What’s in Your TBR Pile? (Time to Confess How Enormous it Is)

Once upon a time, the TBR (to-be-read) pile didn’t exist. It was but a glimmer of future hope, joy, and anguish in the lives of bookworms everywhere.

Now it has come, bringing doom and chaos and exhilarating happiness.

Because books. Obviously.



I was over at Paper Fury browsing Cait’s latest blog posts. For inspiration. And because her blog is epically outstanding and a never-ending source of wit and sarcasm and slay-me-with-laughter humor. Also because it’s Monday morning and Monday morning demands a blog post with inconsiderate determination.

So I must appease. Or risk losing my blogger cape, which is like a superhero cape but cooler. Because it’s invisible.

Anyway, one of Cait’s posts talked about the TBR problems that plague bookworms.

Perfect! A topic. Let’s gather in a bookworm circle (it’s a secret club only bookworms can enter) and brew some bookworm tea and talk about the dreaded and delightful TBR piles casting a beckoning yet foreboding shadow over us.

**Can we also just acknowledge that “pile” is a dreadful misnomer? It’s more like Great Mountain of Awesome which we continually scramble up yet never reach the top**

My TBR Pile


Yes, I’m a terrible geek. *hangs head* I know not what happens beyond book three. I started two years ago. Then busy life and long books. Have you seen how much fatter book 4 is? 😮

I keep saying I’ll get around to them because I NEED to read before I watch the movies, and I NEED to watch the movies. (Can I have my geek card back now? Thank you.)


Ahem…did I say that? Noooo…of course not. Moving on to sunnier meadows.


I’m tempted to weep. Friends have encouraged, pleaded, scolded, all in an effort to drag me into the world of Toothy Cows and Bomnubbles and Daggerfish. I want to go. TRULY. But time waits for no man (did Gandalf say that?) and I promise the clock in my house moves faster than is scientifically allowed.

But one day, I shall conquer and know why everyone cries at the end of the series.


The dude’s middle name is “genius.”

Now, for a short story in seven words: Must. Read. All. His. Books. The. End.


I read the first two books in the trilogy, then like a bad bookworm I haven’t finished it. But I must. It’s fantasy, with a magic system that includes carving and casting lots. And lots of danger and fun characters.


It was a gift from a very special person. Plus dragons. ‘Nuff said.


Fantastic fantasy. World doom. Epic magic system. Lots of characters and all the motivations from sneaky to selfish to power-hungry. I can’t just leave after book one. Must know what happens.


Outside C. S. Lewis, I haven’t read any… **runs and hides in hobbit hole**


Apparently I have a bad habit. Start a series but don’t finish. Don’t be like me when you grow up, kids. Read those books. Finish those series’. Climb your TBR pile with gusto.

Seriously, the first book was wonderful and I want to journey again to the land of Faelen. Especially after the cruel, heartless, pulse-stopping twist that has left me hanging off a cliff since ending book one.


Because let’s be honest. The list really never ends.


Authors sit in their immaculate castle towers and chortle with merciless glee as their fingers fly over the keyboard and characters and worlds spring to life and create books that are flung into the world and eagerly clamber onto our TBR piles.

Such is our bliss.

Such is our fate.

P. S. It’s a proven fact that authors live in castles and wear a different superhero outfit every day. And they probably smoke pipes like Gandalf, too. And glow like Obi Wan’s ghost.

P. P. S. It’s also proven that the method described above is exactly the way writers create books.

 ~~~ LET’S TALK ~~~

⇒Do you have problems with your TBR pile?

⇒What books are you absolutely dying to read?


What’s in Your TBR Pile? (Time to Confess How Enormous it Is) — 13 Comments

  1. I do the exact same thing – lots of #1s have been read and loved, #2s are waiting and waiting… 😉

  2. I feel for you. My tbr-pile is a monster and I’m positive it’s trying to eat me alive. I would quite rather think of it as a Great Mountain of Awesome. 😀
    I have yet to read anything by Brandon Sanderson too! From what I’ve heard, his books sound AMAZING.

    • The struggle is real. LOL

      Oh yes, beyond amazing. Riveting. Spellbinding. Mind-blowing. Aka you-must-read-as-soon-as-possible.

  3. Oh my goodness… the amount of series that I haven’t finished… Harry Potter is great, though. And easy to speed through once you get going.

  4. You’ll enjoy Raising Dragons, but be warned, it’s a seven book series, I believe. And it get pretty intense at the series goes on. I never finished the series because he kinda lost me. But I loved the first book!

    My TBR pile, like everyone else’s, is every growing. I have about 15 hard copy books and over 100 on my Kindle I haven’t read yet.

    I only have time right before bed to read for pleasure, and I’m pretty darn tired then, so I often end up re-reading parts of a favorite because I don’t have to concentrate. SIGH. I did, however, read three novels on the way down and back to FL a couple of weeks ago. Scarlet Moon by Sarah Grimm, Finding Angel by Kat Heckenbach, and I re-read a novel I found at a yard sale that I read in college, about 39 years ago. Heh.

    • Wow, that’s a crazy long list. 😮 I’m kinda slightly glad I don’t have a Kindle, otherwise I think my TBR pile might be closer to the size of Mt. Everest. 😛

      Yes, I know there are like three other series’ that follow the one Raising Dragons is in, and I think they’re all connected somehow.

  5. The Wingfeather Saga is a must read! Be warned, the ending is heart-breaking and perfect.
    My TBR pile is huge! I’m with you on the sci-fi classics. I really want to read Ender’s Game (the movie is really good, btw) and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.In fantasy, I’ve heard Farmer Giles Of Ham by Tolkien is good, and I am slightly ashamed to admit I haven’t read Harry Potter yet 😳. I think that about sums it up!

    • Yes, I’ve heard the end just rips your heart out. 😮

      I think Ender’s Game is literally at the top of my sci-fi list. I haven’t seen the movie, either, because I have this thing where, if I want to read the book, I’d rather do that first and then watch the movie. Happily, I can say I’ve read the Time Machine, which I totally forgot until you mentioned it. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by, Jaiden!

  6. How did you know I chortle gleefully while writing? Or that I live in a castle and wear a different super-hero outfit every day? How did this information get out?!?!?!?!?

    I may have to steal this post idea, because it is awesome.

    Also, I haven’t read most of the books on your TBR pile either (though I have read all the Harry Potter books (I don’t think you can have your nerd card back just yet… go read the rest of the series!!! Yes, they get thicker, but they’re easy reads, you’ll make it through them faster than you think) and I’ve read quite a few classic sci-fi… the Dune and Foundation series… and does the Ender series count as “classic” sci-fi???))

    • Well…if you must know. I have friends in high places. 😉

      Haha, steal away!

      Well hmmmmm. I guess I’d better get the series finished, because I must have my card back. 😮 Yep, I was considering specifically Ender’s Game as classic. 🙂

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