What should be the goal?
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As I read through it, it suggested the question: what is the goal of monitoring and tracking our TBR pile? Do we, or do we not, expect/hope ever to reach its bottom? Or is that not part of the mission at all?
I keep trying to drive down the total number each year, after I began to feel I was getting "carried away". I'm successful so far, but very, very, very slowly.
I do want/hope to read more than I take in every year, but I'm not sure that ever happens, lol. I don't go buying books very often, only every few mos, but I generally come back with at least one large stack, if not several, sooo... xD
I originally started tracking my reading in 2008 as an attempt to force myself to read more fiction. I'd always loved to read, but I couldn't find the kinds of books I liked, so my novels-per-year were very low and I mostly read manga. I decided that I was just going to have to try harder to find them and LibraryThing helped with that... oh boy, did it help...
So the next couple of years saw my library grow a couple thousand books as I spread the net wide and acquired anything and everything that had the slightest chance to be the least bit interesting to me. I used my tracking to temporarily prevent any re-reads as I devoured new stuff and it all worked out beautifully.
But now my collection is so large that I use my tracking to guilt myself into reading more just to make a dent in my mountain range. I can't possibly read all my unread books in a lifetime -- I did the math -- and there are several authors I love who will probably be publishing for many decades to come... Now I have the problem where I have to decide if the next book I read will be one I'm 90% sure I will like, or if it will be one that has been collecting dust on my shelf because I acquired it when I was more desperate. If I read the older book I can then legitimately decide if it's a keeper or a swappable, but do I give up the surefire read for it?
And even still, I am currently 5 books behind schedule this year because I barely read anything for 2 weeks because, and you know how this goes, there was nothing in the house to read! Nothing! So I borrowed the books from my sister that I had given to her for Christmas last year. We are both hopeless in that regard.
So now I track my reading to revel in the futility of it and to say, "has it really been 5 years since I read that?"
Can't work it out ...
Um ... now I've looked at that, I've realised how slack I've become about updating my Currently reading pile - think I need to put in a couple of hours LT spring-cleaning ...
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My issue are the books which wander in from the wild at no cost. My father-in-law is constantly giving us bags full of books which people drop off at the senior center and they have no room for. I've inherited books from several people who knew I loved them, and even going through them and only keeping the ones I was interested in still meant I acquired hundreds of books at one go. I don't go to yard sales anymore, and our library hasn't had a sale in several years. Although, they do keep a couple of carts with donated books they can't use on them for sale. I have pillaged those a couple of times.
Then there are the deals on Kindle. We won't even talk about the unread books on my Kindle.
That makes it much harder to get through the 'To read' list of books on LT, whether they are library books or books I have bought or picked up somehow. But I am making progress on that. Partly by setting a goal. I currently have promised myself not to order any books from Amazon until I could enter them without going over 260.
But the wishlist on OverDrive does NOT count. And there is room there for over 4,900 more titles ... Do you think anyone really uses that up? Actually, I think the max used to be 1,000, so maybe some people had maxed that out.