TBR Book Tag: Find out what’s on my ‘To Be Read’ shelf!

Here’s my first ‘tag’ post! I didn’t know about tags when I first started blogging. They seem like a fun way to get to know other bloggers and also to add more variety to posts. Basically it involves answering a list of questions and then ‘tagging’ other bloggers.

I was tagged for the TBR Book Tag by the brilliant Gerry at The Book Nook – I recommend her blog, the posts are well-written and interesting. Gerry is always happy to chat to you in the comments too!


How do you keep track of your TBR list?

Er… I don’t! You’d think that because I’m so organised with keeping records of what I’ve read, that what I’m going to read would be a similar case. But no. It’s either in my head, or in the bookcase.


Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Since I got a tablet, I’m happy to read books in both print and e-format. However, I have quite a few printed books waiting right here, while there aren’t many e-books in the queue.


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

Anything borrowed from the library is a priority, usually in the order I reserved / borrowed them. Otherwise, I pick a book that is a different genre / different time period from what I’ve just finished. I can’t read two contemporary thrillers or two classics one after the other, just like I can’t eat the same lunch every day. That probably sounds weird.


A book that has been on your TBR the longest.

Nothing’s been on the list that long. If I reserve or buy a book, it gets read within the year.


A book that you recently added to your TBR.

Everyone’s been talking about Vox by Christina Dalcher, so I’ve reserved the e-library book.


A book on your TBR list strictly because of its beautiful cover.

Not applicable – I love attractive book covers but there’s nothing I want to read just because of its cover.


A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

I plan to read everything, even the unabridged edition of Oliver Twist.


An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

I haven’t got an answer to this one, it’s hard enough keeping up with the ones that have already been published!


A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.

The Fault in Our Stars is on my shelf. It’s a signed copy I found in a charity shop. I’ll definitely read within the next few months.


A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you.

I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O’Farrell. I bought it from Waterstones because I heard so many positive things.


A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read.

I bought I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh from a charity shop the other day, which I’m looking forward to reading because I See You was such a page turner (and a great example of a psychological thriller).


The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

I’m not on Goodreads. I have no idea of the number of books I want to read – let’s say a million?


I tag Hooked on Bookz, Novels and Nonfiction, Books and Lovely Things, and Roachie’s Reviews. Apologies if you’ve already done this tag, and there’s no pressure to complete it.

Now, back to the reading…

24 thoughts on “TBR Book Tag: Find out what’s on my ‘To Be Read’ shelf!”

  1. I haven’t read ‘The Fault in our Stars’ either… but I think I have it somewhere on one of my shelves! LOL

  2. I started getting my books from the library and so my entire TBR list is on my online account there. I just need to click a button for the book to be put on hold for me.

    And, I canโ€™t explain why I do this but I read my books in publication date order of oldest ot newest. So I sort the list and pick which ever book is the oldest to read next, lol.

    1. That’s a great way to choose what to read next, it makes sense to me. When I borrowed library books as a teen, I’d read them in A – Z order. Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I am not really a huge fan of The Fault In Our Stars–unpopular opinion, I know. I also try to read books borrowed from the library first because I have to return them. I feel anxious if I don’t finish them on time.

    1. I totally agree about the library books, I do prioritise them over books I’ve bought, as I have an illogical horror of returning them late and I never want to renew them in case someone has reserved them. I haven’t read any John Green and he’s so popular I’ve got to try ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for your comment!

  4. I’ve heard nothing but good things about I Am, I Am, I Am too. Might have to check that one out, definitely would love to see your review of it!

    1. I think it’s a really interesting angle for an autobiography (or memoir? Are they the same thing?) – I will read it in the next few months.

      1. I always think of memoirs as covering just a specific event or time period and autobiography being about the person’s whole life. I think that’s the difference? Either way – you’re definitely right, a fascinating angle to take!

        1. Hmm, I’m still not clear on the difference. Oh well, if I like the writing and content then I don’t mind what category it is.

          1. Well, just like a biography is a comprehensive, chronological account of an entire life, an autobiography is the same, except told by the person themselves instead of another author. A memoir pools the focus around some specific event – in this case, her near-death experiences, or the events of one specific year (Joan didionโ€™s Year of Magical Thinking is a good example) or something very specific like a travel memoir, cooking/kitchen stories, surviving cancer or describing experiencing an illness, or completing a project (Julie and Julia would be an example of a kitchen or project memoir.) But youโ€™re not getting the authorโ€™s whole life story, rather part of their life examined through the lens of some specific event or theme. I would say the majority of what we read are memoirs even if they feel more comprehensive. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚ but yeah, doesnโ€™t matter as long as you enjoy it.

          2. Wow OK, you have considered this a lot more than I have! I get what you mean now. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thanks for the tag NS! Love the TBR questions! I’ve heard so much about The Fault in Our Stars but haven’t read it…And I Am I AM I AM too I love the cover! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I will let you know what I think of them… once my library books are finished. So many books to read, so little time! Hope you enjoy responding to the tag questions! I don’t know who had the idea in the first place, but it’s a nice idea.

      1. I absolutely loved it too! Yes. So many books to read so little time…sigh….BUt we do what we can! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great weekend, NS!

  6. I fainted in shock at your first answer! You can’t be a member of Booknerds Anonymous unless you have a massive TBR neatly listed on a spreadsheet with at least 12 tabs! Playing with the spreadsheet is nearly as much fun as reading the books… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Haha, I also have a lot of print books in my TBR! Usually when I get an ebook, I start reading it right away.
    I keep hearing about Vox! The synopsis sounds really interesting ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. Same here with the ebooks. It seems more immediate somehow. Yep, Vox has been much talked about. I hope I won’t be disappointed…

  8. I’m the same with The Fault in Our Stars in that everyone’s read it but me! But I don’t think I will give it a go because it’s just not something that appeals to me. Actually a lot of the John Green books don’t appeal to me but I don’t know why!

    1. I wasn’t intending to read it, but then I found a v cheap signed copy in a charity shop… which persuaded me ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. This book is definitely moved near the top of my TBR. I can’t wait to read it!

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