I have been recently inspired by Kristin Kraves Books and other blogs to highlight, and talk about my TBR with you guys. Other than a few features, I don’t have any consistently posted content on this blog. I have been wracking my brain to think of something I can easily keep up with and have things to post about, and what I have decided to try requires the use of my TBR!
I know a lot of people on here stress about the size of their TBR. I know people who prefer to keep their TBR below 100. I am not one of those people. Actually, in reality, I add books CONSTANTLY to Goodreads. Currently I am sitting on a 458 count in “Want to Read.” For some that would be extremely daunting and overwhelming. For me though, it doesn’t always bother me. Actually, what bothers me most is my physical TBR piles, which is what I would like to explore with you today!
I have a love/hate relationship with my physical TBR shelf. Unfortunately, I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment that I share with my fiance and 80 lb. dog. As you can imagine, space is limited, and after 3 years of living together, we have run out of space. But I love to buy, and own books! I feel (mostly) at ease when surrounded by books so I enjoy collecting them. The problem, other than my lack of space, is that I am not reading as quickly or as frequently as I have in the past, which has caused my physical shelves to bloat with unread titles.
Today, I am going to share with you some of my unread BOTM choices. They actually have their own shelf at my apartment, and I have had to rearrange them at least four times to accommodate the growing number that are unread. Right now, the left side pile are books that I can wait to read. The right side are books that I really would like to get to soon, and the ones in the middle are exactly that. I want to read them, but I am not sure I have the head for it right now. After these posts though, I might need to re-arrange yet again! For today, we are going to focus on the left 10, to see if any make the move over to the right. (This photo is excluding my November 2018 BOTM choice(s) )
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
This just sounds like a trashy, good book! I can totally see why I picked it at my first (?) BOTM book. And yet, I still haven’t read it! It is about a teacher in California who finds herself interested in the private lives of her high school students. Apparently the students experienced a traumatic event last year that is affecting their personalities. It is one of the shortest books on my list and definitely sounds like something that would help bump up my reading count/kick my reading slump, but somehow I always pass it up. I think I might move this to the right side of the shelf.
American War by Omar Ed Akkad
You’ll notice as you get to know my BOTM shelves that I have picked quite a bit of books that sound eerily like they MAY happen at some point. Some books that could even be considered for the Banned Book List because it paints a bad picture for future America. This one scares the crap outta me to be honest. I don’t know about you guys, but it just FEELS like we are close to another Civil War. It gives me serious 1984 vibes and I think that’s why I picked it when I did. Unfortunately, I did not like 1984 as much as I thought I would, and if I am being honest, I have other dystopian books that I would rather read before this one. I think that American War will stay where it is on the left side of the shelf.
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
If I remember correctly, this was advertised for fans of Ready Player One. It was supposed to be filled with nostalgic references and give off serious 80s vibes, which is probably why I picked it. It is marked as YA on Goodreads, which kind of surprises me but being that the book is about high school students, I suppose it makes sense. Impossible Fortress is about a boy and his friends who are on a mission to get their hands on the “holy grail” an issue of Playboy featuring Vanna White. All their plans have failed thus far, so they decided the only way to get this magazine is to seduce the grocery store owner’s daughter so that she will give them the keys. What they didn’t expect was a computer nerd, potential soul-mate. I can see why I originally picked it up, but right now it is not sounding as good as I want it to be. I think it is staying put for a little while.
Startup by Doree Sharfrir
Startup follows three adults, just trying to make it. Mark has an idea that will take his app from a million dollar, to billion dollar business. Katya is a journalist for a gossipy tech blog and is looking for the next best thing to skyrocket her career. Sabrina is a mother who is just trying to keep her house in order. These three lives inter-connect in a scandal that could have the men in their lives on their knees. Again, I can totally see why I picked this one up. I am also noticing a lot of debuts! I do enjoy me a multi-perspective story, but this one is falling a little flat for me. It definitely sounds interesting, but I have a few more titles that I would rather read before this one. It has the potential to get very confusing with the number of people involved, and that it involves a new technology (I don’t know why but I always end up confused when tech is involved). I think this is going to stay right where it is.
The Child by Fiona Barton
According to Goodreads, this is the second book in the Kate Waters series. I didn’t know that. It still sounds so interesting though. A paragraph in the evening newspaper that touches on an old tragedy catches the attention of three strangers. Two are hiding secrets that surround the tragedy, and the other is a journalist who uses this paragraph as a jumping off point to finally figuring out the truth. I remember when it came out that a lot of people had given it positive reviews. Maybe I will move it up a little on the shelf.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
SO MUCH HYPE. Both copies of this book have actually “disappeared” from my library’s shelves. I think that was one of the main reasons I added it to my cart. It is soooooo long though, and I have heard that not a whole lot happens. I think the size and the fact that other reviewers said it was slow have turned me off to it for now. The Great Alone is about a desperate family trying to survive. They escape to Alaska, where it appears their prayers will be answered, but as the winter approaches, the mental state of the father deteriorates, causing the family to crack at the seams. I still very much want to read it! But I don’t feel like I have a lot of time to devote to it at the moment, which is why it ended up on the left side. It deff needs to be at the top of the left side though.
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
I don’t know, reading this description reminded me of Fever 1793. Like maybe it would be an adult read-a-like. It was also offered as a super exclusive for BOTM. We got the chance to have it two or three months before it was released. That and the cover was gorgeous! I was sold super easily. Since then, I have seen a few reviews that said it was just “ok” and I kept putting it off. Bright as Heaven takes place in Philadelphia in 1918. As a young mother of three daughters arrive, so does the Spanish flu, taking with it thousands of lives. This tragedy will test the family to crush their resolve in order to survive, or cause them to come out better than they were. I do love the idea and really would like to get to it at some point, I just don’t know when. Top of the left side is where I think it will stay.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Another one added just for the hype. This was even a Goodreads Choice winner, and has been selected by several celebrity book clubs. I think right now I am just too intimidated to read it. It is super interesting, but the buzz that still surrounds this book is too much for me to sit down and get through. I don’t want people to continuously ask me how I like it so far, and it feels like that would happen with this book. It is about a mother and her teenage daughter who move to an otherwise normal town. The family they are renting their house from immediately becomes drawn to them, and inserts themselves into their lives. When a fight breaks out over the adoption of a Chinese-American baby, both families are skeptical of each other and are determined to get to bottom of what is happening.
Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
Not to be confused with the widely popular The Smell of Other People’s Houses, this is another “nosy community” story. Everyone knows each other’s business. When one woman witnesses the extramarital affair of two of her neighbors. She is determined to stay out of it, but can’t when the woman is kicked out by her husband a few days later. The entire community becomes involved, sparking a moral battle between spouses and their friends. This just seemed fun and light, sort of like a lighter Big Little Lies. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t gotten to it yet, it sounds like something I would enjoy. I think I will move it to the right side of the shelf.
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
In the era of Orange is the New Black, this was a pretty intriguing choice for many people. It takes place at a women’s correctional facility in California in 2003. One woman is to start her two consecutive life sentences here. Basically, it is her new home. From the description, it sounds like OITNB almost to a tee. I think that I got it knowing I would want to read it eventually, but right now is not that time. I think it is perfect where it is on my shelf.
And there you have it! Sounds like I have some rearranging to do for next week’s continuation of my BOTM analysis. We will talk about the last 14 books, and see if any will make the change over to the left.
Have you read any of these books? Are any of them currently on your TBR? Let’s chat about it!