What is a TBR List?
It is a term I only learnt about since starting my blog (and reading other wonderful book blogs) but it’s something every enthusiastic reader has – a To Be Read list.
Some people like to write their list of next reads down, others will keep a TBR list on Goodreads, or keep a pile of physical books they are going to work through.
My TBR list is mostly in my head and if I want to keep a track of recommended books, I make a note of the title and author in my Notes app on my phone. After my dismal efforts at my Goodreads reading challenge, I decided I need to have a reading plan moving forward. I need to be excited about the books I am going to read and carefully select them.
I’m currently reading Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. I’m half way through and already excited to tell you all about it (will review as soon as I’m done) it’s unlike anything I’ve read recently and pretty dark…but you know, that’s my thing.
I put this list together from books I have yet to read on my kindle, a couple of picks from the NY Times Best Seller List and a couple of recommendations from friends and other blogs. I noticed a slight theme…books which have now been adapted into tv shows. I enjoyed the tv shows, so I’m convinced I will love the books too. I do prefer the thriller genre but I tried to mix it up and be realistic – sometimes even I get bored with just reading thrillers.
My TBR List…in no particular order
The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
I have just watched this series by the same name on Netflix and I loved it. From what I’ve heard the book is quite different, but I don’t mind that. I read on Twitter that even Stephen King is satisfied with this adaptation from book to screen and that is enough for me to give the book a read. Classics are not lost on me and I’m never afraid to go back in time and find a gem. I’m a firm believer in mixing old with new.
Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
I never used to be a fan of Jodi Picoult’s books, after attempting one and failing miserably to be engrossed, or interested and then I recently read The Pact after a friend recommended it. I enjoyed it so much and read it easily and quickly. The same friend advised me to read Nineteen Minutes and admittedly,
it is a topic I’m very interested in. Wow, that sounded creepy, but it is about a school shooting and I have read a few books about this topic. Columbine by Dave Cullen being one of them, which was a heartbreaking, but fantastic read. I’m prepared to be moved and challenged. I’m ok with that.
Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
Another series I enjoyed very much on TV by the same name. I really can’t get enough of some tv shows or movies and when I read the book…there is so much more depth there. More of the characters I loved. They are more developed and there are nuances that may not be depicted in the show or movie. That is what I’m hoping to get out of this book. More of everything I loved about the TV show. Of course I’ve read Gone Girl and I enjoyed it (even if I did feel it was a little hyped up). I have high hopes for this one.
The Affair – Sheryl Browne
This one has been sitting in my kindle just begging to be read and I’m quite excited about it. There is nothing like a thriller mixed with a scandal. It’s like the best, juiciest gossip you can have with a very close friend. It’s rated 4 stars on Goodreads and I’m convinced. Fingers Crossed it lives up to my expectations. I haven’t read any books by Sheryl Browne previously and if I love it, I’ll be excited to research a brand new author.
Ok, folks, that’s it for now. I’m keeping the list short and sweet because I want to actually accomplish it and be able to give you some GREAT reviews and recommendations. Please let me know in the comments if you have read any of these and were impressed or let me know what’s on your TBR list… I’m open to recommendations.