Friday, June 24, 2011

Fun Friday: Guest Post from YA Author JENNIFER HUBBARD

Today's guest post comes from an author who has been reading Author2Author since the very beginning! So cool! Welcome Jenn!


About a month ago, I faced the fact that my TBR (to-be-read) book pile, if unchecked, stood a good chance of taking over the house. (I assume the only reason it hasn’t already is that the prospect of ruling two middle-class adults and one self-important cat isn’t particularly compelling, as coups and takeovers go.) I couldn’t shake the thought that there’s a certain silliness to buying more books when I have dozens of perfectly good unread books at home. (Readers everywhere will understand, though, that you have to be in the right mood to read a book, and sometimes that means putting off the TBR pile another day.) Also, I like to subscribe to literary magazines, but ever since I sold my first book, issues of these journals have been piling up unread.

As an inveterate list-maker, I decided that making a list would help me put a dent in the TBR pile. Nothing thrills a compulsive list-maker like crossing off items on a list, or getting to add to a list of accomplishments! I decided to do both: to make a list of all newly-read books and magazines that were already in the house as of April 17, 2011; and to list all books purchased since then, and record whether I’ve read them or not.

I know you are all waiting breathlessly for my stats, so here they are for the first month: Since starting this project, I’ve read three novels that I already owned; seven issues of the literary journal OneStory; and one issue of the literary magazine Tin House (likewise). I have also purchased ten new books, of which I’ve read six. That’s a net decrease in the amount of unread material in the house! I’ve also reread some books, as I always do, but they don’t count toward this list.

I’m not sure how I’ll handle library books—I don’t have any checked out at the moment. *ponders* The nice thing is that, read or unread, library books don’t hang around the house for long, joining the TBR pile in whatever act of rebellion it’s plotting.

How do you manage your TBR pile—or do you manage it?


Jennifer R. Hubbard writes contemporary YA stories, including The Secret Year (Viking, 2010), “Confessions and Chocolate Brains” (a short story in the 2011 anthology Truth & Dare), and the upcoming Try Not to Breathe (Viking, 2012). She blogs at


Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Thanks for having me, A2A!

Kristina Springer said...

Thank you! Great post! :-)

DeenaML said...

LOL, OK, this is funny bc I just got back from Borders where I bought a book for the manpanion (A CLASH OF KINGS by Martin) and Lisa S's book THE DAY BEFORE for me bc it was out early....and I'm already reading 5 other YA novels and have 2 adult ones I bought...which is extra crazy bc I am a librarian and can have almost any book I want whenever I want -- but I am greedy and WANT TO OWN THEM FOREVER! :)
So yeah, all that to say, I'M WITH YA!
Thanks for posting, Jen!!!

Kate Fall said...

My house is pathetic. My husband bought me an ereader because he can't take it anymore. But you can never have enough books! I use Goodreads, and I would recommend any book I post on my account. (If I read something bad, I keep it secret, but there are so many good books on my TBR pile, like THE SECRET YEAR, that I rarely fall into that trap!)

Becky Levine said...

My TBR pile is made up in good part of library books. We have a great library system that sends a bookmobile up our mountain every two weeks, and I get to pick up any & all holds in one trip. There's some downside to this, because I do wait longer to get books, but if I bought all the books I wanted to read WHEN I wanted to read them, the budget would go BOINK!!!

DeenaML said...

Becky, that is so cool that you have a bookmobile every two weeks! LOVE IT!

Kristina Springer said...

I love the bookmobile! My kids love it too! :-)

Emily Marshall said...

Thanks for stopping by!!! I'm a huge list maker as well, which is odd because I'm horrible at completing lists...including my TBR pile. I usually just read whatever I have around when I'm in the mood. Or order books and whenever they come in I read them.