The Ever Expanding TBR

My To Be Read pile (or ‘Tower of Doom’ as I like to call it) highlights a problematic element of my personality. I love new. And as the marvelous Elle over at ElleThinks tagged me as part of the TBR tag I thought I would take this opportunity to confront my addiction (and get excited again about these books again).

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I don’t. There is the ‘Tower of Doom’, a few books scattered in spare spaces on my bookshelf, and a collection on my Kindle. It’s the book equivalent of replicators. I’m afraid that if I track it I will realise how many books I have, but haven’t read.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
You’re probably thinking it’s the Tower, but I think I have more unread ebooks – they are easier to buy and forget I have. I prefer to read paperback, so they are the first books that get read from the TBR.

How do you determine which books from your TBR to read next?
It depends on what I’m in the mood for. Although I really need to start on some of the books I’ve won, such as The Country of Ice Cream Star, or finish books such as Hausfrau. I tend to have the strongest desire to read certain books once I’ve bought them, and then after the desire dwindles and dwindles the longer I own them.

A book that has been on my TBR the longest?
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, which I got after I interned with Simon and Schuster back in 2013, but I am donating it to a friend as he loves the series.

A book you recently added to your TBR?
At The Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
Dante’s Inferno – look how pretty it is!

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?
If I know I will never read a book (such as Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith) they leave the pile to go to a new home. I don’t have space to hoard as much as I would like, the Tower is fairly unstable.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?
I don’t have any unpublished on my TBR currently.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?
Any David Sedaris – I’ve had a few friends recommend him to be. I’ve got Me Talk Pretty One Day holding up the Tower at the moment.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?
Any Margaret Atwood, I’ve got Cat’s Eye and The Penelopiad waiting to be read.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James and The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. Surprisingly, both ebooks, I’m going through an ebook phase.

How many books are on your TBR shelf?
I’m going to guess at 50, if not more. Paperback and ebook.

People I’m tagging:.

Charlie @ The Worm Hole
Emily @ EmilyBooks
Yasmin @ Yasmine Rose’s Book Blog
Manda @ Musical Poem
Kya @

11 thoughts on “The Ever Expanding TBR

  1. Interestingly most recently I just added The Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft to my virtual TBR (or my to-read list) and I just finished reading The Call of Cthulhu. Blame the dark days? I also just received the Penguin Clothbound on the mail, but mine is Middlemarch!


      1. I’m glad I read it as it has become a part of popular culture, but I’m not a fan of horror to start with, so personally it didn’t blow me away or anything.


  2. Oh, my goodness, A Brief History of Seven Killings is SUCH an experience. You will not be sorry. (Also, The Country of Ice Cream Star is equally immersive and gripping. Lucky you!)


  3. Hahah, Tower of Doom. Do not let it crush you please!

    Dang. So many books. I try and just buy the next one I am going to read. The only problem, if I buy an eBook I don’t like or can’t relate to that well it takes me forever to read it. xD Doh.

    Thank you for the tag! 😀


    1. That is a good plan! If I did that I would have far less TBR books!

      I promise to not end up in a Keith Richards type situation with the Tower of Doom collapsing upon me 🙂 haha


  4. This is the kind of meme I can get behind 🙂

    ‘Tower of doom’ is very appropriate; nice idea and some books will be read but who are we kidding really? That said, if a book you got in 2013 is one of your longest, that’s kind of nice, no matter how many there are overall. I’ve The Mysteries Of Udolpho too – will it be as good as Northanger Abbey suggests it is…


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