We have one book that we both committed to finally reading this year: Jane Austen’s Persuasion. And because it’s a favorite of Eva’s, the three of us decided to host a little informal #persuasionreadalong in March. So, if you’d like to join us, download a copy (you can find it for free), head to the library, or check out your favorite bookstore. Throughout March, we’ll have a few posts between Gun In Act One and The Paperback Princess as we read/reread the story of Anne Elliot and Fredrick Wentworth.
And, speaking of TBR lists, Eva also tagged us to answer these TBR-tag questions. So, here goes:
1. How do you keep track of your TBR Pile?
Holly: Sometimes I add books I want to read to Goodreads. Sometimes I add them to my Amazon Wish List. Sometimes Amanda yells at me to read things and overrides both those lists.
Amanda: I add everything to Goodreads that I have the slightest interest in. That’s why my TBR list is out of control-but I kind of skim through to see what I’m in the mood for. I still have a paper list too which I add to Goodreads sometimes.
2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
Holly: I’m all about e-books.
Amanda: I think mostly e-books, but after ALA that might be a lie. I love my kindle but there is nothing like picking up a new hardcover for me. Its like a gift-even when I buy it for myself!
3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
Holly: There is a complicated algorithm that includes Amazon sales, library availability, lunar cycles, book length, attention span, and mood. Sometimes I surprise myself with what I pick next.
Amanda: Mood + date of publication for ARCs. Holly is clearly the more complicated sister.
4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?
Holly: Until recently, that was Little, Big, which was waiting on my bookshelf (in various locations) since 1996. Next up, maybe A Vindication of the Rights of Women. I’m pretty sure I’ve been meaning to read that since Mr. Nall’s class in high school.
Amanda: Per Goodreads, The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr has been languishing on my TBR since 2008. I’m sure there are a few I’m forgetting though!
5. A book you recently added to your TBR?
Amanda: Oh me too! But more recently, Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. Its from 2000 and is my April book club book.
6. A TBR on your list strictly because of it’s beautiful cover?
Holly: Not applicable. Oh, except maybe Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half.
Amanda: This took me forever! Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black. Pretty cover, doubt I’ll read it.
Holly: Ha! There’s a good chance that life will be too short for me to get around to Infinite Jest.
Amanda: This is a tough one! The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. I started it once and basically hated it. I think I’m deleting it off my shelf now.
8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?
Holly: The Winds of Winter. Light it up, George!
9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?
Holly: Hmmm – Eleanor & Park. The Interestings. Unbroken.
Amanda: The Glass Castle. Wild. Cinder-and the rest of the Lunar Chronicles.
10. A book on your TBR list that everyone recommends to you?
Holly: Well, not directly, but everyone and their brother was recommending Station Eleven on their best-of-2014 lists.
Amanda: Strongest recommendation I’ve had recently has been for All the Rage by Courtney Summers which I’m about to start. Not going to lie, I’m a little scared. I did just get Station Eleven at the library though. Maybe I can start pushing that on Holly too.
11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
Holly: Persuasion, obviously. Starting soon!
Amanda: How long do you have? Currently I’m debating whether to start Re Jane or The Wrath and the Dawn. Though the second I get the Ruby Circle from the library everything else in life will be ignored.
12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
Holly: Currently, 203. I think I could probably delete some that I’m not that interested in, but that’s a project for another day.
Amanda: Don’t judge. 1573. DON’T JUDGE!! I just deleted 2 off the list while writing this post.
Thanks Eva for tagging us! If you want to play along consider yourself tagged and share your link with us!