TBR tag

I’m snaggin’ this from Pages & Pineapples because it seemed like fun.

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Goodreads “to-read” list which includes unread (non-reference) books in my house as well as a wishlist of books I really want to read mostly soon(ish) and I try to keep ‘sort of want’ books off my list. But also I have an unofficial  ‘unread books’ shelf of my bookcase. Simples!

2. What is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

It’s mostly an un-bought, not-set-in-stone ‘wishlist’ on my Goodreads TBR list. But as for books I already own, it’s mostly print by a landslide. I think 85% is probably print and the rest is ebooks. (I get my audiobooks from the library.)

3. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest


This has been on my TBR since I joined Goodreads in August 2013. It was probably the first book I added… It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a while…It was going to be my first Gladwell until I turned around and read Outliers instead…I’ll get around to it soon. Don’t worry, Blink. Justice will be served.

4. A book you recently added to your TBR.


This was the most recent when I set up this post, but since then I added a bunch of scholarly works on fairy tales, books about feminism and some poetry collections, among other things.

5. A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

Being an illustrator, I am definitely wooed by a beautiful cover, but I’m still unlikely to add stuff to my TBR just because of its over. Here are some books whose covers wooed me and whose synopses kept me intrigued once I took a closer look.


6. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.

I think I’m pretty good at going through my TBR periodically and getting rid of books I’m not realistically, actually planning to read. I have real heart-to-hearts with myself about it and have also been known to get rid of books that I own without ever having read them once I realise I probably never will. That said, there are sometimes books I’m on the fence about like The Essence of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice by Traleg Kyabgon, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, or Fire in the Blood by Irène Némiovsky… Actually the more I think about it the more I wonder if I should clear off even more…hmmm

7. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

I just found out that there’s a sequel to Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Djinni called The Iron Season and I am SO EXCITE! But I’ll have to wait until 2018 for that…!

8. A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read except you.


I know it’s old, but I really want to get to this one because it seems like a book I’d really like.

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

The only books I’ve ever been recommended (on Goodreads because I can’t remember off-Goodreads) more than once have been these two.. They were each recommended twice.

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I’m excited about Alanna—I’m hoping it will be a little bit like Sabriel though I can’t imagine anything being as good—and I’m a little tentative about Oryx and Crake (which isn’t on my TBR…just lingering in the background of my memory in case I come across it) because The Handmaid’s Tale is always held up as one of the best entry points to her work but I thought it was a bit overrated.. We’ll see.

10. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.


Far from being about a simple dietary change, this is about a woman in South Korea (where the idea of vegetarianism already seems a literally foreign concept) who decides she wants to give up meat…and become a tree. I’ve heard good things about it. I am intrigued.

11. How many books are on your TBR shelf?

On my Goodreads TBR, there are about 275 books (that includes Goodreads ‘wishlist’ TBR and the 46 physical books I actually own). I’ve whittled it down from 340!…but that’s largely due to just taking a lot of stuff off my list.. I’m trying to read more of the books I already own though, so that should shave this down even more.

I tag Claire! And…YOU! Yeah, I see ya there. I wanna see what’s on your TBR and hear you talk about it!


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18 Responses to TBR tag

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  2. imyril says:

    I’ll be person number 3 to recommend Alanna – it became my favourite book at the tender age of about 6 or 7, and I reread it last year (*cough* 3 decades on) and it’s still delightful. It’s definitely a children’s book, but Alanna herself is wonderful in her grumpy, generous tenacity and I’m glad I grew up with her.

    • Nicole says:

      WELL it had been A HASSLE for me to track down in the UK for a while, but there seems to be an ebook copy on the Waterstones website now so I’ll likely have a gander at that when I’m allowing myself to buy more books again! hehe :’)

  3. Heather says:

    I got The Vegetarian today from NetGalley AND I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!!!!

  4. moosha23 says:

    Bloody hell, that’s a lot of books! I think you’d really like Lord of the Flies too, but I’d give it time to sink in. It’s one of those books you’d think is an average book, and then only ages after you’ve finished it will the profoundness of the story creep up on you. In that way I guess it is pretty brilliant – but it’s not the sort you’d want to read over and over again even if you love it to bits, I reckon.
    Can’t wait til you get your hands on it!

    • Nicole says:

      Haha, I don’t think it’s that much really. Claire’s GR TBR is 1932 books long! 😛 Plus, lots (most?) of mine are short.
      Yeah, I am hoping it will sit somewhere in between Brave New World and Heart of Darkness in terms of poignancy so hopefully it won’t let me down, but I’m not sure it would be fair to expect it to surprise me at all considering I already know the story fairly well including the climax and some other key things…

      • moosha23 says:

        Most probably. Unless you are dazzled by the language or something (I ended up being very puzzled about the language).

        • Nicole says:

          It’s probably hard to be surprised by classics in general.. But I think the reason they’re classics is that they delight and/or are important to us regardless of how much we know of the story beforehand, right? 🙂

  5. Great post! Lord of the Flies is wonderful by the way! I’m impressed that you manage to delete books from your tbr you don’t plan on reading- I’m so bad at that :/

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks! Aah I’m looking forward to it! But I’m trying not to buy any (non-BitchesBookClub) books until I’ve read a significant (but yet unspecified) number of books I already own…! D:
      WELL just before posting this I actually had the list down to 260 and now it’s back up to 276 soooo…..It’s probably a losing battle! :’) hahah

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