What the heck is a TBR Book Tag?! Huh. Well TBR stands for “To Be Read,” and a TBR Book Tag is like a chain-letter that bloggers “tag” each other with. I’m not sure where or when this tag originated but everyone who participates responds to the same set of questions and then proceeds to “tag” someone else.
Darkowaa from African Book Addict tagged me.
Darkowaa: thanks for nudging me to participate in a TBR Book Tag—I didn’t think I would be grateful to you because I’ve been guiltily submerged beneath a backlog of posts for my blog—maybe this is what I needed to shake off the dust!!
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I love that this question assumes that I have a pile, because indeed I do. Several as a matter of fact. This is an instance in which I must thank advanced technology for making my life saner because I used to scribble the titles of books that I wanted to read in notebooks, and on random scraps of paper (like the backs of coupons or the subscription cards that fall out of magazines). Now, I ease my mind by logging my titles on goodreads.com.
Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
Print – I still love handling books. Besides, I dropped my Kindle in the bathtub about a year ago and haven’t got around to replacing it.
How do you determine which books from your TBR to read next?
Hmm…no true science for this. But here are a few ways that I chose what to read next: deep yearnings; guilt (if something has been on my TBR super long); wanting to participate in discussions about books and authors; and sometimes the attractiveness of a book’s cover art or how the book feels in my hand.
A book that has been on my TBR the longest?
The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
A book you recently added to your TBR?
Dreams In A Time of War: A Childhood Memoir by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and Joy-Ann Reid’s Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide.
A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?
Honestly, this book is on my TBR because I read Nate Marshall’s Blood Percussion earlier this year and admired it. I was anticipating publication of his 2014 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize-winning Wild Hundreds, and when I saw the cover art I had to nod my head in appreciation! The artist’s name is Max Sansing.
A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?
Uhm. I plead the fifth.
An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for
I’m hardly privvy to knowledge about unpublished books.
A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read
A pamphlet of speeches by the late Grace Lee Boggs, printed in 1990.
From the “Acknowledgements” page: “This book was prepared with love by: James Boggs, Joseph Eggy, Richard Feldman, John S. Gruchala, Sharon Howell, Freddy Paine and Nkenge Zola.”
How many books are on your TBR shelf?
Who am I tagging? Anyone reading who wants to participate, and more specifically:
Richard at Black Guys Do Read
Rowena at Les Reveries de Rowena
Didi at Brown Girl Reading
Claire at Word by Word
Nadine at Live. Love. Write.
Julie at Chalk the Sun
Margaret at Margaret Serious
Naomi at The Writes of Woman
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