TTT- Winter TBR (Why TBRs Do Not Work for Me)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created over at The Broke and the Bookish! This week we are supposed to share our Winter TBRs! You may have noticed that I very rarely ever post a TBR and that is because I am horrible at sticking to them.  I have posted a Summer and a Fall TBR and both have been an epic failure. I only read 3 out of the 9 books on my Summer TBR and 3 out of the 10 books on my Fall TBR!

I am 100 percent a mood reader so it is very difficult for me to predict which books I will read in the near future.  One minute I am in the mood for historical fiction and the next I want to read SciFi. I also buy books at random and I never really know what I will end up buying. There have been so many cases where I plan to read a certain novel but I end up buying a new one that I want to read right away and the original book is all but forgotten.

All that being said I am going to post a Winter TBR but I have my doubts that I will be able to stick to it! You might also notice that a few of these were on my Fall and even my Summer TBRs… I would love to know your opinion on TBRs and whether or not you are able to follow them!

Legend by Marie Lu


Having recently read Warcross by Marie Lu, I now want to read her others books! I have heard about Legend for years but just never picked it up.  I have been wanting to get back in to dystopian novels so I am excited about this one.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty


Liane Moriarty’s novels are so fun to read! I always read her books very quickly so they are perfect to help me out of a reading slump. My friend actually bought this book and he keeps asking what I thought of it so I really should read it some time soon!

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill


I recently shared the synopsis for The Lonely Hearts Hotel on my blog and I am really excited about it.  I just have this feeling that I am going to love this book!

Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman


Why haven’t I read this book yet?? I know I am going to love it! It is very high on my TBR. I actually hope to read a few of Fredrik Backman’s this winter.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown


I read and loved Red Rising earlier this year and I have been meaning to pick up the second book ever since.  I have been told that Golden Son is even better than Red Rising!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


This is the same story as Red Rising.  I loved Illuminae and have been meaning to read Gemina ever since.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks


This book is on my Christmas list and I am so intrigued by it. I love Tom Hanks and I have heard excellent things about his writing.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu


Wonder Woman: Warbringer was such a good book! I had such a fun time reading it and I can not wait to read every book in this series.  The fact that Marie Lu wrote this book is another bonus!

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Whenever I mention that I love WWII fiction someone recommends either this book or Between Shades of Grey.  I can not believe that I have not read one of her books yet! I took advantage of the Black Friday sale of Book Outlet and this was one of the books that I picked up.  It is high on my priority list!

On Hitler’s Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A. Hunt


I have read a lot of non fiction WWII novels, but never from the perspective of a person who was a German child at the time. I usually try to read a few non fiction novels a year but haven’t been so great about that in 2017! I am hoping to do better!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Please let me know whether or not you follow a TBR!

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55 thoughts on “TTT- Winter TBR (Why TBRs Do Not Work for Me)

  1. I listened to the audiobook of Salt to the Sea and it was wonderful! They had a different actor for each POV. If you have a long commute or exercise routine that allows you to listen to books, I highly recommend the audiobook. The story was wonderful so reading it is a good way to go too, of course!

  2. i totally know what you mean about tbrs. it’s so weird posting them and knowing, that you’ll read something completely different 😀
    YAY to fredrik backman! i don’t have that book yeat, because i want to read the grandmother too. but if i’ll finish it before, maybe we could do a buddy read for “brit-marie”?
    and wohoooo: “uncommon type” – so excited to see, what you think of it! will you get the audiobook?

  3. I hear you, I try to use my TBR as a guideline of sorts, that way I can try to fit in books that I bought a while ago… otherwise the poor things would get stuck in the unread limbo forever… sometimes this approach works sometimes it doesn’t… I just go with the flow..

  4. I really enjoyed Legend! The first time I started reading it I ended up setting it aside, but I think it’s because I had it on ebook and I was not an ebook reader at the time. Then I listened to the audiobooks for all 3 of them and I loved it.

  5. I’m the same way,but I love making these lists anyway! It’s fun to *think* about what I want to read, even if I never actually get around to doing it. Plus, I love reading other people’s lists.

    I would definitely try to get to SALT TO THE SEA. It’s a great read. Very atmospheric and absorbing. I also love Liane Moriarty, although I haven’t read THREE WISHES yet.

    Happy TTT!


  6. Moody reader here too! But hopefully we will be able to get through this winter TBR but I highly doubt it. But there’s no harm in trying again right? 😀 Happy reading!

  7. I see TBRs as guidelines. There are books I know I’m reading at some point, but I give myself enough space to add books that I discover each month. So, while I use the TBR lingo, I’m flexible about the concept.

    But, as a general rule, I’m not scheduling by the month because I’ve found myself not wanting to read particular books scheduled because my mood or time decided otherwise.

    1. I thought that setting a tbr by season as opposed to monthly might be better but that’s not working for me either! It is good to use as a guideline though. I really should reference my TBRs more often. I feel like I write them then forget about them!

  8. Sounds like a great list! I’m a mood reader, as well, so I never know what I’ll be reading next. On Hitler’s Mountain sounds intriguing.

  9. Pretty much everything by Liane Moriarty is good so definitely give Three Wishes a go. I also liked Golden Son but I can’t remember if I thought it was better than Red Rising or not. I’m definitely like you, a bit moody when it comes to reading, I only want to read particular things at certain times.

  10. What a great list! Salt to Sea and Britt-Marie Was Here are some other good ones that I hope to read soon. 👍🏼 I’m horrible at sticking with my TBRs, too. I look at them more as a suggestion as opposed to a set list. ☺️

  11. I give myself loose TBRs generally, because I pretty much am a mood reader. Of course I know that there are some books that I’ve been dying to read and so I am confident about reading at least a couple books on my TBR. But I look at those to read lists as more guidelines and general ideas than a set in stone, unchanging plan for my reading month.

    I’ve only read 1 of the 3 books on my November TBR so far, but I have read 9 books this month.

  12. Awww, the Lonely Hearts Hotel! Cannot wait to hear your thoughts and yes, Pierce Brown!! I have never read his books but have heard an awful lot of great things about him, so I gotta read his books someday!

  13. I am a mood reader, too, so I can’t always stick to TBRs. Looking back at my Fall I read almost half and the rest I got from the library and either didn’t start or read one chapter and stopped because I wasn’t in the mood for them. I definitely think you should jump on Golden Son, though! My favorite of the series!

  14. I tried being a mood reader, but I am too Type A for that. Here’s what I do: I have my massive Mt. TBR pile as it is, like we all do, whether it’s on a list somewhere, actually on our shelves, or on a running (and if you’re me, always forgotten) list in your head. I select a batch of books (6-10) that I want to read next, and I choose books from within that smaller TBR batch to read. I kind of choose which next based on how I feel, but I am at the same time working through my TBR. Sometimes I throw in new books I want to read too and put the small batch on hold. This is working better than the insane, strict list and schedule I lived by when I first started blogging. I hope this helps!

  15. Oh, I’m terrible at sticking to my TBR plans, but it’s fun to makes the lists anyway. 🙂 I’m totally a mood reader, so I throw my reading plans out the window as soon as something new catches my eye. I’ve had a copy of Salt to the Sea on my shelf for a year now and really need to read it! I want to read Illuminae too — I’ve heard such good things. Good luck getting through your list!

  16. If you love WWII youll LOVE Salt to the Sea. It is super graphic, more so than I anticipated but so well written.

    I ALSO love Tom Hanks. I preordered his book as soon as I heard about it, but I am anticipating getting the audiobook for xmas so I am trying to hold off for that before I read it.

    I am very intrigued by Marie Lu and Gemina. They are EVERYWHERE on my feeds and I have yet to read any of them..

    Looks like a great (potential) TBR. I also am a huge mood reader so while I say I know what is “on deck” for me, that is about as far as I can go..I mean I was sooo anxious to read Rules of Magic when I got it in my BOTM November box, but it keeps getting pushed back so that I can finish my library stack. So I can totally relate to you on not really having a working TBR per say.

    1. I want to listen to the audiobook for Tom Hank’s book too! I love that man’s voice!

      Marie Lu and Illuminae deserve all of the hype!

      I read and loved Rules of Magic!! It was so good but I totally know what you mean about having to be in the mood. It could be the best book in the world but if I am not in their mood for it then I can’t force myself to read it!

  17. Great list of books! I still need to read Gemina! hoping to get to it this upcoming year 🙂
    I love Tom Hanks! I didn’t know he was a writer as well! I love finding new books 😀

  18. HAHAHAHA I’M RUBBISH 😂 I honestly have tried so many times and I’ve never been able to stick to it because when I force myself to do it I will basically take 1,000,000 years to even finish one book out of however much I planned. I kinda envy people who can do it because it seems to be less of a hassle.

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