My (Horrendously Long) TBR List


Yours too? I hope so. I don't want to be alone in the failing-to-read-all-these-great-books category. Misery loves company, right? My misery certainly does. It's like when you go shopping and you need a certain colored shirt. If you're pressed for time, you might hone in on every item of clothing in that color and just take those to the dressing room. If you have more time, you might peruse everything and hope that color crosses your path. If you're shopping and don't need anything in particular, you browse. You're shopping for the pure enjoyment of shopping. Logically, you'll end up with something you don't need per se, but you purchase it anyway.

I like to book browse, meaning I shop for books even when I already have a pile on my nightstand just waiting to be read. I enjoy the actual searching for the books. I like being enticed by covers or summaries. I like to be surprised when I find a book by an author I love that I hadn't heard of before. And just like when I find that perfect shirt, I buy the enticing book that I don't need. I add it to my horrendously long queue of books already waiting to be read.

One of my biggest problems with my TBR list is that I have to be in the right mood for a certain kind of story. The more I know about the book or the characters or the plot, the more specific the mood requirement becomes. I don't know why I'm like this, but I am. The most notable example of this was for The Fault in Our Stars. I knew enough of the story to know the precise mood I needed to be in to read it. I waited and waited and waited (way after the popularity spike) until I just needed a good, prolonged cry. And that's when I read The Fault in Our Stars (thanks, JG for giving me that good ole cry I needed).

I choose to believe that I will eventually catch up, even (dare I say it?) outrun my TBR list. But, as of now, my shopping marathon is outlasting my reading marathon. In honor of such a list, here are some of the longest lasting participants of this list:

- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - Seraphina by Rachel Hartman - The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey - Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey - Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tyler - Lhind the Thief by Sherwood Smith - Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund - Across the Universe by Beth Revis - Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes - Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - Everneath by Brodi Ashton - Talker 25 by Joshua McCune - Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan - The Eye of Minds by James Dashner - The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Just Listen by Sarah Dessen - A Great and Terribly Beauty by Libba Bray - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas - Catch 22 by Joseph Heller - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbar Kingsolver - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

A lot of these have been on the list since they were published (even some before) but for whatever reason, I haven't hit the specific mood that corresponds to each. There are some gems in this list, and I can't wait to read them, but there's a bigger part of me that's anxious and/or scared to read them. Once I hit those precise moods, hopefully I'll try these on for size and knock my TBR list out of the park.

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