On October 22, 2009, I launched this blog. It was a desperate attempt to make sense of my stacks of books…and to formulate a plan for working my way through them. At that time, I had 166 unread books stacked in my bedroom!
The photo above is not a portrait of my messy shelves….but I feared I would reach this point if I didn’t do something. Or I would end up on that Hoarders’ Show…LOL.
Now, four years later, I cannot tell you that the TBR Stacks are a thing of the past….but I can assure you that the stacks are more under control. I can also show you that I now have itemized “collections” on my pages here, from 2010 through 2013. And I plan to continue.
My collections are organized further, showing Book Purchases for each year; Books Read each year; and Review Books. After I read a book, I link the titles to my reviews.
I am a bit compulsive, which is one reason I collect so many books…but it is also the reason I need to organize and document my journey.
In the process of reviewing what I have accomplished so far, here’s what my Books Read numbers look like from the previous years:
Books Read in 2010: 143
Books Read in 2011: 177
Books Read in 2012: 191
Books Read in 2013: I reached my goal of 200 books read; I have gone beyond that number, with 202 so far.
In looking back at when I purchased individual books, I have a few from the early years, still unread.
2010: All read!
2011: 3 unread; 1 DNF
2012: 5 unread; 2 DNF
2013: 26 still unread; 1 DNF
As you can see, I need to join another Mt. TBR Challenge, to clear out the unread books. I think it looks manageable though, don’t you?
How do you organize your bookshelves? Do you have a plan for reading the unread books?