Every once in a while I like to introduce a little fun into my blog posts with a book tag. There are so many of them that have interesting questions that I’m not sure when I’ll get through them all. For those of you who are new here, TBR stands for ‘to be read’ and is a generic term used by bookworms to talk about the enormous pile (physical or virtual) on their bookshelves that is waiting to be devoured. This tag was created by a YouTuber whose channel no longer exists, unfortunately. I didn’t get tagged by anyone to do this, but found that it fit my state of mind perfectly.
Lately, I’ve been in a reading slump. I’m yet to start a new book in over two weeks, which is starting to freak me out because I’m such a consistent reader. The reason for this is lesser time, lesser energy and the fact that the books I want to pick up are either too intimidating for me or I just don’t feel like getting into at the moment. I’m hoping this tag will give me the push I need to get back into reading again. With that little introduction out of the way, let’s get to the questions.
Q1: What book have you been unable to finish?
A: This is probably my most embarrassing admission on here, but for this I have to say Harvest Moon by Tonya Coffey. It was sent to me for review by the author probably a year or two years ago (THE SHAME!) but I just didn’t like the book enough to continue. But I really need to finish it and write a huge apology to the author who kindly sent me this and get the review up. Soon!
Q2: What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?
A: Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas is a fantasy standalone I’ve been meaning to get to ever since its release. I have the eBook with me as well. I’ve heard good things about it from reviewers I trust and the premise sounds very cool, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I really hope to finish it by the end of this year.
Q3: What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?
A: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess came out just this month. I haven’t read the first book, A Shadow Bright and Burning yet, but once again I’ve heard rave reviews about it and I want to get to it as soon as humanly possible.
Q4: What book have you yet to read because it’s brand new?
A: Technically, I’m cheating a bit for this answer. The Ship of the Dead, the third book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan is one of my most anticipated releases of this year. It comes out on October 3rd and I want to get it as soon as possible. I know I’m going to drop everything else once it enters my life as it is going to be EPIC (Rick himself told me so)!
Q5: What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
A: I know I’m going to probably get a lot of gasps and maybe some hate for this, but I’m putting off City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, the sixth The Mortal Instruments book, because I just don’t like the series. I think that the third book was a satisfying conclusion and that events from the fourth book onward happened just to extend the series as it proved to be very popular. I’m beginning to hate even the characters I liked as I continue on with the series. I’ve heard that this one is setting up for Lady Midnight, so there are new characters introduced even in the concluding book, which I find very annoying. However, I know I’ll still force myself through this book just to know how the story ends.
Q6: What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?
A: I was planning to finish The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton this year. I’ve read the first three books a very long time ago. It is a beloved children’s mystery classic and I really want to revisit my childhood with this. But lately I’m on such a contemporary and fantasy kick that I just haven’t felt like picking up a good old mystery.
Q7: What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?
A: I’ve had The Collected Joe Abercrombie for a while now. I believe I started one of the stories but didn’t continue on with it. Since it is a collection, it is really huge and very intimidating because of its size. It is nowhere near the top of my TBR for this reason alone.
Q8: What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
A: For this I’ll go with Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan. It has a gorgeous cover and an intriguing enough premise, but a review from a book blogger I trust was quite scathing and now I’m afraid to pick it up at all.
Q9: What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
A: I’ve been saving this for the last because it fits this question perfectly. I’m referring to the one and only The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. For the newbies here, he is my favourite author of all time and I can’t express adequately how much I love The Lord of the Rings. That is one of the foremost reasons I’m putting it off, I think. I’m not sure if I’ll end up liking it just as much. I’ve also heard that the reading experience is a struggle because of all the names to keep track of. I was hoping to finish it in September instead of my usual re-read of LotR, but the month has already gone by, so I’m not sure when exactly I’ll finish this one.
Q10. Who do you tag?
A: Since no one tagged me and this has been around for more than a year, I’m not going to tag anyone in particular. However, if you feel like talking about your TBR and are looking for a fun way to do it, definitely consider doing the tag. If you find the questions interesting in general, just go for it!
Which book on your TBR has been around for the longest time? How do you keep track of all the books to be read? Let me know in the comments section below.