Taming the TBR (To Be Read) Pile. Now that's a thought. Well, that's my goal actually since my TBR has grown exponentially since I've started blogging and hanging out on Twitter. When I say TBR, I mean these are books I own, sitting on my bookshelves.
I've never had this huge pile up of books before. And I have all of you to blame for this hardship on my wallet and bookshelves - if they could groan, they would. Yep, talking to you. *eyes everyone* Nearly every week, one of you will post about a great new book that I gave me that itchy-twitchy "gotta have it now" feeling for that book. Again. And again. It a vicious love-hate cycle. Love because I've found a book I want to read, hate because the TBR pile just grew by another book. And you know what? I don't regret not a one of these books.
The TBR situation has lead me to I settling myself down this past weekend and going through my bookshelves including all the little piles of books I had scattered throughout the house. I weeded out the books that I know I will not read for one reason or another and rearranged my books into the read section and the TBR section. Time I was finished I ended up with 170+ books in my TBR. Phew! *wipes brow* From what I've read around the blogosphere that's about average. *looks around anxiously* Right?
Now, I need to come up with a strategy to get this lion of a pile under control. Here's a few ideas:
- I could join a few book challenges. - I probably I wouldn't stick to them, honesty is the best policy here.
- Tough Love: Promise not to buy more books. - Ah, yeah. Sure...
- Read the stand alone books first then read the series books back to back. - Stand alone could also be the first book in a new series.
- Or mix the stand alone books in between the series books.
As you can see I'm not a good strategist and need some ideas. So, what you do to keep the old TBR pile in a manageable condition? What does your TBR look like? Or am I asking the impossible here?