The TBR Book Tag


Happy weekend, bloggy people! Today I’ll be doing yet another book tag, this time called The TBR Book Tag. For the uninitiated, TBR stands for ‘To Be Read’, which is what we people call books we’re wanting to read. I was tagged by Jess from Princessica of Books to do this ages ago but haven’t had the chance until now (boooo).

Without further ado, let’s get to it! Better late than never, hey? 😛

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I use a combination of Goodreads and Todoist—Goodreads to add titles to my TBR pile, Todoist to prioritise (and re-prioritise) and decide what book I’m going to read next.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

50/50, maybe? The new releases I get are mostly e-books—I need to save physical space!but I do get books from the library quite often, and those are almost always physical with the exception of one book. I like both print books and e-books, though; I think they both have their own charm! ❤

A Book That’s Been on Your TBR List The Longest


Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

I just cleaned my Goodreads TBR list and reduced the number from 100-something to a mere 30! I can’t really recall what book has been there the longest, but one book that has been in my TBR for quite a while is Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. I’ve wanted to read it since waaay before the movie came out (2013), when it came out, after it came out and now, and I still haven’t. I’m not sure why, actually… other books just keep taking precedence? D:

A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR

Scarlett Epstein Hates It HereMeet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them…until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett’s stories, forever transforming her approach to relationships—both online and off.

Scarlett Eipstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw. I’m the first to admit that I LOVE fanfiction and anything to do with it — I daresay some fanfiction writers are better writers than published authors — so this book right here is up my alley.

A Book in Your TBR Strictly Because of Its Beautiful Cover

Tonight the Streets Are OursRecklessly loyal. That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.

Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her.

Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him. During one crazy night out in New York City filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

Leila Sales’s Tonight The Streets Are Ours. Look at the colours! Look at the typography! It’s so beautiful. ❤

A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

These Shallow GravesJo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight.

Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

Maybe Jennifer Donnelly’s These Shallow Graves? I can feel my interest dwindling ever since I added this to my TBR list (aaages ago) and now I kind of don’t remember why I put it there in the first place.

An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

The Rose and The Dagger - Renee AhdiehIn a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever.

Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Who’s surprised to see The Rose and The Dagger here? I’ve mentioned it just about every week. I am VERY EXCITED for this sequel and I sure hope it’s going to be WOW. 😛

A Book on Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

Pretty much everyone and their mother have read Illuminae, but I haven’t acquired a physical copy of this book so I haven’t started it yet. Judging by the photos I’ve seen, this is definitely one of those books you gotta read in print… except to be honest, my interest is kind of dwindling. :/

A Book on Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

Six of CrowsKetterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Everyone who’s read this seems to love it and I’m a bit intimidated by the sheer number of five-star reviews for this book. Hyped series tends to be a bit of a hit or miss for me: it’s either I REALLY like it, or I REALLY dislike it.

A Book on Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff GarvinRiley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Symptoms of Being Human has many, many things I like: an unconventional protagonist, references to internet culture, and therapists (har har). I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into this book!

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43 thoughts on “The TBR Book Tag

  1. Awesome choices! I read Illuminae on my iPad and honesty?? It was really no que but I kind of got bored with it after awhile. Maybe because of the genre? I’m not too sure. So unique though.


    • Thanks! I actually have it as an ebook but can’t read it on my iPad… the graphic parts were a bit too difficult to read (or my eyes are too bad, who knows). What was it that bored you — the plot, the characters, something else? 😛


  2. Great answers! I agree with you on Illuminae and Six of Crows. Both books suffered from a huge hype, and now I don’t know if I want to read them or not, because well, I’m so curious, but I don’t want to feel forced to read them and/or disappointed afterwards.


    • Ahhh you haven’t read them either! Now I feel like there’s more of us, haha.

      I feel the same way about hyped books tbh, and Illuminae was just CRAZILY hyped back then — some people even say it’s the best book they’ve read last year, and that’s pretty tall praise. I’m intrigued by the hype but the plot didn’t really interest me, if that makes sense? :/

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  3. Awesome!! Love this post 🙂 I hope you get to Book Thief at some point- cos it’s awesome! Tonight the Streets are Ours looks lovely 🙂 *high five*- I haven’t read Illuminae either- it justs seems to be harder to get hold of. I need to read Six of Crows too- everyone recommends it! Thanks so much for the tag 🙂


  4. Great picks for this tag! I completely agree about The Rose and the Dagger, that’s on my to-read list, and my pre-ordered list, and I am so excited for it’s release! I really want to find out how everything ends, especially after the ending for TWaTD.
    Also I really enjoyed The Book Thief (it’s not my comfort genre but it has become one of my favourite books), Illuminae and Six of Crows so I would highly recommend them, but I get what you mean about hyped series, a lot of them are either hit or miss with me as well and sometimes they can be a huge disappointment!


    • Thanks, Beth! I’m super excited as well — I reckon there’s gonna be a third book, because that’s how YA books roll these days. 😛

      Which one would you recommend I read first out of the three — Illuminae, The Book Thief and Six of Crows? The Book Thief is definitely not my comfort genre as well but I’m really curious because literally EVERYONE loves it.

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      • See I’d love it if there was a third book, more to read about Shahrzad and Khalid, but at the same time I’d hate to have to wait even longer for the release of the third one to find out how everything ends between them! I can’t decide which I’d prefer 🙂
        Between Illuminae and Six of Crows I’d definitely recommend you read Six of Crows first but The Book Thief was brilliant as well. I’m one of the people who loves it. I guess it depends what you’re in the mood to read next; fantasy, sci-fi or historical fiction.


        • Good point. I didn’t even think about the wait that we’d have! Probably about a year. DDD: Did you read The Crown and The Arrow? I’m really liking the titles!

          Yeah, that’s a good point. I’m reading a contemporary right now (I’ll Give You The Sun), so it’s a good time for a change. ❤

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          • I am terrible at waiting for new books to be released so if it does stay a duology and ends with The Rose and the Dagger I’ll be fine with that 🙂 I haven’t actually read The Crown and the Arrow yet, I’m thinking of waiting until all three novellas are released before starting them, then reading them all at the same time!
            Well if you’re interested in a change then I’d definitely recommend The Book Thief! Ohh, and how are you liking I’ll Give You the Sun, I’ve got that on my to-read list and I’m hoping to start it soon, I’ve heard so many great things about it!


  5. I haven’t read Iluminae either despite hauling it for super cheap when it was released (I compounded discounts and got it for like $3). Not to mention that, as you say, everyone and their mother has read it. Can’t even tell you what’s stopping me either as I do appreciate most epistolary formatted books.


    • $3 is such a bargain — I’d totally purchase it for $3. I have an e-copy but the epistolary parts are a bit too hard for me to read on screen, so I’ve put it off until I have a physical copy. :/

      I’m actually ambivalent about epistolary books — I can only think of two other YA books I’ve read like this (Everything, Everything and The Next Together), and I do wonder if the format always adds to the story or if it’s just, you know, nice and trendy. Do you have a favourite?


  6. Illuminae and Six of Crows have had a lot of hype among my circle of bookish friends so I constantly see them shoved up my face, but I know it’s not the kind of books I tend to read, so I don’t know if I will ever read it or not. I flipped through Illuminae once however and have to say that the format is unique.

    Anyway, thanks for the tag! I’ll try and do it some time this week 🙂


    • Yeah, the format of Illuminae does seem pretty unique! I think that’s one of the things that drew me to it, actually — the plot itself isn’t something that I’m particularly interested in as I think it reads similarly to stuff I’ve read before.

      No worries! I look forward to your answers. 🙂

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  9. Omg YES!! Tonight the streets are ours has the best cover! I was actually just talking (more like ranting actually) to someone about that yesterday lol.


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