A TBR Update (and a question)


Yep, it’s that time again already.

I’m going to show you how my TBR is looking at the moment. I do this for two reasons: it keeps me accountable for the busyness on the shelves and gives you a chance to have a nosy (which I love and know some of you do too). If this isn’t your thing, don’t worry! I’ll be back soon with something different.

Are you ready?

Let’s start with the obvious: I keep all of my unread books on a separate shelf so that I can easily see what I’m working with. This cute little ladder shelf was a bargain from B and M a while ago and the perfect home for all of my patiently waiting books.

Secondly, this picture is already inaccurate even though I only took it a few days ago. I received a couple of extra books that will be on the list even if they’re not in the picture.

I tend not to try and find out too much about books before I read them so I won’t go into detail about each book in this post.

  1. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. This is a friend’s copy and I really need to read this soon.
  2. Proud compiled by Juno Dawson.
  3. The Famished Road by Ben Okri.
  4. Shakespeare by Bill Bryson.
  5. Creative Schools by Ken Robinson.
  6. Selected Poems by Dylan Thomas. I bought this during my trip to Wales earlier in the year and can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.
  7. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  8. Selected Poems by Christina Rossetti.
  9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
  10. Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
  11. SPQR by Mary Beard
  12. Night of the Lightbringer by Peter Tremayne.
  13. Switch by Justina Robson.
  14. Fated by Teri Terry.
  15. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon. I’ll hold up my hands up and say I messed up with this one. I meant to buy book one of the series and… didn’t.
  16. The Otherlife by Julia Gray.
  17. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve already admitted that i can’t remember Six of Crows to read this one but I really want to!
  18. Odd One Out by Nic Stone.
  19. I Stop Somewhere by T.E Carter.
  20. That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger.
  21. Troublemakers by Catherine Barter.
  22. Monsters in the Mirror by A.J. Hartley.
  23. Leah on the Off Beat by Becky Albertalli.
  24. Brief Candle in the Dark by Richard Dawkins.
  25. Making Space by Jayne Hardy.
  26. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. This is a very recent addition thanks to #bookshopbookswap .
  27. The Story of the British Isles in 100 places by Neil Oliver.
  28. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Roberson.
  29. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
  30. The Literature Lover’s Companion.
  31. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

31 books! It’s certainly been a lot worse!

Now, on to the question: how long do you keep books on your TBR?

Regular readers will know that some of these books have been on most of the TBR updates I’ve done. Do I need to just accept they’re not for me and unusual? Some – like Monsters in the Mirror and Fated – I know I will enjoy but I just need to wait for the right mood! Others have been waiting for an embarrassingly long time.

Also, there are a fair few non fiction and poetry books on here. I tend to dip in and out of these rather than reading them cover to cover so I’m wondering if I should just go ahead and move it to my ‘main’ shelves.

What would you do? How do you organise your TBR? I definitely need to tweak some things (especially since I’m probably going to order some new books soon) so I would love to know!

Kelly x

One thought on “A TBR Update (and a question)

  1. If I’ve personally bought them, they stay! And all my physical one are ones I’ve bought. I think one I’ve had for the longest unread is about 3/4 years. But will definitely get to it at some point! Wouldn’t have bought it if I didn’t want to read it! I read Lord of the Rings 16 years ago and still have it because I knew I’d want to reread it at some point!

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