My TBR Shelf

Compared to how it looked a few months back, my to-be read shelf is actually looking quite small as I gave a large amount of those that I knew I would never read to charity. In this post I’ve decided to go through all of the physical books in my collection that I haven’t yet read (because including my Goodreads to-be read list would be a whole other story!) I used to be absolutely for hoarding as many books as possible, but last year unleashed more of a minimalist in me, and I decided that I needed to actually be realistic in terms of what I would and wouldn’t read. This list is made up of those that I think I will eventually read, in something like an order of priority.


The Silmarillion by J RR Tolkien (Fantasy) – As a massive Tolkien fan, this has to be the first choice on this list. I need to read The Silmarillion as soon as possible; I just can’t believe it has taken me this long to get around to.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Classic) – As I mentioned in my reflection on 2016, I’ve encountered Pride and Prejudice on so many occasions, yet never at its source. I absolutely fell in love with Northanger Abbey and Emma last year, so I am so ready to embark on more of Austen’s genius writing.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Fantasy) – This book was the result of something almost every self-professed book lover denies, but does anyway. The cover was so beautiful that to be honest, I would have bought it regardless of what the plot was. Luckily, I was fascinated after reading the description, and I’m so excited to dive into some more adventures involving dragons and magic.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (YA Contemporary) – After reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and absolutely loving it, it only made sense to move on to another of her works. I just hope it lives up to my expectations!

On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Beat Generation) – Some months ago, I became somewhat obsessed with researching the Beat Generation writers. I tried to read On the Road last year, yet it never quite became what I wanted it to be. I am adamant though that I am going to read, and love this novel, and that this was simply a case of picking it up at the wrong time.

Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (Beat Generation) – A similar case to On the Road, although I never got around to even starting this last year. This year I decided I want to read more diverse works, and expanding my knowledge of poetry is definitely up there as a priority. I know that there are definitely ‘easier’ poetic works that I could start with to ease myself into it a bit more, but I am so fascinated by the context of this work, and by Ginsberg himself, that I can’t wait much longer to get into this.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Contemporary) – I mainly bought this based on its reputation. I’ve heard so many people talking about it in the bookish community and after reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins a while ago I’ve been craving another novel set at least partly in Paris.

Dracula by Bram Stoker (Classic Horror) – Vampires are everywhere in popular culture these days, but I want to read some more of the classic interpretations to see what today’s vampires are built upon. Where better to start than here?!

Lorali by Laura Dockrill (YA Fantasy) – I was actually recommended this book by Sanne from the wonderful BookTube channel booksandquills back in 2015 at Summer In The City. As a kid I always had a weird fascination surrounding sea-themed books (Liz Kessler’s Emily Windsnap series was an absolute favourite), so I was excited to dive into something of a similar theme but for an older audience. For some reason or another though I just haven’t ever seemed to have had the time to pick this up, and I hope to rectify that this year!

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Fantasy) – This book was bought as a last minute third option when a bookseller was running a deal on most paperbacks, which I just couldn’t resist. I didn’t really know anything about it, and to be honest I still don’t. Swords, definitely. Dragons, most likely. Hopefully I’ll get around to it at some point, but it’s definitely not a priority at the minute.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (YA Science Fiction/Fantasy) – If I’m honest, this book very nearly made it on to the ‘get rid of’ pile, and I really can’t remember why I decided not to do it. I tried picking this up a few years ago after a recommendation from a friend, but I just couldn’t get past the chaotic writing style, or even the setting and actual premise of the novel. I doubt I’m ever going to read it, unless someone makes a pretty convincing argument as to why I should.

And there’s my physical to-be read list! No doubt this will just continue to get longer, but I’ll link to my Goodreads to-read shelf as that’s where any updates will be. Next job: sort through that list!

– Bex




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