real, I hated Wuthering Heights so much. I’m so sorry if this is horrible for you because you love it, but I wanted to chuck it off a cliff, and I’m really not prioritizing the other Brontë sisters even a little bit because of it.

What is an unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

Am I allowed to say The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley even though we know nothing about it except its title and potential release date?? I JUST LOVE HER WRITING SO MUCH OKAY.

Which book on your TBR does everyone seem to have read but you?

I read this wrong initially, and I thought I was about to be throwing some shade about books I have no interest in reading (everyone is still talking about A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and I’m just over here never having read The Hunger Games and not even a little bit wanting to, and oh look, some shade!), but, reading it again, two books that I want to read, but haven’t, but everyone else is?

Did I just buy Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar recently? YES IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING. Literally everyone seems to be reading this right now, and I saw a review somewhere that said it was for fans of The Candle & the Flame by Nafiza Azad, and I am READY. Also, who else is ready for me to stop talking about You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson and actually read it? SAME.

What is a book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Look, I’m gonna be honest with you, I don’t listen to recommendations. I don’t read reviews for movies, and though I read them for books, I don’t often let them sway me. I care so very, very little about what other people think of books to the point that when someone recs me a book, it often goes in one ear and out the other. I phrased that wrong. I do care about what other people think of books because I’m really curious to see how different people can step away with such wildly different opinions about the same book. I just don’t let that influence whether or not I’m going to read a book because I’ve got a pretty solid grasp on what I like, and there’s not a whole lot that’s going to stand in the way of that. I feel like my friends have figured this out, too, because they’ve mostly stopped rec’ing me books? And, if they do, I often already have it on my radar.

Which book on your TBR are you dying to read?

Another top three! This time, from my owned/unread!

I have been hyping up We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez for so long in my head that I really hope I’m not setting myself up for disappoint due to super unrealistic expectations. I don’t even know where my expectations come from? I’ve never read something else from Sanchez, and no one’s really talking about this in my little corner of the bookish community, sooooo. Obviously, I loved the first book, so I’m hyped about The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe for reasons that make sense, and I’m even more excited to read it because of all my issues with the All Souls trilogy. And Beyond the Black Door by AM Strickland has just been giving me major side eye lately? It keeps whispering to me in the middle of the night, so I’m definitely going to need to read it soon.

What is the number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

See first question: 652. Again, this is not really a fast and firm list, mostly just somewhere I can keep track of everything that catches my eye.

That was a lot less of a call out than I was expecting? I’m kind of proud of myself, not gonna lie.

9 responses to “TAG: TBR”

  1. Jillian Avatar

    I didn’t care for Wuthering Heights, but Jane Eyre is one of my favorites. The sisters are very different. (If that’s at all helpful, ha ha.) 🙂

    Having read a bit of your blog, I’d make a bold guess that you will actually prefer Anne Bronte, who is the most realistic & fierce of the three. I’d recommend The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: it’s about a woman who wants to escape her alcoholic husband & has to kidnap her own kids in order to not lose custody. Made a pretty bold statement in its day. 🙂

    That said, my personal favorite is Jane Eyre because it features a calm, sensible woman trying to find herself within the an abusive & patriarchal world & coming up against obstacles & also there is a mystery. It’s REALLY easy to read, unlike Wuthering Heights which is violent and terrible & left me splayed out on the carpet totally defeated. 🙂


    1. Jillian Avatar

      LOL, I hadn’t read this part yet when I commented:

      I’m so sorry if this is horrible for you because you love it, but I wanted to chuck it off a cliff, and I’m really not prioritizing the other Brontë sisters even a little bit because of it.

      LOL, totally understandable. So you know, I didn’t comment above because I’m precious about the Brontës. I totally get it! I’m just being encouraging as a helpful nudge in case you ever do want to try more. You mentioned Jane Eyre so I’m paying it forward by encouraging you because I LOATHED Jane Austen, & fellow bloggers offered advice at my blog once upon a time on how to try more, & now she’s a solid favorite. Giving back! 🙂


  2. Margaret @ Weird Zeal Avatar

    I definitely relate to adding books to the TBR because of their covers. Let’s be real, everyone does this, right??

    Ahh Jane Eyre and Persuasion! I’m not much of a classics person, but those are two classics that I love 😉 I do recommend the audiobook for Jane Eyre – I listened to one that I really enjoyed, and of course I can’t remember the narrator so that’s not very helpful. But it might be a good way to go if you’re reluctant to pick it up!

    Cannot wait for you to read You Should See Me in a Crown, since I have a feeling you’ll love it 😀

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed for both! I liked one of the Jane Eyre adaptations, so here’s hoping the book goes well, too. And I just want to adore of Austen’s books, so I’ve really got to finish them!


  3. waytoofantasy Avatar

    I don’t even keep track of my goodreads TBR list as I use that as more like a ‘pool for books I might want to check out at some point’ and less a hard TBR haha. Fun tag!

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      Hahaha, that sounds way less stressful, but also like you could just go swimming in books, which also sounds amazing.

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      1. waytoofantasy Avatar

        Not gonna lie, I have thought about diving into them like Scrooge McDuck dives into his pile of gold coins lol.

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  4. Caro @ bookcheshirecat Avatar

    So happy to see you do the Tag!! 😊 I love your physical TBR shelf, it looks so nice with the plants 🍃 I’m also interested in Where Dreams Descend, it sounds so good and the cover is amazing as well! The Fell of Dark is also on my TBR because I’m ready for more vampire content again 🦇

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      All the vampire content! I feel like it’s finally making a comeback, and I can’t wait to see the stories that start coming out!

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