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 ❤