The TBR Tag

tbr tagI was tagged by Jen and April from Starry Eyed Revue to share my TBR pile (s). This was created by Rachel at A Perfection Called Books and Dana from Dana Square. I think it’s a really fun way to share our reading piles and talk a little about how we might organize (or not) our TBR.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Me? Organized?


Really though, if you’ve seen my past post on my intimidating TBR pile you’ll know that I’m often not organized or in control of this area of my life. It’s a problem really. Crashing book piles and books gathering cobwebs (don’t worry those are fake, glittery spiders).


Others use excel spreadsheets, calendars and lists. I tend to use piles: by my bed, on the counter, on bookcases, on the floor…



 I do utilize Goodreads but I don’t look at it as often as I probably should.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
I am mostly a print book type of person. I have some e-books but I tend to forget about them. Out of sight out of mind for me.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I try to go by the release date but sometimes this can cause the dreaded reading slump. So I try to pick by mood within a certain time frame (I give myself an option for any book that releases within the next couple of months). For a really anticipated release I’ll read it regardless.

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?
According to Goodreads the first book I added to my TBR shelf that I’ve not read is The Princess Bride by Williams Goldman

The Princess Bride

As for a book that’s been sitting on my bookcase the longest mine is the same as Jen’s The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I’ve read so much of his work but for some reason this one has been left behind.

The Graveyard Book

A book that you recently added to your TBR pile?
My most recently added book is Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The Ghosts of Heaven

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover:
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell- I still have absolutely no clue what it’s about but I MUST HAVE IT.


A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading:
I hope to read them all at some point but I started Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell and couldn’t get into it. Really I should take it off the list…

Dear Killer

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for:
THE WINNER’S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski.

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:
The Vampire Academy series beyond the first few books. I read book 1 and wasn’t in love. I’ve been told countless times it gets oh so much better. Also, there are some people (cough Crystal cough) that say I have to read Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley.

Rites of Passage

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you:
Take your pick of anything contemporary- Fangirl, The Fault in Our Stars, etc.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read:
There are so many! The Winner’s Crime, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and on and on and on. Books that I have in my possession that I’ve not gotten too yet: The Cure for Dreaming and Mortal Heart are the first that come to mind.

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
Going through it for this post I’ve realized it is so out of date with books I’ve lost interest in, etc. I really need to clean house and add books I’m interested in. Right now I have 528 books.

I’m tagging Crystal from Crystal in Bookland, Kelly from Effortlessly Reading and Jon from Scott Reads It. You’re it.



  1. says

    I DO STACK PILES AS WELL *high five* I have them everywhere–by the fireplace, on my beside tables, on the chairs, by my jewellery. It’s insane! Sometimes I feel like going on GR and purging that TBR because, like you, I’ve fallen out of interest with so many of the books added onto that!

    • says

      *high five!* I love to find another stacker (we should come up with a term for this). It’s easy to grab a book and read when they are lying everywhere right? haha. Who needs to be organized anyway?

  2. says

    Gawd, I’d die with all of those stacks, Kristen! I had to move a bookcase tonight to make room for new bedroom furniture this weekend and it’s killing me that those books are still in stacks in the office. o_O

    The Princess Bride is great. Admittedly, I saw the movie before I read the book, so I prefer it, but I still love the book. I knew we’d have a ton of similar books on our TBRs. =) I love the look of that Mechanica book, too, but I’ve never heard of it before. Must research ASAP. 🙂 My WoW pick for tomorrow is actually The Winner’s Crime. SO EXCITED for that book…like, whoa. 😛 I’ve also been told I really need to read Rites of Passage. And I also need to do some serious cleaning on that Goodreads TBR list. It’s insanely out of control these days. Kinda like my GR friends list. I just cleaned up who I follow on Twitter…I love cleaning house, so to speak.

    So glad you had fun with this, too, Kristen! It’s so interesting to see how everyone deals with their TBRs and what’s on them!

    • says

      Piles of books would bother you? haha. I move them around and try to keep them out of the way but they keep growing.

      I love the movie for TPB too! I think that’s why I hesitate to read the book as well. I’m scared it won’t be the same? I don’t know. I need, need the Winner’s Crime. I will drop EVERYTHING for it when it arrives. I neeeed it. I wish you’d have read Rites of Passage because if you loved it I’m pretty sure I would too.

      Thank you for tagging me on this Jen!!

  3. says

    I LOVE how you added the spiders and cobwebs, I’m glad they are fake though no matter how creative. My TBR pile is daunting as well. I’m pretty sure it only grows, never gets smaller, no matter how many books I read.

    Fangirl is soooo good! I haven’t read any Neil Gaiman but I hope I do at some point. Sooner rather than later. This survey looks like a lot of fun! Good luck whittling down that TBR pile.

  4. says

    The Ghosts of Heaven and The Winner’s Crime both look so gorgeous! Also, your fake spiders scared the crap out of me when I first saw the picture *shudders* so glad they’re not real lol. I’m definitely a print book person too, though I have a crazy amount of eARCs from Harper, because I have no self control 😛

    Great post, Kristen! <33

    • says

      YES. I need both books immediately. Oh, I’m sorry the spiders scared you. They are harmless and glittery. I have those earcs from harper too because no self control.

  5. says

    Um. Um. The cover for Mechanica is freaking GORGEOUS!! Totally followed the link and then realized I’d already added it to my TBR, but I don’t think I saw the cover. So pretty!! Also. I’m totally not organized with my TBR either (Goodreads has saved my life in that regard). The Princess Bride was one of the earliest adds on Goodreads, and I STILL haven’t read it. Love the movie, so that’s probably what’s stopping me. I haven’t read The Winner’s Curse but I seriously need to! Those covers are so gorgeous, too. And I’m excited about BLLB, Mortal Heart, and The Cure for Dreaming too. 🙂

    • says

      Isn’t it??? I love it oh so much. I want to pet it. Yep, I’m scared to read TPB too because of the movie (which is an all time favorite of course). You MUST read The Winner’s Curse. I absolutely adored it. I just read The Cure for Dreaming and it was fab. Did not disappoint in the slightest.

  6. says

    YAY for amazing post. <3 Thank you so much for sharing Kristen. You are awesome 😀 But ack! Creepy spiderwebs 😀 love. <3 I love reading about all your tbr books. And yesss for The Winner's Crime. <3 happy reading, sweet girl 🙂

  7. says

    Absolutely amazing post, it’s taken me quite a while to just stop staring at the amazing Sherlock GIF to type a comment!
    I am a bit of a disaster like that myself… I don’t have a well planned TBR pile or list or anything, cause between my piles and my Kindle library… it’s a “too many books, too little time” case!!

  8. says

    Ha, how you pile your books is basically how I do it. All over the place when I plan to read it. I feel like there should be more of an order to it, but blergh. (And heyyyy, Halloweeen themed! ;D)

    I’m so excited to get to The Cure for Dreaming. I want scary/creepiness (even though I scare easily).

  9. says

    This looks like such a fun tag to do ^^
    I’m deffinitely adding it to my ‘to do’ tags, if that’s okay (:
    I loved the GIF of Rose and The Doctor that you added – it made me laugh :’D
    Ah… Doctor Who… I love that show so much.
    Great answers – even though I don’t know most of the books you mentioned. But let me be another one of those people who tell you: You really should continue with The Vampire Academy. It really does get from
    “that’s interesting” to “oh, this is *so* good!” 😉

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