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TTT: Wait, Why Are You on my TBR?

Hey guys! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is to talk about books that are on our TBR list, but we can’t remember why.

I don’t really have a set TBR list, so to speak. I do to an extent, but usually it’s just anything I get around to reading. A lot of books I end up with is because they were extremely cheap or because I was in the library and randomly picked it up (often for its cover). I don’t really keep much of a TBR list for books I don’t own, as strange as that might sound. As far as books I physically own, basically anything unread is a part of my TBR.

So in regard to this week’s TTT: I don’t exactly know why the mass majority of books I own are on my TBR. They just ended up there, I guess? Because impulsive book buying is a thing. At least, it used to be. So I’m gonna skew the topic just a bit. Instead of books I’ve added to my TBR and forgotten why, I’m going to be doing:

Books that I am not entirely sure why are on my TBR. Which is sort of the same thing?

  1. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White – I have not read any of Kiersten White’s books. I’ve no idea where this book even came from, but I’m pretty sure I’ve had it for at least five or more years. I don’t really read paranormal or romance, so this isn’t a book I should have ever picked up…
  2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – Okay, so this book was at a library sale. But quite frankly, I have no idea what it’s even about. I had just finished reading the Darkest Minds series prior to the sale, so I recognized the author. I own it now though, so it’s on my TBR, and I don’t really have a reason.
  3. I, Freddy by Dietlof Reiche – I don’t even have anything to say about this book. I own three in the series, and I’m pretty sure I got them in like elementary school and I never touched them. I know nothing about these books, or why I own them.
  4. Lucid by Adriene Stoltz and Ron Bass – Okay, I won’t lie. I got this book only because it was purple. And I love the color purple. I’ve never actually thought about reading it.
  5. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud – What are these books even about? I only own one of them, but the entire trilogy is actually on my TBR. They gave off a weird fantasy vibe, which I think is why I wanted to read them?
  6. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – So. People who follow me probably know my extreme dislike for Everything, Everything. I was annoyed at having bought the book only to not like it at all. (I did keep it though because it has a lovely cover, so I got over it pretty quickly.) I had major problems with both the romance and Maddy. However, I did quite like Yoon’s style of writing. So I’ve been trying to find this book at the library. Which hasn’t yet happened. And I realize, as it is also a romance, I probably won’t like it either. But I do want to give it a try.
  7. Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore – I own Fire. Which is rather ironic because I bought the book randomly one day because it sounded great and I had no idea it was a series. I didn’t read it, but fast forward like a year and our high school book club read Graceling. I don’t even think I made it ten pages in. I just couldn’t. The thing is, it wasn’t until a year after that I realized I even owned Fire. And that was how I discovered Fire was not a standalone. So yeah, this series is pretty much on my TBR because I own Fire. But I don’t actually want to read Graceling.
  8. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson – So anyone who knows this book knows it’s the second one, right? Yeah, I just found that out this week while looking through my Goodreads TBR. I think that’s a pretty good explanation of why it’s on this list. I don’t even remember ever having seen it before, so why it was even on there, I have no idea.
  9. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – I think this was a book my librarian recommended but I don’t remember.
  10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – I think this was another library sale book, from the same time I bought Passenger. I don’t even know why I bought it because I very much disliked the Divergent series, and the writing itself of it wasn’t all that great to me either, so there’s a good possibility I won’t like Carve the Mark. But I have it now, so mine as well read it.

So there you have it. 10 books that are on my TBR list even though I’m not entirely sure why. As far as reading goes, I’ll probably end up reading most of these. Probably. Eventually. Maybe not the Freddy books or Dance of Thieves, but the rest of them at least.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these, and if you did, what did you think about them? As always, feel free to link your TTT list in the comments!

11 thoughts on “TTT: Wait, Why Are You on my TBR?

  1. My TBR list is quite similar to yours in that it’s also pretty permeable depending on what I find on sale or through my library’s list of ebooks.

    My TTT .

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  2. I’ve only read Wintergirls, but I loved it! It’s a powerful one. The Sun is Also a Star is on my shelf waiting to be read, but I’ve heard great things!

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    1. Definitely! My library sales are so far and few in between that I end up just buying books I recognize instead of books I actually know I want to read. I’ve found some good ones that way too though!


  3. Cheap books are my downfall too. 2020 apparently took it upon itself to cure me of that habit my blocking my access to them, but even as I read down my physical TBR, I’m dreaming of library sales…

    From your list I’ve only read Wintergirls, which was pretty good as far as including anorexia without being a Lesson Book about treatment, if that makes sense, though I didn’t care for some of the formatting.

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    1. They’re so hard to resist! And yes, I completely agree! I’ve had to rely on my physical books the last few months and it’s so strange! Though our library sale was supposed to be in April and got cancelled with no definite reschedule date, so I have no idea when I’ll see a library sale again.

      I’m hearing good things of Wintergirls! I’ll have to move it up on my TBR. Hopefully the content will be enough to help me overlook formatting or other things!


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