My name is Literate Housewife and I am a book addict. My eyes are bigger than my reading capacity and I have difficulty with the word “No.” I have more books in my house than I’ll probably ever read. I feel as though I’m starting to reach critical mass here. Three things specifically have got me thinking about this recently:
- Diana at The Raabe Review tagged me to discuss what is on my desk – I don’t really have a desk, but what I have that amounts to a desk would be very, very embarrassing to discuss. Shame can be a good thing though. It’s a powerful motivator to improve.
- The last daily topic for BBAW was to discuss what you liked about your blog and your goals for the upcoming year. My knowledge of my TBR pile weighed heavily into that post.
- Swapna threw down the gauntlet at me, so to speak, with her Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge posted on Sunday.
I simply must do something about it. So, in preparation for joining Swapna’s challenge and to fulfill Diana’s tag, I have done the following – taken pictures of my TBR pile broken down into three categories: Unsolicited, Requested, and Prize/Gift. I was also going to do the same thing for purchased books, but there’s just way too many to even consider taking a picture. Here are the pictures:
The Unsolicited Pile
These books have come to me over the past year or so. Some of them I hope to read. Others will end up being prizes at some point.
Here’s a closer look at each stack:
That’s 82 books – almost as much as I read in one year.
The Requested Pile
Thankfully there aren’t quite as many books in this pile, but Wow! What was I thinking!
Here’s a closer look at each stack:
That’s 46 books – minus Isabel Allende’s memoir, Bright Shiny Morning (were in the unsolicited pile that I didn’t put back apparently), and White Tiger (I bought for myself). That’s a half-year’s reading for me.
The Prize/Gift Pile
This is the smallest of the three, but oh, so, fun!
Here’s a closer look at these piles:
Only 16 books in this pile, but they are 16 books I’d so love to read right now.
That is 144 books folks. If I don’t buy another book or pick up anything not contained within these pictures, it will take me a year and a half to read all of this. I don’t see that happening. So what am I going to do about it?
Last week, I went to lunch with Jaime from Confessions of a Bibliophile. She’s the only book blogger I know who lives/works near me and spending my lunch break with her is quite a treat. We don’t do it nearly enough, Jaime! We discussed balancing our to review books and our own personal books and I like how she does it – she has her books in piles (hence my pictures). She rotates through each pile in order. I like that idea because she feels like she gets a variety that way. Beginning in December, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Why December? Well, I will be joining Swapna’s Clear Your Shelves Challenge which will include books in my R.I.P. Challenge. I also have a theme picked out for November that will work well into Swapna’s challenge. I’m also hoping to mine through my unsolicited books and decide once and for all what I want to giveaway and what I want to keep for my reading piles.
My eventual goal is to reach the magic 1 for 1 balance in my reading. Maybe I won’t completely get there. Maybe I will get to 2 review books for every 1 library/personal book and be happy. I’ll just play that by ear. In the meantime, these piles will give me something concrete to look at when I am considering whether to request a review book.
You now see my shame in almost it’s full glory. If you saw my personal books you’d probably have me admitted to the local mental institution. Do they let you read there all day? Maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing… In any event, take pity on me and allow me to make the valiant attempt at chipping away at these piles over 2010. I hope to give regular updates on my progress.
Do you have any true confessions of the literary kind that you would care to share?