BURIED IN BOOKS: A JOURNEY

I now have THIRTEEN unread NetGalley ARCs…most of which have tumbled down onto my shelves in recent weeks.

Three of them came in 2018…but their release dates are in August (along with three others that arrived this year).

FOUR are releasing in June, so they will be up next.

After I read the August books, I’ll tackle the two releasing in September and one in October.  But I’ m sure there will be more!  I’m loving them, but I am also a little nervous about how they are showing up at unexpected times.

I used to get only books I requested.  I had some control that way.  But surprise offerings are delightful, too, and it feels good to be selected.  Yes, that’s what I feel when I first see a new one already approved in my inbox.  Sigh.

I enter each book on my review pages here, and then add the links once I’ve read and reviewed them.  I also have a trusty little notebook, but I have had to redo it when the new additions fill up the page.

If I had all of these books in a pile instead of on my Kindle, they might look like this…sort of:

That image reminds me of how my book stacks looked when I started this blog.  I had boxes of unread books when I moved (see below), and decided creating a blog to address the issue was a great idea.  All these years later, I don’t regret that action…since it worked.  But I keep adding to my TBR.  The books I receive for review now are mostly e-books.

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How do you manage your unread books?  Do you curtail the number of review books that come your way?

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A LOOK AT MY TBR: 2017

Since we have almost completed two months this year (so far), I think it is time to take a look at unfinished books from 2017.  Here is my page of Books Purchased in 2017, with the completed books linked to the reviews.  Total Books Purchased in 2017:  149; total books unread:  41…

My Breakdown by Month:

January:  12 Books Purchased

                        2 Books Unread

February:  13 Books Purchased

                          4 Books Unread

March:         11 Books Purchased

                             3 Books Unread

April:              13 Books Purchased

                              5 Books Unread

May:                 14 Books Purchased

                               4 Books Unread

June:                 12 Books Purchased

                                2 Books Unread

July:                    7 Books Purchased

                               2 Books Unread

August:             17 Books Purchased

                                 6 Books Unread

September:      15 Books Purchased

                                   3 Books Unread

October:             12 Books Purchased

                                    1 Book Unread

November:         12 Books Purchased

                                     3 Books Unread

December:          11 Books Purchased

                                       6 Books Unread

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So…not as bad as I originally thought.  I did make a nice dent in these numbers with my Read the Books You Buy Challenge of 2017.

I hope to continue reading the books I’ve bought…even a few from 2014, 2015, and 2016.

How do your TBR stacks fare?  What tactics do you utilize?

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ATTACKING THE TBR: BOOKS LANGUISHING ON MY SHELVES…

At the start of a New Year, I like to check out my reading progress in previous years, especially those years that have been neglected.  Check out my Books Purchased in 2014, and then let’s take a look at the remaining books unread.

Unread Books from 2014:

The Life List (e-book), by Chrissy Anderson

Everyone Worth Knowing, by Lauren Weisberger

Abducted (e-book), by T. R. Ragan

The Apple Orchard (e-book), by Susan Wiggs

My Mother Was Nuts (e-book), by Penny Marshall

Paper Towns (e-book), by John Green

In the Woods (e-book), by Tana French

The Shadow Tracer (e-book), by Meg Gardiner

Wife 22 (e-book), by Melanie Gideon

Ellen Foster (e-book), by Kaye Gibbons

Leaves (e-book), by Michael Baron

Lemon Orchard, The (e-book), by Luanne Rice

Owen’s Daughter (e-book), by Jo-Ann Mapson

Ruth’s Journey (e-book), by Donald McCaig

Some Luck (e-book), by Jane Smiley

All Good Deeds (e-book), by Stacy Green

Eleanor and Park (e-book), by Rainbow Rowell

Underside of Joy, The, by Sere Prince Halverson

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Eighteen books?  Who knew, since most of these are hidden on Pippa, my Kindle.  The list looks pretty daunting, and I can see a few books that I will probably never read.  Have any of you read them?  What are your recommendations?

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A JOURNEY THROUGH MY SHELVES….

I shelved another print book, in this space I have designated for overflow (above).  I have several bookshelves throughout the house, and I could squeeze more books into them, but I’m trying to maintain them at their current state.  Once I am tempted to exceed the number the shelves can comfortably hold,  I know it is time to purge again.

Before the purges of 2015, I had a lot of shelves for the books I had read.  I had three bookshelves in my office; five shelves in my bedroom; two in the hallway; one in the bathroom; and two in the living room.

Now:  One shelf in my office; none in the hallway; none in the bathroom; two in my bedroom; and two in my living room.  Additionally, some overflow in the shelf atop this post….and a couple of shelves in my dining room.

BEDROOM SHELVES:

OFFICE SHELVES:

Shelves for Unread Books: In my office

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LIVING ROOM SHELVES:

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OVERFLOW SHELVES IN DINING ROOM:

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HOW MANY PHYSICAL BOOKS REMAIN TO BE READ?

Nine books remain on the Unread Bookshelves shown above…plus, this stack on the coffee table:

And….

Twelve books on my nightstands…

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The rest of my unread books are luxuriating on Pippa, my Kindle.

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I have pages here at this site on which all my purchased/read books are listed.  Periodically, I go through those numbers and show you what unread books are on my Kindle…but that will be for another day.

Do you regularly inventory your books?  Or do you enjoy just having them around?

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TBR PATROL: ARE MY NUMBERS DICTATING MY LIFE?

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It is time to check out my numbers for the year so far.

For the Read the Books You Buy Challenge, I have read and reviewed 19 books so far.  Ten of those books were purchased in January 2017, and nine were purchased in the second half of 2016, which still qualifies them for this challenge.

Books Purchased in January:  20 – so half of them have been read

Books Purchased in February so far:  9 – and I’ve read none of them.

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Books Purchased Between July – December 2016:  71

Books Read:  53

Books Unread for the second half of 2016:  18

 

Obviously, several of those books from 2016 were read in that same year, and counted for last year’s challenge.

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So….my work is cut out for me.  But what fun the work has been!  I’ve been enjoying these books. 

As for those purchased before July 2016, some of which go way back to 2014…those are in the TBR Jar…and they will be dealt with…or not.

2014:  Unread Books-  20

2015:  Unread Books –  13

2016:  Unread Books from January – June – 21

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The task seems huge, even insurmountable, but let’s total up all the unread books I’ve purchased since 2014:  81!

The year is new, and I think I can probably put a dent in these numbers.  What do you think?

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Of course, the review books will take up some time, but so far, I only have 6 NetGalley books to read and review (I’ll probably get more, though).

And as for author review books, I have two waiting…and one Amazon Vine book.

I should probably be mindful of these numbers when making requests.

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What does your reading year look like so far?  Do my numbers seem manageable?  How about yours?

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