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On my Goodreads account I have a shelf called ''Books I Own Tbr''. That shelf has the same thing as ''To be read'', ''Currently reading'' and ''Read'' which means that they are not on my ''To be read'' shelf (so basically my To be read shelf is my wishlist). I don't have that many unread books (only 20 and 5 that are in the George Orwell complete novels bindup so 25 in total) so I can show them to you very easily. Here are my unread books:
-The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawtthorne
- Little Women by Loisa May Alcott
- Good morning, midnight by Jean Rhys
- Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- The Hunchback of the Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
- A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- Burmese Days by George Orwell
- A Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell
- Coming Up For Air by George Orwell
- Keep The Aspiadistra Flying by George Orwell
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
- A Court OF Thornes And Roses by Sarah J Maas
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
- City Of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare
- City Of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare
- City Of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
- Half Of The Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Americana by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman
- Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O'Toole
- Crossing Into Brooklyn by Mary Ann McGuigan
I think my tbr has a good variety of genres, difficulty and length which means I only have one or a few of each thing. Sometimes I still feel my tbr is way too big because I just want to read a book immediately when it arrives in the mail, so that's why I'm not going to buy much 'till the end of summer and just read as many as I can (without feeling overwhelmed). After summer I'm going to a new school and I don't know how much time I will have for reading then and I really want to read most of those books, so yea.
My tip for not having a big tbr (if you don't want that) is just not to buy so many books. If you've read quite a few then buy one or two and read until you're okay with your tbr.
How many books do you have on your tbr and are you happy with that number?
I'm a little bit disappointed right now. Nothing really happens in this book. It's a sad outcome from the Liveship Traders trilogy, some nice reminders of classics like Lord of the Flies and maybe a little bit of George Eliot... but it is more promises, less a book of it's own, and a clear sign, why it is sometimes worth to wait till a book series is finished.
A book with history:
It was July 2009, our second trip to London for a long weekend, a trip full of theater excitement because we went to the Globe and watched 'A Midsummer Nights Dream', we saw Jude Law as 'Hamlet' and hubby and me went for the last night to 'Avenue Q'.
Between evenings at the theaters and sightseeing, I went book shopping, doing what I call my Charing Crossing and I bought this copy at Waterstones near Piccadilly Circus, completely excited that there was something new from one of my most beloved authors and book series. After that, strolling through the city, we came to Forbidden Planet and right there in all it's beauty was a sign, that on Saturday 11, 2009 Robin Hobb was coming for a book signing.
What a treat.
So the next day, after a healthy English Breakfast in Notting Hill and a brief visit at the market on Portobello Road, I left my friends and Mr. Gecko behind and entered a long British queue in a sticky basement. My book is signed now, even if I was much to excited to breath more than my name to Robin Hobb.
I haven't read it, even five years after this encounter, of for me totally random and baffling coincidences, but even unread books sometimes have a story to tell.