Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The To-Be-Read Tag

I have seen this fun little questionnaire pop up on a lot of blogs lately, and while I haven't been tagged specifically, many bloggers have just said that they invite anyone reading it to play along.  I will take that as my invitation to participate!  :)

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

I suppose my only "official" TBR pile is the one I keep on Goodreads.  However, it is OUT OF CONTROL and doesn't even include everything I want to read, because I kind of gave up on it long ago.  I suppose my true TBR pile is rather infinite. 

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

I'd say mostly print.  But I have a boatload of eBooks on my Kindle waiting to be read...so many, in fact, that I've forgotten which ones I own already (oops).
3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Changes by the day!  Sometimes I want a classic, sometimes I want a backlist title from a favorite author, sometimes I want to pick from the TBR Book Baggie, sometimes I want an ARC...the list goes on.
4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

If you go by my Goodreads list, The World According to Garp by John Irving has been there the longest.  I've owned a paperback copy from my mom for ages, and have yet to make time for it.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

One of the most recently added to my Goodreads list is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  I am excited to get that one soon.

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover.

I don't really look at covers much, to be honest!  I wouldn't say it's beautiful, per se, but I enjoy the eye-catching cover of Mira Grant's Symbiont (book 2 in the Parasitology series)...it's on my TBR list, even though I've heard this sequel is hugely disappointing.

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

Probably World Without End by Ken Follett.  It's the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, which I didn't even particularly like...why is this on my list, then??

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 An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer.  It comes out this April.  I would read Krakauer's grocery list, if he'd let me have the privilege.
9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I get continually reminded by MANY people that I should have read it by now!
10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

See above answer! 

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

I can only pick one?  How about Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. 

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

1078.  I told you it was out of control.

Feel free to jump into this little questionnaire, if you haven't already!  Tell me about your TBR pile, friends!


  1. I love this tag, my TBR list is out of control, so out of control that it doesn't even make sense to maintain one.

    1. Agreed. My Goodreads one used to be an accurate list of what I wanted to read, but then it just became a monster!

  2. You've got some books I loved on your TBR! Bernadette (was one of my best of the year when it came out), World Without End (but I loved Pillars, so you may want to skip it), and Garp (which is one of my all-time faves).

    AND - I didn't know Krakauer had a new one coming out...adding it to my TBR, as I love him too. Under the Banner of Heaven was one of the most fascinating books I've ever read!

    1. I find Krakauer's books to be endlessly fascinating! Even the Kindle short that he released about Greg Mortensen was amazingly well-researched. He is brilliant.

  3. 1078? haha. Good luck :D I too gave up on my tbr on Goodreads. I feel like I can never find the time to specifically add a title to that category.
    I actually am one of the people who dislike Outlander, but agree that it should be read so that you can have your own opinion about it.

    1. I honestly feel doubtful about it, since I'm not much for romances, but I do like historical fiction sooooo...it could go either way!

  4. I had so many things I was going to reply to here but then I saw that you didn't like Pillars of the Earth and now I'm questioning our relationship. ;) Ha!

    Yeah, get to Bernadette. It's one of those that has stuck with me. So funny!

    1. LOL, you have found my literary flaw! I didn't completely dislike it...I just wasn't bowled over the way a lot of others were, I guess.

  5. Oh, you do not even want to get me started on my TBRs (yes, that would be plural). What a fun post!

    1. I think I just saw that you posted this survey today...off to read your post! :)

  6. I have 1500 (and growing) books on my to-read shelf on Goodreads, but I'm actually okay with it. I know I'll never read them all, but it's like a curated selection for me of all the books that have ever existed. Also, I am pretty good about adding the name of the blogger or IRL person who recommended a particular book in that Goodreads "recommended by" field, because I like to credit that person if I actually do read the book and review it on my blog.

    So don't feel too bad about your out-of-control to-read list!

    1. Wow, nice job on keeping track of who recommends each book! That is something I am fairly terrible at. I feel especially bad when I win books in giveaways, and by the time I get around to reading them, I can't remember who I won them from!

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