TBR Tuesday – 28 July 15

28 Jul

TBR Tuesday

Let’s talk about Forgotten Books (or books that have been designated as lost on Mt TBR). I’m a bit behind in my reading this week and don’t have a TBR book to post about, so I thought I would take a moment to write about the plight of forgotten books – these books just want to be loved, the same as all books. I mean, these sweet, innocent books, who through no fault of their own, ended up lost on someones pile, feeling neglected and unloved. (Ok, I write that partly in jest, but i’m sure if books had feelings they would probably say something like that).

When I look at books that I have read recently that fall within my TBR challenge, they fit into one of several categories:

1. Book was a freebie/cheapie – I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for a good deal when it comes to books (I’d probably go broke if I had to pay for all of the books I read each year). So when I see books by authors I like (or sound intriguing) that are on sale/free, then I normally one click them. I will admit that over the last year, I’ve gotten a bit pickier about the ones I have actually gotten, compared to early years of kindle ownership – but I still manage to get more books that I would probably read in a life time. These books normally languish in the pile until I get bored and start rooting through them; or I start to catalogue my purchases on Goodreads (and mentally go, why the heck did I buy that?) or when I need to book that fits a random reading challenge and one of those books randomly happens to fit.

2. Bulk Purchase of an Author – when I find a new author I love, I have a bad habit of bulk buying their books – often times, it will be their entire backlist. This could be especially exacerbated if there is a sale featuring books in a series (I managed to pick up the entire In Death series by JD Robb in audiobook a few years ago for about 1/3 the cost it would take the buy each one separately). Unfortunately, I then read several books by said author and find myself getting burnt out – so I put them aside and forget about them – until things like the Forgotten Book Challenge come along.

3. Books Given as Gifts – I always feel guilty when I get books as gifts – not because i don’t love them or appreciate them – but sometimes I’m just not in the mood for a certain book; or it just doesn’t work for me – so the book(s) get placed on the TBR pile and hopefully will get moved off in the future – but you just never know…

I’m sure there are probably other ways that books end up on Mt TBR, but these are the most popular ones for me. What about you – how do books end up on your TBR or are you a read as soon as purchase kind of person (if you are, i might hate you slightly!)


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4 responses to “TBR Tuesday – 28 July 15

  1. Lance

    July 28, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I am just like you for #1 – any free book that looks halfway interesting ends up on my Amazon or B&N cloud then just sits there. I don’t do #2, and #3 is something I try desparately to avoid. If the gift is from an author and I don’t get to it right away, I feel guilty, especially if I get an email asking if I checked out his or her book yet. And frankly, that is how the free/cheap purchases end up on TBR – because I am trying so hard to get to the gifted copies, I avoid the ones that weren’t gifts for awhile.

    Another problem I have is when I get an ARC when I am working on two or three others at that time and the publication date is close. Then when it’s already been out, I will fall into the thinking that “oh, well, I missed the deadline, so no harm in waiting some more…” Yikes!

    And one more problem I have – library check-outs that I added to the TBR list, then I don’t get to them before I have to return them to the library, and I can’t renew because others are waiting. Then the book stays on the TBR even though I don’t have a copy and don’t think about it since there are plenty of others.

    But honestly – I LOVE having this problem – never a lack of good stuff to read.

    • Dee

      July 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      i should probably add overabundance of ARC’s to the issue – i can’t seem to say no (most of the time)…

  2. Chris Almeida

    July 28, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    #1 was the trigger to the #ForgottenBookChallenge.
    In 2012, we published Countermeasure and put it on Amazon’s select program which gave us 5 days we could set the book for free. We did and over 30,000 copies were downloaded in 2 days. We thought that would generate some interest, but then nothing happened.
    A year later, I saw a comment about a book that peeked my interest. When I visited the book’s page on Amazon, it had that bar at the top showing we had purchased the book a year earlier, around the same time Countermeasure had been on sale. I read the book and kicked myself for not having done it earlier.
    The fact the book had been buried in our TBR pile for so long made think of Countermeasure sitting in TBR piles exactly the same way. And then I realized the issue was much bigger than a couple of lost titles. Books were falling into a TBR black hole. Many great books are sharing that space in the shadows.
    That’s when we decided to start the challenge and bring more of those titles back into the light.
    We love knowing the challenge is reaching more readers and more are taking the time to look through their long lists for books they forgot they had.
    We hope that each reader who takes the challenge finds at least one title they will enjoy thoroughly.
    Thank you for taking the challenge to heart and spreading the word. 🙂

    • Dee

      July 28, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      my pleasure – i did the same thing – an author promo’ing another author on her page, so I clicked the book link…yeah, I had bought it over a year before…


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