I’ve been wanting to tackle my physical TBR book pile for awhile now. Last year I managed to get my Kindle books under control (I have between 10-20 unread at any given time – not too bad!) and limit my review requests.
But the *real* books kept piling up. Mainly because of bookish events. Although I managed to read and review ALL of my BEA 2015 books – pats self on back – I still have books from BEA 2011, 12, 13 and 15. I was on track with my ALA 2016 books until October when one of my dogs was sick and eventually had to be put to sleep. I didn’t read feel like reading at all for almost 2 months.
I don’t plan on going to ALA or BEA this year so there shouldn’t be anymore events that bring in a large number of new books so it seems like the perfect time to tackle what I already have. I did join a challenge last year to read older books but I only read 6. I suck at challenges so I’m just going it on my own.
Two weeks ago I did my big library donation drop – this pile is post clearing out what I didn’t want/already read. It does not include my keeper books – books I’ve read and love/collect. These are just the ones I still need to read.
I started by plopping every unread book I could find on the kitchen floor. My plan was to organize them in some fashion and have pretty shelves.
Here they all are neatly lined up. 139 books total. Can I just leave them there?? It looks kind of neat and organized. lol And look at Figment saying MOM, Do you really need ALL these books?? Judge-y McJudge-y cat.
I would love to say I have gorgeous color coordinated rainbows of Instagram worthy book shelves now but I got overwhelmed and just shoved them back on the bookcase. lol The sorting will have to be another day.
I would like to get this pile (& any future TBR pile) down to around no more 50 books on hand at any given time. I think it’s doable because I read fast. If I put my mind to it it’s possible that I can knock off at least 1/2 of these, if not more, by the end of 2017.
I suffer no delusions that I won’t buy more books this year but just making a dent in this would make me really happy.
And on a side note, I’ve gotten MUCH better at not falling for hype and choosing books based on MY reading tastes and not OMG best book ever frenzies. That just leads to a stack of books you don’t want to read or end up hating – ending in a book slump. And 139 books laying across your kitchen floor.
What does your TBR pile look like?