Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tackling My TBR Pile by Terri L. Austin

If you’re like me—and you know you are, minxes—you eschew New Year’s resolutions. It’s too much pressure. Trying to cram half a dozen new habits into my schedule at one time is daunting. But right before the holidays, as I was cleaning my office, I realized I was going to have to buy yet another bookshelf to house all of my unread books.
My husband suggested that I simply have too many. And like every bibliophile, I snort laughed. In his face. Too many books? There’s no such thing. Then he suggested that before buying a new book I should read at least one book that I already own. That seemed a bit extreme, but the truth is I’m running out of room. And before you ask, yes, I have an e-reader. Its shelves are virtually overflowing, as well.

So I finally broke down and made a New Year’s resolution—my first in years. Read more. That’s it. A challenge I’ll happily accept. I even came up with a genre list based on my TBR pile. It goes a little something like this: 

January: 1 Young Adult (I read 2, so I’m ahead of the game.), 1 Urban Fantasy, 1 Mystery (I’m currently beta reading my friend, Larissa Reinhart’s, next release—I guess that technically doesn’t count, since it didn’t chip away at my TBR pile, but it’s a fabulous, funny book. I regret nothing!)
February: 1 Historical (I ache for a rake, y’all.), 1 Young Adult (My indie bookstore had great big bin of them on sale, and I may have binged.), 1 Procedural (Does J.D. Robb count? I think it does.), 1 Erotica (Happy Valentine’s Day.)
March: 1 Historical (Perhaps something set in Ireland in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.), 2 Urban Fantasy (Dragons, anyone?)
April: 2 Young Adult, a contemporary trilogy (My Kindle will thank me.)
MaySince I fully intend to bring home a truckload of books from the RT Booklovers Convention, I need to up the ante this month. 2 Mystery, 2 contemporary, 2 Paranormal Romance
June: I heard wedding bells chime 4 books. I’m thinking all Regency, all brides, all month long.
July: Thus far, I’ve neglected my non-fiction shelf like that last fancy chocolate, languishing in the box. It’s raspberry crème and tastes like Robitussin. But my non-fiction books won’t be ignored, Dan, therefore, I’ll read 3.
August: Bad boys make the perfect summer fling. I’m on the lookout for 5 dark and dangerous heroes this month—men with an edge and a few tats to prove it.
September: Girl, are you being stalked by a serial killer? Well, that hot, rugged detective wants to help you stay alive. 3 Romantic Suspense, 2 Mystery
October: To the boys and ghouls everywhere, Happy Halloween! 5 Urban Fantasy (3 shifter heroes and 2 witchy heroines.)
November: Ah, Thanksgiving. A perfect time for the old going-back-home-to-find-love trope (4).
December: Sports heroes are the best. So alpha. Rowrrrrr. 3Athlete Romances

If I can stick to this schedule, that’s about 50 books, or three shelves worth of space. Wish me luck and Happy New Year!

What’s in your TBR pile?



  1. I love this Terri! My own TBR pile is looming, both in my eReader and on my shelf. This was a fun way to look at tackling it at last.

    1. Thanks, Christy. I have a feeling that even if I tackle my TBR pile, I'm still going to have to buy a new shelf. :)

  2. I love your schedule! My TBR pile is on hold because I have Rita books to read at the moment.

    1. Me, too. Those are from the "In Addition" category.

  3. Thanks for the shout out, Terri! To make for a happy 2015, my TBR list will include rereading your books and reading your manuscripts. 2015 is officially the year of Terri L. Austin.
    That doesn't sound stalkerish, does it? I'm a fan for all the right reasons!

    1. :) If only it were the year of Terri L. Austin. I'd banish calories forever!