My Terrifying TBR

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My TBR pile is exploding as my reading is slowing down. I’ve been reading library books, too, which is really slowing down my reading.

But it hasn’t stopped me from ordering books, and I have so many I’m itching to get to, including The Ghosts, High Stakes Vegas Vampires and Witchling, but I just can’t read fast enough.

I have about 4 Catherine Manns I haven’t read, and another 4 Suzanne Brockmanns, 2 Virginia Kantras, a half dozen Pamela Morsis, a half dozen Harlequin presents, maybe 20 Intrigues, a dozen Superromances, a half dozen Bombshells, 20 or so Trixie Belden books.

I have 4 bookshelves, and a stack by the bed.

I have my books organized, believe it or not. I have new-to-me authors in one place, friends’ books in another, books on someone else’s Paperback Swap wish list in another. The rest I have organized by author. I could thin, but will I?

It’s overwhelming, and yet I have almost 200 books on my wishlist at Paperback Swap, and another half dozen on my wishlist at Amazon.

How bad is your TBR? And do you have it organized?

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Jennifer Shirk said...

My TBR pile is NOT organized. **sigh** And it's taking a life of it's own.

As a result, I haven't read anything in a few weeks. I need to come up with some sort of plan of attack. :)

Trish Milburn said...

My TBR collection passed "pile" a long time ago and became the Rocky Mountain Range. But yes, they're organized -- either by author or category line.

Kelly Boyce said...

My TBR pile needs a ladder to reach the top. It's getting scary. The pile in my bedroom alone is probably close to 150. And I'm afraid to count the pile in the spare room because it's probably more than that. And yet I can't stop buying books! If the pile diminishes at all I start to hyperventilate from the fear of running out of books. I think I need an intervention.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Kelly, I had to laugh. While my pile is not as big as yours (I was over 100 at one point, but have been ruthless this year about not finishing books that bore me) so it's down to about 60 now. And yes, just like you, I panic at the thought of running out, and I also go buy more books far too frequently. Maybe we can have a joint intervention. :)

Anonymous said...

I often feel guilty reading when I'm supposed to be writing. It's hard to balance it! But there's no system of organization. I read a historical last week and I'm reading a Blaze this week. :)

MJFredrick said...

Jennifer, you haven't read anything in a few weeks? Before my TBR was this monster, I'd go to it, think what I was in the mood for, but now it's WAY too unwieldy. And yes, it's hard to decide what to read next! But I could spend a day arranging and rearranging, and wasting reading time!

LOL, Trish, on the Rocky Mountain Range!

Kelly, LOL! I feel so much better now. I'm never afraid of running out of books, though.

Natalie, I've finished most of the books I've started this year, but last year I didn't finish books that bored me. That's admittedly why I have a New-to-Me stack, thinking I'm giving them a chance, and if I don't like it, I can put it down.

Michelle, the balance is tough. I don't feel guilty anymore, though. Maybe I should!


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