My (Updated) TBR List

I have a problem. And that problem is that I keep buying books. I can’t help myself! I love books! I love supporting authors! I love looking at all their beautiful covers on my shelves! They bring me joy!

Okay, maybe that isn’t really a problem. But what is an issue is the fact that it takes me forever to even read most of the books I buy. Most of my shelves at this point consist of unread books. I can tell you for certain that I wouldn’t have hundreds of books if I’d actually read all of these already, because if I don’t absolutely love a book and either a) plan to reread it, b) loan it out to all of my friends because I think they should read it too, or c) am just so obsessed with the cover that I absolutely cannot part with it, I don’t keep books.

Every year, I buy a lot of books. But I also donate a lot of books. My local librarians undoubtedly let out a groan every time they see me hauling bags upon bags of books inside. Plus, more recently, I’ve started giving away boxes of books to people who follow me on my various social media. I’m extremely privileged because I can afford to buy all of these books, but it’s not the same for everyone. And if I can give people the ability to discover new (to them) traditionally published books, I absolutely will.

It seems like one of my lingering “new year, new me!” goals is to make a dent in my physical TBR pile, one that just keeps growing and growing and growing. In 2019 I made a list of all the unread books in my house, and let me tell you… a lot of those books still haven’t been read. You’ll probably see a majority of them on this list. Whoops.

Anyway, if you want to know what’s in my physical TBR pile, read on!

a few books from one of my many TBR shelves!

organized by title (mostly) A-Z…
except for the last 19 because I missed a whole shelf of books when I was originally making this list!!

1. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

2. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

3. A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi

4. A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

5. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

6. A Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

7. All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

8. All the Rage by Courtney Summers

9. Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes

10. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

11. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

12. Bite Me! by Melissa Francis

13. Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier

14. Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

15. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

16. Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

17. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

18. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

19. Enchantee by Gita Trelease

20. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

21. Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen

22. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

23. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

24. Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

25. Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

26. Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

27. Heist Society by Ally Carter

28. How to Love by Katie Cotugno

29. How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith

30. If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegmund-Broka

31. Internet Famous by Danika Stone

32. K-Pop Confidential by Stephan Lee

33. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

34. Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

35. Lexicon by Max Barry

36. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

37. Map of Fates by Maggie Hall

38. Match Me if You Can by Tiana Smith

39. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

40. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

41. Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

42. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

43. Poison by Galt Niederhoffer

44. Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

45. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

46. Run Away With Me by Mila Gray

47. Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson

48. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

49. Secrets, Lies, and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan

50. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

51. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

52. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

53. Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

54. Stay With Me by Mila Gray

55. Strange Girl by Christopher Pike

56. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

57. Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare

58. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

59. The Adults by Alison Espach

60. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

61. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

62. The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

63. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

64. The Dinner by Herman Koch

65. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

66. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

67. The Graces by Laure Eve

68. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

69. The Merciless I & II by Danielle Vega

70. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

71. The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward

72. The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

73. The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate by Sandy Hall

74. The Summer I Turned Pretty Series by Jenny Han

75. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

76. The Unexpected Spy by Tracy Walder

77. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

78. The Wicked King by Holly Black

79. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

80. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

81. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

82. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

83. Thorn by Intisar Khanani

84. Throne of Glass by SJ Maas

85. Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutts

86. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

87. Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker

88. You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

89. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lyn Solomon

90. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

91. 9 Days & 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno

92. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

93. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

94. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

95. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

96. To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

97. The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

98. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

99. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

100. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

101. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

102. The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

103. The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

104. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

105. Freshman by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

106. When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

107. If Only You Knew by Prerna Pickett

108. Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff

109. Little Black Dress, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

110. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

111. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler


Okay, whew! That’s a lot of books! But I will admit… these aren’t all of the unread books in my house, they’re just the ones that were the most easily accessible. I have more in boxes that I plan to go through one day, but today is not that day!

Have you read any of the books on this list? Which ones did you like/dislike? Any extra recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “My (Updated) TBR List

  1. The struggle. I can’t help but buy books so my list of TBR is constantly growing….I fully understand your struggle. I am trying to for every book I buy, I need to read within the coming month. I am trying this for 2021. πŸ™‚ GOod luck with your TBR pile πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s a really smart system! I’m trying to put myself on a (physical) book buying ban (minus the ones I’ve already preordered haha) for the next six or so months. Ebooks however… well, that’s a different story πŸ˜‚ Good luck with your TBR pile as well!

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