Fantasy · Romance · Sci-Fi


I found this tag on Bookstooge’s Reviews on the Road a couple months ago and thought it would be appropriate for the new year!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

It’s mostly on Goodreads… I’ve gotten it almost all together over there, and any time I notice a book I want to read I put it on there, but I always have loads more books I vaguely mean to read at some point. I also own a lot of books I haven’t read, as I’ve mentioned many times on this blog, and I haven’t taken the time to put them in as “Want to Read.” (I use LibraryThing for books I own and Goodreads for books I’ve read. So I have big TBRs on both.)

“It is most likely that I will die next to a pile of books I was meaning to read.” -Lemony Snicket

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

Mostly print. The romance genre is the only one where I feel like a significant portion of the books I might want to read are ebook-only, both because I like queer romances and because that genre seems to legitimize its ebooks a bit more, if that makes sense. In other genres it just seems like the quality isn’t always there, because the good authors don’t go straight to ebook. I have a few sci-fi ebook titles kicking around too though.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Partly serendipity — and that goes for any books, I don’t strictly focus on my TBR list — but mostly reading lists I make for myself. For instance, some categories include “science,” “Archie comics,” “romance,” “Airman readalikes,” and a gazillion others. When I read a book, I get to order the next title in the category from the library, or put it in my bedside stack if I own it. Then it’s just a matter of library due dates (and squeezing my own books in between). I usually have between 12 and 20 library books checked out at any given time.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest:

The oldest on Goodreads is The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. This looks like a super interesting scifi historical, and I’d actually started it at one point in 2013, but it’s very long and I’d barely started before I had to return the library book. And then, clearly, I never got around to reordering it.

The Map of Time cover

A book that you recently added to your TBR:

The most recent (again, on Goodreads) is Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace. I saw a friend put it on their TBR list and it looked neat, a little bit The Giver-y.

A book that’s on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover:

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I bought it when it was new, because of the beautiful cover. In the intervening time everyone’s said it’s terrible, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it yet because it’s just so pretty.

Hush Hush cover

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading:

Probably a lot of classic-type books. I keep thinking one day I’ll read Gandhi’s autobiography or something but realistically I’ll never decide I have the time and wherewithal.

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

I don’t know how you people keep track of upcoming books, I can’t keep track of the ones that are already out! 😉

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, unless it’s been so long that it’s come back around and people aren’t familiar with it anymore…

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:

Dune. I guess it’s like, classic sci-fi, interesting religious/philosophical ideas, dense worldbuilding, sure it’s the kind of thing I’d like, I just haven’t read it yet. I’m reading it like IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS OKAY. 🙂

"There was so much spice in that dish, I'm gonna have to ride a sandworm to get home."
Scene from Dune, probably.

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

Deadhouse Gatesthe second Malazan book. It’s sitting in the library pile waiting for me!

The number of books on your (goodreads) TBR shelf:

683. And 691 on LibraryThing.

10 thoughts on “TBR Tag

  1. I don’t have an official Good Reads to be read list. I just have a small pile of novels on top of my shelf that I really should get to at some point, and a taller pile of graphic novels I intend to either read or re-read after a number of years. And a wish list on the website I usually order books from of course.

    As for what I read next? I kind of just wing it.

    I definitely don’t read novels fast enough to have anywhere near 600 books on a to be read list. That just sounds crazy to me.

    This was a fun post to read though. It’s fun to compare different people’s to be read lists, however they’re organized or however large they are.


    1. Yeah, the TBR list also functions as kind of a pool of possible reads — if I’m in the mood for a science book I can consult the list and find some I’d noted as interesting. It’s not so much that I fully intend to read all the books on the list or that I read them in order. (I am aware that I have an advantage in being a speed-reader though, lol.)


  2. I don’t organize my TBR pile. I just collect them on my Kindle or make a list at the library, and then after that, I just wing it!

    I did read Map of Time around the time of its release. I insist that you’ll love it. I still have good memories of reading that one.

    I can attest, that there is in fact…no scene like that in Dune, the book, although oddly there’s something similar to it in the movie!😄😄😄


  3. Oh dear… this makes me both want to, and not want to, organize my TBR lists. I’ve been meaning to catalog things in LibraryThing for some time – maybe that’s the project of the year… though I’m a bit frightened by the idea. I’ve been using Trello to organize my reading challenges (since, uhm, January started) and think that’s working well – but certainly not as thorough a TBR list as I’d like.
    Probably would be good to keep an actual list – rather than constantly stumbling across random lists of books that I have laying around.


    1. I definitely like having them all in a central (online) location. And I mean I love organizing book lists and databases, so I find it a fulfilling activity on its own, but your milage may vary. 🙂

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