The TBR Book Tag!

The TBR Book Tag
I’ve been meaning to write a post about my ever growing TBR pile since a few days. But before I could start drafting it, I was tagged by the lovely Emily of The Diary of a Bibliophile to do this tag which basically consists of almost all the questions I had been meaning to answer! Thanks Emily! πŸ™‚

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I’m so glad you asked! For the longest time, I’ve had the biggest problem of downloading e-books and never reading them. I tried organizing them on Goodreads however, I don’t find the site to be the best organizer (at least for me!). I wanted something more detailed where I could add my own private notes, so I made my own little spreadsheet filled with all the books that are currently in my smart phone (I haven’t even begun to add any e-books downloaded onto my laptop!) This is the way I am currently organizing my TBR pile:

How I use Google Sheets to organize my TBR pile

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
Mostly E-books. I keep downloading and downloading and it just gets so out of control ! I do have a lot of print books that I still haven’t read but since I don’t buy physical books that much anymore, it’s mostly e-books.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
This depends upon my mood. However, I have a wee bit of a problem known as the Shiny Object Syndrome, where I’ll start one book and then get dazzled by another and before I know it, there’s a whole pile of books half-read. When I started organizing my TBR pile on Google Sheets, I made a little pact with myself that the only way I’ll choose the next book to read is to use an online random number generator that will help decide for me.

4. A book that has been on your TBR list the longest?
Srimad Bhagavad Gita. I keep meaning and meaning to read it and I never do! It’s really unfortunate that I haven’t read my own Holy Scripture yet!

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?
Start Your Own Business by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
Although I love covers, I mostly read books because of their content.

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?
50 Shades of Grey. My friends recommended it to me and I even put it up on my 2015 Reading Challenge but I recently removed it because I knew I would never read it.

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?
None as yet. I think I’ll try to finish the 800+ books already on my TBR pile before I fall for another shiny object again.

9. A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?
Probably 50 Shades of Grey.

10. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

11. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?
Coincidentally, a lot of people have been recently recommending Jhumpa Lahiri’s books to me.

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
Currently 95.

I tag:

Holly at Nut-Free Nerd
Sarah at Books Are True Magic
Bookish Dubai
Amanda of Big City Bibliophile
The ladies over at Brewing Up Books

If you haven’t been tagged and still want to do The TBR Book Tag, no problem! Please go ahead and do it anyway! It’s a fun way to spread some blogger love all around!

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21 thoughts on “The TBR Book Tag!

  1. Olivia McCloskey says:

    Thank you for the tag! I’m very jealous of your organization regarding your TBR pile – I’ve started multiple spreadsheets over the years but have never managed to finish any of them. They simply get discarded and forgotten after a week or two – oops! Since my TBR is currently extremely out of control, I may have to give it another try…

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  2. Alicia says:

    I havent read 50 Shades of Grey either AAAND…I probably never will. It just doesn’t seem like the book for me, and I have too many books to read already!
    Good on you for being so organized. I’m jelous of your dedication! I still sometimes buy duplicates since the book looks so awesome and I forgot I already had it!

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    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      I agree, 50 Shades of Grey is not my kind of book either. I think it’s overly hyped as well. Thank you, I had to get my e-books organized because everything was getting way out of control. I haven’t completed the spreadsheet yet but hopefully very soon. πŸ™‚

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  3. Holly says:

    It’s so easy to accumulate unread ebooks- downloading them takes two seconds, but getting around to reading them all takes two million years!
    Thanks so much for tagging me! πŸ™‚

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  4. pennma05 says:

    I really like your spreadsheet! I’m always making spreadsheets of things but then I always end up forgetting about them. I have a ton of books on my Kindle that I haven’t read and a few months ago decided to make something to help me keep things straight. I wrote that post about it and if you scroll halfway down you can see how I decided to organize my Kindle books. I’m a visual person so it helps me to see the cover of the books rather than just a list of book titles.

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    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      I feel ya! I have the same problem. I keep making spreadsheets but as soon as it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind ! Hopefully, this time I’ll stick to it! I am visual too but my problem is a very silly one – I get really messy keeping lists and stuff. I am just going to pop over to your blog and have a look at your book journal ! Your project sounds amazing ! Thanks for stopping by ! πŸ™‚

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  5. nikkispeaks says:

    My TBR list is constantly growing. If I see something that excites me then I just start reading it right away. And completely forget that I have 150+ plus books in my queue. Its a pattern.


    • Thistles and Whistles says:

      I am actually on my way to becoming more efficient and organized in different areas of my life and this is one of my attempts so far. Mind you, I am nowhere close to done with this list and I keep forgetting I even started it! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by, I would love to read your blog on tracking! πŸ˜€

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