More of a TBR Mountain than a TBR Pile

Piles of Books

Photo by Judith P. Abrahamsen

I have a confession to make: I’m a pathological collector of books. I buy ’em faster than I can read ’em. Especially if it’s on the discount rack–then if it seems at all interesting, into the basket it goes. Hey, I just love books–reading, writing, having, all of it.

I’m getting to the point where my To Be Read pile is spread out over several different rooms, and I can’t always remember which book I wanted to read next. I’d kind of like to, though, because sometimes I want to prioritize a book because it’s relevant to my own writing, or by somebody I know, or a continuation of a series I’ve been reading. So I figured that in the spirit of public accountability–or perhaps in the spirit of really easy blog content–I’d make a list here of *some* of my TBR pile. (That’s right: this is just *some* of it; specifically, the downstairs TBR pile, which is generally That Which Is Closer To Actually Being Read.)

I figure if Elizabeth Bear can get away with doing this on her LJ, then I can do it here.

I’m gonna try to post my list “after the break,” which is something I’ve never played with before, to spare folks on feed readers if you’re not interested. First, though, what about you? Have you read any of the books in my pile? Which should I move up on the list? What’s at the top of your list? If you also have a crazy long list, then just post it on your blog, link in the comments, and I’ll come marvel! Easy blog content for all! Hooray!

  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
  • Darkfall by Janice Hardy
  • The Death Cure by James Dashner
  • Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier—it kind of baffles my mind that I haven’t read this yet, as she is my favorite YA writer
  • The Butcher of Anderson Station by “James S. A. Corey”
  • Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
  • Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Last Story by Christopher Pike
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Bad Blood by Lucienne Diver
  • Powers by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
  • Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind, Clay’s Ark, and Patternmaster by Octavia Butler
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
  • Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
  • Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
  • Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
  • Found by Margaret Haddix
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • The Pluto Project by Melissa Glenn Haber
  • The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
  • Between by Jean Thesman
  • The Limit by Kristen Landon
  • Dusk by Susan Gates
  • Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
  • It Seemed Funny at the Time by David Lubar—possibly the first book that I’ve bought as a primary result of enjoying someone’s tweets (that I didn’t already know from somewhere else)

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10 Responses to More of a TBR Mountain than a TBR Pile

  1. That’s quite an ambitious list! I was trying not to read anything for a bit so I could concentrate on writing, but I’m weak. Just requested about 6 YA books from the library, because they kept showing up on everyone’s best of lists.

    And where do I pick up my free pony? Because Santa forgot to bring one for like the 36th time.

  2. Wow, this sounds like me. I have stacks around my bed. It’s gotten worse since I started blogging and tweeting as it’s opened me to new authors! But, yeah, I just love books. And having them around me. And packed tight in my bookcases. They’re so comforting, sometimes I just like looking at them.

  3. Joe Iriarte says:

    Angelica, the pony’s in the mail–keep an eye out, because you don’t want it to sit in the mailbox for too long!

    Angela, I read a blog post by Alma Alexander at some point this year that was really liberating–I used to feel vaguely ashamed of having so many books lying around that I hadn’t gotten to yet. But one good point that she made is that, when she’s ready to start a new book, no matter what she’s in the mood for she has something. Each book we have is filled possibility, so us book-hoarders just have more of that!

    At least that’s my story . . .

  4. Oh wow some great books here. I’ve read the two by Neil Gaiman (I’m a Gaiman nut so I’ve read almost everything by him). I think Neverwhere is top of my list though – a truly imaginative story.

    I’m currently reading The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi so will append Ship Breaker to my TBR list. Are you on Goodreads? It’s a pretty handy way of keeping track of your book lists. You can find me there at:

  5. Joe Iriarte says:

    I used to be on Goodreads, but then I attracted some attention I was uncomfortable with as an aspiring writer, due to my, er, outspoken reviews of certain books. *g* So I stopped hanging out over there and have learned to steer people toward books I like and simply not mention the books I don’t. 🙂

  6. My TBR pile grew excessively this past week while I have been off work. I downloaded 16 from the kindle ebook store.

    I haven’t read any on your list – Do I need to hang my head in shame?

  7. Joe Iriarte says:

    Nah–I haven’t read any of them either. 😉

    A large number of these are young adult or middle grade science fiction and fantasy, and you probably read a lot more crime novels. And I probably didn’t read as many books last year as you did.

  8. Suzie F. says:

    Hi Joe! Thanks for visiting my blog through Janice Hardy’s. You have quite a TBR list. Too many books, too little time, right? I’ve read and enjoyed Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series. I also read Across the Universe and enjoyed it as well. Ship Breaker is on my TBR list too and though I’m a Gaiman fan, I haven’t read the two on your list yet.

  9. Joe Iriarte says:

    Too many books, too little time, right? < --- This. Precisely! I've enjoyed the Uglies series, but his Leviathan series knocked my freaking socks off! I picked up Across the Universe when Border’s was going under and had never heard of it at all, but since then I’ve heard very good things about it, so I’m really looking forward to it. I only discovered Gaiman in the last five years or so and I’m really excited to delve deeper into his body of work. American Gods is one of my favorites. I’m dying to read the Sandman comic books, but I’m desperately wishing for an affordable way to get them all first. (Or heck, an affordable way to even get started.)

    Thanks for dropping by!

  10. Joe Iriarte says:

    I have no idea why my italics are all screwy like that. I’ve triple-checked my tags and they’re all right! >:(

    EDIT: And this comment should have no italics at all! Dang it, WordPress!

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