As a blogger, I feel like I spend most of my time saying “I should read that book.”
Every time I read a book review or book recommendations post, I leave a comment talking about how much I want to read whatever books were talked about in the post and my TBR gets larger and larger.
Even though I’m stuck in a perpetual state of “too many books, too little time,” I wouldn’t have it any other way. Hearing about new books and deciding I want to read them is one of my favorite parts about blogging! It’s enhanced my reading experiences so much. All that to say, though, it makes for a hefty TBR.
When the lovely and kind Elizabeth from Red Gal Musings (please go check out her amazing blog if you haven’t already! it’s one of my favorites) tagged me for the I Should Read That Book Tag, I was so excited because this gives me a chance to talk about a lot of the books on my TBR. I just really love rambling about books.
Maybe doing this post will inspire me to clean out my TBR a little?
It’s scary. I definitely hope it reminds me of some of the great books out there that I still haven’t gotten around to!
Without further ado, onto the tag.
- Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post (thank you so much, Elizabeth! Go read her post!)
- Link to the creator’s blog in your post
- Answer the questions below
- Tag 10 others to take part in the tag (I’ll do that at the end)
- Enjoy the tag!
A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
I could put basically any book on my TBR here, since most of the books there are from blog recommendations (thank you, fellow bloggers), but one that quickly came to mind was The Foxhole Court, continuously recommended to me by the wonderful Malanie.
She mentions it a lot in her posts, and every time I read one of her posts, I remember to look for this book in the library next time I go! I aspire to reach her level of passion, and at this point, I associate this book with Malanie.
Not to mention, I am genuinely interested in reading this book (as well as the rest of the series) and I’m hyped for it to *finally* be checked in at the library so I can witness Neil Josten in the flesh.
A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t read it
Flashback to when this book was all the rage- yes, I still haven’t read Divergent. At this point, do I even still read it? It used to be such a popular book back in the day. I remember everyone at school talking about it, even if they weren’t people who typically read books.
I’ve had this on my TBR since before I even had a TBR, and yet I’ve still never actually checked it out from the library. Part of me thinks this is because it’s never checked in, but the other part of me knows that I’m probably never going to end up reading this anyway. Still, I kind of do want to see what the hype was all about, because if there ever was a hyped book, this is it
A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing
The only occurrences of this I can think of are with a middle grade series I started back in middle school, and that I don’t have an interest in finishing anymore (did anyone else read the Septmius Heap series?) so I’m going to cheat a little and use The Boy Who Steals Houses for this one.
It’s not part of a series, but I’m using it here because I’ve read C.G. Drew’s debut novel, A Thousand Perfect Notes, but I haven’t gotten around to this one yet and it’s high on my TBR. I need to order it online soon! I’ve heard it has great family and sibling dynamics, and also glitter, so it sounds right up my alley.
I also loved the writing style of ATPN and I’ve already read it twice in the past year, so I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be enjoying TBWSH.
A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but have never actually read
I honestly find it so sad that I haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s such a popular book and I feel like everyone in the world has read this besides me! I don’t think I can keep calling myself a bookworm if I don’t read this book soon, it’s just so well-known, well-loved, and has been on my TBR for ages.
The story behind me somehow not ever reading this book, which is The Most Popular High School Required Reading Book™, is that I’m in a program at school called humanities. It’s English and history mixed, and it’s a two-year program for freshmen and sophomores.
Freshmen year, while everyone in the regular English classes read this book, we were doing the first half of world history, so we read Shakespeare since it correlated with the history material. Sophomore year, while the freshmen in the program read TKAM (since we had just learned about the 1900s and it was relevant to the history), we were preparing for the history AP exam and didn’t read the book.
Somehow, no one ever realized this gap and therefore there’s a small group of kids at my school, including me, that have never read To Kill a Mockingbird. All of that to say- I really should read this book!
A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
This has to be What If It’s Us. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since this book came out, and I still haven’t read it! This isn’t entirely my fault (I check for it every time I go to the library and it’s always checked out), but it still makes me sad. I was so hyped for this book and still am, so here’s to hoping to gets checked back in soon!
I’ve enjoyed books by both Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli in the past, so I have high hopes for this. I’ve also heard it has Hamilton references and lots of cute moments. 😉
A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but just haven’t picked up yet
I’m actually not sure whether this book inspired the film or was inspired by the film, but either way, I’m going to say Five Feet Apart. I saw Five Feet Apart in theaters months ago when it came out, and I loved it. Not to turn into a movie reviewer, but it was everything I could hope for in a movie- I adored the characters, I laughed, I cried, my heart broke, and the ending was perfect.
I’m sure this book is in popular demand at the library and bookstores right now since the movie was so successful, but I think one of my friends has it, so hopefully I’ll be able to borrow and read it soon. Rereading it might inspire me to rewatch the movie, because it was just that good!
A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
To be completely honest, the one book that sticks out in my mind as being all over Instagram is Red, White, & Royal Blue…but I’ve already read it, so I can’t use it for this prompt. Another book that I have seen pretty frequently (unless I’m accidentally making this up) is Spin the Dawn!
This book was released fairly recently and I’ve seen a lot of promo for it on Instagram and a lot of positive reviews around the blogosphere, too. I don’t think it will be in my library for a while, but the premise looks amazing and I’m not-so-patiently anticipating getting to read this!
Writing this post really helped me take a look at my TBR and actually remember all the books I’ve put on it over the past years. Some of the books I mentioned here have been on my list from the very beginning (like, literal YEARS) and others have only been on it for a matter of weeks. However, I want to read them all!
terrifying sad truth is that I could do this tag ten times over, mention different books every time, and still have books to spare on my TBR. But you know what, it’s okay! For me, part of being my bookworm self is having an excessive amount of books I want to read.
I’m going to tag ten bloggers to do this, as the rules instruct, but if I don’t tag you, please feel free to do this anyway! And for those that I do tag, there is absolutely zero pressure to participate in this tag.😊
I hope you’re having a great week, and good luck crushing your TBR!✨
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Do you also have a large TBR? Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? I’d love to talk with you in the comments.