The bottomless joys of the TBR pile…


Merry Christmas folks! Hope you are all having a restful holiday period, whether working or not this time of year never fails to feel just a little bit special. In the Relish household it always ample time for a refresh and recap and this always inevitably means a frightening look at a) the painfully few books I have managed to read this year (answer: 43, of my intended, though challenging, 60. Painfully embarrassing) and b) the sheer size of my TBR pile.

On the positive side, this year has brought with it some wonderful connections with bookish folk and, luckiest of all, the opportunity to meet some of them; namely the lovely Rebecca Foster, aka ‘Bookish Beck‘, and her other half on their trip to Manchester back in August. She has thoughtfully tagged me into this very here meme to set me on the right track for 2016…

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Largely not at all well due to previous, unorganised behaviour. I recently decided however that that had to change. At the moment, they sit on my Goodreads ‘to-read’ list, a tool I find invaluable and which I will soon be adding all my physical books to. A mammoth task for the Christmas holidays!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Although I appreciate the advantages ebookof eBooks, it’s simply not a format for me. Strangely enough, apart from the simple delight of the smell and texture of a print copy, I actually struggle to engage with some books when they’re an eBook copy. A psychological block me thinks…

How do you determine which books from your TBR to read next?

Apart from books I read for book club or to follow along with Penguin’s Happy Reader quarterly , I mainly let my Goodreads ‘to-read’ list guide me, and my mood, of course.

12640991A book that has been on my TBR the longest

Apart from the obvious classics that I have wanted to read forever? The oldest book on my Goodreads TBR is Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell. Clearly I haven’t been on there very long!

A book I recently added to my TBR

One of the most recent was The King is Dead by the fabulous Suzannah Lipscomb which I received for Christmas. Despite having them pushed upon me twice at school, I still have a bit of a love affair with the Tudors. This gorgeous book explores Henry VIII’s last will and testament and its myriad of implications.

A book on my TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover18080204

Although I’m an absolute sod for a pretty cover, I never stick anything on the TBR that I really don’t want to read so – all of Essie Fox’s books please 🙂

A book on my TBR that I never plan on reading

A few of the classics on there are pretty ridiculous (e.g. Ulysses, ha ha). I also accept the fact that many of them are on there just to remind me they exist, rather than me ever planning on getting around to them at any point, ever.

downloadAn unpublished book on my TBR that I’m excited for

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel; third and final piece of her spectacular Cromwell trilogy. Will this ever come out!? There are also, as always, a few others I’m particularly looking forward to; The Girls by Emma Cline and The Ballroom by Anna Hope to name just two.

A book on my TBR that everyone recommends

Almost too many to count but, that immediately springs to mind; In Cold Blood by Trumane Capote. I’m pretty disgusted that I haven’t read it yet.

A book on my TBR that everyone has read but me6088632

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I know.)

A book on my TBR that I’m dying to read

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie. It’s supposed to be amazing and the cover is just gorgeous.

How many books are on your TBR shelf?

Hundreds – including books I own….well over 600. With that thought, I better go and find a reading nook somewhere…. Eeeek!

9 thoughts on “The bottomless joys of the TBR pile…

  1. Glad you enjoyed this challenge 🙂 I love Essie Fox’s book covers too, but have somehow never managed to read one of her books. Have you? They seem like they should be right up my street. I’m looking forward to new Hilary Mantel and Anna Hope books as well.


    1. I haven’t either, and, like you, they seem the perfect books for me. It almost seems too good to be true 🙂 Here’s to an awesome 2016! (and perhaps some reading of Essie Fox’s back catalogue. I fact, I’ll add them all now!)


  2. Just a thought but your post reminded me of this quote from ‘This is not the end of the book’ by Jean-Claude Carriere:
    “It’s important to clarify that a library is not necessarily made up of books that we’ve read, or even that we will eventually read. They should be books that we can read. Or that we may read. Even if we never do.”
    It’s all about potential, not beating yourself up about whether or not you get around to reading them … just enjoy:-)


  3. Haha whoa that’s a huge tbr! I love goodreads for keeing track of books I want to read, too,and also because I often cannot remeber if I’ve definitely read a book or just read tons of reviews ;P Adding ones books to goodreads is such a good idea…I might do that after graduation 😀
    Have a great start to the new year 🙂


    1. You too Bina! : When do you graduate? The first thing I started doing after graduation was simply devouring books – I just didn’t have the time or energy whilst I was studying!
      I’m relying completely on Goodreads now. At least if I’m in a bookshop I can take a cheeky look at my TBR so I don’t double up! (A frequent mishap…)

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Thanks! Hopefully around June. Oh yes I think I will just lock myself in with a ton of books afterwards 😀
        That tends to happen to me, so yay for goodreads!


  4. I tried The Enchantress of Florence, but couldn’t get through it after a couple of dozens pages. So I put it down… I agree the cover is gorgeous so it’s still sitting prettily on my shelf 😉


So...what do you think !?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s