The intimidating TBR tag

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Dear readers,

I started 2016 with more than 70 books in my TBR pile. That, was intimidating. Realising that having such a huge amount of un-read books was stressing me out and messing up with my anxiety, I decided to start the operation Kill The Beast. And, surprisingly, it worked.

To this day, I only have 20 books on my TBR pile and it hasn’t been really growing much. I now love my small TBR; I have enough books to let me stare at them for hours before deciding which one to read but not enough to drive me nuts.

This is why I wanted today to do a tag about our TBRs and to present you in a not-so-funny way all the books that I have left to read.

(This tag was created by Jean Bookishthoughts but the original creator’s video is now private.)


1. What book have you been unable to finish?

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

I started this book with two of my friends before I realised that I wasn’t in the mood at all to read it. Since then, it has been staying on my TBR shelf and is looking at me with big sad eyes… but I still don’t pick it up. His time will come.

2. What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson.

It’s here, I know it is, I want to read it… but it’s staying on my TBR shelf no matter what.

The Bane Chronicles is the last book I have left to read in the Shadowhunter Chronicles saga and it doesn’t have amazing reviews. So, for now, it is staying un-read, even though I really read pick it up and just be done with it.

3. What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

I read the first two books of the series way too quickly and fell in love with them way too hard. So here I am today, waiting to pick up the finale book, but unable to do so because I do not want to leave the characters nor the universe. Of course, I know that this series isn’t done- Victoria announced a few months ago that she was working on another series based in this world. Still, I can’t seem to find the courage to read this one.

4. What book have you yet to read because it’s brand new?

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

This book is one of my newest purchase and I just can’t wait to pick it up. The only reason I am not starting it yet is because one of my friends got me the first two books of the Lux series and I don’t know which one to read first: am I in the mood for paranormal fiction or for a cute YA contemporary novel?

5. What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Winter Romances by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link , Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Kiersten White.

I should love this. I mean, I love short stories, Christmas and romance. So why have I never read it? The real question here is: WHY HAVE I BOUGHT IT.

Even though several authors work on this project, it’s Stephanie Perkins who edited it and I do not really like what she writes. Well, let’s say that I really can’t stand what she writes, even though she presented us a sweet picture of Paris and parisians in Anna and the French Kiss.

Will I finally pick it up this Christmas? Only time will tell. After all, it has been on my shelf for two Christimas already…

6. What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.

I bought this book during a book fair because the author was there. Rebecca was adorable, funny and we shared a good laugh. However… well, it’s been a year since the book fair and even though I know that it is a well loved book, Reason to Breathe is staying un-read. Oops?

7. What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoï.

This book is almost 1000 pages long but mostly intimates me because two of my best friends absolutely loved it. What will happen if I don’t?

Anyway, it won’t stay un-read for a long time- I am dying to read it.

8. What book have you yet to read because because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

M.O.N.S.T.R.E. by Hervé Jubert.

This book has been auto-published, is written by a French author, actually is a complete collection of the whole series… but I bought it because the cover looked nice. Now, I am stuck with it- it doesn’t have a lot of reviews, it doesn’t seem to be a book I could enjoy, and it will stay on my TBR shelf for awhile, alas.

9. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I already started this book and finished the first story in it but it still is huge and I won’t be able to read the whole thing at once- this is why this complete collection is intimidating me.


How many books do you have on your TBR pile?

Do you prefer big or small TBRs?

Love always,

Clara

Ps: BAM! you are tagged.

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