Hello all! Remember a couple of months ago when I mentioned I was working on a cataloging project as part of the lead in to my 2020 reading goals? Well, I finished the project and I’ve been keeping up with it as I get new books and read ones that I have in my pile. You may be wondering, what is the result? Exactly how many books do I have in my TBR pile? Welllllllll, it’s a lot. When I say things have gotten out of control, I really mean it!
Between physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks I’m currently sitting at a grand total of:
821 UNREAD BOOKS
So, let me just let that percolate for a minute…..AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
First of all…how did this happen? Well, I’ve always had a large tbr pile but a lot of this has been building up big time since around 2007 or so, first slowly and then in ever-increasing book hauls. What happened in 2007? That’s when my husband (then fiance) and I bought our house and moved the hell out of our parent’s places. More room! Spaces to fill! I could put books everywhere! Oh, and I did. At first it was one room but that didn’t last too long. Every room in my house has books now, even the bathroom. 😀 I’m fond of used book stores, thrift stores, etc. There’s even a place nearby that gives books away for free–as many as you want you can just take. I may have had epic book hauls a time or two from there. As I started hanging out on various forums and other online places I started making friends and getting book recs and every time I was out in a book store I’d look for those books and authors I’d seen mentioned. Before you know it… *gestures* So, in a nutshell, that’s what happened.
Okay, now that I’m 30 seconds older and wiser and maybe a bit more calm, let’s figure out what to do about this number. Obviously I’m never going to be able to read all of these books. Some I picked up and have since lost interest in reading. At some point I’m going to do a bit of a purge, maybe once the weather is nice I’ll have a yard sale (I have a ton of other stuff in my house I want to get rid of so this might be a good option). Either way, sometime in the near future I will be saying good-bye to a few of these books permanently and this list will be cut down. I don’t know how much it will get cut, but it will at the very least be trimmed.
Other than that my plan for 2020 is to just read as many owned books as I can and to somehow stop acquiring quite so many new books. The only new releases (with maybe one or two exceptions) I’ll be getting will be sequels to series I’ve already started. My book hauls are going to start looking a little bleak, but I’ll probably be posting more TBR piles instead. These plans line up nicely with the #StartOnYourShelfaThon challenge which I’m really excited for!
I pulled all the data I put into Libib while cataloging into an excel and cleaned it up. I’ve created a brand new page on my site which will be updated on and off (I’m hoping once or twice a month if I don’t get lazy maybe more) in which you’ll be able to see my entire TBR list. Right now this list features my entire catalog of unread Speculative Fiction books (except a ton of anthologies because….well…I don’t need *that* kind of pressure).
So, without further ado…..
Please enjoy my complete and total triumph as a book hoarder and my despair at realizing I’ll never get to actually read all of these.