The TBR Tag

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this month due to constant anxiety and stress so I wasn’t quite sure what to post today. Scheduling confusion and preparing to teach classes during a global pandemic has been so chaotic and largely out of my control so it’s just not been a good time over here. I considered skipping my Friday post this week but I really enjoy writing blog posts and talking to everyone so I settled on an older tag – the TBR tag. 

I saw someone post about this on IG and after some quick internet searching, I think the original creator isn’t active anymore. If I’m wrong and you know, please let me know!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use Goodreads to track books I want to read that I don’t currently own. I also add stuff like manga that I know I want to own directly to my wishlist and skip adding them to Goodreads. As far as the books I physically own, I have a spreadsheet. It is divided into two pages – read and unread. It includes information such as title, author, publication year, the year I acquired the book, and the average Goodreads rating so I have some options for how I want to sort the books. I like being able to access it from my phone so I can look up audiobooks while I’m out and have time to listen to something.

Is your TBR pile mostly print or ebooks?

Right now, it’s definitely mostly print books. I have found myself buying more ebooks (apart from manga) lately though so it will be interesting to see how that changes over time.

How do you determine which books from your TBR to read next?

I’m currently trying to prioritize my physical TBR so I know what I want to keep and what I want to get rid of. I’ll usually have an idea of two or three that Iknow I want to read – continuing a series, a new purchase – but after that, I’ll usually use a random number generator and my spreadsheet to pick a few more books. Lastly, if I’m looking for an audiobook, I’ll often go through my spreadsheet and see what’s immediately available through my library or scribd.

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

I have no idea. I know in 2016, just as I was finishing my BA, I started buying a lot of books at yard sales and thrift stores. Looking at my shelves, I know I’ve had Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and The Essential Steinbeck on my shelves for a while now.

What book did you recently add to your TBR?

I have been visiting local comic shops lately so I’ve been picking up a lot of manga. Most recently I picked up a bink-up of One Piece 7, 8, and 9. Before that, I got Frankenstein by Junji Ito and the collector’s edition of Pokemon Adventures. This includes issues 1, 2, and 3.

What book is in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I don’t usually pick up books based on the cover alone but I think the only that comes closest it Big Breasts & Wide Hips by Mo Yan. It was totally an impulse buy and I didn’t read much of the synopsis before deciding to get it.

What book on your TBR do you never plan to read?

I plan to at least *try* to read everything I own physically. There are some that I know I probably won’t keep – I just want to see what they’re like but probably will never want to reread them. I do definitely plan to pick up and try to read everything here, though. 

What are your answers to some of these questions? If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! 

Hope you have a great day or night ❤

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I'm somehow done with school and I still want to talk about books.

7 thoughts on “The TBR Tag”

  1. I find it so interesting to see how people interact with their TBRs, so I absolutely loved reading your answers to this tag! I’m so impressed with how organized you are with you spreadsheets and Goodreads! I wish I’d have the patience to use a spreadsheet for more than just keeping track of the books I’ve read this year!

    I totally agree with your answer for a book on your shelves that you don’t intend on reading. I intend to give every book on my shelf a fair try before I decide whether or not I want to keep it! Any book that I bought, I purchased for a reason, and therefore I plan on reading all of them at some point!

    I think the oldest book on my TBR is an ARC from 2017 that I received at BookCon. It was a sequel, and I finally got myself the first book this year, so hopefully I’ll get around to reading them both by the end of 2020! That would feel like a huge accomplishment to me!

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    1. I got really bored over the summer when I couldn’t work. Plus I just really love collecting data lol. For GR, I usually just open in on my phone when I see a book I’m mildly interested in while scrolling blogs, IG, or YT haha.

      I would LOVE to catch up on my entire backlog over the next two years. In the past couple of days, I’ve been able to make some progress by listening to a ton of short books on audio while I work. I broke down the collected plays of Arthur Miller in my spreadsheet and just listening to productions has really helped me cross a couple off. This just means I’ll mostly have longer books left after a certain point oops!

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  2. Wow, I wish you the best of luck with your teaching! I have enormous respect for teachers anyway, and the pandemic has only intensified things 😅
    And you sound so organized, with all those lists and spreadsheets! I just stack all of my unread books on my bedside cabinet, but that’s because I don’t have that many. Once my TBR pile extends ten books, I already start to panic lol 😂

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    1. It really has! I love actually interacting with and teaching my students but I don’t love a less than 48 hour period where I had a job, then had half a job, then had no job, then had a job again. Still have to go teach face to face which is scary but better than nothing!
      I had to make some kind of list because everything is out of control. I started listening to a ton of shorter books I own on audio because I just can’t read physically until I get everything set for teaching and I was able to cross off two in one day. They were books that were in one book (like and anthology) but it still made me feel better to make some progress.

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      1. Oh yes, the uncertainty right now would drive me crazy for sure! I am actually pretty glad that I still have a bit of uni ahead of me until I start teaching, because all of the online stuff and half days would drive me nuts… And I can imagine that face-to-face teaching can be scary right now! I hope you’re all staying safe!

        And it’s great that you’re making progress on your TBR. Focusing on short books first is definitely a smart move 😉

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