|Read me, Seymour!|
About four months ago, I imposed a moratorium on buying new books. I already had a tall stack waiting for me, but browsing book shops is one of my favorite simple pleasures on a Friday after work. Given how much I read, I was bound to catch up if I purchased just one more... Yeah, not so much.
But when I stopped buying books, I found myself in the library more. At first it was to borrow a new release, or something I really craved reading. Which then led to me requesting five lovely hardcovers at a time like a ravenous book hoarder. And I had to read them when they were delivered to my branch because they had due dates.
Then BEA happened... which... well. A lot more books.
My to-be-read pile has gotten a little out of control. It is, in fact, a giant pile of books. On Goodreads, I have a modest 35 books listed. I own (or requested from the library) all but 19 of them. At home, I have *cough* 58 *cough* real live happy books just waiting for me to pounce on them. They range from middle grade to craft books to non fiction and adult books that I try to sneak in.
Don't get me wrong. I love being surrounded by books. My second bedroom, or 'the library,' is where we keep bookshelves stacked with my books, my partner's books, the books people gift us, and so on. Space isn't an issue (yet) -- it's more handling what's coming into my home versus inside my brain at a reasonable rate. Part of the reason I'm not filling up an e-reader is because I don't want another place to keep unread books.
So how do you manage your TBR pile -- whether the books are smiling at you from your shelves or e-reader, or taunting you at your favorite bookstore? There are several lifetimes of books out there, and you can't read them all at once.
It's almost September, and I've already read 50 books according to Goodreads. Which means I may get through half of my TBR pile by the end of the year if I follow a few rules:
- Limit my library intake. Which stinks, because I adore going to the library. My heart flutters a little every time I walk by one. But I can still lurk around the stacks without taking out a book or seven.
- Keep the no-buying rule intact. Unless it's a gift for someone else, that is. I make it a point to support my favorite authors, so this one is a bit painful. But for the rest of 2012, I'll try to stay true.
- Donate books to the library. Despite how it may look, I really don't like having stuff. I rarely purchase clothing, or anything not edible for that matter, yet I still make Goodwill trips three-four times a year when I go on a purging spree. This one is just for my own sanity. Plus - have you ever seen this?