The lovely Elle of Elle Thinks has tagged me for a TBR meme. It’s been a long time since I have done a meme, so why not? Besides, who doesn’t enjoy talking about their TBR piles?

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?


Now that I got that off my chest.

When I talk about my TBR I am talking about two different forms, the actual pile of books that I have bought and a mass of lists I keep because there is no way on earth that I could ever actually buy all the books I want to read and even if I could, I have nowhere to keep them all. If I have bought the book, I generally catalog it at LibrayThing and then put it on a shelf above my desk. However I have more TBR books than will fit on this shelf so they also live on a large library cart in the basement library as well as on the basement library bookshelves because the cart isn’t big enough either.

When I don’t buy a TBR book, a thing that is becoming the norm, I place the title on a WorldCat list or on a list at my public library. But whether I own the book or put it on a list, once either of those occurs, I tend to forget all about it. So I keep track, but in reality keeping track is only an illusion.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

See above. When it is not an actual print book, it is on a wishlist so neither print nor ebook but only a dream of a book.

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

The library usually decides for me. If I actually get to choose then it is by what mood I am in and that is usually keyed off how busy life is and what else I am reading at the time. So first I think of fiction or nonfiction and then I decide genre and then I think of all the books in that category I’ve been wanting to read and then I narrow it down and pick one. Once I pick one I slap myself in the forehead and yell doh! because throughout this entire process I did not bother to look at my TBR lists or shelves.

A book that has been on my TBR the longest?

Yeah, I have a science fiction book I bought as a teenager, Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany, that I have not read yet. That was over 20 years ago. I still mean to read it!

A book you recently added to your TBR?

The most recent physical book I added is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar: Essays on Poets and Poetry by Helen Vendler. The most recent book I added to a TBR list is Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

Uh, none at the moment.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

Every book that goes on my TBR I plan on reading. There are currently more books on my TBR than I can actually read should I live an average human lifetime.

Good thing I am not an average human.

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

The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination by Richard Mabey.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Almost all the books on my TBR were recommended in one way or another and most of those recommendations come from other people’s blogs. I can’t begin to tell you how relieved I am when I read a blog about a book and the book in question does not end up on my TBR!

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

Currently it seems like H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Absolutely all of them. But at the moment the one I am anticipating most is Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie. The library has not seen fit to make my turn come round yet. But I am up to number ten in the holds queue which is progress since earlier this week I was number thirteen.

How many books are on your TBR shelf?

Shelf? Try Shelves. There are far too many to count and I will not count them because it would make me feel sad and guilty and those are two things one should never feel in relation to one’s books. In terms of my TBR lists, hundreds.


Well that was fun! I won’t tag anyone directly but if you’d like to play along, please do! And link back so I can find you.