It is a truth universally acknowledged that what Stefanie does, influence by reading/writing/blogging. I am always inspired by her posts and encouraged to read books I would not touch with a pole, until she writes about them! Therefore it is only natural that I would do a blog post of the TBR Meme when she has attempted it. Besides it was busy festivity days here, with plenty of house cleaning, cooking and socializing, so to gather back into the folds of literary reviews would take some time. This meme seemed like a good way to start getting my feet wet again in the literature blogging world!
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
That question implies that I keep track of my TBR pile, which I really do not. I just keep adding books and going back to them once in a while and the list therefore is never ending. One of the reasons why my TBR is so badly managed is because I promise myself that I will stick to it and follow an orderly manner of reading through it; however temptation comes in form of some book or the other, and there goes my TBR for a toss!
Is your TBR print or E-Books?
They are a combination of both! E-Books are mostly those, which I can read on the fly, great books but not necessarily classic literature. Some E-Books happen because, physically they are not available in my location or if they are, they cost an arm and a leg and a pair of kidneys and if it’s REALLY good, I may have to toss in my ears and heart as well! Print books are all classics and collector’s editions.
How do you determine which books from your TBR to read next?
Please see question#1. Usually, I try to go for something that is in my TBR and matches my current reading mood – if I want to read a thriller, I try and look for something like that in my TBR, if its classic, then there is plenty of options my TBR provides; so on and so forth. There are days when I do not visit my TBR at all because I am on what I call binge readings – books which I bought after recommendations or instinct without even adding them to the TBR. Post the binge, I do feel guilty and try and restore some of my TBRs to Read category- pretty much like going on a diet, after 7 days of food orgy!
A book that has been on my TBR the longest?
The Magnificent Amberson’s by Booth Tarkington…I will get to it eventually, I guess!
A book you recently added to your TBR?
Regeneration by Pat Barker
A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
None! From a very early childhood, I have determined and come to a decisive conclusion, that while beautiful covers are a joy, they are not necessarily forever….the book HAS to matter!
A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?
The books on my TBR list are there in my TBR list because I plan to read them some day or the other. So there is no never plan on reading. However, there are books which I may start and leave in the mid-way because I just don’t get it and they will eventually drop off my TBR!
An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?
None, that I can recollect at this moment; but I am sure there will be one or the other, I will stumble upon soon.
That’s my TBR Meme…and while I am not tagging anyone, it will be fun if you could share what your TBR looks like!
8 thoughts on “TBRing All The Way….”
I relate to every single thing you mentioned about your TBR, except The The Maginificent Amberson’s isn’t on my TBR. Should it be?
Hahhhaaa Eve…I have no idea…a lot of people have recommended it to me and my guess is its one of the pillars of American Greats….I would say add it….we never know, we might actually tumble on something magnificent! (Apologies for the bad pun);D
Question 1: the problem is that the pile ir really more like a conveyer belt of boots that is always shifting! Question 2: mostly print. Question 3: books often suggest other books and radio/television/newspapers also do this. Question 4; I may get around to reading War And Peace one day! Question 5: I recently came across a book called India: A Sacred Geography by an author whose name I forget. I was interested in this because of a marvellous book by William Dalrymple called Nine Lives. Questions 6/7: both answers would be none.
Ian …the conveyor belt analogy is so very apt and too funny! Do read War and Peace, it is truly a great and one of best works of literature ever. I think the author is Diana Eck…I have been planning to read it as well. William Dalrymple is another author whose books suggest other books – for instance two of my all time favorites came from his books : Twilight in Delhi by Ahmed Ali and The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron. Agree with you that if it is on the TBR it is meant to be read sometime or the other!
Fun! So how long has that Tarkington book been on your TBR? Can you beat over 20 years? 😉 I love your little TBR picture. That sums it all up quite nicely!
Nooooooo! must say nothing beats 20 years! I would say its been on for about 5 years now!
My TBR pile is compiled very organically; I throw books in my TBR memory and hope that they stay there. 😉 Right now I’m trying to concentrate on finishing up some books from 2015 (and 2014, if I’m honest) by the end of the year. In 2016, I want to try to concentrate more on my Classics Club list and not get so sidetracked. Do you get sidetracked? I can’t seem to help myself often, but next year I need to focus. And now I’ve put it all in writing, so if I fail, I can be held seriously accountable. 😀
Hahhhaaaa…yeah memory is a good record keeper! But Cleo I am impressed…you are way more organized than many of us…I mean I have books lying in there from 2010 and you are almost finishing 2015…I mean thats like Super Cool! I always get side tracked ….one reason my TBR is sooooo unmanageable and unlike you I don’t even have the discipline of stick-t-itivemess! I mean I cannot even commit to focusing….that is an improbability as far as I and my books are concerned!