I’ve seen a lot of tags floating around the internet on Blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I’ve never really been the type to take part in these because everyone seems to do them but, I’ve decided to give them a chance. I feel that it will really help me be more connected to all of you, and give you more of an inside scoop into who I am and the type of books I like to read.
I haven’t been tagged in this, but on researching various book tags, I came across this on Maddie’s blog Stories and Spoons. I liked the way she approached this. This book tag didn’t feel rinsed out or overdone. It felt personal yet professional and was actually really interesting to read. And like Maddie, I’m not going to personally tag anyone, but feel free to join in, if you like.
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I am a big lover of Goodreads, and I log all my books on there whether physical, digital and even fanfiction if I’m lucky enough to find it. A list of my current reads can be found on the right-hand side of the screen. You can find all my TBR books by clicking the link below. I warn you it’s massive.
Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?
Currently, my TBR is made up of digital copies rather than print. That’s mainly because I have a ton of ARCs that have been gifted to me from NetGalley. I have about 30-40 books that I’m yet to read on my Kindle. My physical TBR pile isn’t as long. I have around 10-12 books that I haven’t read. It is my goal to purchase a physical copy of each of my eBooks just so I can see it sat prettily on the shelf.
How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
In the past, I’ve just read what I fancied. That could be to do with how the cover looks, how the synopsis is written or down to recommendation. At the moment, I’m trying to work through twelve books that I have committed to writing reviews for. I’m on book number three (The Roses of May by Dot Hutchinson) of twelve.
A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?
This is a hard one. On my Goodreads TBR, it would have to be The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I’ve not even seen the movie. But I’ve been told the book (as it usually is) is a whole lot better. This has been on my Goodreads TBR since 2012, so the chances of me ever actually reading this, is slim in all honesty. There’s just so many amazing books being published all the time, that I just wish I could buy them all.
On my physical TBR, the one I have been wanting to read is Brave by Rose McGowan. This is a non-fiction that talks about the truth behind her #MeToo story and her fight to raise awareness of the darkness within TV and Movies. I watched her documentary which was really raw, powerful and insightful. I just had to have this. I’ve always been a big fan of Rose McGowan. I’ve always felt drawn to her personality and energy. It’s not a book for the faint-hearted. It is very honest and does contain details of the sexual assault she experienced.
A book you recently added to your TBR?
There is actually three that I’ve recently added:
This LGBT romance is set to be published September 1st 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing. I have been lucky to be given an ARC by the author through NetGalley. Stay tuned for this review.
The story follows a young American actor in London during the 1980s as he discovers his sexuality. He enjoys the flirtations from his director Fiona but loves the flirty texts he gets from his best friend Andy who he left behind in Seattle. On return to the USA, our main character seeks out the truth behind his relationship with Andy.
This book is set to be published October 8th 2019 by Pamela Dorman Books.
This is set in Depression-era America and follows the lives of five Kentucky women as they travel an incredible journey across the mountains, to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s travelling library. The Giver of Stars is based on true events.
Again, another JoJo Moyes book. I’m a sucker for historical fiction and had to add this to my TBR. This is available to buy in Paperback or Kindle Edition.
Set in France during WW1 we follow a story of love, loss and obesession. I think this is going to be a thrilling read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
Oh boy! Where to start? I’m well known to pick books that have beautiful covers but the synopsis still has to hold my interest. I don’t think I’m going to be able to list just one. So, I’ll name my top five.
The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle – I was struck by the contrast between the dark background and the vibrancy of the objects in the foreground. The feathers, the fruit, the flowers and more. Even the semi-obscured clock face intrigued me and made me want to read this even before I read the synopsis.
This has JUST left my TBR pile but I had to include it anyway.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – I’m not going to lie. I have a thing for angels. A fallen angel, forbidden romance. What’s not to love?
This image is so powerful and emotive. There’s so much pain here infused with so much hope. And the grace (pun not intended) in which the body is falling despite each and every wing feather being lost is incredible.I don’t think this would have so much of an impact if it was in colour.
Wicked Ugly Bad by Cassandra Gannon – This is a classic retelling of Cinderella told by the perspectives of Scarlett Riding who is NOT an ugly stepsister and her quest to prove that Cinderella is evil. I love nature portrayed on book covers. This is a simple one but the connotations behind it; is quite brilliant.
Evermore by Sara Holland – I read the first in this series and fell in love with her world. This cover is also incredibly beautiful and just had to be included. Whenever I see an hourglass it always makes me think of Princess Jasmine trapped in the sands of time.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – I just love this cover. She’s just so happy! I can’t, not read a book that looks so happy and carefree and beautiful. Plus it makes me want to go to Starbucks. Everyone knows books+coffee = happiness. It’s bright, colourful and eye-catching. The synopsis is amazing too.
A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?
I don’t like this question but I think it’s going to have to be The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. It’s been on my TBR for seven years, and if that’s not a sign then, I don’t know what is?
An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?
That’s easy: The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes. It’s got books. It’s got horses. It’s got, strong independent women. It is based on a true story. Eleanor Roosevelt really did start this. She called to women to help deliver books across a treacherous and dangerous landscape. I’m hooked and I haven’t even read it yet.
A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you?
This would be a toss-up between Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. I try not to pick trending books because I like to be individual. Now some of the hype has died down I think I’ll finally get down to reading them.
A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?
I’ve seen so many recommendations on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and Bookstagram that all say how amazing The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden is. It’s actually one of the trendy books that I’m really excited to read. It looks and sounds incredible.
A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
Oh, this is hard. Umm…I’m going to go with All The Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle and that’s purely because she is one fo my favourite authors. She has a quirkiness and weirdness about her that I do, and she’s a creative visionary. I can’t rave about this woman enough. Go follow her on Twitter @mollyringle. You won’t regret it. She’s super nice too.
How many books on your TBR shelf?
On my physical TBR about 10-12 as I’ve already said. My Goodreads TBR is a neverending pile of beautiful books. I have well over 1000 books on Goodreads that I want to read. That’s not even taking into account the books on my Kindle. I have maybe 30-40 books possibly? I haven’t counted them. I’m too scared to.
Thank you for sticking with this. It’s super long and I’ve definitely struggled to choose as you can probably tell. I really enjoyed doing this post and this book tag. I will definitely be incorporating more tags into my blog.
I would love to see what you’ve put down for your TBR Book Tag Challenge. Any and all recommendations are encouraged. Put them in the comments below, or contact me via my homepage, or on social media. I don’t have a Bookstagram account yet but that is in the pipeline.