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 of 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 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.
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.
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 me
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!