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A Look at My TBR: The LGBTQ+ Edition

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I’m sure that we all, as book bloggers, understand how it feels to suffer from a constantly-growing TBR.

I know I do, and I thought it’d be fun to go look through some of the books that I’ve added to my TBR pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community. And, I have a lot.

(This isn’t even including all the adult M/M romances I also own. Oops.)

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I’m going to go ahead and call this a sort of Top 5 Wednesday post since this week’s topic is Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads.

I feel like I’ve already talked a lot about those, so why not shed some light on the ones that have yet to become my favorites. And this is also WAY more than five, so take it as you will.

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Superior

Superior

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Short story! Forbidden romance! Superheroes! There was absolutely no way I could pass this up after reading the description, and after seeing the Goodreads description, apparently other book bloggers played a part in this, so that’s awesome as well!

Why It’s Still There:

I have no good reason for this.

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Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because I was on Goodreads at the time, and everyone and their mother said it was absolutely brilliant, and it sounds absolutely brilliant. And, again, it’s quite a short book, so I could honestly read this in a day.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m still waiting for that moment where I’ll feel like reading a fantasy book. Yep, still not happening.

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You Know Me Well

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because David Levithan, that’s why. Also, I read a sampler of this in one of those free Buzz Books releases and fell in love with it and knew I just HAD to get my hands on it as soon as it came out.

Why It’s Still There:

Uh, I don’t know? Probably because it’s a contemporary novel, and in 2016, I did not read too many contemporaries. And I just don’t read too many of them in general.

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The Fixes

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Why I Added It to My TBR: 

One, because I love thrillers. Two, I love dark comedy, and several reviewers have pointed it out. Three, I love gangs of anti-heroes. Four, I heard this has short chapters, and nothing makes me happier than short chapters.

Why It’s Still There:

Honestly, I don’t know? I should read this one soon.

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We Are the Ants & The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Initially, because everyone on Goodreads recommended them and said it was absolutely amazing. Now that I’ve actually read one of Hutchinson’s works, they’ve stayed on my TBR because it was absolutely brilliant, and I hope this one is as well!

Why It’s Still There: 

Well, it used to be on there because I hadn’t read his work before, but now that I know that his books are amazing, I should easily devour these.

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Three Truths and a Lie

Three Truths and a Lie

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because this sounds like an amazing YA thriller, and I will hunt down and read all the YA thrillers out there because I can.

Why It’s Still There:

I don’t know. I read his adult book The Otto Digmore Difference last month and really enjoyed, so I’m interested in what will happen when he writes a thriller. I’m reall hoping it’s good.

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Been Here All Along

Been Here All Along

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because sometimes, you just want a fluffy, friends-to-lovers contemporary.

Why It’s Still There:

Again with the contemporary issue. And this one’s short as well! Really, what I’m learning is that I’m terribly lazy when it comes to contemporary.

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No Holding Back

No Holding Back

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because, again, cute, fluffy, friends-to-lover romance is my weakness.

Why It’s Still There: 

Okay, I really have an issue with not keeping up with contemporaries.

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Timekeeper

Timekeeper

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because ghosts! Clock spirits! I don’t usually like novels that take place in the Victorian era because it’s so over-saturated and it’s probably the most boring time period of ever, but I’ll make exceptions when you put in some PNR elements.

Why It’s Still There:

I’m owing it all to the fact that I’m not in the mood for this one at the moment. I’m definitely hoping to at least read this one this year, though.

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Last Seen Leaving

Last Seen Leaving

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because there were so many YA thrillers that came out last year, and I’m still struggling to catch up with them all. I’m drowning in all the YA thrillers!

Why It’s Still There: 

Actually, I don’t know. I’m probably going to read this one soon.

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Away We Go

Away We Go

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because I heard this book was terrifically weird, and I am here for it! I’m always a fan of weird books with a unique type of story-telling.

Why It’s Still There: 

This has God-awful Goodreads reviews/ratings, so I was probably put off by that, but I honestly don’t even care about overall Goodreads ratings, and then there’s the fact that it has less than 300 ratings, so it’s sort of skewed? But, yeah, I’m definitely going to read this one.

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True Letters from a Fictional Life

True Letters From a Fictional Life

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Probably because the concept sounds so damn intriguing. And maybe because the cover just really stands out.

Why It’s Still There:

The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. And I have a problem with trying to actually read contemporaries.

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Whatever.: Or how junior year became totally f$@ked

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because I heard this book was absolutely hilarious, and I’m all up for books that make me laugh. Most of the genres I read are dark and gloomy a large majority of the time, so it’d be nice to read something lighter.

Why It’s Still There: 

More contemporary angst.

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Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because as soon as the synopsis and the cover were revealed on Goodreads, everyone was freaking out and I got caught up the hype.

Why It’s Still There:

This was one of those books that had a flurry of positive reviews before it released, and after it came out, there were more mixed reviews, but I’m definitely going to read it!

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Carry On

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

Well, I enjoyed the fanfiction bits the best of the little I read of Fangirl, and I also read the first hundred or so pages of this one before putting it down, and I really enjoyed it.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m still in a fantasy slump. Let’s hope ACOWAR breaks me out of it.

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Anything Could Happen

Anything Could Happen

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I don’t even remember. Probably because angst-y contemporary? Or maybe because of the cover? Or maybe because I was just adding random books to my TBR like what happens when you spend too much time on Goodreads? Sounds good, though.

Why It’s Still There: 

I don’t think I need to explain this anymore.

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More Than This

More Than This

Why I Added It to My TBR:

One, everyone recommends Patrick Ness’s books. Two, weird books are my soulmates. Three, I heard this has a lot of WTF-ery. And I LOVE WTF-ery.

Why It’s Still There:

Because I’ve never been in the mood for it? This book has been on my TBR for the longest, to be honest. I honestly don’t know why.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I love fae, and there just aren’t enough books about fae out there that are also really good. And I haven’t read a Holly Black book yet.

Why It’s Still There: 

Again, I honestly don’t know. This is probably another “Ooh, this one sounds interesting,” spree I had on Goodreads, and then the book just sits there forever and ever and ever and ever…

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Half Bad

Half Bad

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because this is one of those series like The Raven Cycle that just took off and everyone screamed about how much they loved it, so I added it because I was on a Raven Cycle high.

Why It’s Still There:

I mean, this is a finished series, so I guess I just simply don’t have an excuse?

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False Hearts

False Hearts

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I saw a fantastic review for this one from Emily May, and I usually add rave reviews of her books to my TBR. Also, I love sci-fi!

Why It’s Still There:

I don’t know. With my recent obsession with sci-fi, I really should read this one soon.

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Proxy

Proxy

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I actually haven’t read the summary of this one in forever, but I just re-read it, and oh my God, it sounds so freaking amazing!

Why It’s Still There: 

I think I added this one around the time of the dystopia craze, and then it faded, and so did my interest, and now that those types of books have waned, my interest is totally peaked again.

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Willful Machines

Willful Machines

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I saw a good review for this one pop up on my Goodreads feed way back when, and I added it to my TBR because it sounded really interesting!

Why It’s Still There:

Because I have a problem. I actually read Tattoo Atlas by this author, and it was absolutely brilliant, so I’ll probably dig into this one soon enough.

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The Foxhole Court

The Foxhole Court

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Because Tumblr absolutely adores this series. Even though I sort of hate Tumblr overall, they did also rec the Captive Prince trilogy to me, and that’s one of my favorite series of ever, so why not?

Why It’s Still There: 

Laziness? And I sort of don’t want to start a series right now; I have way too many unfinished ones; it’s basically unacceptable.

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Adaptation

Adaptation

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I’ve had all of Malinda Lo’s books on my TBR for a long time, but this is the one that interested me the most, probably because the cover pulls me in AND I still don’t really know what this book is about even though I read the description. But, I absolutely love weird books anyway.

Why It’s Still There:

Another Goodreads addition. Let’s just be glad I’m not on the site anymore.

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We Are Okay

We Are Okay

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

So many people have raved about this one and Everything Leads to You, so I should obviously read the both of them. Also, I’ve seen this book in many a bookstagram pictures, and it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Why It’s Still There:

I’m just not in a contemporary mood, I admit it.

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When the Moon Was Ours

When the Moon Was Ours

Why I Added It to My TBR: 

Because everyone in the blogging community has raved about this book to the point where I just went ahead and added it to my TBR! And I’m also a sucker for gorgeous prose, and the quotes for this one sound stunning.

Why It’s Still There: 

I’m waiting until I’m in the mood for this one. I’ve been sucking at reading this year, and this one looks like a pretty dense read, so I’ll wait until I’m totally ready for it.

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Queens of Geek

Queens of Geek

Why I Added It to My TBR:

Again, another recent blogging community obsession. And, okay, the cover is striking and I just couldn’t help myself.

Why It’s Still There:

Yeah, in the last five to ten minutes, I haven’t suddenly been in the mood for a contemporary.

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As I Descended

As I Descended

Why I Added It to My TBR:

I’ve heard lots of things about Talley’s books – both good and bad – but I’m most interested in this one because I’ve become a huge fan of YA horror, and I really need to read more of it.

Why It’s Still There:

I really don’t have any excuses except I’m just not in the mood for it.

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I’ll Give You the Sun

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Why I Added It to My TBR:

I bought this so long ago with some birthday money. Pretty sure my eyes saw the cover, then read the description, and I went ahead and bought it.

Why It’s Still There:

Still not in that contemporary craze. And it’s been, like, four years, so this is unacceptable to be honest.

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Obviously, I really need to get cracking on conquering my TBR. 

(Someone please help me.)

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[LET’S CHAT] Do We Need to Set Monthly TBRs (And Why I Don’t)?

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Ah, yes, monthly TBRs. I know there are several people who actually do these things, because once the month comes to a close, there are always those, “February Wrap Up and March TBR” depending on the month, and I used to take part in Wrap-Ups, but have decided to dump them recently, but I’ve never done monthly TBRs on my blog.

I used to be able to do monthly TBRs when my primary blogging site, if you will, was Books Amino (I know, you guys are probably tired of hearing me talk about it). Basically, it’s this great app that combines blogging and Litsy and Instagram, so you can write mini blog posts or your own writing and upload pictures. I like to think it’s like if you want to blog, but don’t want to do the 34828042 other things you have to do to actually maintain a blog.

I actually wrote an entire post on the subject on Books Amino about how I was going to stop doing Monthly TBR posts just because they personally didn’t mesh with me and my reading style. I’m well aware that set TBRs can work for some people, but there are a multitude of reasons as to why I just can’t do them.

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1. I’m a huge mood reader.

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Me looking at my TBR

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before in passing that I’m a mood reader. That means that I pick up books based off what I’m feeling like reading at that very moment. One week, I’m in the mood to read some contemporaries, and then I might never want to read contemporaries until the end of the year. During the last half of last year, I pretty much read thriller after thriller after thriller, and I couldn’t stop. Now, I’ve sort of backed off the thrillers (even though I miss all my babies), and read a mix of everything, especially since this year, it seems like SO MANY GOOD BOOKS ARE COMING OUT THIS YEAR IN ALL THE GENRES GAH. So I just don’t set TBRs because nine times out of ten, I’ll end up reading everything except the list of books I put for me.

2. I’m way too much of a perfectionist.

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I know, I know; there are so many people who do monthly TBRs who are like, “It doesn’t matter if I don’t make it through all the books or if I don’t read any of them. It’s just there to be a sort of guide during the month.” BUT I CANNOT DO THAT. I am a perfectionist. When I accidentally deleted pictures in my Media and then realized that they deleted across my few blog posts, I went back and took two hours to put them back in. When I finally made my graphics that I have now, I changed my graphics for every single post I had before. If I misspell something in a comment, I have to leave because if I don’t, I’ll give into the urge to delete it and re-write it all over again. I will delete tweets if they don’t look perfect the first time. I check my captions ten times before I copy and paste them into Instagram when uploading photos. If I set a TBR, and I don’t follow it, IT WILL STRESS ME OUT. I know it might not make sense to other people, but that’s me as a human being.

3. Life happens.

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Me talking about my TBR

And by “life happens,” I mean, “great books come out, like, every single month, and I borrow/buy them, and want to read them right away, but there’s also the fact that I haven’t finished up reading these unfinished series, but there’s also these backlist books that I want to read, and then I also have 48928849 books that have been recommended to me.” Basically.

4. I literally suck at making decisions.

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I DO OKAY. Eleven times out of ten, I’ll finish a book, then stare at the iBooks app for an hour because I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO READ. We bookworms understand that feeling when you’re so excited to read about 1200 books that you realize you’re way too overwhelmed and can’t choose one to settle down with. THAT HAPPENS TO ME ALMOST EVERY DAY. So imagine me trying to compile a list of books I want to read for the month. That’s right, IT NEVER HAPPENS.

5. I just can’t stick to it.

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I’ve tried doing TBRs. Multiple times, in fact. Literally every single time, I fall flat on my face, and read none of the books I told myself I was going to read. I DO end up reading books, though, so that’s always a plus. Just not the ones I was originally going to force myself to read. Oops. Hence why I don’t see the need to force myself to sit down and make a plan when I never actually keep up with it.

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And, basically, this is why I totally suck at monthly TBRs, and why I’m just writing them off forever, and never doing them ever again. Like, ever. There are just too many traumatic memories attached to doing monthly TBRs. Mainly because I’m a perfectionist as a human being (trust me, I wish I wasn’t).

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How do you feel about monthly TBRs? Do you like them or not like them? Are you a perfectionist much like I am (please say yes)?

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