What is a TBR pile?
Hands down all of my writing and literary friends, I know you know. It’s a To Be Read pile. Mine is on my Kindle which is a good thing because we’re in the alternate flight path of our local airport.
So how do I decide what to read? My lists come from four places.
1. The BBC Book List Challenge.
2. The 101 Best Chapter Books for Kids
3. American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) – I’m a member and have gotten to know several of the authors. I am a tribal reader, another vocabulary word I learned when I joined the world of writers. That is someone who is a super-fan of a specific author. You will read anything by them: books, novellas, short stories, blogs, articles, random napkin notes they post on Pinterest. Also, authors often post when a book is free or really inexpensive. I snap up most freebies and a lot of super-markdowns. It’s been a great way for me to sample new authors. Right now I have 52 books marked as TBR (most are ACFW authors) and a total of about 200 on my Kindle.
4. My go-to book review websites:
Lisa Godfrees’ website which reviews mostly but not all YA. http://lisagodfrees.com/ Her tastes are probably the closest to mine of any blog out there. We both love speculative (paranormal, dystopian, fantasy, sci fi).
Nancy Kimball’s Fiction Heroes Features. http://www.fictionherofeatures.com/ I count down until the 1st and 15th of every month to see who her next hero is. We have similar ideas of what makes a hero, so I find great historical and contemporary romances there.
AJ Cattapan’s site which reviews primarily Middle Grade (upper grade school/middle school). http://www.ajcattapan.com/ Her site is great if you’re looking for books for younger kids.
I also listen to various recommendations and have some books I want to read that don’t fall into any of these categories.
So my first few posts are going to be about my progress on these lists. Now it’s your turn.