Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ten Books on my Second Tier TBR List

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  But I wasn't feeling this week's prompt, so I made up my own!  And it isn't even Tuesday!  Try not to be too overcome at my rebellious nature.  My self-imposed prompt is:

Ten Books On My Second Tier TBR List

Let me explain.  We all have to-read lists a mile long.  And I always have a handful of books that I know I'll read as soon as I get my hands on them.  (I made such a list of those books I plan on reading this summer a few weeks ago.)  But I have a bunch of other books on my TBR list that I really, truly want to read, only they never seem to make it to the top of the pile.  Some of these books have been on my Goodreads list for years.  Sadly, they seem doomed to forever remain on my TBR list because my first tier reading list is never complete.  
I liked the film and always wanted to read the book.  We'll see if that ever happens.

9. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I own this one.  It's been mocking me from my bookshelf for the better part of a decade.

8. Quiet by Susan Cain
This book has been recommended to me a lot.  As an introvert, I like that introversion is having a moment.  However, I suspect that this book is more beneficial for extroverts trying to understand the introverts in their lives.  I don't feel the need to read as much about introverted tendencies and personality traits that I already know a lot about, seeing as I am one.

7. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
I actually have started this book about five times.  I just cannot get into it.  But my admiration for Zusak always brings me back.

6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I might read this to my kids when they're older.  I'm not sure I'll read it just for myself though.

5. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
Two different people gave this book to me for my birthday a few years ago.  That seemed like a pretty clear sign from the universe that I should read it.  I just never have. 

4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I've read the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy.  But not this one.

3. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
It sounds so good.  I've just never gotten around to it.

2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Everyone says it's fantastic.  But I keep picking up other things instead.

1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
This is another beloved book that I keep not reading.

Here's where you come in:  Tell me which of these should be bumped up on my priority list!  Which ones was I right to pass over?  What should be deleted from my TBR list altogether?  And which ones do I need to read immediately??


  1. Yay!!! I've read three of these so I can actually say something about them.

    The Golden Compass: I love this series so much! It's so good and very intriguing. The world that Pullman created is a lot of fun. I hope you can get to this one eventually.

    East of Eden: I read this for one of my college courses. I had a hard time with the first half, but there's this part that hit me like a ton of bricks in Chapter 20 and 22. After that, I was in awe. It really made the book worth it for me.

    The Hobbit: I took me two tries to read this one. The first time I wasn't a reader, so Tolkien's style overwhelmed me. But, once I started to read for fun, I picked it up again and I loved it. It's one of my favorite fantasies. It's so much better than the movies. I also hope you can get to this one at some point.

    1. I think of all of these The Golden Compass is most likely to actually be read. So I'm glad to hear how much you enjoyed it! I think I would really like East of Eden, which is why it's weird that I've never actually read it. And I'm not sure about The Hobbit, but who knows? Maybe one day.
      Thanks for your thoughtful comment, I love reading your insights!

  2. Hmmm, I think I have many tiers of books tbr. My book club is reading Quiet this year. I'll tell you how it is from an introverts perspective when I get to it.

    1. Oooh, yes. I really want an introvert's opinion. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

  3. Hahaha, East of Eden has been mocking me from my bookshelf for years too! Someday.

    1. Ha! "Someday" will probably always be my mantra for that one. :)

  4. I love this idea of a second tier TBR. I have a lot of those too, and they are sitting on my nightstand!

    1. Nightstands seem to be the go to place for my second tier books too. :)

  5. First, how did I overlook these postings?! I haven't been reading your blog for a little while and now I'm kicking myself and catching up like mad!! Second, my life will be complete when you read East of Eden, Quiet, I am the Messenger, and The Hobbit. So, no pressure...

    1. Haha! Your life may be incomplete for a long, long time. Sorry.


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