Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The TBR Tag

image from Dana Square

I was tagged by the lovely Shae from Shae Has Left The Room and Gaby and Lisa from Bookish Broads to partake in the TBR tag. This tag is originally hosted/created by Dana Square and A Perfection Called Books. Read on to learn how I organize my reads (I don't), what sort of logic I use to choose my next book (I don't), and if there's a chance I will ever catch up with my TBR (I won't).

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I don't! Okay, that's not entirely true. I am a disastrously disorganized individual, so my system is basically to have a word document that lists all my review copies by release date. This is a great idea in theory, mostly because I am forever forgetting to update it. This is why i love physical review copies, because then the big ole' stack o' ARCs is right there staring me in the face, judging me for not having read them yet. So yeah, I sort my ARC piles by release month-ish, with a section for finished copies and "expired" ARCs (which, unlike dairy, do not go bad. HUZZAH!)

My e-galleys, on the other hand, pretty much just organize themselves at this point. Who even knows what those things are up to on that Kindle of mine. (I think they're plotting against me.)

Don't ask me how I keep track of my backlist TBR because the answer is I don't and I can't and don't make me cry.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

Oh, dear Gansey, don't make me math. Don't make me get up right now and math my books with numbers. I cannot. I have no idea. I'm drowning in both, to be honest.

How do you determine what to read next?

When the moon is full, roll the dice by the light of a single candle whilst calling on the ancestors to guide my choice. (I really shouldn't blog late at night).

A number of factors go into my reading choices, and none are hard-and-fast. My ways are definitely not scientific. I vaaaaguely go by release date, but usually it's the reading muses that guide me. I go where the readerly wind blows me (dirty).

A book that's been on your TBR the longest?

Oh, man. I don't even know. Since  I'm such a slaaave to the reading muses, I am seriously resistant to reading recs despite my BEST intentions. Also sometimes I start books at the wrong time, so I tend to put them down a lot and get back to them later. This is also why i read about six books at a time. I'm waiting for the muses to guide me and show me which one sticks. (This is normal I sweaaaar). So I don't know about what i've had the longest, since I've had some classics on there since junior high, buuuuut the books that are definitely the loudest (or at least, their pushers are) would be Croak by Gina Damico, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, and Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

A book you recently added to your TBR:

Magonia by Mariana Dahvana Headley and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

A book on your TBR because of its beautiful cover:

Covers get me every time. I'm pretty sure 50% of the books I own were bought because of covers.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading:

Borrowing this from Lisa, but Flowers in the Attic. More like Flowers in the Nope. Ditto anything where the dog dies.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited about:

Now you're just being mean. How do I pick? Just one? THIS IS STRESSING ME OUT. JE REFUSE.
A book on your TBR that basically everyone's read but you:

God, is it hard to think of books you HAVEN'T read. I guess Mistborn, every single Sarah Dessen book, Since You've Been Gone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you:

Ummmm, Croak and Finnikin and DoSaB. Also Hex Hall and Also Known As. This is an endless list.

A book on your TBR that you're dying to read:

The problem is that I'm dying to read EVERYTHING. I wish I could open up my brain real wide and scoop in, like, eight dozen books at a time. But alas. So I guess... Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman, This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Among maaaaany others.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?


Okay, fiiiiine. It's... 1134. WHATEVER.

I'm not going to tag anyone specific, but if YOU want to participate in the TBR tag, please do! It's fun and will make you feel terrible about your life choices. But in, you know, a fun way.


  1. Your enthusiasm for this tag is astounding xD "don't make me laugh" "don't make me choose" "I dunnooooo all of them" "Je refuse" ^^;

    ♥ Your disorganized brain is lovely. (Also read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Though I'm not one to speak because I haven't read the sequels yet.)

    1. don't make me laugh? I meant math. errr, wording is hard.

  2. "Where the readerly wind blows me" HAHAHAHAHAHA THIS IS MY FAVORITE.

    But yes. I am at the whim of the reading muses too. Sometimes my brain thinks I want to read a book and I try and it's like, "actually, nope. Try this one." Like, I want to read fantasy right now but I haven't been in a fantasy mood... (that makes no sense but I know you know what I mean).

    Since You've Been Gone! I thought you had read that! I think you would loooove it, it's cute and charming and wonderfulll.

    My TBR stresses me out but I'm trying to be more zen about it. Even though I spend an inordinate amount of time starting at my physical shelves and my backlist and my tbr-2015 and tbr-2016 tags on goodreads. Ha ha ha ha ha *cries*.

  3. For some reason, my browser opened your blog as .be. Where is that even? Belgium. YOU'RE IN BELGIUM? What's weird is that I don't think you are. Huh.

    Ahahaha, your first paragraph is full of shade and I love it.

    I also feel like my ARC stack judges me. Sometimes they yell insults. Very helpful. I also have expired ARCs/finished review copies, which I get to ummm sometimes.

    "Don't ask me how I keep track of my backlist TBR because the answer is I don't and I can't and don't make me cry." <- This.

    "I go where the readerly wind blows me (dirty)." <- you should always write posts late at night.

    GR to-read shelf: 4463. Your number is measly.

  4. I'm very much a mood reader, too. I do keep s spreadsheet of ARCs I have and their release dates, which I do keep up to date. But I don't really request many arcs, so it's not unmanageable at all. But my Goodreads TBR I never keep up to date.

  5. I suddenly have hope for my TBR pile. At least I don't have quite that many. Mine might get read in a lifetime or two.

    I really love this tag, it makes me feel that my book selecting process is not so abnormal from the rest of the blogosphere.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books

  6. Well, at least you know you'll never die- you have too many books to read, first!

  7. I should have listed Mistborn on my "everyone has read it but me" answer. I have it, just haven't read it yet.

    Also, I am going to creepily stare at you until you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

  8. Your TBR tag post made me smile :) I especially enjoyed the part about choosing your next read because a ritual is always necessary (Kidding. Or maybe not kidding. It is kind of a ritual to try to pick something to read next, isn't it?)


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