Tackling my TBR piles one pile at a time


For the new year, I decided not to buy new books and instead to read books I already own. This is very difficult as I enjoy buying books. A lot. I love supporting living writers. Writers have to eat too! But I think this is a worthy endeavor.

I am focusing on what I already have. Which is a lot apparently. When I looked at the piles of books in my bedroom alone, I was overwhelmed by the stacks of literature waiting to be discovered. So, I decided to start with a pile of red (ish) books.

Would you help me decide where to begin? Have you read and loved any of these? If so, tell me why. Inspire me to pick a first book.

  • 100-Year-Old Man, Jonas Jonasson
  • The Dead Romantics, Ashley Poston
  • Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner
  • House of Names, Colm Tóbín
  • The Lying Life of Adults, Elena Ferrante
  • The Book of Form and Emptiness, Ruth Ozeki
  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro

I’m excited to start my new year in reading with your insights and advice.

Thank you.

Happy New Year!!

7 thoughts on “Tackling my TBR piles one pile at a time

  1. Jeanne January 3, 2023 / 5:58 pm

    Not Crying in H…overrated!(sorry to anyone who loved it)


  2. Susan M. January 4, 2023 / 10:12 am

    This is a tough choice. I loved the Ozeki book. I would have to go with Ferrante simply because I loved all of her books in the series so much. Is this a continuation of the same characters? Your post is inspiring me to read the books I also have but have not yet read, though I can’t sort them by color! LOL!


    • Susan Barr-Toman January 4, 2023 / 2:45 pm

      I loved her Neapolitan series! Have you watched the HBO series. So good! I’d wait to gather your unread books before claiming that you can’t sort them by color. You might be surprised. I was!


  3. Myra Hochman January 4, 2023 / 2:40 pm

    Klara and the Sun. I love all his books and have read them and saved most of them, including Klara. This relationship/friendship, AI style, is touching and provocative.


    • Susan Barr-Toman January 4, 2023 / 2:43 pm

      Thanks for your suggestion, Myra. I remember scanning the first chapter last year and being captivated by the light coming into the store.


  4. Andrea Fishman-Pasternak January 9, 2023 / 9:25 am

    I’ve read none of these (unless you count starting and stopping H-Mart, to which I won’t return). Thanks for the other possibilities:)


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