How to Read Your TBR Pile

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February 23, 2015

I know what you are thinking, “That’s just a stack of book, Terri. So what? I see those all over the place on other blogs.”

But, dear fan, that isn’t just any old pile of books. That’s a very, very special pile of books. Look closer. *points to that image over there*

And now you are thinking, “Okay, okay, you got me. What’s so special about that pile of books, Terri?”

That pile of books, dear fan, are the only books on my physical bookshelf that are pre-2015.

*cue your shocked face*



So what does that mean?


At least for physical books I own.




So now I know y’all are wondering how the heck does this connect to this month’s #ShelfLove topic.

Why do you read the books you read? Explore why you gravitate towards certain genres and/or authors. How do you pick the next book you will read?
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June 30, 2016

Well, my goal is to make that pile DISAPPEAR by December 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM. So that how I’m picking my books for the remainder of the year. I’ll look at this stack and try to pick something from here first and then I’ll look at my other books that have been accumulating since last year. (That stack is starting to look kind of scary, right now. *points*)

Doable right?

I think so. There are 10 books in that stack. My goal is to read 52 books/20,000 pages this year. I’m currently at 31 books and 10,332 pages. So another 10 books would take me to 41 books! So yeah, I think I can do it.

When I write my recap post in December.

I want this…

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…to look like this.

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Here’s the long and short of this month’s discussion…(in case this is what you really wanted from this post and not a bunch of pictures) I’m a mood reader and I seem to read along themes without realizing it. Example of this last month’s reads…

  • Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet—set at the turn of the century on Coney Island.
  • Screwing Up Time—time travel
  • Out of Time (Out of Time, #1)—time travel to NYC, 1929
  • A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan, #1)—time travel to UK, 1815
  • At the Water’s Edge—historical fiction set in NYC and Scotland, 1945
  • Water for Elephants—historical fiction set during the Depression
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend—non-fiction set during the Depression
  • Landline—time travel (sort of)
  • Queen of Kings (my current read)—has a connection to Out of Time (don’t want to spoil either book)
discussion question
read tbr pile

Why do you read the books you read? Why do you gravitate towards certain genres and/or authors. How do you pick the next book you will read?



And who’s up for doing the #ShelfLove Challenge in 2017? Because clearly, I need more help.


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15 responses to “How to Read Your TBR Pile

    • Well, it’s growing. I just met Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) last night and bought both her books while tell her the story about my cat that ate a plastic bag on my birthday 10 years ago. I’m sucker!

  1. I usually organize my TBR pile by publication date. I have a lot of 2016 ARCs I need to read so I gravitate towards those first. Then, I start reading books that I’ve been really interested in, such as Leigh Bardugo’s books and Sarah J. Maas’s books! I’m still figuring out how to organize the rest of the books on my TBR! Lovely post! 🙂

  2. That is amazing. I need to consider just pulling all the books in my (physical) TBR off of the shelf and stacking them up somewhere so they annoy me enough that I actually get around to them. With them all neatly filed away, I tend to forget about them and get ADD …

    • I have a limited amount of space in my place. My bookshelf, that contains my TBR books, is right across from my bed. I see it every morning when I wake up and I see it as I drift off to sleep. 🙂