The TBR pile is simultaneously a bookworm’s greatest joy and utter terror.
I mean, raise your hand if you’ve ever felt victimised by your TBR. I see you all. I DO. Come stand with me, fellow fiends, because we are all in this together. Once upon a time, I had a dream of having only 10 books on my TBR at a time, so I could be calm and peaceful and all those silly unattainable words. Now there are 60+ books on it. HAHAHAHAH HA haha ha…ha…..
No I’m not crying, you’re crying.
There are many reasons I have so many unread books. And I can see your eyeballs practically bursting with the “BUT WHY, CAIT, ARE YOU GOING TO EXPLAIN ALL WITH MUCH DETAILS BECAUSE PLEASE??” question. Which, as your magnanimous queen, I will answer. Bless your curious hearts.
- I receive far too many unsolicited review-copies ergo I end up reading them instead of my own bought books. Ergo TBR never never never shrinks. (Although I have quit many publishers’ mailing lists because this was getting so stressful for me.)
- I am addicted to the library which is a constantly moving TBR which means the books I own get ignored in favour of library books with due-back dates. Now now, I might be an Evil Overlord but I do not incur library fines. #priorities
- Netgalley. JUST NETGALLEY, OKAY?!!??? And Edelweiss too, while we’re at it. Basically, if you are not aware, these are places for book-reviewers to sign up and receive free ebooks in exchange for reviews. MY SOUL HAS BEEN EATEN. Because #free. I’m a poor bookworm, okay? If I can’t afford to buy all the new releases at least I still get to read them! But let’s not talk about how many I request! Nope! Let’s pretend I have sense! (Spoiler: Just look at all these lies omg.)
- I sometimes overhype myself about a book and then can’t bear to read it. So that book I was “absolutely dying to read more than anything in the existence of ever” is still unread on my shelf. I don’t even know either, peoples. I don’t make sense.
- It’s a sequel and what was the first book about again??? I GOT NOTHING. <— Actual story of my entire life. I could re-read, but who has time for re-reading when there are 60+ books on the TBR??? And yet that problem doesn’t get solved BECAUSE I NEED TO RE-READ BECAUSE I KNOW NOTHING, JON SNOW. I HAVE NO MEMORY OF THIS PLACE, GANDALF. INSERT ANY OTHER MEMORY-LESS FANDOM REFERENCE YOU LIKE HERE.
- My TBR gives me awfully judgy stares. And it’s just intimidating. I tried talking to it, taking it out for dinner, frolicking with it in the meadows. But it CONTINUES TO JUDGE ME. Obviously I avoid it because of this omg.
The moral of the story is: #HelpCait
Oh I joke, I joke. The moral of the story is I have a rather neglectedly large TBR and should fix that. Someday? Maybe??? Although to be perfectly honestly: I LOVE MY PILE OF UNREAD BOOKS. Firstly, I won’t be bored when the apocalypse happens. Secondly, I will one day build a book igloo out of them and be 1000 x more satisfied with life. And thirdly, the magical potential of an upcoming good book IS COMFORTING. What’s worse: too many books or not enough??? Although I would like it to be a little less overwhelming eventually. #goals
Today I’m featuring some books I should’ve read 94 years ago but have not because what are my life choices???? What are my decisions??? I’m linking up to Top Ten Tuesday prompt “Books On Your TBR That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet“.
1. CHAOS WALKING TRILOGY
Okay I have read The Knife of Never Letting Go. And if you’ve read it you’ll know that my reaction is INTENSE. BROKENNESS. AND. I. AM. NOT. OKAY. NOR. WILL. EVER. BE. AGAIN. Hence I have had the other two sitting on my TBR for just about forever.
Do they sell courage anywhere? Because I would like to buy a few boxes.
(Also fun fact: I got these from thrift-stores! That’s why they don’t match. But they don’t match in an aesthetically pleasing way, SO ISN’T THAT NICE?)
2. INKHEART TRILOGY
I’ve owned these for…oh who can know?? At least 4 years??? And when I say “I’ve owned these” I mean, my sister and I bought them and then I stole them from her room because my need to be surrounded by books is greater than hers. I’m currently in the process of absorbing books by osmosis. This will help all TBR problems. #Science
Anyway. I have read Inkheart (although there is no review on goodreads???? what is this life????) I have not read Inkspell and Inkdeath. And it’s been so long since I Inkified myself that I’ll need to re-read book 1. WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT??? THESE BOOKS ARE BEASTS.
Also I actually loved the movie. I’m not even ashamed. I love Dustfinger. I am also Aunt Eleanor.
3. THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER (TW&TD #2)
Technically I’ve only had this on the TBR for about 6 months! WHICH REALLY ISN’T THAT LONG. But since I titled this post “TBR of shame” and there are at least 9 of you who constantly am threatening to exile me to Jupiter with no snacks to live without happiness or WiFi if I don’t hurry up and read it — I figured I should add this to the list.
I will read it. One day.
What is it they say? Never do today what you can procrastinate, cry over, and whinge about tomorrow?
4. PETER PAN. PETER PAN EVERYWHERE.
I have a huge addiction to Peter Pan, ergo to Peter Pan retellings. What can I say? THEY NEVER GET OLD. #ShutUpImHilarious So while I collect them like the avid enthusiast I am, do I actually read them? No. No I do not. They just get added to my TBR which towers 7ft above my head and I pet them and whisper I probably love them, but don’t make any real commitment.
I maybe have a commitment problem?
5. MOST OF MELINA MARCHETTA
Someone should probably revoke my Australian card and reduce me to Disappointing Potato. I’ve only read two Marchetta books. TWO. She is like one of the top-name authors of Aussie lit and EVERYONE LOVES HER. I love her too! Please believe me! It’s just I heard On Jellicoe Road is 98% guaranteed to destroy lives and I am too young for this pain. I’m just a child. I need cupcakes and sprinkles and a pillow fort. I’m not ready to be damaged.
So I just discovered it has this GORGEOUS map under the dust jacket and I just…oh this is what true love feels like. I CAN’T BREATHE. I WANT TO PET THIS MAP FOREVER. I’ve owned this since January and I was thinking, “That really isn’t that long.” Except, excuse you, Cait. That is nearly 9 months. August is nearly over. THE YEAR IS NEARLY OVER.
7. THE HOST
Reason #1 why I have not read this: super creepy eyeball on the cover. How am I supposed to feel comfortable when that eye feels like it’s judging me for all my life choices? Plus it’s a brick. I could stand on this and actual be normal height. I’ve owned it for at least 2 years and not even cracked open the cover.
It’s the title, I tell you. It’s so ridiculously long it exhausts me and every time I look at it, I use up all my reading quota for the day and cannot go on to read the book. I’ve owned the book for years. MAYBE TWO. MAYBE THREE. I won a copy and, like, there’s a dragon on the spine right?? And it’s all fairy tales and whimsical right??? WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET, WHAT AM I DOING.
Good news is, I recently read this author’s Deathless, which I loved. Because death, obviously. So I should get to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship Of Her Own Making soon. #exhausted
9. THE REST OF SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT
I have read 6 of them!! (The last one I read was back in February, 2015 though…oops.) And there’s only like 4 more + a million novellas that are actually normal novel sizes while the actual novels ARE THE HEIGHT AND WEIGHT OF AN ARCTIC WHALE. I’m sensing a pattern in this post about my avoidance mechanism when it comes to large books.
10. WOLF BY WOLF
Oh shush. I can see you judging right now. And I’ve only had it for a year which truly isn’t that long in the scheme of things. Some cheese must mature longer, you know. (FYI sometimes Beemster cheese can mature for 26+ months and that’s a long time okay?? Almost as long as it takes me to decide what to read next.) Anyway, YELL ALL YOU WANT. But at least when I do read it, I won’t have to wait for the sequel? #PositiveProcrastinationReasoning