TBR be gone…

A funny thing happened this week – I realised that my once anxiety-inducing TBR pile has actually been whittled down to a manageable size. For the first time in a long time, I might actually need to go to the library out of necessity, rather than just out of some martyred need to make life more stressful than it needs to be. This is a very weird situation to be in good people, as I’m sure the majority of you will understand. So, how the hell did I get here?

Well, I put myself on a book-buying ban at the beginning of the year (mortgage and a new car necessitated such action), and it was originally only supposed to last until June, but apart from a couple of small slips, I’ve actually managed to maintain the ban for the whole year. It’s possible I have bought less than 10 books this year – which is craziness, but it sure does help reducing the TBR.

Also, since introducing my lucky dip system a while ago, I’ve been much better about the variety of books I’ve been reading from my pile. When I was all free and easy about which books I would choose to read, it inevitably left books that, while I was keen to read, weren’t quite as shiny and new as some of the others on the pile, and the longer they stayed on the pile, the less likely I was to read them. Having a system, meant I was able to discover some real gems that had been sitting on my shelf for ages – and while I have sort of abandoned the lucky dip system now, it’s not really needed anymore because I have a good spread of books left on the shelf.

Of course, this moment of TBR optimism is probably about to be shattered, seeing as the deck clearing has come right in time for Christmas, when I expect Santa to be forthcoming in the book department. Still, I’ll take my victories where I can get them.

How are your TBRs going people?

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6 replies »

  1. I seriously wish I could have your level of self control! Only buying 10 books (or less) in a year is amazing! I have a ridiculous amount of books that I haven’t read yet, so my TBR list is looking pretty crazy right now, and I imagine I will be getting even more books for Christmas.


  2. Wow, that is so awesome! I admire your willpower with the book ban. I had one at the beginning of the year and I did actually last about four months so I was happy with that. Right now, I am on a temporary ARC freeze. I haven’t restricted myself from requesting them, but I did make promise that I would only request ARCs that I REALLY want to read, as opposed to just requesting them for the sake of free books. I have so many books that I own and haven’t been able to read. All the ARCs were preventing me from reading a lot of those. I have only got three ARCs in the past three months so I am really happy with that. Because of that, I have started seeing a noticeable improvement with my TBR.

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    • Nice work, I’m glad that restricting your ARC requests is having a noticeable effect on your TBR. It’s seriously liberating being able to go into the library and borrow a heap of books without feeling guilty! 😉


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