My TBR Shelf


So. I’ve never done a post about that infamous shelf of books (everyone’s got one, come on now) that I’m like, “Oh, I want to read dis” but never actually do. Ahem. I really want to though, so it might just happen if I can muster up enough motivation to actually sit down with a book and read it (hard task for the highly-distracted-by-shinier-and-more-exciting-things among us aka me.) Without further adieu, here is my shelf. 

• To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a WHILE. As in, ever since I saw the 1962 movie for the second time (the first time I was too little to be interested enough to read the book) but now I’m like, “HISTORICAL NOVEL WITH HEAVY THEMES NARRATED BY A LITTLE KID GIMME GIMME GIMMEEEEEE.” So yup. I also kind of want to read Go Set a Watchman, but I’m one of those people who has to read the books in order (in this case, the order that they were published.) How much have I read? None.


• Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Okay, so this one shouldn’t need a reasonable explanation. JANE AUSTEN. NOW GO HOME. Literally, Austen has one of the wittiest, most moving and engaging writing styles I’ve ever enjoyed, and that (plus watching movie adaptations a ridiculous amount of times) has left me craving more Austen. Northanger Abbey as adapted by BBC in 2007 felt a little bit lacking to me. (Thoughts?) There’s a TON of deleted scenes from that movie on YouTube, which leaves me thinking, “Did you guys literally sacrifice depth of plot for time limit…?” idk. All the same, a reading of this book is in order. How much have I read? None.


• The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Because it’s a classic sci-fi, yo. And my mom told me that I should read it when I found a gnarly old copy at a book sale. But then it suffered water damage from Katie’s houseplants leaking down a bookshelf and had to be tossed out. In compensation, she recently bought me a shiny new copy. Thus, I am obligated to pick it up again. Wells’ style is a little too richly detailed for me at times, but the thing is a classic, and a character in one of my books loves it, so I’ve got to love it too. (Because this character I mention is the best character ever and I want to materialize him and marry him.) Ahem. So yeah. How much have I read? Maybe the first half.


• Cinder by Marissa Meyer. BECAUSE EVERYONE RAVES ABOUT IT. And that’s not the only reason of course. Because that would be incredibly vacuous. I want to read this book/series because, quite frankly, modernized fairytales meeting sci-fi space stuff sounds quite awesome. (It’s also a brilliant marketing gold-mine, just saying.) How much have I read? Chapter one. Sad to stop there, I know. But…something happened.


• The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. This book was recommended to me by my yoga teacher, and given a few quotes from it, I couldn’t help but grab myself a copy. I LOVE books that are intensely spiritual but also have tons of psychological truths in them. Ruiz’s style is super easy to read and deep. One of those books to be meditated on and reminded of constantly. How much have I read? Introduction and chapter one. And oh my word. It’s so fabulous.


• The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Again, because classic. And omg, such a feat, right? Especially for me, the girl who likes to write long books but not read them. This novel is HUGE. But I’m intrigued because the guy had a lot to say. And I DEVOUR intricate plots. Just…yum. I also have incredibly fond memories of my mom reading the abridged version of this book to me and my sister. Ah, those were the days.


What’s on your TBR shelf? Has anyone read any of the books on mine? What did you think of them?

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love,
abbiee


P.s. I just realized that I’ve given out the link to my secret tumblr. O_o Oh well. Y’all can go ahead and stalk me there. I just blog gifs of Narnia and Theo James and Ben Barnes and Skandar Keynes (aka it’s AWESOMMMMEE.) So yeah.

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  1. I love your note about comments! Makes me feel loved! I have cinder on my to read list too! So many books I want to read but so little time, hopefully over the holidays I'll get time!
    -V

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    1. Aw, you are loved! :) I hope you do get some time to read soon, and you'll have to let me know what you think of Cinder! ♥ Thanks for commenting, Vanessa!!

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  2. Oh dear. We have breached the waters of TBR lists......

    I have not read any of the books on yours--though I want to read To Kill a Mockingbird and The Count of Monte Cristo.

    My TBR list extends to almost ten word doc pages and I know I'm missing some on there. But some of them include EVERYTHING DICKENS EVER WROTE, everything C.S. Lewis, the Redwall books by Brian Jacques, and a bunch of others.

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    1. WHOA, TEN WORD DOC PAGES?!?! Dude. That's awesome, though. And I'm sure a speed reader like you will knock 'em all down in no time. ;) That summary sounds pretty darn awesome, girl! C. S. Lewis...♥

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    1. I WILL CONSIDER THE GLOVE THROWN AND WILL RETURN IT WITH A BULLET. NOW GET OUT OF MY BOX OR I WILL CALL MY SERVANT AND HAVE YOU THROWN OUT. ♥

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  4. Northanger Abbey is my favorite Jane Austen!
    And Count of Monte Cristo is good too. It's a looooong one though haha

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    1. Ahh, that's awesome! I'm so glad to hear that. And yes, Monte Cristo is super long. O_O hehe! Thanks for reading, Raquel!! ♥

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  5. Oh, you'll enjoy 'To Kill a Mockingbird'; it's good. And it leaves you thinking. That's the only one on your list that I've read... The others sound interesting though, especially 'The Four Agreements.' I like books like that.

    And, thank you so much for commenting and following my blog. You totally made my day. :) xx

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    1. EEEE, I too love books that make me think. And that being said, I think you'd like The Four Agreements. I really love it so far. Aw, you're welcome! I'm a total fan of you so yes. :) ♥

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  6. You'll love Cinder, it's such an amazing book, great plot and characters, I loved it all, and I'm a strict reviewer. Plus, have I talked about how much I love your photography oh my :O

    ~Noor
    a little bit of sunshine <3

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Noor!! :D I'm super excited to read Cinder. Good plot and charries are totally key.

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  7. Okay I need help right now. Please explain to me how to have a TBR because before I make one I just read everything and then I'm out of books again. *sadface* does a TBR have to be books you've wanted go read for a while? Or just books you're planning to read at the moment? Because I tend to just pick something up and go with it...
    ...but wait, I do have a whole bunch of unread library books on my shelf? Is that my TBR? HELP

    (Also please tell Kate I miss her and I'm sad that she hasn't blogged in a while!)

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    1. I'm not sure how other peoples do their To Be Read piles, but basically I just stack up a bunch of books that I want to read...and because it takes me a while (a long while) to read a book, that stack sticks around for a while. xD I'M JELLY OF THOSE READERS WHO CAN JUST PICK UP AND BOOK AND GO WITH IT. LIKE... TEACH ME YO WAYZ. hehe. Thank you for reading, Olivia dear!! ♥ And I shall tell Katie to get crackin'. heh. x)

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  8. Northanger Abbey is so funny -- it's my second favorite Jane Austin novel (right behind Pride and Prejudice, of course...). And goodness, I really should re-read To Kill a Mockingbird sometime. I remember it being really good, but that's about it! Also, your TBR pile is sooo tiny. I'm a little jealous, since mine spans a shelf and 1/4 and it never ever gets any smaller...

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    1. OOh, yay! I'm super excited to read those now. And yes, it is rather tiny, isn't it? I guess I'm trying to not bite off more than I can chew. xD Thanks for reading, Serena! ♥

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  9. TOO KIILLLL AA MOCKINGBIRRRDDDDDDDD.
    read it now please or i might just die because i know how much you will ache in all the best ways after it. it is the epitome of goodness. read it laksdfjld.
    also I literally just started to read Go Set A Watchman this week!!!!!! Eeeeeee. Definitely read To Kill A Mockingbird first though. (ok again you will literally fall in love with those characters gAH)
    on my to be read list?? SO MANY. Let me just pull from my bookshelves.. The Silmarillion has been on there for a long time. Also Les Miserables (unabridged. such a feat.) Literally everything that has ever come from the mind of CS Lewis. Also I've heard a ton about Robin Mckinley's books. AND I have at least seven of Edward Rutherfords thick novels that actually tell history and I have been dying to read them forever. He has one on the history of London, Ireland, New York, Russia, (all in novel form!!!) like UM YES. All of these I have on my shelf (except for everything from the mind of CS Lewis). Gah I've got to get a move on. I LOVE THIS AND YOU.
    ps sorry for weird punctuation idk what's going on and i don't feel like going back and changing it.

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    1. STAHP YOU'RE MAKING ME TOO STOKED FOR THIS NOWW. (Like...don't stop, but you know what I mean...) I must chomp my way through the rest of Great Expectations first. *deeep breaths* Whoa, all those books you listed sound so fascinating!! Especially the history on all those countries in novel form...like wut even. And C. S. Lewis, of course. ♥ I LOVE YOU TOO and I live for weird punctuation. :D

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  10. To Kill a Mockingbird! That book is beautiful. And we have the same copy, so cheers. :) I listened to The Count of Monte Cristo in the car a loooooooong time ago and at the time I didn't follow it much because it was long and I was a lot younger, but then earlier this year I saw a movie adaption (the 2002 one) and the story pulled together in my mind, and it's really cool.

    xx

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  11. I have an awesome book (that makes you think) recommendation called "The Question" by R. Breuer Stearns (http://rbreuerstearns.com/). This book is seriously a philosophical rollercoaster that tackles religion, government, the human condition and a lot of other serious topics. The book is about a group of scientists working on the phenomenon of "Group Thinking" and how this can help answer some of life's most difficult questions (Is there a God? Why are we here? etc etc).... The author writes in such a realistic and scientific way it is easy to forget this is a work of fiction and leaves you feeling exhausted, intrigued, and wanting more. Check it out FOR SURE

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