So, I’ve been tagged twice, that I know of, by two of the best book bloggers around. Darkowaa, creator of African Book Addict, and Leslie, creator of Folklore & Literacy, participated in a TBR (To-Be-Read) Book Tag meme and challenged me to do the same. I couldn’t leave these two ladies hanging, so here is a quick rundown which probably doesn't even cover 1% of my TBR!
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I’ve stopped trying. I have a book nook and everything I’ve read gets put in a pile. Everything else is officially TBR. I’ve created several shelves on Goodreads but, honestly, they’re just for show.
Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
All print. I’ve banned myself from buying e-books. I bought an e-reader and started loading it up only to find myself having read less than 5 books on it in probably three years. I also have another confession to make. I've started replacing all the books I have on my e-reader with paperbacks.
How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I had a pretty rigid line-up when I was accepting review copies of books. I found myself wanting more flexibility, so I haven’t accepted a review copy in a while. Now when I read, one book might lead me to the next. Otherwise, I sit in my book nook and browse until something jumps out.
A book that has been on your TBR the longest
I did a post on the Top 10 Books I’ve Had the Longest and Never Read back in 2011. I've still only read one of the books. This makes me think that maybe I don’t really intend to read every book I own. But, of course, I would never admit that.
A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover
There are several, but I just finished one. Birdie, a Canadian novel by Tracey Lindberg. The main characters are Cree women and there were several times when I found myself reading and thinking that some of these experiences can be transferred right onto the pages of African American literature. There is a fantastical aspect of the book and I love how it was incorporated. These women and girls are able to “shift” out of their bodies. The main character is initially only able to do so mentally but then becomes able to do so physically. Many times the shifting occurs when they are being raped by male relatives. The familial sexual abuse is a secret that they keep and the trauma manifests differently in each of them.
A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading
I guess I could start with that list of 10 books I've had the longest. Several of those can come off. I’ve also started removing books from my Goodreads TBR shelf because looking at it makes me anxious.
A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire
Anything by J. California Cooper
I did read In Search of Satisfaction by Cooper this summer and I definitely see why people have recommended her. I’ve bought more of her novels since then. An interesting tidbit about the cover art - I was reading a Washington Post article and saw the photo! A quick search turned up the info on the author and the girl.
A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you
Between the World and Me...waiting for the buzz to die down.
A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read
January turned into the month of reading Lawrence Hill when I read all of his novels. I enjoyed seeing his evolution as an author and even discovered that some of the novels had the same characters. I couldn't wait for his fourth novel The Illegal to make it to US bookstores, so I ordered a copy from Canada in September where it's already been released. And here is huge news - the film rights to The Illegal have been acquired!
December will be the month of reading Edward P. Jones. I’ll have down-time over the holidays and should be able to get through all three of his novels with time to spare. I have several “author collections” and I plan to dedicate a few months each year to reading authors’ works in their entirety.
But one other book that I've been excited about since April is Dying to Better Themselves. If that sounds familiar, it's because I already wrote about how excited I was about this book back in April after returning from the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad.
How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
Uh, I plead the fifth.