TBR: Truly Big Resolutions

Barbara Vey -- March 21st, 2011
Bookroom Part 1

Bookroom Part 1

TBR (to be read) piles are always a hot topic with avid readers.  They are the piles of books that take over your house and multiply like rabbits.  They never seem to go down and just when you think you have a handle on it, there’s ten more books you’ve heard about that you “just have to have.”

My TBR piles are the stuff of dreams or nightmares, depending on your frame of mind that day.  It seems the more I give away, the more I get.  The more I read, the more I want to read.  I do have them in genre order and I like to mix them up but every once in a while I get on a tangent where I want to read just one type of book.

Basement bookroom

Basement bookroom

Dining room table

Dining room table

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I personally have a full bookroom that contains 2 bookshelves and a closet that has been converted into bookshelves.  There’s also an attached storage room that has boxes of duplicate books.  I’ve now set up a metal shelving unit in the basement that’s full with four boxes waiting to be put into the shelves.  My dining room table is filled with books that I receive daily ready to be input into my spreadsheet system.  Even though I have readers come through all the time for books to read and write about, the piles just never seem to go down.

Bookroom Part 2

Bookroom Part 2

The other problem I run into is that I’ll just pick up the next book to read and one will come in the mail that I’ve been waiting months for.  What to do?  Read the one that was supposed to be next or skip ahead to the one I’ve been pining after?

We may feel that we’re the only one who’s weak, but I always see people online lamenting the same fact.  Just this past weekend, Kym, threw it out to our Facebook page, Friends from “Beyond her Book” Party.  She asked if you read from the top or shuffle through the pile.  The consensus seemed to be to shuffle through the pile for whatever meets your fancy that particular day.

What about you?  How do you tackle your TBR pile?  Do you have one?  Does it intimidate you?  Are you a shuffler or do you take the next one in the pile?

Bottom Line: It doesn’t seem to matter how many books I have, I never seem to have enough.

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