I’ve been pondering what to do with my Fridays since I discontinued the Friday Favorite Five meme. I do eventually plan to join in with another meme, but for now I think I’ve figured out a way to fill Fridays around here, for a while at least.
As some of you probably saw last Friday, I have a HUGE TBR pile. I’ll be going through my physical books over the next few months and deciding which ones I want to keep on my TBR and which ones I want to purge from my bookshelves forever. The way I plan on doing this is going over a group of books each week. I have roughly 655 physical books (the ones I’m really concerned about) so this series should be about 25-30 posts long. I’ll be using a random number generator to go choose books from my list, that will keep it from being a bunch of the same author’s books in a row. If a book is part of a series (there are some parts where I have acquired several books of the series and haven’t started the series) I’ll only list the first book.
My plan is also to go through several groups at once and pre-schedule some of these posts. If all goes according to plan then I’ll probably finish up going through my shelves long before this post series ends, but I am also essentially a lazy person so I guess we’ll just see how things go. 🙂 Also, I’d like to give a shout-out to Mary from Sophril Reads for spending the time to go over her own TBR management and book purge process–it’s been really helpful! Thanks so much! (If you’re not already following her blog, please check it out.)
As far as ‘how many’ books I want to purge–I don’t have a number in mind. I just want fewer books on my TBR and I want to be realistic with myself and what books I’m actually still interested in reading and plan to get around to. What am I going to do with the books I purge? Well, a lot are used books and may be well-loved copies. Those I will probably give away to friends nearby who like to read, the left-overs from that I’ll probably donate where I can. If I decide to purge any titles that are in good condition then I might host a giveaway for those here or possibly use them for r/fantasy bingo prizes–it depends how many I have and what condition they’re in.
Going through a TBR list is nothing new or original, but since this is sorting through my actual pile of physical books I think I’m okay to make it into a new temporary feature–until I get all the sorting done. 🙂
So, that’s it, that’s my plan. I hope that you’ll enjoy watching me go through this journey of cleaning up my shelves over the next few months!