I Let My Instagram Followers Pick My TBR Stack

For a while, I’ve asked people in a book community I’m part of to pick what I’m reading next through emoji polls. It has been so much fun and sometimes a little out of control, but I haven’t done it in a while. I told a friend of mine I was thinking about asking my Instagram followers to pick my TBR books for September. I was told it was a bonkers idea so I decided to do it anyway. Everyone was way more responsive than I anticipated, but I . AM. SO. EXCITED!!!!!!

I was a little nervous to do this and then have no one respond to it, but I have 13 books on my stack that my followers picked by choosing a number off my TBR bookshelf. If you missed it, you can see portions of it on my highlights on Instagram and I also have the picks below.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The first book is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. When he won the Nobel Prize last year, I went to my local used book store armed with book recommendations by him because I had never heard of him. Never Let Me Go was the most highly recommended book and I was able to snag it before there was a mad dash for his books after the award was announced.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The second book was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I got this book as a surprise from one of my snail mail exchanges and decided to play with the sun glare feature on one of my photo apps because I couldn’t get good lighting at first on Saturday. Why not embrace it?

Unbelievable by Katy Tur

The third book was Katy Tur’s Unbelievable. A lot of people have asked me how I can read political books with all the news going on 24/7. The only thing I can say is that I spent four years studying politics and things were equally ugly back then; sometimes from my own professors. I can turn it on and off, but even I know when to turn everything off to prevent burn out.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman has come up again and again over the past couple of months so maybe it’s time I read it. I can’t remember if I was gifted this book or if I bought it, but it almost certainly came from a recommendation from another bookish person I know because I’m still somewhat new to fantasy.

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

When I decided I was going to start a book blog, I did a lot of (unnecessary?) research on the book community. One of the podcasts I listened to had a host who was OBSESSED with Kelly Link so I picked up Pretty Monsters randomly one day to try her out.

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

I went to a local indie store to just browse, but I grabbed this book immediately when I saw it was signed. I love true crime, but I’ve been avoiding reading this book because I know it is intense at some parts. Maybe this is a good way to get me to read it?

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This is a book that I’ve thought for a long time that I owned, but didn’t so when I was in Atlanta a few months ago, I decided to grab it so I could check it out. I’ve heard some good things about it and several people tell me I would specifically enjoy it so we’ll see.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

This book has come up an embarrassingly amount of times in emoji polls, random number picks, etc. I’ve never picked it up. I think I bought it as an impulse buy from Book of the Month, but not 100% sure why. Maybe it’s time to get it off the TBR shelf so I can move on to other books or maybe I’ll enjoy it.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

I’m a little embarrassed by this one because I need to get it back to the person who owns it. I think this is a perfect time to read it since I’m reading Crazy Rich Asians and I know there’s also a movie adaptation of The Joy Luck Club. That might be a fun thing to do going into the holidays.

Before I Say Goodbye by Ruth Picardie

For my birthday, my dad decided to take me to the used bookstore (have I mentioned my parents are awesome?) and he threw a bunch of books he wanted to share with me into the cart. This is definitely one of them. I would never pick it up for myself, but my dad has also been buying my books for several years and has never led me astray. I probably need a box of tissues though.

The English Wife by Lauren Willig

I picked this one up from Book of the Month and then SURPRISE Lauren Willig was in Houston when I went to go see Deanna Raybourn. I was so excited to meet her, but of course I couldn’t get it signed since I bought it from another vendor. This is one of those books I feel like I would need to tackle, but I think its time.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Confession Time: I’m about 95% sure I never read this book. When I was visiting my mom, she gave me a bunch of books that “magically” found themselves on her bookshelves over the years (my mom is known for finding stuff I was throwing in the garbage during an emotional teen time and saving them for me). Anyway, with the movie out, this would also be a great one to read the book and then watch the movie.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson


Lastly is The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I think this one was an impulse buy from the used bookstore I used to live next to. I really enjoy true crime as a genre in a lot of different mediums, but sometimes the books are scarier than listening to it on a podcast or watching Dateline (oh please you know you’ve done it too). This might be because one of the first ones I read was In Cold Blood. Thankfully, it wasn’t Helter Skelter after I was shown the crime scene photos of the Manson murders by a stupid boy in high school.

I know this post is long, but I really am that excited about doing this. Thanks to everyone who participated in answering my Instagram story. I will probably keep everyone up-to-date on my progress there as well as through my writing on here. I’m currently buried under a pile of library books, but I’ll get going on this TBR stack as soon as I can.

Until next time…

Happy Reading everyone!

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