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All my TBR books are either shelved away in the middle of all my other books or on a list to borrow from the library. I think a physical pile would be mentally draining to see, if it were disproportionately large. But maybe not. *shrug* My method does lead to forgetting whether or not I read a particular book, since I don't keep them separate. Hmm....
I used to keep my unread books on separate bookcases, but that just made it impossible to find anything, so now they're mostly shelved among my other books.
I have, however, thought about placing the next few books I want to read in a pile somewhere.
But I'm down to 41 (lowest its been yet) and plan to keep going, so hopefully that system will change when I'm down to about 10 unread books or so, which is where I would like to maintain it. (Don't ask me about my 30 partially read books. I can only say I'm trying.)
I love having it there though: it's out of my way so I don't feel pressured by it, but when I've finished my book, I get to go up there and pick a new one. My favorite part ^^
I'm a to-read piler and my name is K
Right now I have 221 unread books. It keeps growing, even though I keep reading. I have a fantasy bookshelf, and a lit. fiction bookshelf, and the unreads of both genres are on the first couple of shelves on each respective bookshelf.
However, to ensure that (and here I confess my true pedantry) older stuff gets read, as well as the new, I now have an alphabetical system going so it doesn't really matter where I put them...
I'll never stop buying books, so I'm just resigned to the to-read piles.
At the moment there is a TBR pile beside my bed of about 30 books. There is also a large carrier bag full of books, some read and some unread, lurking quietly by the bedroom door, waiting to be shelved.
On top of the bookcase in the hall is a double stack of TBR books, probably about 20 in all.
In the living room is what can only be called a TBR heap of maybe 30 books, waiting to be sorted and either shelved or put by the bed.
Any book that makes it to the by-the-bed TBR pile is high up on my read it soon list.
This is unusual, but I went on a bit of a buying spree and happened to find a lovely second hand shop that sold books for 10p each. And Waterstones on-line have been doing good offers lately.
So mostly when I mention a TBR pile it is an actual pile. Back in February we had an earthquake that had books falling all over the place in our house and someone on here suggested I keep a more stable TBR pyramid in future.
It's the booklover's equivalent to cutting all the buttons of all his shirts ^^
I love just looking at my shelves and pulling a book out to see if I want to read it - just like the library. Of course, I also look through my LT library, usually descending sort by entered date to show the most recent stuff first.
I have a separate account for things i don't own, and one of those tags is wishlist. That translates in my mind as tbr, too.
Oh. I just remembered. My unread 888 challenge books have been moved to one shelf, so I guess I DO have a TBR pile. Fortunately, it's small.
I feel pretty good now!LOL.
I don't have an actual pile, the TBR books are shelved with all my other books.
READ A CERTAIN
NUMBER OF BOOKS
RIGHT NOW I AM SO FAR
BEHIND I WILL NEVER DIE
(Quote found on the web)
I have made a mental distinction between "to be read someday, when I'm in the right mood" books, which I own and keep at home during the summer, and a whole other bunch of books that I buy deliberately to shelve and display in my classroom, and don't really care if I ever get around to reading. These classroom books consist of three categories:
1) reference works, which are by no means restricted to dictionaries and encyclopedias, but include things like a great book I just bought on the history of BEER in America, a great book on American gangsters, picture books for grown ups about subjects as diverse as the ISS and the old "man-of-war" battleships, etc. Some of these I've read b/c they intrigued me; others are there to attract my "non-reading" students -- sometimes it even works! Other tomes in this category are books I think a history or English classroom just ought to have available -- biographies and essays about topics in world and American history.
2) novels, both YA and adult. This category consists of both novels I've read and enjoyed and have an extra copy or two of; novels I started and didn't like enough to finish; and techno-thrillers like the Tom Clancy books which many of my students like.
3) books I feel I really "ought" to read as a literate history teacher. These include a few books by Jared Diamond -- I just can't seem to get through Guns, Germs, and Steel -- his circular reasoning really, really bothers me; and books I find so rich that I know I'll have to reread them slowly and carefully in order to fully benefit from their insights -- books like Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews and some stuff by Thomas Friedman, P.J. O'Rourke, and a few others -- Susan Jacoby's Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, Francis Wheen's How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World, etc. Most of these latter books I've skimmed through -- and my usual practice is to read a chapter or two at a time, frantically posting sticky notes on the pages I want to quote from. I currently have about 20 of these books which are TBR "musts" for me -- one of these days! When this TBR pile goes over 20 I grit my metaphorical teeth and resolve not to buy any more nonfiction until I can plow through the books I've already bought.
Here's where I enjoy an advantage over most other readers -- I can buy TBR books, shelve them in my classroom, and NOT feel guilty! After all, I say to myself, they're vital educational appendages -- and I console myself that I will get around to reading them ONE day.
My home TBR pile is much smaller -- I usually only buy books for my home library that I've read before and loved so much that I want to own them. Sometimes though, I stumble across some real gems at "ye olde junque shoppes" and just can't pass them up. Last summer my daughters and I went antiquing and we found about 30 paperback science fiction classics (many by Andre Norton) for $1.00 each. I confess that I bought them all, but have read only half so far.
I have books on shelves and in piles, and have ended up putting fiction books I have read in blocks on shelves, so they are all together, and everything else is unread. This only works for the fiction because of the way the shelves are arranged - mainly by size to get the maximum amount of storage out of them (plus the usual double and triple stacking). For large format books this isn't really an option, and so tagging read/unread is suddenly useful.
The book piles are more like a Lego bonded wall, than a series of book piles. This is an attempt to make them stable and not fall over. I wonder if it counts as house/wall insulation?
Still, it's always nice to be able to choose what to read.
ntbr (not to be read) are typically reference books (including cookbooks) or books I inherited from family members that I want to keep for sentimental value but don't actually want to read.
So tbr is really those books I envision opening and reading. Sheesh. Depressing yet it's absolutely a blast to be in a particular mood/mindset and find the perfect book to satisfy it.
I've joined the Books Off the Shelf Challenge to try to whittle it down by 50 or so this year.