Between physical and electronic books, I have almost 150 on my shelves.
The majority of these are ebooks. I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for many years now, and because of that, I get the luxury of picking one book a month from a selection of 5 or 6 to keep for free. It’s a great perk to have, but I never seem to read them. Not to mention, the e-reader is my least favorite method of reading books. It’s usually reserved for night time hours when the lights are out so my husband can sleep.
Lately, I’ve had a tendency to read the most buzzed about books on the market. This includes new books coming out for the year, but I’ve also been getting a lot of book recommendations from a Facebook group I’m in called Monthly Book Club. This group has been a big influence on my reading life, and it’s great to be a part of a positive community who understands my book obsession.
However, this group is also to blame for the increase in my TBR pile. I have learned so much about how/where to get books on the cheap, and I have definitely taken advantage of it in the last couple months. Here are some of the referrals I’ve seen through the group:
- Thriftbooks.com – This is a great site to find used books at reasonable prices. I’ve been using this site to buy self-help books that I know I’ll want to keep on my shelves (On Writing by Stephen King; You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero) and also to fill gaps in my book collections (Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris; Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella). Plus, you only need to spend $10 to get free shipping, which is definitely not a hard thing to do!
- Library Sales – I’ve seen signs for past sales at my local library (which occur every two months) but had never stopped in to check it out. Boy, I didn’t know what I was missing! I went to the latest sale a couple weeks ago, and walked out of there with 13 books for myself and 6 books for my son all for only $9.50! This is a good resource if you’re looking for older books, especially backlisted titles from popular authors (I got a couple Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner books, among others).
- Thrift Stores – I never thought to look at thrift stores for books, but I’ve bought some good finds, which usually sell for about $1 each. Unlike library sales, you never know what you’ll find at the thrift store. It could be old, or it could be brand new. You just need to have the patience to sort through the stacks since they’re usually not organized (the one I frequent just seems to throw books together with no rhyme or reason). I like to stop in maybe once a month to see if there’s anything worth picking up, but my trips aren’t always worthwhile.
Friends and Family Member Referrals – One day, I was over my aunt’s house and came to the realization that she likes to read a lot too. I asked if I could raid her bookshelves, and she happily sent me away with a stack of her recommendations. A whole slew of books to read that didn’t cost me anything and doesn’t have a restricted time limit? Score! I also pass novels back and forth with my sister-in-law in Florida and non-fiction reads with my youngest sister. It’s great to have close relatives to share books with, and a lot of the titles are ones I might not have otherwise picked up on my own.
So, these are the reasons why my TBR list is as big as it is. Add these on top of the borrowed library books that can be found on my night stand, and I have a lot of reading material to get through. It is a journey I’m looking forward to exploring!
Let me know what your TBR stacks look like in the comments below.