Stuffed Shelves: Ten Books Plucked from My Overflowing To-Be-Read Stacks

I’ve never been one for setting New Years resolutions, reading or otherwise. While I like the idea of forming a loose reading goal—maybe I’ll get through 100 books this year, maybe I won’t—I usually find stress far outweighs any benefits when it comes to formulating a specific set of books to read in a certain timeframe. Why constrain myself to a rigid reading list when the ever-growing stack of books threatening to topple off my bedside table and onto my sleeping head provides enough motivation all by itself?

With that, a new goal has popped up out of necessity: 2021 is the year of culling my to-be-read pile. I’ve needed to do it for a while—around the time books stopped fitting on shelves and started taking up refuge on the floor would have been a good start. While I don’t have a specific number of these books I need to read or even a definitive deadline, I’d like to get through as many as possible this year … though I can’t promise I’ll limit the number of new books I bring in.

For this Top Ten Tuesday, I’m highlighting ten books plucked from the stacks around my house that have been waiting far too long for me to pick them up. Maybe I’ll have the chance to read them all.

The Birchbark House
Birchbark House #1
by Louise Erdrich

Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power
by Psyche A. Williams-Forson

A Dash of Trouble
Love Sugar Magic #1
by Anna Meriano

The First Rules of Punk
by Celia C. Pérez

Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940
by George Chauncey

Learned Behavior
Higher Education #1
by Jayce Ellis

Nothing to Tell: Extraordinary Stories of Montana Ranch Women
by Donna Gray

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
Sal and Gabi #1
by Carlos Hernandez

The Sunday Potluck Club
The Sunday Potluck Club #1
by Melissa Storm

We Believe the Children: The Story of a Moral Panic
by Richard Beck

Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.


  1. I hope you get to these! Looks like a nice mix. 🙂 I’m the same way with goals- I have to keep it simple since as a mood reader I bounce around all the time with what I want to read.

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  2. We Believe the Children caught my eye so I looked at the summary. What a bizarre and horrifying story – seems like something that bears investigating, as we enter into another welter of hysteria … I posted ten nonfiction books I’d like to read on my TTT this week, if you’re interested to check it out.

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      1. I know what you mean and I always think, no, not another one. But then I see a good list and get tempted. And it has helped me in the past to go back to my collection of books that I had overlooked in the past.

        But whatever works for us is good, right?

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  3. I cannot tell you how much I love the cover of A Dash of Trouble. Wow! I want to read that book and get it for all of the kids in my family before even knowing what it’s about.

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  4. Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs sounds like a great read. And, yeah, I don’t do well with ambitious book reading goals either. I purposefully set mine ridiculously low so there’s no pressure.

    My post.

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  5. Wow, so many of these sound amazing and I haven’t heard of half of them. Love the look of all the MG books especially 😃 Culling my TBR is always my goal every year but I think perhaps this year I’m gonna try to take it more seriously (and actually make it happen) 😂 Good luck and happy reading!

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  6. Great list! I need to work on getting my TBR down (theres definitely some that’s been there for more than two year! Oops.) and you’ve made me add gay New York to my wtr pile pahaha. I’d already done this prompt in another post so I had a go at my top ten favourite albums lol. You seem like you’d have good taste in music, what are yours? Here are mine 😊


  7. Good luck tackling your list! I did the now-defunct (I think) Mount TBR challenge for several years, and always failed to read the ten books I said I would read. I stopped joining challenges for a while, but then tried Big Book Summer. Didn’t get very many books read from my TBR, but it was fun to join the challenge again!

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  8. You always amaze me with the breadth of your reading interests! We Believe the Children sounds completely fascinating, and I’m so intrigued by that era of moral panic in the 80s/around Satanism, etc. I think I might have to try that one. I hope you can finally make some progress on tackling these, I find it so hard to do too! There’s just always too many books…


  9. I thrive on goals, and lists, and expectations, but I’m always jealous of those who can mood read. It sounds lovely. 😉


  10. I haven’t heard of any of these, although I’ll certainly be looking more into the middle school series. I’m always looking for more of those to add to my never-ending TBR. I feel attacked here, haha. The TBR threatening to topple down is all too real… the stacks in my floor got about 5 feet tall, so I ended up getting another small bookcase last week. I’m hoping I’m also able to go through a majority of my TBR this year. Best of luck in getting through yours!

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    1. But really! The one big book lover stereotype that I embody is having stacks of books all over the place. It’s a mess. And I’m always hesitant to buy new shelves because I also donate most books after reading them. But if things keep going this way, I might have to take a page out of your book and invest in another bookshelf. Happy reading!

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