My Physical TBR List

12/07/2016 Discussions, Reading 20

My Physical TBR ListI seem to have been on a bit of a book buying binge recently, and as a result my physical TBR pile has become pretty monstrous (and the above selection is just a few of them)! There’s just been too many bargains about, and there are so many books I want to read that I’ve been unable to resist!

The only problem now is (you know, aside from having enough unread books now to build a fort!) that I have so many options that I just can’t decide what to read next. I’ve just started reading The Girl On The Train after much deliberation (yep, I’m only a year late to that party!), but I have absolutely no idea what to read after that! I really do need to start making a dent in my TBR pile before I have to pack them all up to move house (again!). Plus I definitely need to get through some of them before I manage to get my greedy bookworm hands on the last two volumes of Death Note, as I’m pretty sure they’ll be zooming straight to the top of the pile!

Anyway, I was hoping if you’ve read any of these books and really liked them (or hated them and think I shouldn’t bother!) that you could recommend one for my next read. I’m just in one of those moods where I can’t decide what to read, and I need some help!

So here are 10 unread books I have lying about:

My Physical TBR List
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling (Illustrated edition)

The other day I did a post about rereading, where I spoke about how much of a shame it is that I don’t seem to reread anymore, and how I want to start again. One of the main series I wanted to reread was the Harry Potter books, and my boyfriend just so happened to get me the wonderful illustrated version of The Philosopher’s Stone the other day! I think I’m going to have to put this high on my list as it’s a chance to reread, just like I wanted to, but in a slightly different way (with beautiful pictures!).

  • Outlander by Diane Gabaldon

I have seen so many people recommending this across the blogosphere that I picked up a cheap copy off the internet with the intent to dive straight in as soon as it arrived. However, a friend who recently read it told me they were a little disappointed by it, and it kind of made me feel less enthusiastic about it (apparently it’s more romancey that historical fictiony, and I’m not the biggest fan of out-and-out romance novels). I still want to read it though, as there must be a reason why so many people love it!

  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This is only a short book, and one that I’ve heard is super uplifting, so I’m thinking I should probably put this one pretty high on my TBR list.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

This is another one I’ve seen all over the blogosphere and have been meaning to read for ages! When I bought a copy with a gift voucher, I kind of expected I’d get to it pretty quickly, but I’ve actually had this for ages and still haven’t read it.

  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, as I adore greek mythology, and seen as I’ve borrowed a copy from the library I feel like I should read this one pretty soon! I’m just not sure I’m feeling it right now.

My Physical TBR List
  • The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien

This is the third Anne O’Brien book I bought in the 3 for 2 offer at my local discount bookstore (yes, I will continue to go on about it – it was like, the book bargain of the century!), and seen as I loved the other two so much I really want to read this soon!

  • The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

As I say, I’ve loved the two Anne O’Brien books I’ve read so far (I’ve actually come to like her books even more than Philippa Gregory’s, which is saying something!), so when I spotted this on a 2 for £7 offer at my local branch of Tesco I couldn’t resist! This is Anne O’Brien’s latest book and is all about Joanna of Navarre, so I’m pretty excited to read this one!

  • Cleopatra’s Shadows by Emily Holleman

The other book I bought in the 2 for £7 offer at Tesco was Cleopatra’s Shadows. I’d never actually heard of this book until I spied it on the shelf, but as I spoke about in my historical fiction post the other day, I like learning more about historical events and people through fiction, and Cleopatra is one historical figure who I’m interested in, but know very little about. Plus I always found the Ancient Eygyptions fascinating at school, but have never actually read any novels about them, so this will be a first!

  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I’ve heard the Winner’s Trilogy is really good, so I decided a while ago to give it a try. I bought the first book cheaply off Ebay, but ever since it arrived I just haven’t really been feeling like reading it. It’s only short though, so I should hopefully get to it soon!

  • Tarnish by Katherine Longshore

I only actually heard about this book the other day, but ordered it off Amazon pretty much straight away. I love historical fiction (as I blogged about the other day!) and have always been fascinated by Anne Boleyn, so when I heard there was a YA novel about her I decided it was time to check it out…and then I went and read four volumes of Death Note and The Time Machine instead.

So have you read any of these? Are there any in particular that you think I should prioritise? How big is your physical TBR list?

20 Responses to “My Physical TBR List”

  1. Caroline

    The Girl on the Train is very good indeed. I ‘read’ it (inverted commas because it was an audiobook) last year. Each of the female characters are very well drawn and it’s refreshing to read a main female character who is ‘difficult’.

    I haven’t read most of the books on your list but I did have a bash at Outlander many moons ago. My haggard second hand copy of it is from back in the days when the book was called ‘cross-stitch’. TBH honest I don’t think I finished it and don’t remember too much about it but should probably give it another go. The reason I read it in the first place was because i’d come across Diana Gabaldon on YouTube and found here writing advice to be worth paying attention to.

    • Laura

      I have found that really refreshing too with The Girl On The Train – pretty much all the female characters in it are really complex and in some ways messed up. I’ve nearly finished now though and I’ve really enjoyed it!
      I didn’t actually know Diana Gabaldon did any sort of writing advice on Youtube, so I’ll have to check that out! Outlander is probably one of the books on this list that is closest to the top of my TBR list. I’m just curious because it has been so popular! 🙂

  2. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    I absolutely LOVED Winner’s Curse, and the rest of the trilogy. I would say it is one of my fave books of all time, so I one hundred percent recommend it. I haven’t read a lot of the other books, but the one about Cleopatra looks really interesting.
    As for my physical TBR…I can see the stack of books forming a tower in my peripheral vision. XD

    • Laura

      Well I’m glad to know it isn’t just me who has stacks and stacks of unread books! 🙂
      And thanks so much for the recommendation! I’m definitely going to put the Winner’s Curse near the top of my TBR list!

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Yes yes yessss to A Darker Shade of Magic. IT TRULY IS BRILLIANT! I had it for nearly a year on my kindle before reading it *facepalm* And I don’t even know why I procrastinated it so much! IT WAS PERFECTION. Ve Schwab is like one of my top favourite authors now omg. And I also attest to the gloriousness of The Winner’s series! And I really want to read Song of Achilles. My library has an audio so I’m probably going to try it that way. 😀 Eventually. once I get through the other 938439 books I should’ve read yesterday….so yes. I definitely have a ginormous TBR. XD

    • Laura

      I’m glad it’s not just me who has such a huge TBR list! 🙂
      Thanks for the recommendations! I have heard amazing things about both A Darker Shade of Magic and the Winner’s series, so I really don’t know why I haven’t already read them when I’ve had copies of both for quite a while!

  4. Bec @ Readers in Wonderland

    Most of these are also on my TBR haha. I can confirm The Winner’s Curse is GREAT though and you should get to that ASAP. Be prepared for feels though. Those books hurt a lot.

    I keep track of my TBR pile on goodreads and that’s at like 180 books at the moment, most of those being physical copies.

    • Laura

      The Winner’s Curse seems to be the one that most people are recommending, so I think I’m going to read that one next. I’ll be prepared for all those feels!
      Wow, that’s a crazy amount! I’ve never really counted exactly how many are on my TBR list as a whole, but it’s probably a huge amount as well. I’ll have to get on goodreads and find out just how many! 🙂

  5. tonyalee

    The only book I’ve read you listed is The Winners Curse. I’ve heard great things about Outlander, A Darker Shade of Magic and The Song of Achilles!

  6. Dave Oz

    Reasons To Stay Alive. If it is short, then not too much damage or lost time if it is not to your liking. If it is uplifting, then this can carry you through a bad book and help you during times of sadness and misfortune.

    I culled much of my own TBR list because not all were to my taste. Some promised a good read and failed. Now days, I rely on a circle of readers, writers and friends to recommend a book or author. The result is a much higher strike rate.

    Good luck with your endeavors.

    • Laura

      Yeah, that’s so true. I’m definitely going to read Reasons To Stay Alive soon. As you say, if it’s a quick read then there isn’t much lost if I don’t enjoy it, and if it’s as uplifting as they say then it will be good to have read.
      I think recommendations are definitely a better way to find books you’re more likely to like, as your friends will know your taste in books well. Good luck getting through your own TBR list!

  7. Vanessa

    Outlander is a bit of a funny one. The story itself is very good but the book tends to drag on and on in certain spots. In my opinion, it could have been at least 200 pages shorter. However, having said that, I’m glad I read it. The world building is great, the character development is superb and the romance aspect of the story is endearing. Just could have been slightly shorter.

    • Laura

      My friend said the same thing! She said it seemed to drag for quite a bit and could really have been cut down quite a lot. I’m glad you thought it was worthwhile reading though, and I’m definitely going to give it a go soon! 🙂

  8. Mica @ Pastel Books

    I didn’t read ANY of these so I don’t know what to recommend!
    My physical TBR list is not that big, I tend to want to read books I don’t own over those I do (which is a huge problem for my wallet, lol)

    • Laura

      Haha, I have the same problem! I have all of these waiting to be read, but I now have my eye on another book which I would have to buy to read 🙂

  9. Kelsey

    Argh, this post and your one on Historic Fiction have really made me want to pick some up to try, I don’t think it’s a genre I have ever read! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on Cleopatra’s Shadows, I love ancient Egypt so that may be my first one!

    • Laura

      I love ancient Egypt too, but I’ve never actually read any historical fiction about it, so I have really high hopes for that one! 🙂

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