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Surprise, surprise: My TBR is shamefully long…

I have had a New Year’s Resolution for the past two years that I have failed miserably at. I’m strong for a little while, but in a moment of weakness, I ruin it.

Every year.

It’s this: Don’t buy any more books until I read all the books I own.

We all know books are pack animals. And letting me into a bookstore is like letting a redneck into a gun shop. Or a sugar-rabid child into a candy store.

This comic = ME

spending money

So this is basically an accountability post… Which is what I need. Shame and accountability.

Without further ado, here are the books that are currently sitting on my bookshelf right now (whether physical or my Kindle), waiting for their turn to be read.

My Current Books
(in the haphazard order that they are
currently sitting on my bookshelf)

Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren (A different version of “The Hating Game”? I loved that book so we’ll see what I think of this one.)

How Toddlers Thrive by Tovah P. Klein (Read July 15, 2017. Read my review here.)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Kind of dreading this one, tbh. I feel like it’s going to be emotionally tough.)

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (This cover is amazing…)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe (Gosh, this title makes my heart happy.)

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (I’m waiting for cold weather to read this one…)

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (I really want to read this before the movie comes out. Or is it already out?…)

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers (Read July 20, 2017.)

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (Even though I love the musical, I’m kind of dreading this one because it’s gigantic and doesn’t have great reviews…)

The Last Star by Rick Yancey (This is the third book in The 5th Wave series and I want to read them all in one go. So by naming this one, I’m basically saying I’m going to read 3 books…)

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson (I looove this series. Or at least I loved the first book. Again, planning on reading the series in one go.)

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold (This is the autobiography of the mother of the Columbine shooter… I got it from my Book of the Month subscription and I’m not super excited about it…)

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondō (I’m going to need the motivation to clean my house when I read this one.)

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Shining by Stephen King (I’m waiting for Fall to start this one! But you don’t even know how excited I am about it.)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (I’m excited for this one, but it’s daunting because it’s so thick.)

The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp, Paula Spencer (Because I need all the help I can get with my tiny human.)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Read July 9, 2017. Read my review here.)

Lady of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski (Received in the May 2017 LitCube box.)

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (This title cracks me up.)

Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life by Laurie Notaro

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (How have I not read this yet? It’s crazy, I know.) (Read July 8, 2017.)

End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days, #3) by Susan Ee (I accidentally bought the THIRD freaking book in a series without reading the first two… So I will have to get the other ones at the library before reading this one…)

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! by Kris Carr (For when I decide to stop eating garbage…)

A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield (Received in the June 2017 Once Upon a Book Club box. I am so excited for this one!) (Read July 6, 2017. Read my review here.) A Modern Day Cinderella Story by River Laurent (Received in the May 2017 LitCube box. Good grief, this book is soo not one I would have chosen for myself, but I will try it anyway.) 

Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror by Rachel R. Smith

The Song of David by Amy Harmon (One of her other books is one of my favorites so I’m excited about this one.)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

My Antonia by Willa Cather

The Last to See Me by M. Dressler (EARC from publisher)

Look What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (EARC from publisher)

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena (EARC from publisher)


Edited to add:

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (purchased July 11, 2017. It was $6. I couldn’t say No.) 

The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey (received in the July 2017 Once Upon a Book Club box.)

Remember When by Lindsay Detwiler (sent to by the author for review in July 2017.)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (received in the July 2017 Spearcraft box.)

Me, right now:


Because that’s a lot of books…

Do you have any tips for getting through your TBR? How to set goals, how to achieve them, how to stop buying books?


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Original 2017 TBR Book Shame Tag posts found on ThriceRead. Find their posts here and here.

This post is also posted to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge, hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight!



13 thoughts on “Surprise, surprise: My TBR is shamefully long…

  1. Based on what I’ve read, here are my recommendations.

    Worth Reading:

    The Rosie Project
    Still Alice
    Station Eleven
    The Glass Castle: A Memoir (especially since the movie is coming out soon)

    Maybe just skip:

    Saint Anything
    The Nightingale
    Before I Fall (the movie already came out I think)
    The 5th Wave series

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  2. Haha that comic is fantastic. But I have no tips lol. I mean, I don’t buy a lot of books that I don’t read, but it does seem like almost every time I buy an ebook that I just have to have… I never end up reading it lol. And my general TBR is super long and somehow I keep just not even reading the books on the smaller “read this year” list I made…

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    1. E-books are so easy for me to forget about or avoid (even if I want to read them), because they’re not physically staring at me from the shelf and wondering why I’m not reading them. 😀


  3. I don’t have a TBR anymore beyond books I own. I have stopped adding to good reads and now just pick from what I have on the shelves / kindle and if nothing appeals browse till something I remember hearing good things about catches my eye. Much less overwhelming x


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