Physical TBR & Double Happiness Twins

Physical TBR; or Read Your Own Damn Books

I can’t remember where I heard about the whole Read Your Own Damn Books thing, but one of Rincey’s recent videos reminded me about it. It’s pretty rules-less: read more of the books you already actually physically own. Super!

It seemed like it might help (or maybe just be fun for dorks like me) to make a list! There has never actually been any order to my shelves but at some point last year I loosely split them into what I’ve already read and what I haven’t. And, because I seem to really like refining my Goodreads TBR(???), I write in the ‘notes’ section of the books on my Goodreads TBR list which books I have physical copies of and send those to the top of my list to remind myself to pick them up soon. I think I may only have about 30 or so unread books in my house.

This list still isn’t all the unread books in my house as I haven’t included reference books, but it’s a pretty comprehensive list of books I’m definitely going to read…at some point…possibly soon. They are in no real order, but I’ve numbered the list so I have an idea how many unreads I own. So here we go!

Addendum: strikethrough means I’ve now read this book

  1. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  2. A Vindication of the Rights of Women (Vintage Feminism Short Edition) by Mary Wollstonecraft
  3. The Odyssey by Homer
  4. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  5. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide*
  6. The Bees by Laline Paull
  7. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
  8. A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C Clarke
  9. The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon†
  10. Psmith, Journalist (Psmith #3) by PG Wodehouse
  11. The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. Willow Weep For Me by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
  13. A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle
  14. The Coma by Alex Garland†
  15. Children of Men by PD James
  16. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey #1) by Arthur C Clarke
  17. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  18. Farewell to Reality by Jim Baggott
  19. Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (comics collection)
  20. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  21. How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World by Francis Wheen
  22. Utopia by Thomas Moore*†
  23. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  24. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro*
  25. The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson*
  26. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  27. Shiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManus
  28. The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson
  29. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor**
  30. The Symposium by Plato
  31. The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C Clarke†
  32. The Welsh Fairy Book by W Jenkyn Thomas
  33. Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L Sayer
  34. Black Cats and Evil Eyes by Chloe Rhodes†
  35. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  36. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  37. The Amazing Screw-On Head & Other Curious Objects by Mike Mignola (graphic novel)
  38. Ms Marvel vol 2: Generation Why by G Willow Wilson (graphic novel)
  39. The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead by Marcus Chown†
  40. The Old Man of the Moon (Little Black Classics #60) by Shen Fu
  41. Traffic (Little Black Classics #06) John Ruskin
  42. How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing (Little Black Classics #29) by Michel de Montaigne
  43. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf**

Books I’m going to read from my boyfriend’s collection are (1) 23 Thing They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang, (2) Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell, (3) Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre by Christopher Dell, and (4) The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson

OK! So it’s more like 46 books, not 30. To be fair that’s including four of my boyfriend’s books, five ebooks/audiobooks which I don’t think about when I glance at my shelves and guess what’s on them, four books scattered around not on my shelves, and the two books I bought today…

I still think it’s pretty modest compared to some shelves I’ve seen (especially considering how slim many of these are), but maybe I should probably combine Read Your Own Damn Books with that thing where you can’t buy a new book until you’ve read 5 or 10 of your own. I’d whittle this list down pretty quickly that way!

†This was actually a great exercise because while going through some of these books I realised I’m not super bothered about a few of them.

I could definitely get through this whole list if I made that a goal for this year…but it’s not high on my priority list so I’m not making any promises. 😉

How many unread books are on your shelves?

Do you ever ‘shop’ your shelves and re-discover a book you’re excited to read?


A cool thing:

In response to this old post on my (largely abandoned…) blog where I drew my own cover for the book Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (see screenshot below)…

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…the author Marilyn Chin left a comment on my illustration! :0

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It seems legit…which I think is pretty dang cool! 🙂



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3 Responses to Physical TBR & Double Happiness Twins

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  2. moosha23 says:

    YES IT’S PRETTY DANG COOL! Wow, your cover is GORGEOUS!
    Also: you have so many books to read (I love this idea of reading your own damn books because TBR piles suck big time on my conscience).

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks!!! I was so (confused and then) excited when I saw her comment. 😀

      Oh gosh I didn’t really think it was a lot ^^;; I guess because when I watch booktube videos people seem to hoard away tens of books per week. Actually, though, I already read 2 of these books yesterday, 3 of them are graphic novels and about half of them are less than 100 pages each (like those 3 Little Black Classics at the end of the list are only about 60 pages each) so it doesn’t feel like that many haha
      Actually maybe I’ll start crossing them off as I go through them! Hmm…

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