As the year winds down, I am taking a closer look at my progress toward whittling down my TBR stacks.

The Read the Books You Buy Challenge has helped me keep track of what I’ve read, and the total read to-date is 85.  That includes all books purchased between June 2015 through the end of 2016 (so far).

Let’s try another way to count my progress:  how many are still unread?

For the period from June 2015-December 2015 (the books not purchased for rereads)

Only eight remain!


For the period from January 2016 through November (current figures)



Next year, I will worry about the unread books purchased in 2014….sigh.  There are a few: 

 23 books unread


So….here are the titles, with links to those already read and reviewed:


JUNE 2015:

1.    Catching Air, by Sarah Pekkanen

2.   In the Unlikely Event (e-book), by Judy Blume

3.   It’s You (e-book), by Jane Porter

4.    Out of Orange (e-book), by Cleary Wolters

5.   Rumor, The (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

6.    Wrong Man, The (e-book), by Kate White


JULY 2015:

1.    A Man Called Ove (e-book), by Fredrik Backman

2.    At Risk (e-book), by Alice Hoffman

3.    Dune Road (e-book), by Jane Green

4.    Friday On My Mind, by Nicci French

5.    Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

6.    Losing Me (e-book), by Sue Margolis

7.    Perfect Son, The (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White

8.    Remember Mia (e-book), by Alexandra Burt


AUGUST 2015:

1.    Accident Season, The (e-book), by Moira Fowley-Doyle-DNF

2.  Broken Homes & Gardens (e-book), by Rebecca Kelley

3.   Honest Illusions (e-book), by Nora Roberts-DNF

4.   Race for Paris, The (e-book), by Meg Waite Clayton

5.    Rainy Day Sisters (e-book), by Kate Hewitt

6.   Summer Wind, The (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe (Book 2)

7.   Who Do You Love? (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner



1.   Dance Begins, The (e-book, prequel), by Diane Chamberlain

2.   Forever (e-book), by Judy Blume (Banned Books Week)

3.   Girls of August, The (e-book), by Anne Rivers Siddons

4.   Gray Mountain (e-book), by John Grisham

5.    Maybe in Another Life (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

6.    Nesting Place, The, by Myquillyn Smith

7.    Seventh Heaven (e-book), by Alice Hoffman

8.    Sleeping with the Enemy, by Nancy Price (for reread)



1.     Admissions, The (e-book), by Meg Mitchell Moore

2.    Cherry, by Mary Karr

3.    Deep End, The (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

4.   Girl with No Past, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

5.   Jane Fonda, The Private Life of a Public Woman, by Patricia Bosworth

6.    Liar’s Club, The:  A Memoir, by Mary Karr

7.     Lucky Us (e-book), by Amy Bloom-DNF

8.    Shadow Year, The (e-book), by Hannah Richell

9.     Truth Be Told (e-book), by Hank Phillippi Ryan



1.     Black Widow, The (e-book), by Wendy Corsi Staub

2.     Forever, Interrupted (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

3.    My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem

4.   November 9 (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

5.   Wildflower, by Drew Barrymore



1.   All Dressed in White, by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke (Entry in First Book of 2016 Event)

2.    Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes

3.    Better Off Without Him (e-book), by Dee Ernst

4.   Broken String, The (e-book, novella), by Diane Chamberlain

5.    Empty House, the (e-book), by Rosamunde Pilcher

6.    Just Say Yes (e-book), by Alyssa Goodnight

7.   Secret Sisters (e-book), by Jayne Ann Krentz

8.   What She Knew (e-book), by Gilly MacMillan



1.  Brooklyn (e-book), by Colm Toibin

2.  Crossing Places, The (e-book, Book 1 Ruth Galloway), by Elly Griffiths

3.   Ex, The (e-book), by Alafair Burke

4.   Guaranteed to Bleed (e-book, Book 2), by Julie Mulhern

5.   Summer’s End, The (e-book, #3), by Mary Alice Monroe

6.   Three To Get Deadly (e-book), by Janet Evanovich

7.   What Was Mine (e-book), by Helen Klein Ross



1.  Find Her (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

2.  Girl in the Red Coat, The (e-book), by Kate Hamer

3.  Price of Salt, The (or Carol) (e-book), by Patricia Highsmith

4.   Ramblers, The (e-book), by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

5.   ROOM (e-book), by Emma Donoghue

6.  Under the Influence (e-book), by Joyce Maynard


MARCH 2016:

1.   Another City, Not My Own (e-book), by Dominick Dunne (for reread)

2.   Be Frank with Me (e-book), by Julia Claiborne Johnson

3.   Breakdown (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman

4.   Domestic Secrets (e-book), by Rosalind Noonan

5.   Friction (e-book), by Sandra Brown

6.   Must Love Dogs:  New Leash on Life (e-book, #2), by Claire Cook

7.   My Name Is Lucy Barton (e-book), by Elizabeth Strout

8.   Nest, The (e-book), by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

9.   Orphan Choir, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

10.  She Can Kill (e-book), by Melinda Leigh

11.  Somewhere Out There (e-book), by Amy Hatvany

12. Terrible Virtue (e-book), by Ellen Feldman


APRIL 2016:

1.    Excellent Lombards, The (e-book), by Jane Hamilton

2.   First Frost (e-book, Waverley #2), by Sarah Addison Allen

3.   Lies & Other Acts of Love (e-book), by Kristy Woodson Harvey

4.   Luckiest Girl Alive (e-book), by Jessica Knoll

5.   My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (e-book), by Fredrik Backman

6.   Obsession, The (e-book), by Nora Roberts

7.    One and Only, The, by Emily Giffin

8.    Other Typist, The (e-book), by Suzanne Rindell

9.   River Road (e-book), by Carol Goodman

10.  Scandal in Skibbereen (e-book, County Cork #2), by Sheila Connolly

11.  Shelter Mountain (e-book, Book 2), by Robyn Carr

12.  What We Find (e-book), by Robyn Carr


MAY 2016:

1.  A Lowcountry Wedding (e-book), by Mary Alice Monroe

2.  Blue Bath, The (e-book), by Mary Waters-Sayer

3.  Clouds in My Coffee (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

4.  Dear Carolina (e-book), by Kristy Woodson Harvey

5.   Dear Thing (e-book), by Julie Cohen

6.   Flight Patterns (e-book), by Karen White

7.   I Let You Go (e-book), by Claire Mackintosh

8.   Island House, The (e-book), by Nancy Thayer

9.   Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty:  Memoir, by Diane Keaton9

10.  My Husband’s Wives (e-book), by Faith Hogan

11.  Some Women (e-book), by Emily Liebert

12. Two-Family House, The (e-book), by Lynda Cohen Loigman

13. Two If By Sea (e-book), by Jacquelyn Mitchard

14.  Unsinkable:  Memoir, by Debbie Reynolds

15.  Wilde Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman


JUNE 2016:

1.   Confess, by Colleen Hoover

2.  Death at Breakfast (e-book), by Beth Gutcheon

3.  Deep Dark (e-book), by Laura Griffin

4.  Dinner, The (e-book), by Herman Koch

5.  Drinking Closer to Home (e-book), by Jessica Anya Blau

6.   Exit, The (e-book), Helen FitzGerald

7.   Here’s To Us (e-book), by Elin Hilderbrand

8.   Mystic Summer (e-book), by Hannah McKinnon

9.   One True Loves (e-book), by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10.  Sunshine Beach (e-book), by Wendy Wax

11. Sweetbitter (e-book), by Stephanie Danler

12. Vinegar Girl (e-book), by Anne Tyler


JULY 2016:

1. Coincidence of Coconut Cake, The (e-book), by Amy E. Riechert

2.  Girl You Lost, The (e-book), by Kathryn Croft

3. In Twenty Years (e-book), by Allison Winn Scotch

4. I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline, et. al.

5.  Melody Lingers On, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

6.  They May Not Mean To, But They Do (e-book), by Cathleen Schine

7.  This Must Be the Place (e-book), by Maggie O’Farrell

8.  Truly Madly Guilty (e-book), by Liane Moriarty

9.   Truth-Teller’s Lie, The (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

10. Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann (50th Anniversary Copy – reread)


AUGUST 2016:

1.All the Ugly & Wonderful Things (e-book), by Bryn Greenwood

2. American Girl, The (e-book), by Kate Horsley

3.  American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin

4.  Behind Closed Doors (e-book), by B. A. Paris

5. Book that Matters Most, The (e-book), by Ann Hood

6.  Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler (reread)

7. Family Tree (e-book), by Susan Wiggs

8.  Firefly Summer (e-book), by Nan Rossiter

9.  I Am No One (e-book), by Patrick Flanery

10. If I Forget You (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greene

11. I Found You, by Lisa Jewell

12. It Ends with Us (e-book), by Colleen Hoover

13.  Map of the World, A (e-book), by Jane Hamilton (reread)

14. My Life, My Body, by Marge Piercy

15. Results May Vary (e-book), by Bethany Chase

16. Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson

17.  Silver Linings Playbook (e-book), by Matthew Quick

18. Siracusa (e-book), by Delia Ephron

19. Sister, The (e-book), by Louise Jensen



1.Come and Find Me (e-book), by Hallie Ephron

2. Finding Libbie (e-book), by Deanna Lynn Sletten

3. Kept Woman, The (e-book), by Karin Slaughter

4. Last Good Girl, The (e-book), by Allison Leotta

5.Life She Wants, The (e-book), by Robyn Carr

6. London Train, The (e-book), by Tessa Hadley

7. Some Tame Gazelle (e-book), by Barbara Pym

8. Sting (e-book), by Sandra Brown

9. Watching Edie (e-book), by Camilla Way



1. Commonwealth (e-book), by Ann Patchett

2. Dollhouse, The (e-book), by Fiona Davis

3.  Echoes of Family (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White

4.  Hot Milk (e-book), by Deborah Levy

5.  Hungry Heart (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner

6. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber

7.  Mean Streak, by Sandra Brown

8. Mothers, The (e-book), by Brit Bennett

9. Red Car, The (e-book), by Marcy Dermansky

10.Saturday Requiem, by Nicci French

11. Send in the Clowns (e-book), by Julie Mulhern

12. Spelling It Like It Is, by Tori Spelling

13. Stealing Jason Wilde (e-book), by Dee Ernst



1. Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

2.Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance

3. Home, by Harlan Coben

4.In a Dark, Dark Wood (e-book), by Ruth Ware

5. Inheriting Edith (e-book), by Zoe Fishman

6. Murder Game, The (e-book), by Julie Apple


That’s my closer look, and now I feel as though I have a fresh perspective.  What do your unread stacks tell you?


15 thoughts on “MY TBR STACKS: A CLOSER LOOK….


  2. I like the way you shape your reading plan/goals. Do you feel like you have more control over all of your books this way? I need to do something!
    BTW, I searched and couldn’t find your comment today but I did get the alert that you liked my post.

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  3. I like the way you’ve set this out and I have found that tracking them in some way helps me keep my finger on what I have. Although I have far too many unread still. I am really going to keep a tight rein on review books next year so that I can fit in more of the ones I have purchased.

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  4. Okay so now I feel bad cause I think I have read like five of my own bought books this year…lol. I am really hoping to change that next year, if I can keep my clicker away from the request buttons! 🙂 I really need to read my own I have so many unread from years and years ago. 😦 🙂

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Stormi, and the good news about our TBR stacks: we can actually start changing things! That’s why I started this blog.

      When I moved, I had boxes of unread books, and I felt defeated. Looking at the stacks did not help, so I thought that a blog devoted to working on them would be my ticket. I like seeing lists, and the pages I created are my lists.

      Good luck!

      And, yes, avoiding that clicker is another way to deal…right? lol


    1. Thanks, Katherine, and yes, I’ve had to work on taking fewer review books, too. It’s tempting to grab everything I can get, and I did that for a while…but now, I only accept review books that I would have bought…no authors I haven’t read, and nothing that isn’t actually crying out to me. lol.

      Also…it helps that reading and blogging are my main “jobs” these days, and I don’t have any children to take care of…all grown! I am amazed at how much reading and blogging the rest of you do!


    1. Thanks, Kimberly, but I do have a lot of time to spare these days, so that helps.

      When I moved in here almost ten years ago, I had boxes of unread books…and I couldn’t imagine even starting to tackle them. So I made lists…and then created this blog. My pages here are my lists, and I like seeing how I can actually “check” things off, when I link to my reviews.

      Enjoy your reading and whittling away at the stacks!


    1. That was the state of my TBR when I moved here…I had 188 print books in boxes, and I put them on the floor in my bedroom…and then, on a little redwood cart. I knew I couldn’t shelve them with the books I’d read.

      So I created lists, and then this blog, with each page another kind of list….

      Thanks for stopping by, Karen, and good luck with those stacks! You can do it!

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