Weekend rearranging: TBR Shelf

Coming home from Portland showed me one thing…I’ve been hitting the bookstores a little heavy lately so now I have too many books for my TBR shelves. I could temporarily move some into the office with the read books, but instead I’m going to try to put a little bit of a print book purchase ban on myself until I can fit all of them on the shelves. That of course means a bit of a re organization. I pulled my ARCs of the shelf. I’ve never really liked them buddying up with the finished product. They tend to be forgotten.

I also took a look at my sooner rather than later TBR shelf. Right now I’ve been focusing in on my feminist books and I’m not abandoning that. So I pulled a few of the fiction books off the shelf and swapped them out for a few of what I think will be “easy” reads. So no Murakami or the classics. Whether this will ring true or not, I will let you know. I still have a stack of books on the floor in front of the cases so I have a lot of reading to do.

My kids leave in about three weeks to go to their grandparents for three weeks. I imagine I’m going to get a ton of reading done. I’m pretty excited to get some uninterrupted reading…which I’ll probably squander on watching every Buffy episode on Netflix or napping.


Some books that are on the immediate TBR shelf:

  • Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
  • Lexicon by Max Barry
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd Monk
  • A Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugene Kim
  • The Henna House by Nomi Eve
  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McCain

Anyone else have to ground themselves from buying books? Any rules about when you can buy books? A friend of mine says she buys a book for every two that she reads which is a pretty solid way of doing things.

April’s TBR bookshelf

Every month I decided to pick out the print books I want to get to sooner rather than later. Sometimes there’s a theme. April is a free for all.

April’s TBR

  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
  • Kindred – Octavia Butler
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • In Real Life – Cory Doctorow
  • Henna House– Nomi Eve
  • Trigger Warning -Neil Gaiman
  • The first Bad Man – Miranda July
  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  • The History of Love – Nicole Krauss
  • We Are Called to Rise – Lauren McBride
  • Becoming Madame Mao – Anchee Min
  • Sacré Bleu – Christopher Moore
  • Island of a Thousand Mirrors – Nayomi  Munaweera
  • The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
  • Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill
  • The Quick – Lauren Owen
  • The Geek’s Guide to Dating – Eric Smith
  • A Hundred Secret Senses – Amy Tan
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Of course this doesn’t count comics, ebooks, or audiobooks I might want to get to. Because that ALWAYS happens.

What books are you hoping to read this month?