Towering TBR Thursday–Take Some of These Books…Please!

First, if you missed the “Live with Tamaria” radio interview last night, go over to Susannah Sandlin’s website and click the link at the top of the righthand column.


You think I’m joking about toppling TBR piles, don’t you? I’m expecting a producer from “Hoarders: Buried Alive” to show up at my door any day now. So I photographed my TBR “pile” (that term is a joke at this point) just to prove it. Note that these books are in no order whatsoever. The only common denominator is that I haven’t read them yet, want to read them at some point, and that this is only the print books. You don’t want to see my Kindle “shelf.” Seriously. I have a problem.

The original TBR shelf. Sorry about the glare from the window beside the shelf. If you look carefully you can see I’m behind with Mercy Thompson, Sookie, my beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Dresden Files. Shameful.

Ran out of space there, so spilled into second shelf…

Ran out of space there, so spilled into third shelf…

Ran out of space there, so spilled into fourth shelf…

Ran out of space there, so spilled into fifth shelf, which is more of a bin…

Ran out of space there, so spilled onto the floor…

Oh yeah, and the ones piled on the edge of my desk…

If you’re morbidly curious, you can probably click on those pictures and see the titles.

So…I’m offering FOUR grab-bags today. Each “grab bag” has at least four books in it. So, sixteen books total. These might be ARCs. They might be hardback. They might be paperback. Most will be new; one or two might be gently used.

So, here’s all you have to do to enter. Tell me the order you’d prefer to win these grab bags in. In other words, if you most want to win the Urban Fantasy grab bag, list UF as #1. If your second choice would be Epic Fantasy, list that as #2, etc.


Grab Bag No. 2 is SCIENCE FICTION (which includes steampunk, time-travel, alt history, etc.).

Grab Bag No. 3 is EPIC FANTASY or traditional fantasy.

Grab Bag No. 4 is YOUNG ADULT. All paranormal titles.

I’ll let pull the winners from among the commenters/entries. First one pulled wins his or her first choice, second one wins highest choice not yet claimed, etc.

Clear as mud?

As always, one entry for a comment. Extra entries for blog follow, for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and for a tweet or retweet of the contest. Let’s play!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

84 thoughts on “Towering TBR Thursday–Take Some of These Books…Please!

  1. Awesome! My TBR is just as bad, but I’d happily lighten your load anyway 🙂

    1. YA
    2. Epic Fantasy
    3. Sci Fi
    4. UF/PR

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    moecatj [at] msn [dot] com

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! My TBR pile is actually much worse than yours, but I’m always up for free books…

    1. Science Fiction
    2. YA (if it includes those YA dystopias I saw :))

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    bookwormsusanna AT gmail DOT com

  3. In order:
    Grab bag #1 Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
    Grab bag #2 Science Fiction

    Your TBR piles are better organized [neater] than mine! Mine cover three bookcases in two rooms. And yet I need more books??? [Yes]

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    Thanks for the chance.

  4. If you ship to Canada, then enter me…. if not… then not :S

    1. YA Bag #4
    2. UF/PNR Bag #1
    3. Sci-fi Bag #2
    4. Epic Bag #3

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    +1 : blog follower : Foreva Lost in Books
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  5. While my TBR pile is just as bad, I can’t resist a luck dip! Thanks 🙂

    1. Grab Bag #1 -UF
    2. Grab Bag #2 -SF
    3. Grab Bag #4 -YA
    4. Grab Bay #3 -FANTASY

    GFC Follower: Mel S

  6. How sweet of you to already have them numbered in my order of preference! 😉
    1. UF/PR
    2. SF
    3. Fantasy
    4. YA
    And thanks for giving us a chance to ‘share the wealth’!

    rissatoo (ATgmail DOTcom)
    +4: commenter, follower, follower, retweeter (well, retweeter in a few minutes… Gotta close out of Reader & open twitter client…)

  7. Not an easy thing to decide! Here are my choices:
    #1 Epic Fantasy
    #2 Science Fiction
    #3 Urban Fantasy
    #4 Young Adult

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  8. Oh my gosh that’s a lot of books =) You weren’t kidding. I saw that you had The Kingmakers..last book in vampire empire trilogy…I’ve been dying for that book. So I’m not sure what category that is..I think its steampunk but has a romance in it. I’d like that group as my first choice if I’m lucky and win. Next would be grab bag #1, then grab bag #4. Thanks a bunch as always.
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  9. 1. YA
    2. UF/PR
    3. Science Fiction
    4. Epic Fantasy

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    +1 blog follow: Throuthehaze
    +1 twitter follow: @raelena85

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  10. Holy cats! That’s quite a TBR pile. Though I have a feeling all my TBR books might dwarf yours. Hi, my name is Teawench & I horde books.

    My preference is 2, 3, 1. No interest in #4.

    I follow the blog and Twitter.
    teawench at gmail dot com

  11. And here I thought I had a problem with my TBR pile… Reconsidering now. At least my floor is book free. Well, for the time being…

    1. Grab Bag No. 1
    2. Grab Bag No. 4
    3. Grab Bag No. 3
    4. Grab Bag No. 2

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  12. Wow, Suzanne! With 16 books gone you are still going to have a ton to read 🙂

    1. Sci-fi
    2. Epic fantasy
    3. YA

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  13. I need more books like I need a hole in the head, but I can’t resist. 🙂

    Grab Bag #1 -UF
    Grab Bay #3 -FANTASY
    Grab Bag #4 -YA
    Grab Bag #2 -SF

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  14. So many book s*_* and my eyes immediately caught the one of Rachel vincent shift series that i have on my wish list *___*

    first choice: urban fantasy ( hoping it’s not the one i already have^^;;)grab bag 1
    secong choice grab bag 4: YA
    third choice Fantasy: grab bag 3

    gfc follower: miki


  15. 1 – YA
    2 – fantasy
    3 – paranormal
    4 – sci fi

    Although I’d be happy with any of them! That’s like asking me to order my favorite desserts 🙂

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  16. My choice would be: grab bag 1, grab bag 2, grab bag 4, grab bag 3

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    +3 comment, follower, Twitter follower.

  17. MY TBR pile is simillar, but I’m always welcoming new books. Always.
    I’m INT so I’m not sure if I can enter. Hm… 😡

    My Kindle shelf has 250 unread books. Are you beating it? ;D

    Okay, my preferences…
    Young adult. Really.
    Epic fantasy

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  18. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

    Bag 1
    Bag 4
    Bag 3
    Bag 2

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  19. Grab bag #1
    Grab bag #4
    Grab bag #3
    Grab bag #2

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  20. Ahem, I must be morbidly curious because I clicked on a few to see the close-ups. There should be a support group for cool readers like us lol except I have a feeling we’d end up adding to the piles than taking away from it!

    I would love to help un-bury you. My choices are:
    #1 UF/Paranormal
    #2 SF
    #3 YA
    #4 Epic fantasy

    GFC: Na
    Twitter: @fieryna

  21. Darn. I missed the radio show. Anywhoot, my pile is much like yours, but I can’t turn away good books. So, if I win I would like:

    1.) PNR/UF
    2.) YA

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    Dawn Chartier (not Anonymous)

  22. Wow, amazing giveaway. Thanks for the chance to help you create some more shelf space, lol!


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  23. I was going to enter, but figured I probably didn’t have a chance! wow lots of entries for this one 🙂
    I love having stacks of books, but I also have a whole room in my house dedicated to my I love to collect and read lots!

  24. First I gotta say you are really close to passing me up in my pile!! Lol and second, I just gotta say… WOW!!! Here’s my order

    1. UF/PRN
    2. YA
    3. Epic fantasy
    4. Sci fi

    I follow the blog, and twitter 🙂

  25. woow wooh woooh ……

    My pref:

    +3 (comment, twitter & blog follow)

    twittr// rocapri
    blog// rogier

    student.caprino at gmail dot com

  26. Ah, the dreaded TBR mountain. You’d think it would be easier to ignore on my Kindle, but now, whenever I go to my home page, the unread book folder (with 300+ books) just stares me in the face. Sigh.

    Nonetheless, I would love to win grab bag #1.

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  27. Thanks so much for clearing off your shelves.
    My preference would be:
    Epic Fantasy

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  28. Thanks for this!
    1. YA
    3. Epic Fantasy
    4. Sci Fi

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    +1 twitter follow (@bamayankee)
    +1 retweet

    ame1184 at gmail dot com

  29. I’m just about caught up on my TBR stack, so I’d LOVE some more! My #1 choice would be Grab Bag No. 3 EPIC FANTASY or traditional fantasy.
    But I’d be happy to have any of them! 🙂

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  30. I’d love to be entered.


    Grab Bag No. 2 is SCIENCE FICTION (which includes steampunk, time-travel, alt history, etc.).

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    Stacey_dvn (at) yahoo (dot) com

  31. Thanks for the generous giveaway Suzanne! But are you not sorry to give away books you have not yet read? My own TBR is 2000 paperbacks or something like that, and I can’t stop buying (or winning 😉 ) more.

    My choices: 1, 3, 4, 2.

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  32. Ahh! The most awesome contest. You are awesome. 🙂 You have so many books 😀 Maybe less than me… hih (A) Maybe ;p I would love to win:

    – #4 YA
    – #3 Epic Fantasy
    – #1 UF
    – #2 SF

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    Love, Carina

  33. WOW. And I thought my TBR which consists of one bookshelf was bad…. O.o I’m seriously drooling over all of your books! There’s some really great ones sitting there, like Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series which was awesome! 🙂

    Here’s my preferences:
    #1 YA
    #2 UF
    #3 Science Fiction
    #4 Epic Fantasy

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    jenelleriane at yahoo dot com

  34. My choice would be:

    #1 YA
    #2 Urban fantasy
    #3 Sci-fi
    #4 Epic fantasy

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    +1 twitter follower

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  35. wow this is fab! I totally need some new books to read! 🙂

    #1 – young adult
    #2 – paranormal romance/ urban fantasy
    #3 – science fiction
    #4 – epic fantasy

    gfc – pink-orchid1

  36. This is an awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing your books 🙂

    Order of preference:
    1. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
    2. Young Adult
    3. Science Fiction
    4. Epic Fantasy

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  37. Yeah! a chance to add more books to MY TBR pile!
    order of envy:
    1. UF
    2. Epic Fantasy
    3. Science Fiction
    4. YA


  38. my choices will be :


    – Grab Bag No. 4 is YOUNG ADULT. All paranormal titles.

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    uniquas at ymail dot com

  39. My choices :
    – Bag no 1 : Urban Fantasy
    – Bag no 2 : Epic Fantasy
    – Bag no 3 : Science Fiction
    – Bag no 4 : Young Adult

    Thanks for the giveaway

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    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  40. My choices would be:

    1.Grab Bag No. 2 SCIENCE FICTION (because of the steampunk and alt. history 🙂 )

    2.Grab Bag No. 3 EPIC FANTASY


    4.Grab Bag No. 4 YOUNG ADULT


    +1 comment
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