The Emergency TBR Book Pile

Before I ask if anyone else has had an emergency To-Be-Read (TBR) book pile, I’ll first explain what I mean.

This year, I made a goal to read 30 books. I even stated my goal on Goodreads so I could track my progress and share with others what I’ve been reading. So far, I’ve finished three books. THREE. That means I’m about six books behind schedule. How will I ever reach my goal?!

This is where my emergency TBR pile comes in. I made it last night. As you see in the picture below, I picked out several easy-to-read books with simple plots that I’ve been wanting to read, and I DECLARE that I WILL read (nearly) all of them before the end of May.

You may notice that the two on the bottom of the pile don’t quite fit in. They are The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. These are the books I’m currently reading. They are both very interesting and thought-provoking, but they are also pretty serious, and they’re taking me a while to get through. So now you see why I need some quick light-hearted reads.

A note on some of these books…

I started Because of Winn-Dixie last night. I’ve never seen the movie, but I love Kate DiCamillo’s other books. I think I can safely say she’s one of my favorite authors. My favorite’s by her are The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Tale of Despereaux, but I also love The Magician’s Elephant!

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is the sequel to The Giver, which I haven’t read in years. If you haven’t read it, it’s a very easy, yet very interesting, read! I just hope I remember enough details to get into the second book.

Bill Wallace, an Oklahoman author, was one of my favorites when growing up, but there are so many of his books that I own and still haven’t read, which is why I included Trapped in Death Cave.

Howl’s Moving Castle was a Christmas gift from my brother. I’ve seen the movie, and the idea behind it really fascinates me, so I’m sure this will be an interesting read.

I honestly don’t know much about Summer of my German Soldier. I only have it because my older siblings loved it. So I’ve been holding on to it waiting for the opportune moment to read it. And at last the moment has arrived!

Last is The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I’ve read a couple of the tales, but not all of them. What I love about them so far is that they reflect some of the typical archetypes and story lines of traditional folk and fairy tales. This makes my literary heart so happy!

Now I will ask the question…

Am I the only one? Has any one else ever had an emergency TBR pile?




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