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
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!