Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR & I’ve Forgotten Why

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Lists and books, everything my heart desires.

Kia ora everyone,

According to this week’s Top Ten, thanks goes to Louise at Foxes & Fairy Tales for this prompt. It fits me perfectly and is calling to my To Be Read Pile on Goodreads. That uncontrollable and ever growing list. Gah! I’ve been adding books to my virtual shelves on Goodreads since New Years’ Day 2012. That first year I probably added 3-400 books (ridiculous, I know) and each year have been adding a solid 100 or so. Back then though I was reading 100 books in a year, so it seemed manageable. A mere ten years later, I’m only reading 50 a year (if I can manage that!) and now, I have a SOLID 1399 books on my Goodreads shelves. Help me!

So, as of right now, there are 858 books on my Want To Read shelf. Tomorrow, there will be at least 10 less. Thanks to this prompt. I need to do this on the regular, not just once every 8 years.

Without further ado, here are my Top Ten Books on my TBR & I’ve Forgotten Why?

Sister by Rosamund Lupton. I couldn’t even tell you what this book was about. It appears on my TBR pile after I added Afterwards by the same author (which I had eventually read). I couldn’t tell you what that book was about either… oh dear. Off the list it goes.

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot. I added this back in 2012. It’s about a young woman who can’t keep a secret and ends up in some sort of hot water with her boyfriend. It’s also the first in a series. But I was a solid Harry Potter, Twilight, Vampire Diaries reader back in 2011-2012. I’m not sure how this made it to my TBR quite frankly. It wasn’t my style. Maybe I was trying to branch out of the supernatural world? Either way, see ya later Queen of Babble.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Why I would add this to my list, I don’t have a clue! I was supposed to read this in High School for my 5th form exams, but I watched the movie instead (hoping it would be enough to get me a pass… I was wrong). Maybe because its short, I thought I could read it quickly now that I’m older and wiser? NUP! Delete.

How to Leave Twitter by Grace Dent. I’ve been a Tweeter for 11 years. Maybe I thought I was addicted to Twitter? I’m not aiming to get famous. It’s just somewhere to download, and communicate with the bookish community. This isn’t going to be a problem for me, ever. And just like that, its off the list.

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. It’s the autobiography of her time in prison, or something like that. Maybe this was added when the TV show came out. How long ago was that? Either way, I hardly watched the show, and I’m still not keen to read this, so off it goes.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins. I mean, apart from that super catchy title? I don’t think I was an outsider at school. This was added to my list in 2012, and I my nose was always in a book when I wasn’t working, maybe I thought I was a Geek. I was a Glee fan, was that around this time? Anyway, I don’t know why I added it. See ya later.

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler. Uh. I don’t know what I was thinking. This was 10 years ago. I was in my twenties. Maybe it was because she was a female comedian who swore? Who knows… She grinds my gears now. Good bye.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. This book has almost a 1000 pages. Why would I ever attempt to read this? It’s not really a book you read cover to cover… Maybe I was skimming the travel book section of the library and thought I found a book that covered it all. I want to travel more. That’s like a dream… but this book, its got to go.

MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche. I’m in my thirties now. I can’t even tell you what MWF stands for. Did I know ten years ago?

Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates. I feel like I’ve never heard of this book before. She’s not a NZ author, which is why sometimes I might add a book my TBR. The cover doesn’t interest me either.

This list is so refreshing. I feel like yes, there was probably a reason why I thought I needed to add these to my TBR, and giving them some sort of “time of day” in a post before I delete them, is doing that moment in time a solid. Does that make sense? Probably not, but you know what I mean, right? I’m gonna see if I can knock off another 10 books from my TBR list after I post this list. I need to make up for the fact I added 5 books yesterday…

Drowning under the TBR piles,

xoxo Shaz