The TBR tag

I wasn’t actually tagged for this, I think – but I’ve seen it going around on several blogs I read, and felt like joining in!

How do you keep track of your TBR?

Good grief. I try to add interesting-looking things to my to-read shelf on Goodreads, but I’m pretty sure some stuff lingers in my amazon/audible wish lists too. I add pretty much everything that looks interesting, as reminders to future-self.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Definitely mostly e-book. I buy print when there’s either an insane backyard sale thing going on, or when there’s something really special about it. A few days ago I pre-ordered a signed, illustrated hardback of a story by Seanan McGuire, for example. (And thus convicted myself to three weeks of cupboard-scavenging for food. Worth it.)  Oh, and I have a hardback of the Gormenghast trilogy on its way to me from the Book Depository, because it’s illustrated and has a foreword by China Miéville. And I want to read it.  So, yeah.

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

On Goodreads I join some monthly buddy reads and stuff – it’s great to get to read a longtime TBR with a group/companion.  So that’s one way to determine the next book – another is to keep track of my ARCs and when they’re going to be published, so I don’t, um, betray them with laziness.   Inbetween all that, I choose according to whim, and usually as a sort of direct response to what I previously read, because I prefer not to read too similar things one after another. So a complex space opera is likely to be followed by a YA fantasy, for example.  It’s just how I prefer it.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest…

Uuuh.  I seem to have added several books the first day I started using the to-read shelf on Goodreads, in January 2012.  It looks like I started out tracking to-reads because I wanted an easy view of which Hugo winning novels I hadn’t read yet.  The very oldest entry is Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin, which I am infact extremely eager to read, I just… obviously haven’t made it happen yet.  Sadface.

A book that you recently added to your TBR pile…

Roger Clarke’s A natural history of ghosts: 500 years of hunting for proof.  An online newspaper review appeared in my twitter feed and I instantly added it.  I imagine it would make a nice companion piece to Mary Roach’s Spook.

A book on your TBR strictly due to its beautiful cover…

Ah, um, I mentioned earlier a few hardcovers coming my way in the mail because of illustrations and whatnot, so they probably count.  And, though I’m not sure it counts – I’m planning a complete re-read of the Discworld novels, while I go about buying the lovely new hardcover editions.  My first time Discworld read was put together of paperbacks from two or three different print series, and then as I caught up with current publishing, I bought the hardbacks, and then e-books.  I have to assume this happened to other Discworld readers, too.  Anyway, for some of my favourite books, I consider it worth the money AND the shelf space.  I actually have to buy a new shelf for them.  Going to IKEA in a few days, infact.   (Speaking of which, I’m very amused by the cover/gimmick of Horrorstör, but will probably pick that one up in digital format anyway.)

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

None? I only add things I’m genuinely interested in, though obviously not every title is a good match for every day/week/mood/life-situation.

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

Oh, MANY! Let’s go with the next Neal Stephenson novel, Seveneves, which has an amazon page and a publishing date, but zero information aside from that.  It amazes me how so many other people “gave up” on Stephenson after Reamde and Anathem – the latter is a huge favourite of mine, and, well, Reamde was a pretty funny adventure, if nothing else.  So, yeah, a new Stephenson novel in May 2015 sounds like the most perfect birthday present a fat robot could possibly wish for.

A book on your TBR that everyone’s read but you…

Hm – depends on who “everyone” is!  In the general booksy world it feels like everyone is waiting for more Patrick Rothfuss, but I haven’t read The Wise Man’s Fear yet. I read the first book and it was a nice pageturner and all, but not enough of a hook to make me rush for the next book, clearly.    But if we’re talking about the “everyone” I have actual conversations with, or have had conversations with in the recent decade,  I think the answer is the Illuminatus! Trilogy.  It’s been looming over me for yeeears.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you…

City of stairs!  I’m absolutely going to read it, I’m just trying to behave myself and avoid the purchase until I’ve read the half dozen other very-new books I haven’t gotten to, yet.

A book on your TBR you’re dying to read…

Unnnnh, Ancillary Sword!  How I didn’t get started on this the very day it was published is a mystery. Or, well, no, because I had a couple of buddy reads and also Civilization: Beyond Earth, but just thinking about Ancillary Sword is making me froth a little bit.

The number of books on your TBR shelf…

Hah.  Like I said, I tend to add everything interesting-looking, and am not completely successful at keeping track of it all in one place.  On Goodreads the to-read shelf is 331 books.  I’m pretty sure I own a couple of hundred books I haven’t read yet.  I blame kindle daily deals and sales for ruining my self control aspirations.

(You want to answer these things, too? Be a rebel, do it un-tagged. I did. I’m okay.)

One comment on “The TBR tag

  1. I don’t think I’d be able to keep track of my TBR’s without Goodreads. Of course those I have on my shelf, but that’s a tiny part of my TBR’s. I would forget half of them.
    Before Goodreads, I used to write them down on a piece of paper, but it would always disappear, and I’d have to make new ones xD

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