Monday, 5 June 2017

The TBR List



Everyone has a list of books they want to read at some point. I'm convinced of it. 
It's like an unwritten law of the universe that even non-readers subscribe to. 
I firmly believe everyone has at least one book they've looked at, or heard about, and thought to themselves, 'Yep, I'm going to read that at some point'.
Being a bookworm, I am no exception to this unwritten law of the universe. In fact, I am an extreme example of this law of the universe.

Back before ebooks became a thing, I was in my local bookstore multiple times a week. Then I discovered amazon and I added a delivery - or five - of books a week.
It was awesome and it was simple because I bought a book and then I read it then moved onto another one.
The early days of ebooks didn't change my reading habits much. 
I was an early adopter of ebooks, originally reading them on my other halves tiny little pocket assistant using Microsoft Reader (does that still exist?!). But back when ebooks where new and the place to buy them was ereader.com, I still preferred actual books. Ebooks were there only for a quick fix if I had nothing to read at eleven o clock at night, using them didn't change the habit of buying books. Not even the purchase of my first proper ereader (a Sony) changed it. 
Probably because it was an absolute faff to load books onto... But that's not the point. 
What is the point is that what changed my book buying habits, and my reading habits, was my first ever kindle.

I started off quite well behaved with my kindle. 
My book buying shifted from physical sales to electronic purchases but I still operated on the simple principle of buy a book, or two, then read them before buying more. 
As time went on the availability of ebooks exploded and with emergence of indie publishing the variety of books available, unfettered by publishing trends, was incredible.
It was a bookworm's dream come true! 
But then the market became 'saturated' (not my opinion but seems to be a popular one) and this lead to the 99p sale trend, the free book trend and many many other things which meant I developed some really bad habits. 
Like 1-click, click, clicking away all the time. 
It meant that the painstaking process with which I selected my books, and spent my hard-earned cash, went out the window. 
I stopped being as fussed with how I selected my books. 
I didn't need to worry about space since it was an ebook and if it's free or 99p what does it matter if it sits on the kindle for you to 'read later'.

It matters a lot. 
The reason it matters is because I never read them!

My old system of book buying was based on buying a book to read now, because it suited the mood I was in now, and it got read because I'd bought it to read, not to keep for later on a little device on which it'll get pushed down the list by the next bunch of 'buy to read laters' and then forgotten about, which is what happened with the majority of all the 'cheap reads' and freebies.

My kindle is cluttered with books I've never read and probably never will.
I need to do a purge but I can't bring myself to do it.
Instead, I've painstakingly went through my kindle and added every single book that I have never read to a list and my mission is to work my way through it.
It is now my official TBR.

The challenge is that for most of the books - almost all the books - I have no idea what the bloody hell they are about or whether they'll still sound appealing to me. 
For a good bunch, I don't even recognise the name of the author. 
Nice, huh?
But I'm going to work my way through that list...

I know that I'm going to find new books that I'm going to want to read immediately, including new releases within current series' that I read, so I'm allowing myself to buy them with the caveat that new books are 'read it when I buy it'. 
There will be no more buying to read at some point. 
No more, I'll read it later. 
If I buy a new book, it gets read.

Writing this post also prompted me to look through my bookshelves at home and I'm horrified to discover that even though my book buying has focused mainly on ebooks the past 5 years, I have still accumulated a lot of paperbacks that I haven't read. 
The number is significantly smaller than with the ebooks because most of the time if I buy a physical copy of a book I buy it to read with no delay... But not always, obviously. 

The simple fact is that I am a book-hoarder and that is fine... But I feel that if you own a book, you should read it. 
Thus, I am now a girl on a mission!

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Now, be honest with me. I can't be the only one who has this problem, right? 
Take a look through your ereader and leave me a comment below letting me know I'm not alone! 
I'd love to hear about the size of your TBR pile.

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36 comments:

  1. I love your mission and I'm on a similar one. I haven't declared an outright ban on new books, because that's too cruel, if I really really want, I buy it. But so far I've only bought about 4 books this year, and that's a huge improvement for me. Good luck tackling your dusty stacks! :)
    Visiting from Get Social Blogging Event (and thanks for visiting me earlier) :)

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  2. Greetings! I'm new to your blog. Stopping by as part of #getsocial17 event.

    I have stopped trying to count or manage my TBR. You are right about buying a book b/c it was what I wanted to read at the time, but now.... not so much. I do have a short list of the books I want to read the most when I get a break in or ahead of my review schedule. I try to go to that list, rather than pick up something new. But it doesn't always work! :-)

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  3. Great mission! I am currently plugging through my Netgalley TBR pile #getsocial17

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    1. I've not built up a Netgalley pile, need to build up the blog first although I have joined Netgalley... Hopefully I'll not bite off more than I can chew with it when the time comes!

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  4. You're not alone, I need to do the same thing!! #GetSocial17

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    1. It's both daunting and oddly satisfying! (Or it will be when I start to cross them off!)

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  5. I tackled my Kindle books last year and made a pretty good dent. I think I have under 20 unread which isn't too bad. I started making shelves to sort them but I'm not great at keeping up with that.

    I have the same problem with impulse buying then not remembering why or what the book is about and the covers are so similar sometimes it's confusing.

    This year I'm tackling my physical TBR pile. It's intimidating lol

    For What It's Worth

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    1. But it'll be really satisfying once your done!

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  6. Popping in from the get social event.Happy Reading! Joelle from Angels with Attitude Book Reviews.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. ❤️

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  7. Nope, your are not alone. I have done the same thing with the idea that I better snatch them up while they are cheap or free because when I want them, I may have to pay a lot more. I admire your resolve and would love to commit to doing something similar but it would be setting myself up for failure. I love to read and I don't want to make it a chore. Soooo, in a nutshell, some of my habits may be "bad" but they are mine and I totally claim them! haha. Good luck with your plan and I'll definitely be cheering you on. New follower due to #Getsocial17

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    1. We'll see how it goes for me when I post an update later in the summer! I
      may have to admit defeat! ❤️

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  8. I used to be a book hoarder until my books threatened to need a larger house and my wife complained. #getsocial17

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    1. lol. Thanks for commenting. My husband complained the last time we moved about the number of book boxes rivalling the number of boxes for the rest of the house but I cheered him up by pointing out how much worse it would be if not for my ereader!

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  9. I don't read a lot of ebooks and I only buy print books. If an author wants me to review an ebook for her I'll take it no problem but most of the ebooks I have are free, wins ect. I keep a large wishlist of books on Amazon and when I've cut my tbr pile down, I buy a few more print books. #getsocial17

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    1. I do think something was lost when I switched mostly to ebooks... One day I'm determined I'll have a library room (to go with bookshelves scattered throughout my house) and then I'll go back to physical copies when possible.
      Thanks for commenting ❤️

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  10. I have a ton of books that I need to read. My TBR pile is now a mountain. Even though I might not have read a favorite author in a year I still buy them. Crazy I know. Ha! Great post. Stopping by from Romancing the Readers #GetSocial17

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  11. I have an issue with one-clicking for free books on Amazon for my kindle... but my problem is mostly that I just love all books. I'll read almost any genre so everything interests me... and this is also why my TBR is so long I will never come close to completing it! #getsocial17

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    1. I'm content with a never ending TBR but I'd like it to be under the 200+ books it currently sits at! 😂

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  12. Great mission. Have fun with it.

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  13. Yep! Your fall into a monstrous sized TBR pile story could be mine exactly. And I had help. People gave me boxes of books they didn't want, but just knew I would read b/c I read pretty much anything. I still add freebies and sales, but I am determined to read at least five off my TBR each month.

    Good luck with your goal, Nicole! :)

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  14. As a recovering book hoarder myself, I know what you mean. Good luck with your mission :)

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  15. I am 100% a book hoarder. I have hundreds on my shelves and nearly 1k in my Amazon account...thankfully most of these were freebies and .99 buys but even they add up! #Getsocial17

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    1. They definitely do. 99p is very little in isolation but when you total them up... *Shudders* lol

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  16. LOL used book stores were my downfall. I have SO many it's ridiculous. Then the free books. Yeah. That's been bad, too. A couple years I calculated that if I stopped buying completely I'd have 10 years worth of books to read. And...I didn't stop buying. It's terrible! lol

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    1. I'm sure I would catch up eventually If I locked myself on an island with no wifi! lol

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  17. Oh gosh yes, I have so many books that I need to read - physical and e-books. I've gotten a lot more e-books in the past year or so, though most are review copies and I get those read. However, my actual tbr (books I own and not just want to read someday) is a bit out of hand. I do want to take more time to read my own books and I hope to do that a lot this summer.

    -Lauren
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    #getsocial

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  18. HEHE I think we all have this problem when I first got my kindle went crazy in buying free ebooks. My Amazon says I have 900 books on there right now, I'd say a third are books I've borrowed from the library over the years ( my kindle stores that as books owned) but the rest is my obsessive buying. #getsocial17

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    1. Glad it's not just me! Thanks for commenting ❤️

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