I have too many books! I need to be stopped! Help me!
Hiya! A few weeks ago on a Shoutout Sunday post I talked about Emma @ Emma Reads Too Much and Destiny @ Howling Libraries posts where they shared their owned TBR’s. I thought it was a brilliant way to keep themselves accountable and encourage them to work through their massive piles of unread books! So here I am, doing the same thing!
My shelves were pretty bare only a couple of years ago. And by bare, I mean, basically non-existent.
As a teenager I had the stock standard YA collection consisting of the Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies, I had the Twilight series (I started hiding those in the garage so I didn’t have to be reminded of my bad taste in books once upon a time), I had all my John Green books and Thirteen Reasons Why as well as some romance novels and an assortment of other random books I had collected over the years.
I’ve always been a big library user, and I still am. But now that I’m older, I want nothing more than my own personal library. One day I want a room dedicated to my books and reading alone.
After years of half-assed reading—if any—I began reading the Mortal Instruments series in 2016 and rediscovered my one true love! Since then I have been reading more than I ever have.
I discovered the online book community and have made several friends along the way.
During this time I purged my shelves of any books I knew I would never read or reread. Most of my collection was donated to a local thrift store. This left my shelves super fucking empty!
I worked out what my tastes are, what to avoid and what I gravitate toward. I usually avoid romance, and I spend most of my time in YA still, leaning more into Fantasy than anything else.
I’ve since accumulated loads of books in a rather short time, compared to my previous book buying history! I had to buy new Billy Bookcases for my expanding collection. Before last year I wouldn’t have had enough books to fill even half of one. Now I’ve filled almost two! I feel so very lucky that I’ve been able to get a hold of so many books the last two years. I credit a lot of this to my mum helping me add to my collection through Christmas and birthday gifts, as well as knowing where to look for the cheapest prices on the books I want.
I also want to mention that I have prerequisites for purchasing books. I’ve put these guidelines for myself in place because I hate wasting money, and nothing bothers me more when it comes to books than spending money on one and not liking it.
I can buy a book if it is one of the following;
☁️ I have already read it, loved it, and am likely to read again (Basically the only ones that feature on this list are rereads, Vicious, The Conqueror’s Saga, Six of Crows duology)
☁️ It’s written by one of my auto-buy authors (Victoria Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Elliot Wake)
☁️ It’s from a series I have already started and love so far (ACOTAR, TRC, anything from the Shadowhunters world)
☁️ It was very, very cheap and it sounds like something I would really enjoy. Usually, this means secondhand. (Illuminae, Legend, basically all of Rick Riordan’s books)
☁️ They were childhood favourites that I want to read again and/or am wanting to collect for when my nephews are old enough to read them (Again, Rick Riordan books, Harry Potter)
☁️ It’s a super hyped book that I expect to really enjoy (Simon Vs, Leah on the Offbeat, The Cruel Prince, The Hate U give, Children of Blood and Bone)
☁️ It’s a kindle book and it’s a daily deal or it’s under $5 (Literally all of my kindle books)
Below is my Owned TBR!
I’ll be splitting it into a few sections for my own reference on how I acquired each book as well as roughly when I got them;
☁️ ARCs – This is for any advanced reader copies I currently have on my TBR, as well as those that I acquire later on I don’t expect to add too many as I’m learning arc’s aren’t the best option for me.
☁️ Giveaways – I’m also including the books I have received via Goodreads giveaways in this section. Probably am not going to get anymore of these since the Goodreads Giveaway changes 😭
☁️ Kindle Ebooks – I’m pretty good for not going crazy when it comes to Kindle buying. Though there are some that have been there for months that I really want to read…
☁️ Gifts – This is just where I list all the books my mum and step dad has got me for my birthday and Christmas because my mum knows her daughter well And by knows me well, I mean knows to ask me to send her my wishlist around October and then allows me to double check that she’s bought the correct ones
If I didn’t do this she would just purchase the first however many she sees, completely disregarding that some are parts of series and so I end up with books #2 and #4 in a series, adding more if I still have some gift money left, and completely ruining the surprise of what she got me…And then wrap it in clear cellophane because she’s so extra. I love her.
☁️ Secondhand – These are the books I’ve purchased secondhand, usually through an app called Gumtree which is an app where people can sell stuff they want to get rid of. Or I buy them through the facebook Marketplace. This is usually how I purchase whole series that are a bit older and are/were super popular to save some extra money.
☁️ Department Store – We have like 5?? Department store chains in Australia. There’s the two high end ones and then there’s the one for average working class folks like me. Those are Target, Big W and Kmart. Kmart is basically Aussie’s version of America’s Target. Our Target is more in between the high end department stores and the lower end. Big W is in between Target and Kmart.
I shop mostly at Big W for books because they have a great book section, usually stock the biggest hyped new releases, as well as the most popular older books. They’re cheaper than book stores, sometimes cheaper than Book Depository and I don’t have to wait for shipping. I normally check Big W once a week, especially if there’s a new release I really want to get my hands on ASAP. Guys I know I should try and support my local bookstores but 1. There isn’t very many in Adelaide anymore, especially not independent stores. 2. They’re so fucking expensive. If I bought my books exclusively from bookstores I would only get to buy a book a couple of times a year.
☁️ Book Depository – The day my sister told me about this website was the day my life changed, honestly. If I can’t get the book I want from Big W or secondhand than this is where I go. Free shipping! So many books! So cheap! This is also where my mum purchases books for me for my birthday and Christmas.
☁️ Book Store – Like I said earlier, I don’t shop at bookstores anymore, I used to when I was younger and they were the best place to shop for books but that was some time ago and I’ve mostly read all the books I purchased from bookstores already.
I’ll also be using a key so you can see what age range, genre, whether it’s a stand-alone or part of a series and what my current reading status is for each book.
│Queens of Innis Lear│Tessa Gratton│ Pub. Mar 2018│🚫│ May 7th, 2018
│My Name Is Victoria│Lucy Worsley│Pub. Feb 2018│ │
│Lady Mary│Lucy Worsley│Pub. Apr 2018│ │
│The Good Son│You-jeong Jeong│Pub. May 2018│🔜│
│Skylarks│Karen Gregory│Pub. May 2018│ │
│Anger Is a Gift│Mark Oshiro│Pub. May 2018│ │
│The Unbinding of Mary Reade│Miriam McNamara│Pub. Jun 2018││
│Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women│Kate Schatz│Pub. Jul 2018││
│The Monsters We Deserve│Marcus Sedgwick│Pub. Sep 2018││
│The Boneless Mercies│April Tucholke│Pub. Oct 2018││
│What If It’s Us│Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli│Pub. Oct 2018││
│Girls of Paper and Fire│Natasha Ngan│Pub. Nov 2018││
│The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope│Nancy Tucker│Pub. Apr 2014│ │
│Brave Enough│Cheryl Strayed│Pub. Oct 2015│ │
│The Great Gatsby│F. Scott Fitzgerald│Pub. Apr 1925│ │
│The Backstagers #1│James Tynion IV│Pub. Aug 2016│ │
│Nora & Kettle│Lauren Nicolle Taylor│Pub. Feb 2016││
│It Only Happens in the Movies│Holly Bourne│Pub. Oct 2017│ │
│Labyrinth Lost│Brooklyn Brujas #1│Zoraida Cordova│Pub. Sep 2016│ │
│Poison Study│(Poison Study #1)│Maria V. Snyder│Pub. Oct 2005│ │
│Nevernight│Nevernight Chronicle #1│Jay Kristoff│Pub. Aug 2016││
│Vicious│V.E. Schwab│Pub. Sep 2013│🔄⏸️│
│Wonder Woman│Leigh Bardugo│Pub. Aug 2017││
│The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic│The Girshaverse #0.5, 2.5, 2.6│Leigh Bardugo│Pub. Sep 2017│⏸️│
│The Hate U Give│Angie Thomas│Pub. Feb 2017││
│Shadow and Bone│The Grishaverse #1│Leigh Bardugo│Pub. Jun 2012││
│Siege and Storm│The Grishaverse #2│Leigh Bardugo│Pub. Jun 2013│⏸️│
│Ruin and Rising│The Grishaverse #3│Leigh Bardugo│Pub. Jun 2014│⏸️│
│The Raven Boys│The Raven Cycle #1│Maggie Stiefvater│Pub. Sep 2012│🔄│
│The Dream Thieves│The Raven Cycle #2│Maggie Stiefvater│Pub. Sep 2013│⏸️│
│Blue Lily, Lily Blue│The Raven Cycle #3│Maggie Stiefvater│Pub. Oct 2014│⏸️│
│The Raven King│The Raven Cycle #4│Maggie Stiefvater│Pub. Apr 2016│⏸️│
│Legend│Legend #1│Marie Lu│Pub. Nov 2011││
│Illuminae│The Illuminae Files #1│Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff│Pub. Oct 2015││
│Prince of Fools│The Red Queen’s War #1│Mark Lawrence│Pub. Jun 2014││
│Prince of Thorns│The Broken Empire #1│Mark Lawrence│Pub. Aug 2011││
│King of Thorns│The Broken Empire #2│Mark Lawrence│Pub. Aug 2012│⏸️│
│Emperor of Thorns│The Broken Empire #3│Mark Lawrence│Pub. Jan 2013│⏸️│
│The Way of Kings, Part 1│The Stormlight Archive #1│Brandon Sanderson│Pub. Aug 2010││
│The Way of Kings, Part 2│The Stormlight Archive #1│Brandon Sanderson│Pub. Aug 2010│⏸️│
│The Final Empire│Mistborn #1│Brandon Sanderson│Pub. Jul 2006││
│The Well of Ascension│Mistborn #2│Brandon Sanderson│Pub. Aug 2007│⏸️│
│The Alloy of Law│Mistborn: The Alloy Era #1│Brandon Sanderson│Pub. Nov 2011││ Recently Unhauled (Nov 18) as I no longer want to support the author.)
│Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief│Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1│Rick Riordan│Pub. Jun 2005││
│The Sea of Monsters│Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2│Rick Riordan│Pub. Apr 2006│⏸️│
│The Titan’s Curse│Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3│Rick Riordan│Pub. May 2007│⏸️│
│The Battle of the Labyrinth│Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4│Rick Riordan│Pub. Aug 2008│⏸️│
│The Last Olympian│Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5│Rick Riordan│Pub. May 2009│⏸️│
│Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods│Percy Jackson and the Olympians Companion Book│Rick Riordan│Pub. Jan 2014│⏸️│
│The Lost Hero│The Heroes of Olympus #1│Rick Riordan│Pub. Oct 2010││
│The Son of Neptune│The Heroes of Olympus #2│Rick Riordan│Pub. Sep 2011│⏸️│
│The Mark of Athena│The Heroes of Olympus #3│Rick Riordan│Pub. Oct 2012│⏸️│
│The House of Hades│The Heroes of Olympus #4│Rick Riordan│Pub. Oct. 2013│⏸️│
│The Red Pyramid│Kane Chronicles #1│Rick Riordan│Pub. May 2010││
│The Throne of Fire│Kane Chronicles #2│Rick Riordan│Pub. May 2011│⏸️│
│The Serpent’s Shadow│Kane Chronicles #3│Rick Riordan│Pub. May 2012│⏸️│
│Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone│Harry Potter #1│J.K. Rowling│Pub. Jun 1997│🔄│
│Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets│Harry Potter #2│J.K. Rowling│Pub. Jul 1998│🔄│
│Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban│Harry Potter #3│J.K. Rowling│Pub. Jul 1999│🔄│
│Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire│Harry Potter #4│J.K. Rowling│Pub. Jul 2000│🔄│
│Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix│Harry Potter #5│J.K. Rowling│Pub. Jun 2003│🔄│
│Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince│Harry Potter #6│J.K. Rowling│Pub. Jul 2005│🔄│
│Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows│Harry Potter #7│J.K. Rowling│Pub. Jul 2007│🔄│
│The Demi Files│Percy Jackson and the Olympians Companion Book│Rick Riordan│Pub. Jan 2009│⏸️│
│The Blood of Olympus│The Heroes of Olympus #5│Rick Riordan│Pub. Oct 2014│⏸️│
│The Demigod Diaries│The Heroes of Olympus #2.5│Rick Riordan│Pub. Aug 2012│⏸️│
│The Hidden Oracle│The Trials of Apollo #1│Rick Riordan│Pub. May 2016││
│The Dark Prophecy│The Trials of Apollo #2│Rick Riordan│Pub. May 2017│⏸️│
│It│Stephen King│Pub. Sep 1986││
│The Scorpio Races│Maggie Stiefvater│Pub. Oct 2011││
│A Game of Thrones│A Song of Ice and Fire #1│George R.R. Martin│Pub. Aug 1996│🔄│
│A Clash of Kings│A Song of Ice and Fire #2│George R.R. Martin│Pub. Nov 1998│⏸️│
│My Sister Rosa│Justine Larbalester│Pub. Jan 2016│ │
│Lady Midnight│The Dark Artifices #1│Cassandra Clare│Pub. Mar 2016│⏸️🔄│
│And I Darken│The Conqueror’s Saga #1│Kiersten White│Pub. Jun 2016│⏸️🔄│
│A Court of Thorns and Roses│A Court of Thorns and Roses #1│Sarah J. Maas│Pub. May 2015│🔄│
│A Court of Mist and Fury│A Court of Thorns and Roses #2│Sarah J. Maas│Pub. May 2016│🔄│
│A Court of Wings and Ruin│A Court of Thorns and Roses #3│Sarah J. Maas│Pub. May 2017│⏸️│
│The Cruel Prince│The Folk of the Air #1│Holly Black│Pub. Jan 2018││
│The Sword of Summer│Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1│Rick Riordan│Pub. Oct 2015││
│Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda│Creekwood #1│Becky Albertalli│Pub. Apr 2015││
│Leah on the Offbeat│Creekwood #2│Becky Albertalli│Pub. Apr 2018│⏸️│
│Lord of Shadows│The Dark Artifices #2│Cassandra Clare│Pub. May 2017│⏸️│
│A Court of Frost and Starlight│A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1│Sarah J. Maas│Pub. May 2018│⏸️│
│Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft│Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood│Pub. Aug 2018││
│Sharp Objects│Gillian Flynn│Pub. Sep 2016││
│To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before│Jenny Han│Apr 2014││
*I read the first book a couple of years ago and never got around to finishing the second! I’m waiting until the show is finished now when I’ll feel empty so that I can extend my time with the series for a little longer. Plus, maybe that will be enough time for George R.R. Martin to finish the series because I don’t wanna have to reread the whole series again when the last book comes out just so I can remember everything that has happened…So I might just wait until then anyway. I don’t know. We’ll see.
│Three Dark Crowns│Three Dark Crowns #1│Kendare Blake│Pub. Sep 2016│⏸️│
│Rejected Princesses│Jason Porath│Pub. Oct 2016│➡️│
│The Female of the Species│Mindy Mcginnis│Pub. Sep 2016│📁│ │
│Cam Girl│Elliot Wake│Pub. Nov 2015││
│Bad Boy│Elliot Wake│Pub. Dec 2016││
│Six of Crows│Six of Crows #1│Leigh Bardugo│Pub. Sep 2015│⏸️🔄│
│Crooked Kingdom│Six of Crows #2│Leigh Bardugo│Pub. Sep 2016│⏸️🔄│
│Now I Rise│The Conqueror’s Saga #2│Kiersten White│Pub. Jun 2017│⏸️│
│Bygone Badass Broads│Mackenzie Lee, Illustrated by Petra Eriksson│Pub. Feb 2018││
│Children of Blood and Bone│Legacy of Orïsha #1│Tomi Adeyemi│Pub. Mar 2018││
│City of Ghosts│Cassidy Blake #1│Victoria Schwab│Pub. Aug 2018││
│The Lady’s Guide of Petticoats and Piracy│Montague Siblings #2│Mackenzi Lee│Pub. Oct 2018││
│Bright We Burn│The Conqueror’s Saga #3│Kiersten White│Jul 2018││
│The Knife of Never Letting Go│Chaos Walking #1│Patrick Ness│Pub. May 2008│ │
This list took me ages! Phew.
Making this list has only cemented the fact I need to get on top of my owned TBR! Time to get my ass in gear! I don’t even know where the start! 🙈
What do you have on your TBR that you’re keen to get to?
Have you got any of the same books as me, waiting to be read?
What do you think I should start with next?