Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR.
I have to admit, this topic doesn’t work very well for me, given the ways I use my TBR lists and piles.
I add new books to my Goodreads “to-read” list all the time. The order in which I add them has nothing to do with how much I want to read them, how recent they are, or when I plan to read them. I add books to the list as I discover them — older titles mixed in with books that aren’t out yet, books I’ve requested as ARCs but not been approved for yet, books I heard about on another blog or from a friend, books discovered by searching for what’s next from authors I like. There are currently 761 books on my GR to-read list, and 863 more that I’ve migrated to my “someday” list, so you can see that it doesn’t really reflect what I’m planning to read in the next few weeks. (For that, I renumber the books so that the ones I need or want to read immediately are numbers 1-20 or so.)
On the other hand, if I limit this topic to only books I recently acquired — in other words, they’re in my physical or digital TBR piles — the results are skewed by the boxful of books I brought home from October’s library book sale. It includes about 15 or 20 cozy mysteries, all of which I’d like to get around to eventually, but none of which are high on my want-to-read list at the moment. Any list based on recent acquisitions would also be skewed by all the Kindle bargain books I buy, but don’t plan to read anytime soon.
So I decided to put together modified versions of both lists. Neither goes further back than September 1. I’ve left out any titles that I’ve migrated into “someday,” even if I own the book, so none of those cozies I bought at the library are on the Recently Acquired list, and few of the Kindle bargains. Recently Acquired are books I got within the last two months and will probably read within the next two months. Recently Added to Goodreads are books I added within the last two months, and really want to read whenever I can get my hands on them.
(on my TBR pile, either virtual or physical; hope to read it soon)
ARC = I have an advance review copy Bought = I own a copy Library = borrowed from the library Ordered = I’ve ordered it but don’t have it yet
- Untimely Death (bought)
- Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie (library)
- Closed Casket (library)
- Bell, Book, and Candlemas (ARC)
- Tempest (ARC)
- The Inheritance (ARC) (was on TBR pile when I prepared this post, but I’m reading it now)
- The Wind Off the Small Isles (ordered)
- The Trouble With Mirrors (ARC)
- Dangling By a Thread (ARC)
- Death and the Gravedigger’s Angel (ARC)
Recently Added to Goodreads
(on my to-read list; want to read once I get my hands on it)
NYR = Not yet released
- Someone to Hold (NYR; preordered)
- Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse (NYR)
- Rose Blood (NYR)
- Four Weddings and a Sixpence (NYR)
- The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart (NYR)
- Hospitality and Homicide (NYR)
- Fatality by Firelight (NYR)
- A Shadow Bright and Burning
- The Case of the Curious Cook (NYR) (no cover yet)
- The Reader