Take a moment before you read further and just tell me how many books are in your TBR pile. (For my less bookish enthusiasts – TBR = to be read.)
Let me just count mine. 64. Yep, that’s right. A 6 followed by a 4. Sixty-four. Vierundsechzig. (That’s 64 in German.) And that’s not including that one of my books is actually three novels in one, making a grand total of 66 novels!
I’ve calculated that as approximately 3 years’ worth of reading if I continue at my current rate, and that’s not taking into consideration that there are some really boring looking stuff on there.
So the big question is why in God’s name have I written it?
It’s safe to say that I love collecting books. I take donations, hand-outs, buy them from charity shops and ask for them for birthday and Christmas. Now that’s a lot of books coming in. When I was 17, my boarding house burned down, leaving me without a lot of things and this resulted in a big pay-check from the insurance company to replace everything. Being a good student, I decided to buy everything that was on my recommended reading list. A lot of these were classic war novels, classic romances and would tick quite a few boxes on The Times 1,000 Must Read Books list, so a good investment…
3 years down the line and these books were still sitting on my shelf. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read them, it’s just there was always something better to read and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t resist the temptation of picking up something else. So I decided to write a list.
Initially it was only to get me through what was on the shelf at the time, clear out the backlog I had and then I could return to normal, but as this happened and that happened, I’d slipped from my reading habits and wasn’t getting through the list as quickly as I would have liked.
Earlier this year, I received a book donation of about 150 books. I took a look through them and pulled out the ones I liked the look of and passed the rest along…this is the reason behind such an immense TBR pile.
So more than a year since I started my reading list and it’s still going strong. My obsession with lists means that I can’t bring myself to be rid of it and when I look at all the books waiting to be read, I feel a little excited. I can’t skip forward (no matter how tempting) which means I get to enjoy the books I bought years ago.
It may be a bit mad but it certainly takes the stress out of choosing what to read. And yes sometimes I get upset when I buy a new book and realise that it’s going to wait such a long time until it will be read but where I can now commute to work via train, it frees up at least half an hour in my day to reading and I’m getting through them much quicker.
If you want to take a look at the 2015 reading list, click here. It’s not all the books on the list but the ones I’m aiming to get through this year. I’m trying to read them as quick as I can whilst the ‘saved for later’ pile in my Amazon basic is gradually growing…
What quirky plans do you have for choosing your next book?