Happy Friday, everyone! I haven’t read enough books this week to have one to talk about today, so here, how about I answer some questions about books I might someday read?
1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
So I have three TBR piles, really. There’s one that’s literally a pile of books, mostly that I’ve checked out of the library, that I should probably read before they’re due back. That one I keep track of by, again, having a literal pile of books on my office desk for the reading.
Then there’s the invisible TBR pile, which is made up of all the books I have on my Kindle: mostly galleys (read: books not published yet which I get through librarian-fu) but also some ebooks I bought on sale. I keep track of the galleys (as you’ll see a couple questions from now), but everything else just kind of sits there. I’m working on it.
Finally, there’s the giant imaginary TBR pile, the one made up of books that I want to read but that I don’t have in front of me, and that one lives on the Internet. Generally, if I hear about a book and I am near a computer, I pop that sucker onto my Goodreads “to-read” list, where it then languishes until I end up with a copy of it somehow and it gets put on one of the other piles.
2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?
Well, I mean, it’s mostly imaginary, so it could go either way? Of the books that I could conceivably read right this minute because they’re on my Kindle or my desk, the pile is mostly digital because it’s basically all galleys.
3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
Hey, remember the other day when I said I had a totally not metaphorical reading schedule? Yeah, that’s how I roll. I like to use my librarian powers to read ahead, so my schedule has all of the galleys I’ve obtained and their publishing dates. Also on the list are books I need to read for my book club and the date that the book club is meeting. When it’s time to pick my next book, I look at what’s first on that schedule and decide if I’m going to read it, and if I am, I do. If there’s a big gap, like right now, where I have a couple of weeks before the next galley I want to read is going to be published, I’ll fill in the gap with a book off of my literal pile or sometimes a book that I’ve decided I just can’t put off reading any longer.
4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?
Aside from the books that Goodreads put on my imaginary TBR when I opened my account five or so years ago, the first book on that list is Touch Me, I’m Sick: The 52 Creepiest Love Songs You’ve Ever Heard, by Tom Reynolds, which is a book I had totally forgotten existed and which I will proooobably never read.
5. A book you recently added to your TBR?
A couple hours ago I added to the imaginary list The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez, which I’m surprised hadn’t made it there already.
6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover.
Boneshaker, another one I’ll probably never read because I’m not actually a steampunk person, though I very much wish I were one!
7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.
Aside from the two above, Rebecca, which I promise to read on a regular basis and then I get six pages in and am like, “Nope.”
8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.
9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.
That everyone has read? The DaVinci Code. Another one I’ll probably never get around to.
10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.
The Fellowship of the Ring. Technically it’s not to be read as I did read about 130 pages of it once, but I just can’t get past Tom Bombadil.
11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.
12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
As of right now, 639. I might get around to them, someday?