In which we FINALLY get to do this tag thanks to Debby!
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Bekka: Short answer: Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha
Real answer: I… don’t. I mean, I have two Goodreads shelves dedicated to to-read titles – a general to-read shelf with all the books I plan to read in any capacity, whether that means I own it or want it or oooooh that sounds interesting. The other shelf is dedicated to my review copies. It just helps me and people who follow me on there know what I’m reading and why.
As for a physical TBR, that’s nonexistent. All my books (even my e-books) are mixed together, read and unread.
Lyn: I plead the fifth? Seriously, it is just horrible. I use to have a very groomed TBR shelve prior to deleting my first GR account back in 2013. Nowadays, I just hope I remember what I have and have not purchased. Horrible, yet true.
Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
Bekka: Definitely print. God, this is so embarrassing but, I own about 500 books and more than half of them are unread. Of the books I own, I think 100 of those are ebooks, so obviously my TBR is mostly in hard copies. I’m definitely one of those people who prefer to have the nice beautiful hard copy of a book to look at and to hold and to display on my shelves. I look at the books on my shelves as not JUST a library of things to read, but also as a collection to display.
Lyn: I would say that it is 50% of both at this point. In August, I cleaned out my collection and sold off quite a few physical books that I knew I was never going to read. So I would say around 300 print books and 300 ebooks. I am finding a trend that older books are more desirable to me as a Kindle book, and new books are purchased as physical copies. Cover art really influnces my decision as well. If I love the cover, it is very likely that I will buy the print book.
How do you determine what to read next?
Bekka: I’m very much a mood reader. I’ve attempted in the past to read according to release dates when it comes to review copies, but it’s hard when you’re as picky of a reader as I am. So I just read what I feel like now. I have a very hard time sticking to lists and monthly TBRs and things like that. Too much pressure (read: any pressure) has been known to completely ruin a book for me. The only exception to my mood reading rule now is Epic Recs. Though this month’s title ended up being a DNF to me, I put Epic Recs titles at the top to make sure I get to them ASAP.
Lyn: Once upon a time, I had a schedule. However, since I have hit a slump, I seriously pick up whatever I believe will make me happy right then and there. My emotions practically run my life, and my current mood will influence my reading.
A book that has been on your TBR the longest:
Bekka: Aside from a certain spin off series by a certain batshit crazy author who went off the rails a couple years ago and lost all respect from me as a reader recently by supporting STGRB…
A Chalice of Wind by Cate Tiernan. I read the Sweep series when I was in high school (maybe late middle school? Anyway, it’s been a while) and ever since I’ve wanted to read whatever I could get my hands on from her. Then there was The Dark Period of no reading for a little while. Finally, I rediscovered the series, bought them all… and then never read them. I know, I know, but you can’t say you haven’t done the same thing.
Lyn: This is tough, because I recently had a purge. However, I can recall my old TRB GR shelf, and I would have to say The Saga of the Icelanders. The size of the novel (782 pages) scared me a bit, and I have put it off for way too long.
A book you recently added to your TBR pile:
Bekka: The last book I purchased was Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. There was a huge thing about Lena Dunham’s book and since she’s actually a trash bag, I thought I’d support a feminist author who isn’t a subhuman pile of slime. I’m really excited to read Gay’s essays and I’ve only heard wonderful things about it.
The last book I added to my Goodreads TBR is 99 Days by Katie Cotugno. I wasn’t going to read this one (honestly I just don’t like the cover trololol) but Ellis had tweeted about it a little and she made it seem like it might be a controversial title, and you know I’m all about my controversial titles.
Lyn: Stranger by Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown. I heard about the gay YA dystopia on Livejournal a year ago, and when they contacted me that it was available for purchase, I dropped everything and bought it for my Kindle right away.
I really can’t wait to read this one!
A book on your TBR solely for its beautiful cover:
Bekka: They All Fall Down. I mean, I didn’t have any clue what this was about when I bought it but I just LOVE this cover so so so so so much.
Lyn: Girlwood by Claire Dean. I found it at a clearance event, and I didn’t even bother with the description. I just purchased it.
A book on your TBR you never plan on reading:
Bekka: Allegiant. Divergent is… not my favorite book. I did like Insurgent better though, but I’m sure if I read it now I’d absolutely hate it. When Allegiant came out I was very excited for it. I had pre-ordered it and everything. But then someone spoiled it for me on Twitter like the day after it came out and ever since my interest in it has been nonexistent. I have no desire to read it now since I know how the trilogy ends, and since I cannot stand Tris anyway, I don’t see any real loss, to be honest.
Lyn: WEIRD, BEKKA. Same here – Allegiant. I really loved Divergent, but Insurgent turned me off of the series. I found it used one day, and I thought at the time, “Yeah, why not finish off the series?” After I purchased it, I put it on one of my shelves and saw all of the other books I would rather read, so……yeah.
An unpublished book on your TBR you’re most excited:
Bekka: RUDE. I don’t think I can actually pick just ONE so I’m going to pick five.
1. Crimson Bound
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses
4. Heart of Betrayal
5. Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
Lyn: I have a different shelf for released that have not come out here, but let’s just assume it is a part of my TR shelf. If I had to pick one, I would have to stick with The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith.
A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you:
Bekka: God. Mistborn. The hype for this one has had a sort of resurgence in the last two weeks. I originally added it because of Christina’s review, and finally attempted to read it recently. But it’s so long and a little bit slow so I put it on hold. One day, one day.
Lyn: Legend by Marie Lu. I always think I am going to pick it up next, then some other cover catches my eye. I have the attention span of a goldfish.
A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:
Bekka: I don’t really know. I think everyone knows that my tastes are pretty unpredictable. I like really strange things and dislikes books that you would totally expect me to like. Recently, I guess it would be The Raven Boys, but maybe that’s only because I haven’t read it and Blue Lily, Lily Blue just came out.
Lyn: Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I WANT THAT HAIR STYLE. Anyways, Werewolves are not my thing, but everyone goes insane for the novel, so, there it is.
How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
Bekka: This is so embarrassing. 580.
Lyn: I had, at one time, quite a few. I have purged and I haven’t cataloged my entire library yet, especially Kindle books, so it is very pathetic at this point.
I am so disgusted with myself.