Welcome to my TBR Shame post. I’ve been trying to think of ways to fill the hole left by my decision to stop posting a Word of the Day, and I think I have found it. I’ve been going back and forth with the idea to have a page dedicated to my personal library, color coded to show new additions, special editions, books I’ve read, and books I’ve yet to read. On the one hand, this would make for a great page to sit on my blog; on the other hand, it would be a page just sitting on my blog – static.

Fortunately, a new post from a blog I just started following, Thrice Read, popped into my inbox with a spectacular subject: a TBR Shame book tag. Caitlynn at Thrice Read credits this book tag to another blog, The Book Nut (read their post here), which is basically a list of unread books, or books To Be Read. The “shame” part comes from the notion that if the book is on a shelf in your place of residence you “should” have read it. And if you haven’t? Shame! I feel this when I look at my bookshelves, and while it’s not a horrifying shame, it’s shame nonetheless. Anyway, I will be continuing this book tag thread with my own TBR list, although it is not as lengthy as the two previous bloggers’ lists (I am also including books I am currently reading, and have started reading and need to finish).

Here we go:

Bannister, Nonna The Secret Holocaust Diaries with Denise George & Carolyn Tomlin

Bowles, Paul The Sheltering Sky

Carson, Rachel The Sea Around Us

Collins, Kathleen Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Collins, Wilkie The Woman in White

Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe

Dunham, Lena Not That Kind of Girl

Faulkner, William The Unvanquished

Flynn, Gillian The Grownup

Fowler, Karen Joy The Jane Austen Book Club

Gaiman, Neil The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Goldman, William The Princess Bride

Hamid, Mohsin Exit West

Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter

Lee, Min Jin Pachinko

McCourt, Frank Angela’s Ashes

Moyes, Jojo Me Before You

Oates, Joyce Carol Them

Oates, Joyce Carol The Gravedigger’s Daughter

Rand, Ayn Night of January 16th

Reed, Ishmael Terrible Twos

Rogers, Morgan Callan Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea

Rooney, Kathleen Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Rushdie, Salman Midnight’s Children

Ryan, Tom Following Atticus

Steinem, Gloria My Life on the Road

Thackeray, William Vanity Fair

Vonnegut, Kurt Slaughterhouse-Five

Vreeland, Susan Clara and Mr. Tiffany

TBR: 29

I’m not putting a time limit on this reading challenge, because as I add to my shelves more and more books will be added to this list (and because I already have an in-progress reading challenge). Check back in for monthly updates, and share your most pressing TBR titles below. Happy reading!


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