On the upside, reading e-books I’ll never be found dead under a pile of papers/books. Thanks for telling us about that KZ. Recently Kassa wrote a post where she said she was feeling overwhelmed by her huge TBR so she simply moved them all to another file, tucked them away and chose not to worry about them. Starting fresh with books she wants to read now.
So Kassa inspired me to look at my own TBR which was kind of freaking me out when I opened it, although I had nowhere near the books some people have. Many of those books are perfectly fine book, great books even, but for whatever reason, I’ve lost interest or I’ve later found they have themes I don’t think I’ll enjoy. And when you have 300 books sitting there, what reason would I have to pick up the ones I don’t think I’ll enjoy when I have 50 I’m sure I’ll love.
I also decided to clean things up. To make sure that books were properly labeled, in the right folders and filed away. Many books in my TBR I had read but never moved to a proper file. I also gave myself permission to be honest and say “I’m never going to read that.” Some I bought, some I got as gifts or I won, but I’m never going to read them and to be honest, with the number of new books coming out, I would need to spend 10 hours a day for about 3 years to ever catch up. Not gonna happen.
So I started organizing. Those books I doubt I’ll ever read (although you never know) got moved into a special file and set aside. Then those remaining books I filed into separate “levels”.
- Promised a review (This doesn’t include BER) 20
- I REALLY want to read 27
- I want to read 44
- Maybe want to read 40
- Unread indefinitely 144
Now the files are not written in stone. A book that I have in the maybe file means I’ve not given up hope on it yet and I’ll go through that file periodically and see if I’m in the mood for something there and move it to one of the other files, they still hold interest for me, but they aren’t calling my name.
My objective would be to read something from at least the first two every week (two of each would be nice) in addition to my BER commitments. To be honest I have bought very few books in the last months. Or those I bought have been consumed almost immediately upon purchase (leaving the TBR languishing). I used to go and just buy what appealed to me, but now there are so many books, I’ve been more selective and am checking on GR for what the word on the street is. I look for those reviewers whom I’ve learned to trust and what they thought about it. It’s not the sole deciding factor, but I can often find out things that I know irk me, that may not be evident in the blurb, that are pointed out by another reviewer. If I’m spending $6.99 for a novel now, I’d like to make sure it doesn’t end up in the Unread file in a year because later I heard about X and it turned me off the book.
So we’ll see how it goes. Now that I’ve written these numbers here I can go back and compare in 6 months or so and see if I am on track or what the heck I’m doing. How do you handle the TBR? Do you just keep building up? Have you ever purged and started fresh? Do you go on book-buying moratoriums until you catch up?