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TBR Sneak Peek - Chloe

A wall of books tied with string. Posters with words in black and red lettering are scattered throughout.
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We've all been there; you’ve found the perfect story to read – it has all of your favourite tropes, it’s your preferred genre, and it’s got some juicy surprises waiting for you. The Gollum part of you screams that you need it! You purchase, borrow, or bookmark the piece and eagerly promise to get back to it later.


Flash forward to one year later, and it still hasn’t been read.


As someone with a TBR list the length of the English Channel, I sometimes dread to think about it. I put those stories on there because I love them. So why is it so hard to get through them all?


How Did It Get So Long?


I have consumed stories my entire life. As a kid, I would’ve read anything from a book to a leaflet to a sign – if it had words on it, I wanted to read it. Now that I’m older, reading is more crucial than ever; you need to read regularly if you’re going to be an effective writer. However, because I spend so much time reading for my job, it can be hard to fit reading into my schedule or energy levels. The hell-hole that was 2020 didn’t exactly do me any favours in the motivation department, either. It does not help that I tend to read regularly updated works like webcomics and fanfiction, adding even more length to this TBR.


The longer I wait to read these words, the more anxiety I feel. It starts to feel like a mounting obligation rather than something I want to move through at my own pace. It shouldn’t be like this, but it is. I also feel guilty because I want to purchase these books but can’t always afford them, which doesn’t help.

Let’s Dive On In!


This will be a slightly unusual TBR sneak peek in that some of these have already been started. The ones I have typically started are the regularly updated works, and I will mark them accordingly.

Books


Started:

Brisingr - Christopher Paolini

Inheritance - Christopher Paolini

The Bartimaeus Trilogy - Jonathan Stroud

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee


Not started:

The Song Of Achilles - Madeleine Miller

Six Of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

A Memoir by Lady Trent series - Marie Brennan

The Wrath And The Dawn - Renee Ahdieh


Four piles on books stacked on top of a wooden table.
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Comics/Manga/Manhwa/Manhua


Started:

Giant Days - John Allison

Lumberjanes - Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson

DN Angel - Sugisaki Yukiru

Ranma ½ - Takahashi Rumiko

Fruits Basket - Takaya Natsuki

The Way Of The Househusband - Oono Kousuke I Hear The Sunspot - Fumino Yuki

My Brother’s Husband - Tagame Gengorou


Not Started:

Wandering Son - Shimura Takako InuYasha - Takahashi Rumiko

Revolutionary Girl Utena - Chiho Saitou, Be-Papas Love Is Hard For An Otaku - Fujita

Spy x Family - Tatsuya Endo

Made In Abyss - Akihito Tukushi



Webcomics


Started:

Let’s Play - Mongie

Loving Reaper - Jenny Jinya

The Pigeon Gazette - JaneyJane IT Guy & Art Girl- Bonnie Pang

Our Super Adventure - Sarah Graley The Wrath & The Dawn - Renée Ahdieh/Silvester Vitale True Beauty - Yaongyi

Mao Daily - Bichi Mao Sarah’s Scribble - Sarah Andersen

As Per Usual - Dami Lee

Valley Ghouls - kateleth

Murrz - Murrz

Bluechair - Shen Lore Olympus - Rachel Smythe Castle Swimmer - Wendy Lian Martin War and Peas - Elizabeth + Jonathan

I Love Yoo - Quimchee

False Knees - False Knees

Heartstopper - Alice Oseman

Books of Adam - moby_dickhead


Not Started:

LOST in TRANSLATION - jjolee Not Even Bones - R. Schaeffer/Alai Cinereo


A pile of books, cup, saucer, vase of flowers, and open book sit on a white rounded table. A lace curtain casts an aesthetic patterned shadow over it all.
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Will I get to all of these this year? Probably not, but I don’t mind. Will I add to this list throughout the year? Definitely! I’m looking forward to reading all of these stories at my own pace. What’s on your TBR? Do you feel guilty when you look over your TBR list? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let us know on our socials!


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