Book Club Mom’s dream list TBR

I don’t keep an official TBR list, but I always have a dream list of books I want to read. Oh, but if time weren’t such a problem, how many more books I would read! If I had unlimited time (and resources), I’d buy a bunch of the latest books that have caught my eye, load up my bookshelf and settle myself into my favorite chair. What would be on that shelf? Here’s that list:


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Bees by Laline Paull

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Factfulness by Hans Rosling

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Layover by David Bell


Less by Andrew Sean Greer

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Naturally Tan by Tan France


New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Our House by Louise Candlish

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Recursion by Blake Crouch

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali


Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

There There by Tommy Orange

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


One of the reasons I don’t make an official TBR list is because I feel pressure to stick to it and that takes the fun out of it. I hope I’m not jinxing it by posting the list! What’s your TBR strategy? Do you make a list? Do you feel obligated once you do?

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17 thoughts on “Book Club Mom’s dream list TBR

  1. I don’t go in for official TBR lists either, it’s whatever takes my fancy at the time (unless it’s a review request). I have a few of your choices and I really enjoyed The Lost Man.

  2. I’m like you. If I have a TBR list, I’ll get anxious and feel pressured. So I go one book at a time. If I read an amazing women’s fiction novel, I’ll try to next go with historical fiction or non-fiction. Next can be some romance or it might be literary fiction. I also will get some sci fi/fantasy in there. Fun to try and mix it up
    I love your books listed above that you want to read. I highly recommend many of them that are on my “fabulous” list, like An American Marriage, Before We Were Yours, Clock Dance (a very different story from Anne Tyler), Eleanor Oliphant (goes with your post about an unlikeable character, but includes a transformation), A Gentleman in Moscow (incredible, slow cooker but what a meal!), Hillbilly Elegy (the non-fiction that I made myself start and then gobbled it up like dessert), and Where the Crawdads Sing (elegant), I look forward to (at some point, no pressure!) reading what you think of these books, and learning about the other ones you list above that I have not read yet.

  3. I’ve always wanted to take a week off from work/life and just read. My Kindle is PACKED with so many wonderful books. I’m a list maker, but when it comes to my reading, I go with whatever catches my eye.

  4. I don’t have a tbr list either, Barbara, well, I think i marked a few books on my goodreads account, but considering people have thousands on theirs, a few that you can count with fingers shouldn’t count. There are a few on yours up there that caught my attention, Recursion, for one, And the woman on the window, as well as Where the Crawdads Sing and Eleanor Oliphant. There are more that I can’t recall now that I’m typing the comment – I’m scattered!

  5. Right now I’m reading Mrs. Bridge (Evan Connell) because Anne Lamott recommended it. I like to have two books to toggle between, so I’m also reading Karen Russell’s Orange World.

    I have the conviction that if I read books of such calibre, my writing may improve. Recently I read and reviewed Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread and now have Where the Crawdads Sing on reserve at the library. Thank you for posting your list here, Barbara.

  6. I still have many hundreds in my library that I haven’t yet read. I tend to walk in, look around, and grab what catches my eye. Sometimes I am prompted by others who lead me to a work or an author.

  7. I don’t keep a TBR list per se. My TBR list is more like a MBR [Might Be Read] list so that I never feel like I’m in college again, forced to read something because there’ll be a test on it. I’ve read Eleanor Oliphant and loved it. It’s one of the few novels I’ve ever read and immediately wanted a sequel.

    1. Oh I know what you mean, Ally. I still remember that heavy feeling of looking at a syllabus and seeing what needed to be done. It was worse with history classes in college, but there was always pressure to get it done. I definitely want to read Eleanor Oliphant – I’m so glad to hear how much you enjoyed it!

  8. Wow, so many great books on your list! I keep a TBR list on Goodreads, mainly so I’ll remember which books I wanted to read at some point. I try not to plan my reading too far in advance, because I know I don’t stick with reading plans anyway (and I start feeling frustrated and/or trapped when I feel like I HAVE to read a particular book). When I start having too many review books, I end up feeling the same way, because with those, I do feel obligated to read on or around release date, and then I lose the ability to read whatever strikes my mood at the time.

    1. I know, Lisa – we are of like minds! I prefer to be a little rogue in my book selections and feel pressure if there’s a list. You do a great job balancing all the books on your “shelf” – I aspire to that!

    1. Thanks for the tips – Library of Life! I own Hillbilly Elegy and added Stationery Shop based on your review! Thanks for stopping by – hope your Tuesday is going well 🙂

    1. I know what you’re saying, Norah. At least I’m not hoarding the books in advance. I’ll probably get most at the library when the time comes! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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