I keep a TBR list on my phone. What is a TBR? It’s definitely not this:
TBR stands for “to be read”, and a TBR list is a list of books I wish to read.
I’ve devised a system that I’ve been working on since the pandemic. Because I’m a slow reader, I only hold a few books at a time. I don’t like keeping books from other readers because I don’t think it’s fair. So right now, I have a large list of books on my phone’s notes that are waiting to be held at my local library.
I love receiving book suggestions. I get them from my mom, my friends, blogging friends, magazine articles, websites, social media, store cashiers, and so on. Finding new book suggestions has become my new favorite pastime.
To be honest, reading has become my new favorite pastime. I never imagined I’d say this, but it’s true.
In my book, I discuss how I lost interest in reading during the five years I was in perimenopause. Brain fog, memory loss, pain, and other problems sapped my desire to read. I couldn’t concentrate long enough to read anything other than social media. Can you imagine? But now I’m more than making up for it.
So I’m opening a little today, being vulnerable, and allowing you in.
Welcome to my ever-growing To Be Read List. This does not include what is currently on hold at the library, which I will include at the top of the list. This also does not include what I’m currently reading.
I’m proud of who I’m becoming. 🙂
Being held at the library:
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect us From Violence by Gavin De Becker
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia
All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living by Morgan Harper Nichols
The Body Keeps Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
1- You Were Never Broken: Poems to Save Your Life by Jeff Foster
2- Your Art Will Save Your Life by Beth Pickens
3- A Year to Live: How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last by Stephen Levine
4-The Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Lifetimes by Ann C. Barnham MA, LMFT
5- The Mountain Is You by Brianna Wiest
6- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
7- The Song of The Seed: A Monastic Way of Tending the Soul by Macrina Wiederkehr
8-Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
9- Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
10- What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry
11- The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
12- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
13- Ways of Seeing by John Berger
14- Finding Freedom: How Death Row Broke and Opened My Heart by Jarvis Masters
15- Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott
16- Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander M.D.
17– Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss
18- Broken Horses: A Memoir by Brandi Carlile
19- The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
20- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
21- Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, The Discreet Charm of Snails, & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness by Nathanael Johnson
22- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
23- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
24- 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Gregory Rabassa
25- All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks
26- The Guncle by Steven Rowley
27- Crying in Hmart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
28- The Music of Bees: A Novel by Eileen Garven
29- Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry by Jennifer Shannon
30- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
31- Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains by Cassie Chambers
32- The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
33- The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift by Steve Leder
34- More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us by Steve Leder
35- Men Explaining Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
I hope I’ve given you some new reads. I’d love to hear your book recommendations so that I may add more books to my TBR list.