Do you have a TBR pile?


Reading’s my reward at the end of the day!
~ Cheryl Strayed

Hey, Lovelies.

Are you a bit of a bookworm?

I am.

And like most bookworms I have a giant TBR pile.

For those of you not in the know, a TBR pile is a pile of To-Be-Read books.

I have two piles stacked up on my bedside table, and a couple of piles on the desk in my writing room, and then a couple of shelves in a couple of bookcases. So, yeah, my pile is big, and it never goes down much, because I am always adding to it.

I love my work, but being a psychic can be emotionally draining. Reading novels in bed at the end of the day is one of my favourite ways to wind down, and like Cheryl Strayed, it’s also my reward.

In the mornings? That’s when I read non-fiction. A minimum of ten pages before I start my day. It’s a way to be inspired, and to learn and grow.

I also have a list of audiobooks queued in my phone, ready for a spare moment. I love to listen to a book while I am cooking or cleaning. Or, when I’m wracked by pain, or stymied by insomnia, and I need a distraction. Audiobooks are a delicious way to pass the time.

How about you? What’s in your TBR pile? Is there any book or audiobook you’d like to recommend to the rest of us? I’m a hungry reader, and I’m always looking out for new finds!
Love, pages and a mug of something warm and good, Nicole xx


Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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14 thoughts on “Do you have a TBR pile?

  1. Two piles on the floor beside the bed and a pile of non-fiction in the office.
    Funnily looking at the piles they have sort of made themselves into a fiction pile and a non-fiction pile beside the bed. That wasn’t intentional but looking at them now there is an order to the piles.
    Another pile in the family room are non-fiction craft & hobby books that I flick through at night. Different areas of the house have different books.
    Office has a pile of business type books.
    On the coffee table is a beauty which has been there since November last year. I don’t want to ever move it. Hilma af Klint Artist Researcher Medium. So inspired by her detailed channelled writings and art work. A century before her time. And then there are the piles and piles of unread on the Kindle……
    Finishing is not obviously my strong suit.

    1. Maybe you don’t need to finish. Maybe it’s enough to dip in and out. And you’re so well prepared to meet any book-reading emergency! Big hugs xx

    1. I completely understand! Chick lit has got me through some tough times. Books as an escape are such good medicine!

  2. I recently enjoyed The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie. It’s described as a spiritual thriller/mystery which beautifully combines two interests of mine. I found it fun and inspirational… there should be more books like that! Michie also wrote The Dalai Lama’s Cat which is another good read. 😊

  3. Like you I have tons of TBR books waiting…and the pile never goes down….non-fiction in the morning is a must as is spiritual or poetry reading. Mysteries, historical fiction at night or when I need to unwind more. Have not gotten into audio books much.

    1. Audio books were something I discovered when I couldn’t see. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed having a story read to me. And I love poetry too. 😊

  4. Do I have a TBR pile 🤣🤣🤣 Husband calls it a construction zone….or zones – the desk, the bed, the well entire house…..his is hidden in digital files (I’d believe his digital files are in the many thousands….).
    I don’t do audiobooks the energy expenditure is too great especially if I’m already tired (that is where tv/movies come in for me) and I rarely e-read (usually hard to get or friend’s only releasing e-style).

    Have just finished Court in the Act memoir by Shane Jenek (Courtney Act). I’ve been reading a bunch of non-fiction in a series First Knowledges ed. Margo Neale (titles are Songlines, Design, Country) and have another non-fiction (popular science category cause librarian in me can’t help myself) Blue Mind: How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do – can’t possibly imagine why that is on my nearing top of non fiction pile 😛

    Inhaling for escape and late to the party so have the deliciousness of like 14 titles to dive into – the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire – changeling detective with a side of romance (full urban fantasy series).

    And that is just the tip of my construction zone – I am usually reading 3 or 4 titles at once (plus any magazines or cookbooks that cross my path).

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one with multiple books on the go. I love the idea of your books as a construction zone. Thanks for the good tips xx

  5. My most recent love and recommendation is The Paper Palace by Miranda Crowley Heller. I picked it off the Fast Back shelf at the library…totally loved it in so many ways. 📚💚

  6. Hi Nicole,
    My cotton candy for the brain books are a couple of series starting with the “Cat Who…” by Lillian Jackson Brown, the “Midnight Louie” series by Carole Nelson Douglas, and the “krewe of hunters” series by Heather Graham. All three series are mysteries, The first two are “cozy” or as I call it cotton candy cat mysteries. The third series is a mystery series but with the supernatural playing a part but the real killer(s) are human. ~~~ Cyndi way to many TBR’s and old friends to read – heaven

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