I don’t stumble on my “tags” or questionnaires that I love, but man, do I ever love talking about TBRs! Sarah did this tag earlier and I am jumping on that bandwagon! Unfortunately, I’m not quite sure who began this tag in the first place.

The TBR Tag

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I’m a big Goodreads fan, so almost entirely on there. If they ever disappeared, I would be lost.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?
I don’t e-read, so entirely print!

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
Mood mood mood. Also, I love hearing a glowing recommendation from someone for a book I already own but haven’t read. It renews that excitement and is often the push I need to finally pick it up.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?
Probably I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I’ve owned that since I was a kid and still haven’t read it. It’s a sad excuse, but I also hated the cover so I bought myself a new one for Christmas and plan on finally reading it very soon!

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. I’m currently reading an advanced copy of Ronson’s new book about public shaming, and I’m surprised at how compulsively readable his work is. Plenty of my coworkers say that The Psychopath Test is his best work, so I am planning on picking that up in the near future!

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover.
I don’t buy books based on their covers.

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.
Oddly enough, I have a few of these. I have accumulated quite a few signed copies of books over my years as an intern/ publishing student. Normally, I don’t have a problem donating books I know I won’t read (signed or not) but sometimes the author strikes a chord and even if I don’t want to read the book, I can’t bring myself to give it away. There are about 5 right now..

Among8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.
Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont. A friend who works at Random House mentioned this to me and the title alone is fantastic. The book tells the story of a box of printed emails and letters that a mistress sends to her lover’s wife but the box is intersepted by his daughter. It has fantastic blurbs from authors I like, which can often mean nothing, but is enticing nonetheless. I’m looking forward to it!

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.
All the Light We Cannot See! This was on everyone’s Best Of list and I own it, but still haven’t read it. Also, The Night Circus. I remember rushing to buy a copy of it as soon as it released and admiring the endpapers daily. And yet.. still haven’t read.

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson. Everyone says I will love it. Part of me is afraid to actually read it because.. then I can’t look forward to reading it anymore. I know, it’s ridiculous.

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.
Most of them! I’m really looking forward to getting to Ann Patchett’s work. I have four of her books now. Soon!

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
As of today, 509.

I would love to see some of my blogger friends do this (if they’d like!) so I am going to tag:
Natalie @ Browsing Bookshelves
Andrew @ Tea in the Cloister
Eva @ The Paperback Princess
Andi @ Estella’s Revenge
Lydia @ Letters of Lydia


15 thoughts on “The TBR Tag

    • No problem! I hope you do :). I love my TBR lol. It just reminds me of all the wonderful books out there left for me to read :). I’ve got multiple lifetimes worth haha.

  1. I remember reading I Capture the Castle and not being very sure about it. I know that it’s on lots of people’s favourite books list, it’s not on mine. It was good but I didn’t love it? One of those for me. I didn’t read The Night Circus for a really long time because I didn’t think it could live up to the hype everyone had stirred up around it but it totally did. That books is flawless. I think that’s probably how you feel about The Family Fang. If I had a TBR that had 509 books on it I think I would collapse. I couldn’t handle it.

    Thanks for tagging me!

    • Lol! I obviously don’t own them all, but I love keeping track of books that interest me. It’s also a digital account of my life at the time. You can see what I was into at any given time in the past 4 years by browsing through my to-read or read lists.
      It’s unfortunate that you didn’t like I Capture the Castle! It definitely is on a lot of people’s favourites lists. Though I’m happy to hear you liked The Night Circus. We shall see when I get around to reading both!

      • You’re so right that the books you read or want to read give an account of the person you were at the time. It’s one of the reasons I love looking at the books I’ve read via the 50 Book Pledge. Certain books remind me of certain days or things that were going on at the time.
        Even if you don’t own them all, that’s still a lot of books to read!

  2. I liked So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, especially since I spend so much time on Ye Olde Internet, but The Psychopath Test is truly more interesting. The people he profiles in that one go beyond strange individuals and seem like unbelievable characters. And I Capture The Castle is so so good, I hope you get a chance to read it soon.

    • Thanks Sarah :). Once I get through a few books on my TBR, I am definitely going to treat myself to The Psychopath Test. He has such an amusing narrative voice. And I Capture the Castle is constantly staring me in the face. I can’t wait to read it :). I’m waiting for that perfect time when I’m home alone, it’s snowy and I can put on some candles and pjs and read the whole evening. Sometimes I feel like books need to be read in the right atmosphere lol.

  3. When I read “I don’t buy books based on their cover” I becamse extremely impressed and jealous. I only hope that one day I can become un-materialistic (is that a word??) enough to not buy books based on their covers haha! Thanks for the tag, doll! Looking forward to doing this one soon (:

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