Reassessing my Top TBR list

Happy Friday, friends and foe! Today I thought I would talk a bit about my Top To-Read, or Top TBR, list on Goodreads. I’ve talked a bit about it here, but essentially it’s a list I made on Goodreads for books I want to get to soon. This list started as a combination of books I’ve had on my TBR for too long, hyped books I want to get to, and mood-read books to remember. I was thinking about it lately, and how I almost never end up reading the books on it.

So, I thought for today, it would be kind of fun to go through the old posts I have about this list, see which books I still haven’t read and which I have read, and determine what to do with the remaining books.

All the books I’ve ever mentioned on my Top TBR list

Have read

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (4 stars): I read this last year and really enjoyed it! I thought it was a really solid classic and really interesting.
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (4 stars): I just finished this within the past couple of months and really enjoyed it! It took me about three years to read, but I’m very glad I did.
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (5 stars): I read this last year as well, and loved it! It was a very me book in a lot of ways. Definitely recommend.
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen (4 stars): I thought this was really interesting and well-researched, but almost too well-researched. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re interested in it.
  • The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl (3 stars): I thought this was good, but it was not what I was expecting, which is my fault. It ended up having a really solid ending that I really enjoyed.
  • The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (4 stars): I loved this book! I think it’s one of my favourites that I read last year, and I definitely recommend it.
  • Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (5 stars): I adored this book, and Lisa See has become one of my favourite authors.
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman (4 stars): this was amazing? I was so glad when I finally read this book because it was everything I wanted when I read it.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (3.5 stars): this book is one of my problematic faves because I recognize how shitty it is, but I still enjoy it.
  • Between You and Me by Lisa Hall (2.5 stars): I think this book is better than my rating suggests. I just don’t like this type of domestic thriller. But, this one was really solid and smart.
  • The Lost Girls by Heather Young (4 stars): I also loved this book! This is the type of thriller I like, and I highly recommend this one.
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (4 stars): I read this last year and loved it! It was so entertaining and easy to read.
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (3 stars): I enjoyed this book, but didn’t love it as much as I was expecting to. It was good, but not for me.
  • The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (3.5 stars): so glad I finally read this middle grade. It was really solid, and I would have loved it if I was in middle school.
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (5 stars): this book was amazing and I will absolutely be reading more by Ishiguro.
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (4.5 stars): I loved this book as well. It was so good and super interesting.

Have not read

  • Night by Elie Wiesel: I own this book and definitely want to read it soon, but it’s also not a priority at the moment, you know?
  • Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I have no idea what this book is about.
  • Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah: this book still sounds super interesting, but I also don’t know if I want it to be a priority.
  • Keep Sweet by Michele Domínguez Green: on the one hand, this book is about a cult, which I’m super interested in. On the other hand, I’m not sure whether the plot specifically is something I’m interested in.
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed: I’m like 99% sure I want to read this book, but I also haven’t reached for it yet. So idk what that says.
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: I really want to read this book, but my library doesn’t have it and I always forget about it when considering which books to buy. Maybe I’ll buy it on Kindle.
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf: this is a classic I want to read at some point. I’m not sure why I added it to this list, though.
  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh: I own this female-centric dystopian, and am really excited to read it. Will probably read it soon, honestly.
  • Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon: I own this as well, and it’s on my 2020 TBR, so I’ll probably read it soon!
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin: I’m pretty sure the audiobook for this is on Spotify, so it’ll probably be my “I’m waiting for other audiobooks” audiobook lmao
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: I just don’t know if I’m in the headspace for this book, honestly. But everyone and their mom seems to love it, so I definitely want to read it at some point.
  • Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore: I also own this one! I recently bought it, and it’s on my 2020 TBR, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.
  • The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill: this has been on almost every single TBR I’ve ever made, including my 2020 TBR. But! I’m determined to read it soon.
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: ditto with this one. I think I might bring it to school with me and read it in the fall.
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: I really want to read this sequel asap!!!! I started it last year and didn’t get all that far into it.

So I’ve read about half, and still need to read half. Of those I still need to read, I own seven of them and have four of them on my 2020 TBR.

Okay team, this is the plan. I’m going to go through the books I haven’t read yet. I’m going to use Sarah’s criteria that to stay on my TBR, I would have to want to add it today. Books I’m not interested in anymore will go to my “read soon or remove” list. To stay on my Top TBR, it has to be one I want to read soon and can see myself reading soon.

Added to “read soon or remove”

  • Keep Sweet by Michele Domínguez Green
  • Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Removed from Top TBR

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah

Still on Top TBR

  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
  • Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore
  • The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  • Night by Elie Wiesel

I also added Tin Man by Sarah Winman because I keep hearing amazing things but forgetting about that book. So I now have ten books on my Top TBR list, which I think is a good list. Hopefully I’ll read the four on my 2020 TBR soon!

I considered adding the books I have on hold from the library to this list, and decided that it would confuse me. So instead, I made a “on hold from the library” list, so that I can keep track of the books I put on hold.

So, there is an update of my Top TBR list! Hopefully this wasn’t too boring of a post. What books are on your Top TBR? Have you read any of these? Which of these should I read soon? Let me know!

Ally xx


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8 thoughts on “Reassessing my Top TBR list

  1. Thanks for the reminder. I need to revisit my Top TBR, too. I had decided on my 2020 Top TBR books in 2019, and then the pandemic hit and my reading mood completely shifted. I had intended to read some challenging books this year… and now all I feel like reading are lighthearted, happy / hopeful books.

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