Annie’s Actual TBR Pile

There’s nothing I love more than organization, so I thought I’d share a little slice of my book organization by talking about my actual TBR pile.

Since I rarely purchase books I’ve already read, I have a lot of hard copies that I still have yet to conquer.  Being the organizational freak that I am, I devised a way to separate the books I have and haven’t read by taking the books in the latter category and dumping them in a pile on my bedside table.

What started out as a pile with only a few books has grew to roughly 25 books in total, so the whole pile thing wasn’t working.  I recently rearranged them so they were alphabetized (because I’m an organizational freak) and fit on my table.  Not going to lie, there’s a ton of books on this list and I’m not quite sure how they all fit onto my tiny bedside table, but I’m not questioning it.

Here is a list of my actual TBR pile:

1. 11/22/63 by Stephen KingI received this book as a birthday present with the intention that, after reading, I would watch the Hulu series.  No such luck yet, but I’m fifty pages in.  Only, like, 800 to go!

2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: What kind of thriller writer would I be if I didn’t acquaint myself with the greats.

3. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender: I bought this book years ago and got about two pages in before deciding that I didn’t like the narrator’s voice.  She was too simplistic, too whiny.  However, I’d hate to waste a perfectly good book.  I’ve been meaning to give it another read.

4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver:really want to watch this movie and I feel like this book is going to be kind of like If I Stay by Gayle Foreman, so I’m pretty pumped to crack this one open.

5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I got about halfway through this book before I stopped reading it, but I’m not sure why I stopped in the first place.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, but life probably got in the way.  Regardless, I’ll get back to it someday.

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I’ve had the same experience here as I did with The Bell Jar.

7. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer: I recently purchased this book after realizing that I never finished out the series, but I’m planning to reread all the books and walk down middle school memory lane first.  Stay tuned–it might take a while.

8. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer: I’ve seen this book everywhere and a friend recently recommended it to me.  It’s also about spies (I think), so you know I’m game.

9. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare: I read the first book in this series a few years ago and haven’t gotten around to finishing it.  I’ll get there, though.

10. Crossed by Ally Condie: God, what is it with me and all these unfinished series?  I suck.

11. The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin: Here we go again!  Annie starts a series and doesn’t finish it.  What else is new?  I don’t even have an excuse here because I own all the books.  As I said earlier, I suck.

12. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen: This book looks so endearing and appears to be a quick read, so I imagine I’ll read it relatively soon.

13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: I’ve been waiting for just the right time to read this book.  I’ll probably pick it up around Halloween when I need a good scare.

14. I Was Here by Gayle Forman: This book was in the bargain bin at BJ’s and I love Gayle Foreman, so I had to buy it.

15. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham: Lena Dunham is so freaking funny and I can’t wait to read her collection of essays.

16. On Writing by Stephen King: I read the biographical part of this book but didn’t make it much further than that, so I’ll get back to it soon and finish it up.

17. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver: I just reread Delirium and can’t wait to read the second book in this series!

18. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han: I’m hoping that this book with have all the same charm and quirk as the book before it.

19. Room by Emma Donoghue: Like with The Girl on the Train, I need to be in the right headspace to read a book of this magnitude.

20. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham: I’m a Gilmore Girls junkie and suspect that this book will have the same humor and sharpness as Lorelai herself.

21. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt: This was a cover buy.  There’s nothing else to say here.

22. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith:  You can read about the circumstances that lead me to this book in my post, Musings on an Old Bookstore in Annapolis.

23. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach: I watched the movie trailer for Tulip Fever and purchased the book right away.  It may not be a princess story (which you know I love), but it’s close enough and I’m pumped.

24. Where She Went by Gayle Forman: I read the first book in this series, If I Stay, many moons ago and still think of it as one of my favorite books ever.

25. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple: Again, a cover buy.


What books are in your literal TBR pile?  Of these, which ones should I pick up next?

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39 thoughts on “Annie’s Actual TBR Pile

  1. On Writing, such a great book! The Book Thief is one I think I need to add to my list. So many bloggers have raved about it. I saw the movie though so I’m wondering if I ruined the book by not reading it first.

      1. I usually agree with you–though, I have held off on watching the movie because I haven’t read the book yet. I am quite excited for both!

  2. Wow, it must have taken forever to write up this list! It is a great list, though, and I’ve added a couple of the books to my own tbr list. Thanks for the inspiration! πŸ˜‰

    I’ve heard good things about The Book Thief, and it’s been in my own tbr pile for like a billion years. I might move it to the top, so I finally know what everyone is talking about!

  3. Great post! “City of Bones” is one of our all-time favorite books, so we hope you enjoy reading it once you get around to it! And Stephen King’s “On Writing” is a great read for those looking to better their writing! We highly recommend it to all writers!

  4. I really need to pick up Before I Fall… I like the comparison to If I Stay and I really liked that one so I’m thinking I’ll probably enjoy Before I Fall.
    The Book Thief is heartbreaking but amazing! I’ve read it twice now and seen the movie (twice I think…) and I love both! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

      1. Oh I’m apprehensive about that movie just because they got Hercule Poirot’s (the detective) casting terribly terribly wrong. But I might still watch it. It’s a good book.

      1. Thank you a lot, Annie. I am getting ready for writing some more. It really makes a big difference to feel welcomed into the blogosphere.

      2. So glad you feel welcomed! When I first started up, all I wanted was to feel at home and I definitely had that experience. Happy writing!!

      1. Yes!! The way Harper Lee writes is beautiful and it’s certainly a page turner. I would also recommend Ketchup Clouds and I’ll Give You The Sun.