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.
- Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. This is a friend’s copy and I really need to read this soon.
- Proud compiled by Juno Dawson.
- The Famished Road by Ben Okri.
- Shakespeare by Bill Bryson.
- Creative Schools by Ken Robinson.
- 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.
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
- Selected Poems by Christina Rossetti.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
- SPQR by Mary Beard
- Night of the Lightbringer by Peter Tremayne.
- Switch by Justina Robson.
- Fated by Teri Terry.
- 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.
- The Otherlife by Julia Gray.
- 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!
- Odd One Out by Nic Stone.
- I Stop Somewhere by T.E Carter.
- That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger.
- Troublemakers by Catherine Barter.
- Monsters in the Mirror by A.J. Hartley.
- Leah on the Off Beat by Becky Albertalli.
- Brief Candle in the Dark by Richard Dawkins.
- Making Space by Jayne Hardy.
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. This is a very recent addition thanks to #bookshopbookswap .
- The Story of the British Isles in 100 places by Neil Oliver.
- Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Roberson.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.
- The Literature Lover’s Companion.
- 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!