Tuesday 9 June 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Added To My TBR & Forgotten Why

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top Ten Books I've Added to my TBR and Completely Forgotten About

I swear this scenario applies to every single book I've added to my TBR list, or in my case, my "interest" shelf on Goodreads. I actually reserve my "To Be Read" shelf on Goodreads to keep track of the books on my shelf (IRL) that I haven't read, and the "interest" shelf for books I want to buy or read eventually. Here are 10 (out of 242 lol) that I don't quite remember why it piqued my interest:

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
YA Contemporary - Released: 2015
What We Saw is based on a real life story, which might be why I decided I wanted to read it. It depicts a story of a girl named Kate who left a party thinking she knew exactly every detail of the night, only to realise that there were so many facts she had forgotten or maybe facts others want to bury.

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Historical Fiction - Released: 2006
One, this is a translated novel and two, it is a romance historical fiction. I've read translated novels before so qualms there but historical fiction NOT set during the Tudor times is a step outside of my comfort zone for sure so I'm not quite sure what past me was thinking. In saying, the story is about an orphan girl who falls in loves and follows the boy of her dreams towards the goal of finding gold. Surely everything goes right for them, right?

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
Non-fiction - Released: 2012
I added this to my TBR in 2016 apparently, which was definitely not when I was into non-fiction so I have no clue where I even stumbled upon this from. I did some psychology study in 2015 so maybe that influenced my wanting to read about the human brain and hallucinations. Do I want to read it now? Look, probably not.

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
YA Mystery - Released: 2016
As much as I couldn't recall ever coming across Shallow Graves I will say I'm not surprised I was intrigued by this. It tell the story of a girl named Breezy who wakes up a year after leaving a party, unsure why she's at her grave and why there is a dead person already lying in it. Honestly, thank you to this topic because 100% I will be reading this.

Infinite Jest by David Wallace Foster
Adult Fiction - Released: 2005
The blurb is better at explaining the novel:
Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.
Right now I'm just asking myself how I came by this ...?

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
YA Contemporary/LGBT - Released: 2017
I cannot believe past Tracey would be into a book called The Love Interest, but then I read the synopsis and was like ah, okay, I see. The title doesn't really give away what the story is truly about, two secret spies who are labelled "Nice" and "Bad". Their mission is to get close to a girl in the real life, but they're competing against each other. The catch? Whoever the girl doesn't choose will die. Cool, cool, cool, cool.

Muriel Avenue Sluts by Maggie Hasbrouck
New Adult - Released: 2016
I am also at a shock that this was added to my list but also not really. In fact, I really kind of want to read this now. The premise involves Julia Turnbow who is about to follow her mum's footsteps to become a sex worker for the exclusive world of the Philadelphia's Muriel Avenue Sluts. Amongst it all she has to deal with issues of abuse, betrayal and a whole lot of other issues she never thought she would face.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Fairytale Retelling (The Little Mermaid) - Released: 2018
I'm a total sucker for fairytale retellings so no surprises here. More surprised I never got around to reading this, but it takes The Little Mermaid and makes "Ariel" or in this case Princess Lira into a character who didn't necessarily want to be human and how she learns to find the middle ground between family ties and what the heart wants.

LIKEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
YA Sci-Fi - Released: 2018
I haven't ready any Jay Kristoff books so I definitely think this was added on a whim according to the usual hype around rather famous YA authors. I'm not sure I'll be reading this but we'll see.

The Waiter by Matias Faldbakken
Historical Fiction - Released: 2018
Another historical fiction, translated novel. I guess even though I hadn't read anything of the sort, I really wanted to back then? This sounds super intriguing though, detailing a waiter's experience as he caters towards The Hill's, a famous restaurant in Oslo, wealthy diners. His day turns into disarray as a young lady arrives to meet someone she knows at table ten.

Overall, I would have to say I don't really remember ever coming across any of these titles or even what they were about until this post. If anything it means I can weed out what I really would like to read now and what I'm no longer interested in.

What Books Have You Forgotten About Adding To Your TBR?


  1. Quite a diverse list. You should definitely read Daughter of Fortune next. Fantastic book.

    My TTT.

    1. Thank you for letting me know Daughter of Fortune is good, I'll definitely push it up my list!! Thanks for reading.

    2. You're welcome. You know that it's part of a trilogy, right? But you can read it in any order your like.

      Thanks for visiting my TTT, as well.

  2. The Love Interest does look like a good read!

    My TTT .

    1. It's super interesting isn't it, I feel like the title would deter people but the synopsis is so different.

  3. To Kill A Kingdom is great, I hope you enjoy it!
    My TTT:

    1. Oo yep okay, I'll give it a go. Thanks for coming by!!

  4. I think you should read What We Saw soon! It sounds good!

    1. I love that so many people have commented on how my list actually has some great books so I'm ready to re-discover why I thought I wanted to read these!

  5. I'm with you. I forget about books as soon as I stick them on my TBR list! Case in point: you just reminded me that SHALLOW GRAVES and WHAT WE SAW are both on my TBR list. I'll get to them someday ...

    Happy TTT!

    1. It really is like that isn't it. Every time a new month rolls around I just get caught up with newer releases, I feel so bad. Thanks for coming by!

  6. I really liked To Kill A Kingdom, so I'd recommend it! I have Infinite Jest on my TBR as well - it seemed like one of those books that everyone suggests reading once, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

    My TTT

    1. You're the 2nd person to suggest To Kill a Kingdom so I will definitely have to get around to it. And maybe that's why I added Infinite Jest to my list hmm.

  7. The Waiter sounds like fun!

    1. Yes! It's so fascinating that it's within one setting and maybe just one day?