If My TBR Could Talk

If you’re reading my blog, chances are you have a lot of unread books sitting on your shelves. If not… I’m seriously in awe of you. Honestly. Please send me tips about how to get my life under control because the books have overflowed onto my floor and they’re closing in on me like sharks. This is not a drill.

But for those of us that have stacks upon stacks of unread books, which we consider to be on our TBR (or To Be Read) pile, there’s the chance we’ve felt guilty about that at least once in our lives. Surely I can’t be the only one who personifies the stack of books next to my bed and sees it as a judgemental being, spurting sassy comments about how I could be reading instead of rewatching Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the 382th time? Am I? Okay, I’ll just go hide in the corner of shame now.

So today I thought I’d share some of the things I think my TBR would say to me if it could speak! I mean, maybe it does speak… There have been some odd sounds when I’m trying to get to sleep at ni—did you hear that?

“WHY?! JUST WHY.”

Why…? OH. Right. Look, I know I haven’t been the best bookworm in existence, but hey! At least you have a roof over your head and other books to keep you company. Just because I’ve read them and not you doesn’t mean I don’t love you! I PROMISE TO BE BETTER. Just please don’t leave, okay? I need you. You’re my life—my soul. Without you, without a TBR, who am I? PLEASE JUST GIVE ME ONE MORE CHANCE.

“I will kill you in your sleep.”

WOAH—OKAY. Just wait a second before you do something you regret. I bought you, remember? I’ve given you a loving home amongst all your siblings. You’ve even got fairy lights! If those other TBRs could see you, they’d be jealous. YOU NEED ME. Could your really be so cruel as to fall over and smother me in my sleep? I am just a poor, introverted book worm, after all.

“Who can I talk to about suing someone for neglect?”

Okay, I know. I KNOW. I haven’t been paying enough attention to you recently and I’m so sorry. But it doesn’t have to go this way! We can talk about it! I promise I’ll take better care of you and give you the love and attention you deserve. I appreciate you, I really do. Please don’t take legal action against me yet, I promise we can work this out. I STILL LOVE YOU.

“I’ve had enough of these lies.”

I’M SORRY, OKAY?! I know I promised to read these books when I first got them, but I got BUSY. I… definitely wasn’t reading other stuff because you’re totally my, um, top priority. Sure, maybe I stretched the truth a little when I said that book I added to you was going to be my next read, but I’m allowed to make mistakes, right? Even when those mistakes meaning leaving a book on you for 728 years and forgetting I even own a copy so then I buy another one? RIGHT?! I think I deserve to be let off the hook.

Mini Reviews

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Hive

I really wanted to love Hive, but unfortunately, this one just wasn’t for me. I was intrigued by the idea that people in this novel lived in a hexagonal world and it sounded like it was going to be reminiscent of The Giver, but I forgot that I didn’t enjoy The Giver either. I loved the idea of no one being able to challenge the supposed rules of the world, even when the protagonist discovers a drip from a ceiling that changes the way she sees everything. It was an enticing premise, I’ll give it that. I just didn’t feel connected to the protagonist enough to care about the drip she discovered. Forgive me for not being interested in some falling water.

The other reason why I didn’t love this book is because the pace moves relatively slowly—and that doesn’t bode well for the novel when it’s only 270-odd pages like The Hive is. However, that did mean that the writing could be really poetic and full of lyrical prose, even if the majority of the action took place in the later part of the narrative. Unfortunately for me, I want to be hooked in immediately, and my initial interest just wasn’t sustained. But if you like dystopias like The Giver, perhaps you’d enjoy Hive too!

Rating:

2-stars

Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

Hive by A.J. Betts is published by Pan Australia. $16.99. Out now.

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Skylarks

Oh my goodness, this book melted my heart! Someone hold me. I’m always desperate for more queer girls in YA, and I couldn’t wait to dive onto Skylarks particularly because of that reason. And I’m pleased to say that it exceeded my expectations! Skylarks is a gorgeous contemporary YA novel about two girls who work at a library and start falling for one another. Yes, it’s a cute, fluffy novel, but that isn’t all it is. It’s also a book about privilege and poverty, and it was really refreshing and eye-opening to read about someone who isn’t your average middle-class allocishet character.

But my favourite aspect of this novel was, of course, the adorable relationship between Joni and Annabel. This book could have literally been a 300-page conversation between them at their breakfast table and I still would have given it five stars. But amongst the cute queer goodness, there’s also a weightiness that underpins the narrative because, at its core, Skylarks is a book about classism and activism. There’s so much to love about Skylarks, and I definitely recommend picking it up if you enjoy contemporaries and are looking for another adorable queer novel to add to your TBR.

Rating:

5-stars

Thanks to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!


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The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Wow. This was one heck of a heart-wrenching read. I honestly didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started reading this one, but it quickly took a hold of both my heart and my emotions, and it was a novel that demanded I read it all in one sitting. The Weight of a Thousand Feathers is a book about a teenager named Bobby who has to grow up too fast and care for both his mother, who is dying of MS, and his younger brother Danny, who’s neurodivergent and requires a lot of attention. But even though there are a lot of heavy topics discussed in this novel, it’s not a draining read and I couldn’t help but race through it.

Although this novel is an incredibly emotional one, there are moments of humour that ensure I wasn’t sobbing my eyes out 100% of the time—although there were a lot of times I had to put this book down because all the words were blurring together with my tears. What I loved most about The Weight of a Thousand Feathers was undoubtably the importance that was placed on family and how well-written the relationship between Bobby and his mum was. You’ll definitely need a box of tissues for this one! Please note that there are content warnings for suicide.

Rating:

5-stars

Thanks to Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!


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If your TBR could talk, what would it say to you? Is your TBR as out-of-control as mine is? Have you read any of the books that I reviewed today? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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16 thoughts on “If My TBR Could Talk

  1. Awesome post and gorgeous pictures. I don’t think I want mine to talk… There would be a lot of shouting about ‘why did you buy me if you weren’t going to read me?!’ I will…. eventually. Speaking of my tbr, Skylarks and The Weight of a Thousand Feather are both on there…

  2. Girl, yes! I have so much respect for people who keep a low TBR because I can’t relate. I have no self-control when it comes to books and I feel like I’m drowning in all the unread books I have to read. I did go from August of last year to March without buying any books because I needed to pay my college tuition and that helped trim down my TBR a bit.

  3. I do have a decent amount of books on my TBR pile, at least around 100 books, but that doesn’t bother me as much as I know it does others.

  4. If my TBR pile could talk, I think it would say, “Hey when are you going to read me? You said that you were going to read me next, why did you pick the other book instead of me?” And, “What? Another one? What happened to, ‘I’m not going to buy anymore until I read at least half of my TBR pile.’?”

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