10 Books On My Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Freebie week — I chose: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

I already talked about my most anticipated for the rest of 2016 so any of those that I already have in my possession or come into my possession during the summer are on that list for sure. BUT THIS WEEK I want to talk about what is at the top of my TBR list for the summer — a combo of new releases and backlist books I own!

 

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Let’s Talk To-Be-Read Lists via The TBR Tag

I got tagged by my friend Ginger for The Tbr Tag that has been making its way around the blogosphere. I don’t really do many tag kind of posts but this one looked super fun and was created by the lovely ladies over here. I’ll tag the ladies over at Rather Be Reading, Sash & Em, Tiff at Mostly YA Lit and Elena at Novel Sounds and whoever else reading and wanting to join in!

If you enjoy other tag kind of things check out ones I created last year: A to Z book survey, My YA Life in Book Titles, Bookish Superlatives

 

Before we get into the actual question portion this tag made me think about how people define TBR (to-be-read list). I have seen people say their TBR is the actual physical books they own and it’s a smaller collection than books they WANT to read. Others say their TBR is anything they want to read even if they don’t own it. I’m curious how YOU define it! (I think I tend to be the latter).

 

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

 

Hmm this is a hard question because honestly I don’t really? I kind of just add everything I am remotely interested in or own on to my TBR section on Goodreads. I’m a mood reader so I definitely don’t have any sort of system to track them so I just kind of pick my book based on what I’m in the mood for and have (either I already own it/was sent it for review, I feel like going to get it from the library or decided to buy it). So there honestly isn’t any keeping track for me. I mean, I do have shelves on Goodreads for what I own and what ARCs I have that helps me GUIDE what is in front of me and I add books to my library wishlist to remember which ones I want to borrow at some point. That’s about it though.

 

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

 

Definitely print. Most of my ebooks that ARE on my Kindle are egalleys. I rarely buy Kindle books unless it is a good deal.

 

How do you determine what to read next?

 

Ughhh. By how I feel? What I’m in the mood for? What I’m really excited about? I do try to alternate between review copy and whatever I want to read but I just kind of go with what I feel like reading. Also sometimes it might be a book club book or something I agreed to read with someone or for something and that might dictate. I just kind of go to what I’m gravitating towards when I think of what I want to read next or if I’ve really been hearing good things. Like if I want to read something really profound I will go looking for books I think might fight that. Something light and fluffy? I consult the TBR to see what I have. It’s not very methodically or interesting honestly. I might as well just spin around and then point to a book and read what my finger lands on. Although new books from favorite authors ALWAYS soar to my list when I get them!

 

A book that has been on your TBR the longest:

 

That I’ve Owned the Longest & Haven’t Read: If it’s my YA, that’s probably Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver which was one of the first YA books I ever bought (I only read adult fiction before I started blogging in 2010 and the only YA I read before that was Twilight, The Book Thief and Perks of Being A Wallflower). If it’s adult, hmm probably some of the classics I own.
That I Don’t Own But Has Been on My Goodreads TBR For Longest: There are a bunch I added the first day I joined Goodreads so I’ll pick one — A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

 

 

A book you recently added to your TBR pile:

 

Added to my Goodreads TBR pile: Inked by Eric Smith — I adore Eric from Quirk Books and I’m SOO excited to read his YA novel!!

Added to my physical TBR pile: I just got The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds for review in the mail yesterday and definitely plan to read it!

 

A book on your TBR solely for its beautiful cover:

 

Solely for its beautiful cover? HMM. I don’t know if I have any of those to be honest. At least none that I can think of enough to put down. SORRY I know you wanted to see some pretties. I have lots of pretties on my list but none that are on it SOLELY for the cover. Although The Selection might be the closest to that!

 

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading:

 

Well, at one point I PLANNED or at least WANTED to read each book on my TBR (even knowing it was impossible). I kind of think I’m never going to finish the Mortal Instruments series. Actually there are probably a bunch of books in a series that I need to break up with and take off my TBR. It’s so hard to let goooooo.

 

An unpublished book on your TBR you’re most excited:

 

UM where do I start?? Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby, the next book in the Throne of Glass series PLUS the first book in her new series, the last book in the Winner’s Curse trilogy, The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. I could keep goingggg. Oh also ANY BOOK that Gayle Forman will ever publish. Is that an acceptable answer? No matter what it is about?

 

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you:

 

The whole Harry Potter series. No literally everyone. I’ve read book 1 though so…progress.

 

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:

A lot of books but one that popped into my mind immediately is My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick! Everyone is always saying I should read it because it’s a “me book” and I agreee…and I own it. I need to just read it now.

 

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

 

HAHAHAH 1213. 1213 books. I’m telling you…since I joined Goodreads in 2008 I used it to add anything that I was remotely interested in or wanted to remember to check out plus all the books I really WAS interested in. It has grown out of control and I need an intervention mostly. Or someone to clean it out for me. (Also, this IS after I did do a major cleaning of it).

 

LET’S TALK

So friends, I want to know if anybody’s Goodreads TBR is worse than mine?? Make me feel better okay! Do you count your TBR as what you own or anything you WANT to read?  Tell me the answers to these questions (or at least the one that interests you the most). How do YOU pick what to read next??

September To-Be-Read List!

I didn’t have time to post a September Most Wanted at the end of August/beginning of September like I wanted to! Just know there are LOTS of September releases so I probably wouldn’t have ever finished it EVER. So I apologize for not having a nice list of September releases for you to check out BUT I did film a video of which books I’m prioritizing for September and a good chunk of those are September releases. So are we sort of friends again??

Let me know if you’ve read any of these/which one should be my TOP priority!

Date With My Bookshelf {2}

So sometimes life throws you a curveball and you end up having a nice long date with your bookshelf all day — I had lots of thoughts that came to my head that I told you in that post and one of those was just about the discovery of all these books I forgot I had or ones I was like “AW MAN I loved that one” but hadn’t really thought about it in some time. So, I kept thinking as I was reorganizing and rediscovering some books I forgot, that it would be fun to have a “date with my bookshelf” more often…and what better way than to do it on the blog and involve you guys! So basically I’m going to randomly pick three books off my shelves (I have a fancy system) and talk about where I got it, why I’m interested in it, what it’s about and if I’ve read it or not and then ask for YOUR thoughts on the books if you’ve read them. I’m going to do it in vlog format, sporadically, because one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get back into vlogging and I feel like it will be a fun format for it!

Basically a very intense bookshelf tour!

 

So let’s get started with round 2!

 

Books mentioned: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan and What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

 

Have you read either one of the books from the video? What did you think if you have? Anything else that you would want to see in this type of video? Or do you not like video format for this kind of post?

10 Books On My To-Be-Read List For Spring 2014

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Spring! I am welcoming Spring this week and will bribe her (I guess it could be a him?) with all sorts of brownies if she breaks all ties with Winter! I’m excited for warm weather and flowers and Spring is definitely the time I start reading some summer-y books!

I failed and read only 3 out of the 10 I said I would in my Winter TBR. FAIL WHALE. But I can do better this time!

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1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: Everyone says this is a ME book and I don’t know WHY I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. My Secret Santa got it for me this year so I HAVE to get to it!

2. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly: I bought this book when it first came out, went to signing and then never read it. I’ve heard it’s a great historical fiction novel and I’m fascinated by the story!

3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: The lovely Jen gift this to me and she’s raved about it! Plus I really want to get back to more of my adult fiction roots! (Oh hey right now it’s only $1.99 for your Kindle!)

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4. Sekret by Lindsey Smith: I picked this up at ALA and am super excited for it! COLD WAR ESPIONAGE!

5. Far From You by Tess Sharpe: This one was on my most anticipated debut novels for 2014 so OBVIOUSLY this is high priority! I’m interested because it sounds very different!

6. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: If you know me, Morgan Matson is one of my FAVE contemporary YA authors. I’ve been holding off reading this until a little closer so I plan to start SOON!

7. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page: Wizard of Oz retelling! OH YEAH. And Dorothy is a bit cray craaaay!

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8. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: YAY historical fiction! Also, civil rights era which I’ve been wanting in YA!

9. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid: This was another on my most anticipated debut novels for 2014 list! Road trip but the vague summary makes me veeeerryyy intrigued!

10. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I LOVED Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (awesome Peter Pan retelling)  and I have been dying for this one!! SERIAL KILLER on the loose!

 

 

So tell me… What books are on your high priority list for Spring 2014? Have you read any of these ones? Which one do you think I should make priority numero uno??

Date With My Bookshelf {1}

So last week you heard all about my debacle with losing power due to an ice storm and I wrote about how I had nice long date with my bookshelf all day — taking all my books off, dusting, reorganizing, etc. I had lots of thoughts that came to my head that I told you in that post and one of those was just about the discovery of all these books I forgot I had or ones I was like “AW MAN I loved that one” but hadn’t really thought about it in some time. 

So, I kept thinking as I was reorganizing and rediscovering some books I forgot, that it would be fun to have a “date with my bookshelf” more often…and what better way than to do it on the blog and involve you guys!

So basically I’m going to randomly pick two books off my shelves (I have a fancy system) and talk about where I got it, why I’m interested in it, what it’s about and if I’ve read it or not and then ask for YOUR thoughts on the books if you’ve read them. I’m going to do it in vlog format, sporadically, because one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get back into vlogging and I feel like it will be a fun format for it!

The two books that were randomly selected from my shelves are below & I give you the lowdown in the video on where I got it/why it’s on my shelves/if I’ve read it/what it’s about…if that makes you at all tempted to watch the vlog. I swear next time it will be shorter because I won’t have to explain what I’m doing!

 

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Have you read either one of the books from the video? What did you think if you have? Anything else that you would want to see in this type of video? Or do you not like video format for this kind of post?
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