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Nov 11, 2012, 10:40am

I publicly acknowledge that I do not have adequate mastery of my TBR list. The list grows as acquisitions outpace those read.

Nov 14, 2012, 7:59am

We need to invent some kind of creed for this group, lol. Some kind of confessional crossed with self-affirmation. "I cannot get to the bottom of my TBR pile, and that's bad, but I do love to read, and that's good. I love that I cannot read everything, because there will always be something left to read. I will keep trying to read everything, consequently there will always be a TBR pile, and that's good." That's pretty weak, somebody help me out here.

Nov 14, 2012, 11:03am

I had in mind a 12-step model. It seems to work for other issues... :)

Nov 16, 2012, 7:50am

I was inspired by "Wreck-It Ralph", lol

Mar 26, 2014, 8:31am

I won't stop reading until I am no longer breathing...that's my motto. :)

Mar 26, 2014, 8:36am

The thing is, though I sometimes worry a bit about my TBR pile, I really don't know if I think it's a source of shame - showing the LT world how weak-willed I am, or my own personal treasure house of joyous adventures just waiting there, at my fingertips. Depends on my mood, I suppose.

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. And so ... mental paralysis every time I think about it ...

Mar 26, 2014, 8:43am

I know I have what might be considered a "problem", but it's not hurting anyone, not even me. :)

Well, my floorboards might be stressed a bit, but... ;)

Mar 26, 2014, 8:58am

Think of all that mass as added insulation. In case of nuclear fall-out, build a book shelter.

Mar 26, 2014, 9:12am


Mar 1, 2016, 8:20am

Okay, I joined. My problem is I continue to order books from the public library, and the pressures of due dates keeps me from reading all the piles that exist at my house. I made a stab at clearing my bedroom this weekend. I have a cheap 6 foot tall bookcase that holds my art, architecture, garden, interior design books - all the large ones that have the great photos. Periodically, I unload and flip the shelves to alleviate the sag. One of the shelf supports broke and it's an odd shape and may not be replaceable. Hmmm. I did manage to de-accession 10 large books. I also dusted and sorted through a pile of TBSLs that rest behind the door. Moved a couple closer to the bed in the hopes they might get opened again.

Thanks for your support.

Mar 1, 2016, 9:35am

Those shelf supports are a nuisance to replace for sure. I resort to screws but it doesn't look that great. Shelf sag is a problem for me too. Fortunately my bookshelves are not generally visible to anyone (wife's orders) so they can look any way they want, which enables me to replace them at any time with whatever I come across cheap at a yard sale. Although there may be a correlation between the way my shelves look and this preference my wife has .... I'll have to think about that some more, hmmm.

Mar 1, 2016, 11:22am

Yipes. It's even worse than I thought. 1530 to be read, 62 started, 819 reference (not to be read), and 1939 read.

On one hand, that's depressing (at the rate of 120/year I have 12.75 years of books to read), on the other hand, it's exciting because it means that I have the variety needed to cope with any mood, genre, subject. Half empty, half full.

My husband is part of the problem because he knows how much I love reading and collecting books and has had our neighbor Larry build 3 extra sets of shelves into the house since we moved in - this after giving me an entire room to be my library with 2 walls of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves to begin with. I honestly don't think there's any more space available to build shelves, but there is re-purposing. I'm eyeing my daughter's rec room shelves (60 linear feet of shelves that can be double-stacked as long as I don't throw anything away - but that's what attics and dormers are for) and possibly some shelving in a closet over the garage.

And of course, that doesn't mean that I don't always buy lots of books during the year and read them before my patiently waiting tbr books. I am hoping that because I retired January 29th I'll feel that I can't justify buying as many books as I have in the past; however, so far in 4 weeks of retirement I've bought 25 books (including 2 that are pre-ordered with Amazon) and bookmooched 4. On the other hand, I have been inventorying my bookshelves and so far have culled 58 books this year and removed them from my catalog.

As my daughter says, "It's all good. Books are your thing."

Mar 1, 2016, 1:20pm

I like the "years of books" calculation, that makes all of us able to compare regardless of reading speed. I'm in a kinder place, looking only 3.5 years ahead, but that feels like pressure enough and I've actually succeeded at reducing it for two years' running. 2016 isn't starting so hot, though.

I think what haunts me most is the worry that I won't read something in time before I lose interest in it; that I'll have hoarded it ultimately to no purpose, because it goes out the door unread. Bizarre thing to be concerned about.

Mar 1, 2016, 4:38pm

You people are evil. You are making me feel that with 'only' 9 months worth of books in the 'to read' collection I should be out looking for books to buy.

Mar 1, 2016, 4:46pm

Hi cecrow - I probably have dozens of books I've "outgrown". I just haven't owned up to it yet. My excuse is that my daughter might want them.....

MarthaJeanne - you are probably just not as compulsive as some of us.

Edited: Mar 1, 2016, 5:04pm

It comes from

a) living in a German speaking country when I prefer to read in English.

b) having thousands of books in the full bookcases that I could reread, and no room for new additions.

c) reading 400-500 books a year, so that the calculation makes me look good.

Mar 2, 2016, 7:27am

>16 MarthaJeanne:, literally ten times faster than I read. A bit more, actually. Any relation to Supergirl? I would definitely do some re-reading if I was going that fast, at my speed I can't afford to read the same book twice.

Edited: Mar 2, 2016, 8:25am

Addicted to Books blog post by author J. M. Edwards with her own twelve step plan.

Mar 4, 2016, 11:03am

I make calculations of total books left to read based on pace and life expectancy. This is not cheering. It highlights my mortality, and what will be lost.

Mar 4, 2016, 11:04am

I read about a guy who, on his death bed, purchased a collection of 50,000 books.

Mar 4, 2016, 11:13am

>20 stellarexplorer:, either he's the greatest optimist I've ever heard of, or that's the worst case I've ever heard of about what this group is meant to "treat", lol

Mar 4, 2016, 5:17pm

>16 MarthaJeanne: I am a very fast reader. I also have chronic health problems that keep me sitting and lying down a lot. Reading is one of the things that make life bearable. Today was a good day. And I hardly read at all.