It’s been a while since I posted anything about my TBR venture. That’s because my intention for tackling my TBR list hasn’t exactly been going to plan.
For one thing, I’ve continued to buy books (for cheap, mind you), some of which I pick up to read right away because of my excitement to read them. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is my latest example. I heard it recommended on a podcast I listen to, was intrigued by the book’s synopsis (introverted book worm with social issues – was this written about me??), immediately ordered it on Amazon, and started reading it when it came in the mail the next day. I’ve been very much enjoying it, so no shame there.
Another reason is because there are books on my shelves that are higher on my interest level than others. And why not read what I want to read instead of slogging through something I’m not as excited about? So, I have prioritized my TBR list instead of having a number generator do it for me.
But the biggest reason I’m changing things up is because I accepted a job offer this past week that will effectively limit my reading goals come September. It will be a big change that will require a new routine and a new normal. It’s an opportunity I’m grateful for, but my reading life will now have to be scheduled around my full-time hours.
That’s not to say I am giving up on the blog. On the contrary, I’m hoping to add new content regularly regarding what I’ve been reading, as well as some other book-related material. So, stay tuned for that, and I hope you will continue this journey with me.
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.
If only there were a Book Lovers Anonymous group for me to join. Although, you know what? I wouldn’t want to live in anonymity. I’m not ashamed to say it.
I. Love. Books.
I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. There’s a home video of me on my second birthday opening present after present of new books, and I wouldn’t move on to the next gift until I had looked at the all the pages of the book I had just opened.
If only I still read books that quickly. My shelves (both physical and digital) are filled with books that I have yet to read. My collection has steadily grown over the years as my time had been dedicated to school books while I pursued my bachelor’s degree. After graduating this past December, I’ve finally been able to start reading for pleasure again.
It is now the end of July and I have read 40 books already this year. That’s more than the last two years combined. I use the library extensively for these books. Physical, audio, digital. You name it, I borrow it. But I started to realize something in the last couple months – my personal shelves are filled with books waiting to be read, but I’ve been neglecting them in favor of reading books from the library. This is mostly due to the library’s due date. I’m more likely to read something if I know I have a limited amount of time with it. The deadline motivates me to finish, whereas the books on my shelf I have for an infinite amount of time, causing me to put off reading them.
So, part of the reason I wanted to start this blog is to give myself a reason to read these books. Taking a cue from The To Read List podcast (a great podcast for book lovers to listen to, btw), I have decided to tackle the books on my shelves in hopes to get through them all. I will use a random number generator to decide what order to read the books in with the goal to read one physical book and one e-book from my shelves per month.
But this blog isn’t just going to be about my TBR list. I plan to write about all things books and reading, and I hope you will join me in talking about my favorite pastime.