Me & My TBR

I have a love-hate relationship with my TBR piles.

I love having my own personal library to choose from.  But for every volume I pick off my own shelves, I read a shiny newly published title, and maybe add another onto the shelf.

That’s why I’ve signed up for the TBR Double Dare hosted by C B James.

I took part in the first one this year – and lasted the full three months.  I read only from my TBR, and acquired fewer books too, so it was a success, although I didn’t read as many books as I’d have liked – I got derailed by life in the first part of the year. After the TBR dare finished though, I managed to read over 30 books published in 2011 during the rest of the year!

Although I couldn’t/wouldn’t impose a book buying ban on myself, I do intend to try to acquire less this year and to continue to read more from my TBR after the end of March.  I’ll probably be moving and will need to reduce the TBR as much as I can. I keep a lot less books once I’ve read them these days.

It’s not too late to sign up.  I’m in good company – blog-friends Teresa of Shelf Love and Lizzy of Lizzy’s Literary Life are doing the TBR Double Dare too.

… and all this makes me realise – I don’t hate my TBR – I love it!


5 thoughts on “Me & My TBR

    • Good for you – I am trying to reform my character in this respect. I still want to support my local indie bookshops though…

  1. I tend not to stock-pile novels. It’s enough for me to have a list of stuff I want to read – I don’t need to purchase it. And being a bit behind the curve is quite good in that often people are discarding things I still haven’t got round to reading.
    It’s a good point about supporting bookshops though – they tend to get my present spending budget.
    Hope you’re not thinking of moving too far!

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  3. As we will probably be having a house move ourselves in the next year or so due to junior daughter going to university (DV) in the autumn and junior son possibly moving out too, I really need to make a start on my TBR collection unless I want to fill a removal van with books alone!
    Better work on my will-power first though to help resist the temptation to buy or borrow any more!

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