I saw this tag on FictionFan’s blog and thought I’d do it too. it’s time I got to grips with my ever-expanding piles of books to read, particularly as right now I’m not at all sure how many TBRs I have.
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
In 2007 I began using LibraryThing to catalogue my books – it’s still not complete and I don’t always remember to add new books to it. I don’t include e-books on LibraryThing.
When I first got a Kindle I began to sort my e-books into collections but that didn’t last very long and I soon had no idea what I’d downloaded – it was like sending the books into a black hole. So, because I decided to do this tag I decided it was time I was more organised and I’ve been busy sorting out an e-book TBR collection on my Kindle.
Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
It’s mostly print books, although my e-book collection is growing rapidly thanks especially this year, to NetGalley. For a while I bought quite a lot of the 99p Kindle Daily Deals books and also added a number of free e-books including e-book versions of the classics.
How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
It’s a bit of a juggling game, trying to fit in reading books I’ve had for years, with review copies. Recently the old TBRs have been left in preference to reading new books. But often it’s down to whichever book appeals most – I like to read whatever I fancy when I fancy. I like to browse my bookshelves and sometimes just pick a book at random. And I have to fit in library books too!
A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?
It could be The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone, which I bought for 50p over 20 years (no idea exactly when or where I bought it). It’s falling to pieces now, the pages are brown and the font is so small. I did start reading it once – there’s a book mark between pages 43-43.
A book you recently added to your TBR?
I recently added eight books – this is one of them, The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley, the third book in Lucinda Riley’s series, loosely based on the mythology of the Seven Sisters star cluster.
Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father – the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star – the most enigmatic of the sisters – is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world . . .
A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in the Lake District, living close to her idol, Beatrix Potter, when machinations outside of her control lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious players, Alice Keppel. Flora is pulled between passionate love and duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a game – the rules of which are only known to others, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life . . .
As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.
A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
I don’t think I’ve ever chosen a book based on its cover. Having said that I think this book cover of The Brontës by Juliet Barker is just lovely.
A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?
No – but there have been books that when I’ve looked at them I’ve wondered why I wanted to read them in the first place – and I’ve decided not to read them. So, every now and then I go through the list and get rid of any that no longer appeal. Ulysses by James Joyce is on my list but I’m not sure I’ll ever get round to reading it. Ditto – Moby Dick!
As for e-books at the same time that I made a collection for my e-book TBRs I realised that I’d got into the bad habit of downloading samples and then forgetting all about them – so I’ve deleted all the samples and I’m also going through the rest of my e-books and deleting those that no longer appeal.
An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?
Ian Rankin has announced that there will be new novel featuring John Rebus in autumn 2018. The novel will be published by the Orion Publishing Group in hardback, e-book and audiobook, with a paperback to follow in 2019. There are no details yet about the book’s title or plot, but as I’ve read all his other Rebus books I’m eagerly looking forward to this next one.
A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?
It’s probably Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist – I know the story – it’s one of the stories that everyone knows – but I’ve not read it yet.
A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?
The Dry by Jane Harper – it’s had a lot of acclaim. When a book receives so much praise I’m sometimes sceptical and will avoid it for a while at least. But it sounds so good that I think I’ll read it sooner rather than later.
Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.
Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation.
A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
So many, but as I have to pick just one it’s Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz as I enjoyed his earlier Sherlock Holmes book, The House of Silk.
Days after Holmes and Moriarty disappear into the waterfall’s churning depths, Frederick Chase, a senior investigator at New York’s infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency, arrives in Switzerland. Chase brings with him a dire warning: Moriarty’s death has left a convenient vacancy in London’s criminal underworld. There is no shortage of candidates to take his place—including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.
How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
My Goodreads TBR shelf is just for books I’ve read or am currently reading. I use my LibraryThing catalogue to keep track of my physical TBRs. At the moment the number stands at 320 but as I said above that might not be completely accurate. And I’m still going through my e-book TBRs weeding out the ones I don’t want to read.