The Intimidating TBR Book Tag

I really need to start keeping a list of all of the book tags I’ve already done. I was sure I had done this one, but can’t find a post for it. My TBR itself has become a little intimidating, with 1900 books that I want to read. To be fair, some of them are more “long-term TBR” (ie. lengthy classics), and others are books that I’d love to get to soon. I know a lot of people refuse to let their lists get so long, and weed them out as they go, but I have a hard time with that. I’ve gone through my list from start to finish (over several days, to be fair), and I’m still interested in everything on it. There are obviously some books that interest me more than others, but nothing yet that I’ve really decided that I’ve changed my mind about. I’m sure it will keep getting longer and longer as more books are announced every year!  This tag was created by Lindsey Rey, who apparently has taken all of her videos down so I can’t link to it.

1) A book on your TBR that you’ve been yet to finish

The only book that I have never finished was Journey to the Center of the Earth. I started reading it as part of the Book Study program at work, where each year we pick one book and read and discuss it with the participants. This was the book chosen the year I was there was a placement student, and my placement ended before the we had finished the book. To be honest, I’m not sure they finished the book since the staff running the group had trouble with the language and it would have been hard for them to lead the discussion. I never finished it because I was busy with exams, and then forgot about it. By the time I realized I never finished, I was far in enough in that I didn’t want to just restart, but it had been long enough that I couldn’t remember too much of the details.

2) A book you haven’t had time to read

This is an odd question for me, since if I haven’t read it yet, I obviously haven’t had the time to. I guess the closest fit would be either Ivanhoe or The Three Musketeeers because classics tend to take me a while, and I really want to read these when I have the time to devote to them properly instead of just a few pages here or there.

For a non-classic option, I’d say the all of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series or Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. Both are longer series, and I’m sure if I start them, I will want to read all of the books but it is such a time commitment.

3) A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel

I have so many of these! That’s why I’ve devoted this year to finish off many of the series I’ve started. On the other hand, I’ve added quite a few full series to my list that I haven’t even started yet. I think I’ll go with Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, which is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer. I added this one to my list yesterday even though I haven’t read Strange the Dreamer yet, just because I love Laini Taylor’s writing.

4) A book you haven’t read yet because it is brand new

Still Me by Jojo Moyes! I’m one of the few who absolutely adored Me Before You, and I liked the sequel although not as much. I was surprised to find out that there was a third book on the way, but I’d love to give it a chance. This book was released just over 2 weeks ago, so I obviously have not been able to read it yet.

5) A book by an author you previously read and didn’t enjoy

Definitely any book by Jacquelyn Mitchard. I read Deep End of the Ocean and really didn’t like it. I have three more of her books on my TBR (A Theory of Relativity, Cage of Stars, and The Breakdown Lane) but have been very hesitant to pick them up because of how much I didn’t connect with the first one.

6) A book you haven’t read because you’re not in the mood

Well, most of the books that are still on my TBR are there because I haven’t been in the mood for them yet. The one example that really comes to mind is The Goldfinch, which I had in mind a couple of years ago for my reading challenge and kept procrastinating on because I was just never in the mood for it. Two years later, and I’m still never in the mood but I’m hesitant to take it off the list completely because I’ve heard it’s very good.

7) A book you haven’t read yet because it’s humongous

Anna Karenina!  Or, for a non-classic, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Both are books that I’d love to read, but I don’t have the time to devote to something of that size.

8) A book you bought just because of it’s cover

I haven’t bought anything just because of it’s cover, but I’ve definitely added a few to my TBR because of the cover (as long as the synopsis interests me). One that I added not too long ago mostly because of the cover was Jokes About Dead Girls, because the title and cover both seemed so intriguing. Unfortunately, this book is not out until next year!

9) The most intimidating book on your TBR

Probably War and Peace, Don Quioxte or Les Miserables. These three are definitely long-term TBR projects. They are intimidating because of the length and because they were written so long ago.

If I had to pick a non-classic, I’d go with The Memoirs of Cleopatra. It sounds fascinating, but the book is over 1000 pages!


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