Tackling the TBR: New Year’s Edition

Is it too late to still be doing New Year’s posts? As long as it’s still January, I think it’s fine.

In 2018 I started a shelf on my Goodreads account called “2019 TBR possibilities.” Basically, it’s a shelf for books that either could count towards my reading goals for the year or that I just really wanted to read soon. Toward the end of 2019 I started a 2020 TBR possibilities list, and now that 2019 is over, it is time to decide whether to move the books left on the 2019 list to the 2020 one or do something else with them. There are 25 books still on this list, and even though that is more than I usually cover in a Tackling the TBR post, I’m going to work through all of them in this one.

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1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare

I never got around to reading anything by Shakespeare last year, and at the moment I do not feel motivated to add it to this year’s goals. Eventually I do want to read this specific play,

Decision: move to regular TBR list

2. Lady of the Limberlost: The Life & Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter by Jeannette P. Meehan

I think I started reading this while I was in college, about four years ago. Gene Stratton-Porter is one of my favorite classic authors and I actually own this book, so I definitely want to read it sooner rather than later. I’m not going to push to read it this year, but I will go ahead and put it on 2020’s TBR possibilities list.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list

10222388. sy475 3. Redemption (MILA 2.0 #3) by Debra Driza

I really want to know how this series concludes (or progresses, if this turns out not to be the last in the series), but the second book really dragged along. I’m conflicted, but given the fact that I have some extra room in my TBR at the moment, I’ll go ahead and keep it.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list

4. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

I’m the nerd who really enjoys Faulkner’s works, but this is one that I have not read. I will definitely read it eventually, but I’m not sure that this year is the time for it. It might be, but I’m not certain enough to have it on a list specific to 2020.

Decision: Keep on regular TBR list only

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I definitely want to read Jane Eyre this year.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list

351346936. A Prairie Girl’s Faith: the Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Stephen W. Hines

Definitely something I want to read eventually, but not a high enough priority to be on this year’s TBR list.

Decision: Keep on regular TBR list only

7. A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

I put this on my list last year because it was new, and because Melody Carlson used to be one of my absolute favorite authors. For a while I could count on loving everything I read by her, but my tastes have changed and now I find her books hit or miss. After reading several reviews of Christmas by the Sea, I think there are other Christmas-themed books out there that I would enjoy more than this one.

Decision: Remove from TBR entirely

8. Yes! on Demand: How to Create Winning, Customized Library Service by Kathy L. Middleton

This book was recommended to me at a library workshop I attended. Unfortunately, the only place I can find it is on Amazon for more than $50, which I am not willing to pay. There is no way I will be reading this book in 2020.

Decision: Keep on regular TBR list only.

Carols and Chaos9. Carols and Chaos by Cindy Antsey

It may not be what I usually read, but this Christmas-y YA adventure looks like it might be lightheardted and fun. I’ll keep it on this year’s list for when I need something to fulfill my Christmas reading goal.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list

10. Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Miller

Sounds rather cheesy, but I’ll keep it as an easy Christmas read.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list.

11. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

One of my 2019 goals was to read more middle-grade and children’s fiction in order to learn my library’s collection better. That isn’t one of my focuses this year, and I’m not sure I want to get hooked in a long series this year, so I think I’ll pass on Keeper of the Lost Cities.

Decision: Keep on regular TBR list only.

3651180512. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Somehow I forgot about this book, which when I first saw I really wanted to read. It sounds so fun that I went ahead and reserved it at the library. I’ll start reading it soon!

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list.

13. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

So many people have told me to read this book recently. I’ll have to get to it at some point this year.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list with high priority.

14. Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

This sounds quite a bit like a Hallmark movie (which I enjoy) and I know that my library has a copy of it, so I’ll leave it on my list as a filler Christmas book.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list.


15. Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests by Cynthia Orr & Diana Tixier Herald

This was recommended to me by a former manager when I expressed an interest at improving my readers’ advisory skills. I intended to read it right away, but obviously that didn’t happen. I do still want to read this soon, I just need to remember it the next time I want to read a nonfiction book!

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list.

16. In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton

I don’t honestly remember adding this, but it sounds very good! Definitely one to try to read soon.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list.

3619219017. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

I’m not sure about this one. I must have had a reason for adding it, so I guess I’ll keep it on my general TBR list.

Decision: Keep on general TBR list only.

18. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

I remember being very excited to read this book when I came across it last year, but now I’m not so sure why. Yes, it’s about a unique library, but it’s fantasy. I do not enjoy fantasy.

Decision: Remove from TBR entirely.

19. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

The synopsis is six paragraphs long, which is rather ironic for a book about minimalism. I don’t think this is one I will get to anytime soon.

Decision: Remove from TBR entirely.

20. Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein

I’m not the biggest Shakespeare fan, and I don’t enjoy retellings. Why, then, did I add this to my TBR?

Decision: Remove from TBR entirely.

21. Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

This still sounds like a fun book, but not one that I really want to prioritize at the moment.

Decision: Keep on general TBR list only.

300798222. When Christ Comes by Max Lucado

This book is on my Read or Donate shelf for this year. It’s not too long, and should be interesting, if nothing else.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list

23. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

This book was very popular at my library for about a month. Looking at it now, I probably won’t really enjoy reading this book, but the claim that it is “an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country” does make it seem worth considering.

Decision: Keep on general TBR only.

46278082. sy475 24. Snowflakes and Sparks (Old Pine Cove #1) by Sophie-Leigh Robbins

I have mixed feelings about this Christmas romcom. It could be really fun, or it could be a big flop. I’ll let it stay on the list for now, at least until I find out whether my library owns it.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list, tentatively

25. Mele Kalikimaka by Taylor Bennett

I have heard a lot of people sing the praises of Taylor Bennett, but most of her books look kind of shallow to me. I know I can’t judge what I have not read, that’s just how they look. I was hoping this one would be a short read and a nice introduction to the author so I could get a taste of her writing and see if I might enjoy reading her other books. For this reason, it gets to stick around another year.

Decision: Migrate to 2020 TBR list.

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Have you read any of these books? Care to argue against any of my decisions? Leave me a comment!

Until the next chapter,


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