As I read blogs today, I noticed a recurring theme, one that has been a big part of my life, too, since I started book blogging. The TBR Pile (or stack, etc.). Some even mention the TBR Jar.
I don’t have one of those…but I do have a blog that I started in 2009, dedicated to keeping track of my unread books. Curl up and Read was a desperate attempt to take control, since I moved into this condo in 2007 with 166 unread books that had to be boxed separately from the rest of my library. I couldn’t mix the two.
For a while, I even had them sitting on the floor in my bedroom.
Then I bought a shelf for them, which made them more dignified. But creating the blog, where I track my purchases, books read and reviewed, etc., made all the difference.
My physical books are under 10 at the moment. My Kindle books, however, have grown in numbers, since my daughter gifted me with Sparky in 2010. Then, earlier this year, I upgraded to Pippa.
One of my pages on the blog lists books purchased, another lists books read, with a link to the reviews. There is a separate page for books from publishers, publicists, etc., with links to the reviews.
I also add the link to my review on the “purchased” pages.
So I can see where I am at a glance.
This morning, I counted 153 books PURCHASED in 2014, with 89 read and reviewed.
In 2015, I have purchased 47 books so far, and read and reviewed 21 of them.
My list of review books is pretty much up to date, with only three NetGalley books still to read and review, but they are being published at the end of June, July, and early August.
My review books have never been the issue, though. I tend to overbuy…and I think that my lower numbers for this year reflect my determination to request books for review whenever possible, instead of purchasing. To assist with my Compulsive Book Buying Disorder.
So should I add a TBR Jar? Right now I have a list of unread books on paper, in addition to the page in my blog, to guide me in my reading decisions.
What works for you?