My TBR pile is enormous – help!

So, because I can’t resist buying books, my TBR (to-be-read) pile is getting rather large. I need help deciding what to read next!


Many of these books were found in charity shops or at bootsales for 50p (how can you NOT buy a 50p book?).

Some are from my days at WHSmith, where I worked on the book department. At Christmas, we used to do collections of books – sort of like a boxset but for books – and just after Christmas, when the 3 for 2 offer was on AND the sale was on, you used to be able to buy three box sets with up to five books in each for under £10. So that’s 15 books for less than a tenner. It was worth buying the boxsets even if there were only two books in each that you really wanted to read, hence why there are some still collecting dust on my bookshelf.

Some are from Read It Swap It, which was a brilliant idea until Royal Mail put its prices up and made it a little too pricey.

And finally, some of these books are recent purchases that I’m really keen to read but just haven’t got round to yet.

Here comes the problem: I can’t decide which one to read next… I mean, there are 23 books in this pile! Which would you recommend reading next? Are there any there that you think aren’t worth reading at all?

Just in case you can’t see the picture properly, here’s a list of all of the books in my TBR pile, plus a little explanation about why I haven’t read them yet.

  1. A Place Called Here – Cecelia Ahern. I think I got this one from Read It Swap It.
  2. The Gift – Cecelia Ahern. This one was my Mum’s. She gave it to me when she’d finished reading it.
  3. Thanks for the Memories – Cecelia Ahern. This one was a bootsale purchase. I have read Cecelia Ahern before (The Book Of Tomorrow) and I really enjoyed it, so I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t got round to reading the other three books of hers that I’ve got on my shelf.
  4. The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong. This one was half price in Hatchards (which, by the way, is the most amazing bookshop ever). I’ve read several Kelley Armstrong books including The Gathering (is this related to The Summoning? I’m a little confused.
  5. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo. I’ve heard good things about this book and the cover is gorgeous. This is a recent Waterstones purchase.
  6. Divine by Mistake – P.C. Cast. I’ve actually got all three of the books in this series. However, after reading a few of the House of Night books, I’m not sure I actually want to read them. Are they any good? I got them in a set for about £2.99 a few years back.
  7. Kissed by an Angel – Elizabeth Chandler. I got this from Read It Swap it. I’ve read Dark Secrets, another Elizabeth Chandler novel, but have yet to read Kissed by an Angel. I won’t lie, I think part of the reason is because it’s such a mammoth book!
  8. City of Glass – Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments series is massive right now, I know. But I just don’t seem to have the same love for it as everyone else does. I’ve read the first two but they were both hard to get through for me. I think it’ll take me a while to pluck up the energy to finish the third instalment.
  9. Blue Bloods – Melissa de la Cruz. I got this one from a bootsale. I don’t have any excuse for not reading it… I just haven’t.
  10. Little White Lies – Kate Dale. This is a recent purchase, and it’s signed!
  11. The Dark Divine – Bree Despain. This was a bootsale purchase. Again, no excuse for not reading this. It’s got a really nice cover, though.
  12. The Scorch Trials – James Dashner. I can’t wait to read this, actually. I’ve had it for ages, but I was going to let Ryan (my boyfriend) read it first as he loved The Maze Runner. However, he’s still not read it, so I think I’m going to steal it back off him soon.
  13. Room – Emma Donoghue. Oooh! An adult book! And, it’s not a romance! I know, it’s a shocker, but I got this from a bootsale after hearing lots of good things about it. It was in the charts for a long time while I was working at WHSmith so I couldn’t resist buying it for 50p.
  14. More Than This – Patrick Ness. I don’t know why this one is not in alphabetical order like the rest of the pile in the photo and therefore in this list! But anyway, I purchased this from the airport really recently and have actually read one chapter… but then I started reading Divergent to prepare for Allegiant and so I’ll need to start again!
  15. The Love Verb – Jane Green. A bootsale purchase. I like it because the girl on the front’s holding a camera…
  16. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green. This’ll be my third John Green book. I’ve got a signed copy coming this Christmas, which is quite exciting. It’s a recent Waterstones purchase that I just haven’t read yet.
  17. Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris. Second in the series that the True Blood TV show is based on. I’m borrowing this (and the rest of the series) from my aunt.
  18. Wool – Hugh Howey. This was a bootsale purchase that I’d been meaning to buy for a while. My uncle has read it, too, and he recommended it.
  19. The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove – Lauren Kate. This was a Read It Swap it book. I’ve read the first two books in the Fallen series and I love Lauren Kate’s writing style.
  20. Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella. I know I’ll love this. I’ve loved all of Sophie Kinsella’s other books (at least, the ones I’ve read). My Mum got me this one for my birthday, I think.
  21. Ketchup Clouds – Annabel Pitcher. A recent Waterstones purchase. The premise of this book is intriguing.
  22. The Demon’s Lexicon – Sarah Rees Brennan. So this was one of those boxset books. I think the cover is putting me off reading it a little.
  23. Strange Angels – Lili St. Crow. Phew, last one. It’s a Read It Swap it book. I’m not sure why I haven’t read it. My copy is teeny. I think it was a promo one that came free with a magazine.

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