Sunday Book Club: TBR lists

Posted May 29, 2016 by meezcarrie in Sunday Book Club / 61 Comments


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Today on the Book Club, I want to talk about our TBR lists.

Mine is out. of. control.

Particularly the stacks (yes, i said STACKS, plural) which I need to have read in the next few days.

I have books to read for the magazine I review for… books to read for blogging review programs… books to read for tour dates … etc etc etc.  I LOVE IT!! But I’m pretty sure I’ll be buried under said TBR pile at any moment.

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What about you? Is your TBR pile out of control like mine? Are your books taunting you from the bookshelf or your kindle, saying “Read me! Read me!” or are you better at saying “no” than I am? What are some books you’ve recently added to your TBR list/pile/island/continent?

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61 responses to “Sunday Book Club: TBR lists

  1. Marylin Furumasu

    Yes yes yes! On my kindle I have several collections of books to read. (All not read yet!) I find I read a certain author that may be new to me and then I have to have all their books, or someone (like you or another author) suggests a book or series and then I have to have those. UGH……I’m truly a book nerd!

  2. My Goodreads TBR list is over 3,000 books. I can’t even. It’s out of control. The actual books I have in my possession either on my kindle, that I own, or have checked out from the library is about 200 right now. I’ve had to stay away from NetGalley lately as a result, but I just can’t stay away from BookBub.

    • Carrie

      oh goodness… BookBub is my weakness hahaha! So is Netgalley. And Amazon. And the library. And books. Yeah….

      • I’m so glad I discovered BookBub, but so very sad at the same time. But I’ve found tons of books that my library doesn’t have. I had to set some limits though – no nooks more than $1.99 and even that is pushing it. Occasionally I spring for a $2.99 one if I really, really, really want it.

        Libraries are the best ???

        • Carrie

          Yeah, I do the same – limit to $1.99. Otherwise my TBR pile would be even worse lol

          • Yes! I keep trying to only find books that are already on my TBR list. I’ve stopped looking at Goodreads recommendations altogether because they’re never accurate anyway, even based on the shelf – I can’t tell you how many books about Queen Victoria ate recommended to me because I read about the Tudors. Hello!!! Not even the same!!!

          • Carrie

            LOL! Yes, I don’t like the Goodreads recommendations either. It was helpful at first – when I was just returning to the reading arena – but now it’s mostly just useless lol

    • Marylin Furumasu

      I TOTALLY AGREE! I’m right where you are. I’ve not looked at netgallery for sloop long AND I won’t let myself even take a glace at bookbub!

  3. Susan Roberts

    Carrie, I recently oerganizd my tbr books and put them on a spreadsheet so i wouldnt but the same book twice. I was amazed at the number of books (and am almost too embarrassd to tell you) but my books to be read take up two bookcases that have 6 shelves each! I’ll never get them all read! But they make me happy not stressed out

    • Carrie

      LOL! It’s always better to have too many to read than not enough, that’s for sure 🙂

  4. I think this is true of all avid readers, Carrie. But it goes beyond that for me, to the guilt I feel for committing to review for certain authors and then not always being able to follow through in a timely manner. Book tours always come first – because of that little word “deadline” – but other commitments are easy to put on the back burner and sometimes it’s a long time before they get moved to the front.

  5. carylkane

    Carrie, my TBR’s are in 15 gallon tubs because I don’t have a bookcase. I am slowly but surely making my way through them. 😉

    • Carrie

      i have three completely full bookshelves and a tub that is overflowing because I’ve run out of room for bookshelves LOL.

      • Pam Crist

        I’m trying to figure out how to display my books—read and unread—with limited room for them. My husband and I downsized to a 2br log cabin, thinking we didn’t need a lot of space. Wrong! My Amazon access has had me replacing books from my childhood that I lost, plus old classics and new reads. I love BookBub, too, and Freebooksy, and Faithful Reads, and many others! My Kindle has over 400 books on it and I can’t bear to delete the ones I’ve already read.

  6. I am just like Carole. I have books languishing on my shelves and in my Kindle and from wonderful authors that kindly sent me their books. I deliberately cut down in May/June for Inspy reading. But this year …. I had 5 books to finish before Thursday with 2 1/2 left to go and am kind of panicking. So it’s off the computer and into a book!

  7. Swimming through the kindle list is the most daunting! At least with shelves and stacks, the books are visible and possibly in some kind of order! The latest and most exciting additions to my TBR are Dawn Crandall’s series and Varina Denman’s series!!! YAY!

  8. Yanno, Miz Carrie, YOU are the main reason for my wildly uncontrolled TBR pile.

    I hope you’re satisfied. 😐

    (I’m sure your large TBR pile is because we writers love your reviews — and just visiting here — and want to be in your stack!)

  9. Winnie Thomas

    I need to join Bookaholics Anonymous, but I don’t really want to be cured! Yes, I have way too many books to be read, but they ALL look so good!! I’m finding myself inundated with ones I need to get read right away. I did turn one down a couple of days ago, though! It looked and sounded so good, but I took a realistic look at my list and my time available and decided it was not going to work. I was sad but proud of myself for making a rational decision! (It doesn’t happen very often)! 🙂

  10. Oh yeah. It’s insane. I love ebooks most of all because they don’t fill up the rooms of my house, but I feel like it’s too easy to forget they’re there! I’m most anxious to read Bone Gap and Salt to the Sea. 🙂

    • Carrie

      I find that I forget about my ebooks easier too – I’m still trying to figure out a good system.

  11. I have a whole book case dedicated to books I’ve not read… Then there’s all the books on my Nook and Kindle. I’ve actually cut back on requesting review books so that I can get to more of the books I’ve bought, and the e books that I’ve gotten for free/cheap. Hope you can find a way to manage your TBR. Mine sometimes seems uncontrollable even with the cutbacks, lol.

  12. Pam K.

    I have my pile on my bedside table, probably a dozen there. There are probably 30 in a basket on the floor. Nearby are two more: one is a Christmas novella collection that I’ll wait till December to read. The other is a massive 3 novels in one book my daughter gave me that rather intimidates me. It’s by Jane Kirkpatrick, whose work I love, so I’ll read it sometime this summer. I don’t even count the Kindle books. I’m trying to stay away from the library but it’s calling my name! I do have the summer off work though so hope to make a dent in these piles. I’m sure there will be more to add!

  13. Elizabeth

    After reading some of the above comments, I feel like I have a very manageable list…about 3 dozen between my list and books sitting on my shelf. My goal is to alternate between a new book from my list and two books on my shelf so I get caught up with what I actually have. My library’s summer reading program is about to start, so that could derail the progress I’m making on my shelf…

  14. Katy C.

    Well mine just exploded because I’d never heard of BookBub. I am officially ruined….

  15. Rebecca Maney

    I am actually getting a little caught up on my advance reads this weekend, but have two more to go this week, one for Heather Blanton, (can’t wait) and the other for Cathy West(never disappoints), but I am trying to decide whether to read “Close to You” by Kara Isaac, or “The Carpenter’s Daughter” by Jennifer Rodewald, in between. Any advice? And by the way, I just finished “The Dawn at Emberwilde” by Sarah Ladd. LOVED it!

  16. Connie Scruggs

    I have a Lifeway shopping bag full, plus I don’t even know how many on my Kindle, in addition to the ones I’ve recently gotten free in giveaways, thanks in part to you and Bookworm Mama (love you both)and the author blogs I follow. But I have always loved books, so it is a never-ending struggle that I will not even try to fight, lol.
    I love “discovering” new favorite authors.
    I am able to read a lot at work, so I burn through a book or two a week, which makes the “pile” slightly more manageable. But when I get a great offer from Bookbub, Good Reads, or one of the publishers I get emails from, I can’t resist!
    Well,I can feel my grandma smiling down from heaven when she sees me reading. She was largely responsible for the size of my library when I was growing up.
    Thanks for all the reviews and contests!

    • Carrie

      Oh I love this, Connie! Grandmothers (and cool aunts) who buy books and pass on a love for reading are so important!!

  17. Donna B

    I couldn’t even begin to count all of my TBR books right now. I just received over 300 books from my sister’s collection. I keep adding to them too so I’ll probably never be totally caught up!

  18. I used to only have a Fiction TBR Piles, but now I have nonfiction TBR piles too. When I started writing historicals, wonder of wonders, I wanted to read history books (my least favorite subject in school). I always read historicals, but history? Stink. Until I found out that there’s much more fun things than just important dates and wars, there’s books about wet nurses, and women homesteaders, and mail order brides, and Jewish cowboys and books about every type of olden time travel teetering on my TBR piles. Have you read Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart? As fun as a novel. Loved her voice. It’s a free public domain book if you need to add to your kindle!

  19. I have so many books I want to read! I have gotten better this year at saying no to review copies and enjoyed some new to me authors and books that I have been meaning to read forever! But I am reading waaay more than last year! 😀 the top of my TBR list includes…Forever Safe (reading now), The Crown (last of The Selection series), The Bound Heart and Finders Keepers.

  20. My pile is pretty unwieldy. I keep a short list of books that I want to get to soon, and I do pretty well at that, but there’s a long list in a box and on my Kindle, that I can’t catch up to.

  21. My TBR is so out of control I’ve renamed the most urgent as the “Must Read” pile(s). I have trouble not saying “yes, please!” and just added Dawn Crandall’s Everstone Chronicles – all four!
    I’m overwhelmed but loving it.

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