The TBR Book Tag (2021)

Thursday, January 14, 2021

I haven’t done a tag in a long time and I thought today would be a good day! I saw this one over at Angela’s Musings of a Literary Wanderer a few years ago and bookmarked it to do at a later date. I adore talking about my TBR as much as I adore reading from it. 

When I saw a whole book tag that discusses books I want to read, I knew I wanted to give it a go. Plus, this tag’s questions are rather versatile so I could always revisit in a year from now and most of the questions will probably be different. Here’s the TBR book tag:

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I keep track of my TBR a couple of ways. I use a personal Excel spreadsheet that I’ve created that keeps track of every single book I own and what books I have on my to-read list. On Goodreads, I’ve made my to-read, exclusively, books I own that I have yet to read (and I also have a considering shelf that houses books I do not own or that aren’t out yet that I want to read as well). I also use Libib, which is a digital library database, to keep track of all the books on my TBR. I love Libib because you can rate books with half stars!

Is your TBR pile mostly print or e-book?

My TBR is mostly print. E-books usually take me ages to complete so I tend to prefer print.

A book that has been on your TBR for the longest?

Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith: According to Goodreads, it looks like I hauled this book on February 9, 2011. This year, I’m trying to make it a priority to read some of the books that have been on my shelves for the longest so I should definitely start with this one. Dawn of the Dreadfuls is the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

A book that you recently added to your TBR pile?

I just added Fable by Adrienne Young to my physical TBR and I can’t wait to read it. I wouldn’t have even picked this one up if it wasn’t for the hype. Because of the hype, I found out that there’s pirates and thieves and just everything that I adore! As for my digital TBR (which includes books to be released or books that are out but I don’t own), I just added Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (Jane the Virgin meets Lara Jean, need I say more?!). A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee isn’t even released yet (can’t wait until August 2021!) but I also just added it; it's about a haunted boarding school and a mystery that’s waiting to be uncovered.

A book in your TBR pile strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I initially purchased The Antidote by Shelley Sackier because of it’s gorgeous cover but I keep it on my shelf because it sounds like an amazing fantasy! As for my digital TBR, The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance (releases February 16) and Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu both have fantastic covers and also sound fantastic!

A book on your TBR that you never plan to read?

If the book has made it to my physical TBR (books that I physically own), I will most definitely be reading it. As for my digital TBR, I frequently add or remove books from the list. Most simply, my tastes change from time to time so I go in and take out books that I’m not really interested in anymore. Currently, I’m thinking about removing Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia from my TBR, based on other reviews I’ve read—it just doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for?

Every single one of them. I recently made a blog post of all the 2021 books I’m excited for. A few you won’t find on the list because I just discovered them: Wench by Maxine Kaplan (1/19/21), The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass (7/13/21), and The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (9/16/21).

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

It seems like everyone has read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab and either loved it or hated it. I still haven’t read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black which is something I plan to remedy this year. Also, so many of the people I follow on social media have already read House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Last year, quite a few people recommended The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune to me. Also, some of my friends keep telling me to read Save the Date by Morgan Matson and Crave by Tracy Wolff. Hopefully, I’ll get to all of these soon!

A book on your TBR you're dying to read?

I can’t wait to read these! I’ve been in a contemporary romance mood lately so I’ve got my eye on The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park which is a co-worker romance that takes place at a zombie-themed escape room! On the fantasy side, I am so ready to devour There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool. As for series, I’m hoping to finish the conclusion to The Honors trilogy soon, Honor Lost by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre.

How many books are on your TBR?

I changed this question a little bit to read “how many on your TBR” rather than “how many on your Goodreads TBR” since I use my Goodreads shelves as a catch-all TBR. So, I know it’s quite a lot and I’m working on trying to get the number down. Hopefully, by this time next year, I will have a significantly lower number on my TBR. Physically, my TBR is roughly 315 books. I acquire these books primarily second-hand at thrift shops or as gifts from friends. Digitally, my TBR is at 155 books, which includes books that haven’t been published yet and other books I am thinking about reading. Ideally, I’d rather not be drowning in my TBR so this year is the year to read more of my owned TBR and attempt to get it down to less than 100. Wish me luck!

What about your TBR? What book are you most excited to read next? How many books do you have in your TBR pile?

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