Posted September 17, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


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The Bibliophibian tagged anyone who was interested in doing this tag meme and it looked like a lot of fun, so. Here I am. Considering myself tagged. XD

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I keep lists, mostly. You can see some of the overall lists on LibraryThing or on GoodReads. I’m not quite good at keeping up the latter, though. Beyond those I started keeping track of the books I bought or received in 2013 and how many I read off it. I liked it so I’m keeping it up in 2014. ^_^ At the beginning of each month I also announce a set of books (usually a trio) that I want to try and read in the coming 30-odd days. I find it incredibly helpful in keeping my TBR pile under some control. I don’t always manage, but it’s a lot of fun. I should get back to adding just one print book to the list soon too.

The lists themselves are pretty simple. I have three lists: Unread, Finished, Abandoned. That way it’s easy for me to tell which one is the highest at any given point because I just need to look at the numbers. If you’re curious, at the moment this year’s list stands at the following points:

Unread: 46
Finished: 45 (though I’m also counting the books I added last year)
Abandoned: 12 (again counting ones I added last year)

If you want to add in the books from last year for the two-year (well, year and a half or so) total:

Unread: 79
Finished: 129
Abandoned: 45

Those are actually better numbers than I was expecting all around. Nice! I’m not doing too shabby then.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

At present it’s predominantly ebooks. I have less than 20 paper books left on the pile. Much of this is due to my life being in limbo and low income bracket. I’ve needed to clear out things and… in my case that means books. It’s a decent excuse to start over with a dedicated library of Stuff I Really Really Want to make up the core, though, and it’s good practice with letting things go. That said, I miss my large library of physical books that I could leaf through easily. I like print books. I like books in all shapes and sizes. (Granted, I don’t get on with audiobooks, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them.)

A Book That’s Been On Your TBR List The Longest

Oh, not this question again. Why do memes always want to know this? I don’t know. I’ll take a punt at Zoo City by Lauren Beukes? I only started keeping proper track a few years ago, so I don’t know which one of those I added to LT was on there the longest. One of them was, but they all have the same date.

(Actually I’m guessing on all accounts. I don’t even know is that one got added in the first batch. It’s just the first one I remember being on the pile the longest.)

A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR

by Benjanun Sriduangkaew. That’s actually the very latest book I added to my TBR pile, though you won’t know it from the way I organised. Actually, if you want the full batch from my latest haul it’s Scale-Bright and The Archer who Shot Down Suns by Benjanun Sriduangkaew and Winter’s Consort by Clare K.R. Miller.

Cover for The Archer who Shot Down Suns by Benjanun Sriduangkaew. Cover for Scale-bright by Benjanun Sriduangkaew. Cover for Winter's Consort by Clare K.R. Miller.

That’s the whole of my last haul. Aren’t the colours in it so pretty?

A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because of Its Beautiful Cover

Technically none of them are. As much as I like pretty pictures (and putting pretty pictures on my bookshelves), I don’t really pay attention to them unless I’m given a choice between different covers or I’m collecting a set. I may be drawn to check a book out because of the cover, but I’ve never bought one purely because the cover was gorgeous. So, instead, have some TBR covers that I really like because they’re pretty.

Cover for Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. Cover Toad Words by T Kingfisher
Cover for Indistinguishable from Magic by Catherynne M. Valente Cover for Rose Point by M.C.A. Hogarth

That’s Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal, Toad Words by T. Kingfisher, Indistinguishable from Magic by Catherynne M. Valente and Rose Point by M.C.A. Hogarth.

A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

I plan on reading all of them. Whether I’ll manage Les Misérables or not is an entirely different question and the answer to that is that I probably won’t. I’d need to run out of TBR pile (or almost out) for long enough to get me started.

An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

I’m going to have to join the Bibliophibian in anticipating N.K. Jemisin’s next book: The Fifth Season. I’m also excited about Cheryl Mahoney’s The Storyteller and Her Sisters and an upcoming novella by Becca Lusher.

Cover for The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin Cover for The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney

I’m afraid I don’t have a cover for Becca’s novella yet, so that one hasn’t been included. I’m sorry. T_T

A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

Apart from the aforementioned Scale-bright? Probably The Giver by Lois Lowry or some of the other older and/or classic books remaining on the pile.

Cover for The Giver by Lois Lowry

A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

People seem reluctant to recommend me (as in me-specifically) things. Part of me is sad because I like hearing about new books I might potentially like. The rest of me is glad because I have a very bad track record with liking recommendations. I’d like to think that that’s why I tend to have to prod people into recommending me things.

As such, I don’t actually have books that everyone recommends to me that I haven’t yet read. (It helps that the more people recommend a book the less likely I am to read it just because I’ve been burned so badly and so often by reading what everyone else loves.)

A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

All of them! Actually, I’m reading Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth at the moment and I’ve been dying to read that for months and months and kept postponing it for some reason or another. (Last month it was all the Strange Chemistry books.)

How many books are on your TBR shelf?

I have no idea. Probably around 100. LibraryThing says it’s 78 books. (That is totally around 100 books! Shush!)

I tag: Whoever would like to do it!