Book problem, year 7

Another year, another wall of unread books.  When I started blogging in 2008 I took this picture of my unread books…


Oh, how worried I was. “That’s Max looking a little nervous that all those books might topple over on him!  So, instead of being funny, it made me a little sad that I had gotten this far behind 😦  I will go to the book sale this weekend, but I’m taking Jason to limit my craziness.  But, then I need to spend a few months reading through my backlog before buying anything new.”

Haha!  So, silly I was to think this wasn’t going to get worse.

So, every year I recreate the wall (the same way, because I can get a little OCD about things) and then add the new books I’ve acquired.

For those of you who saw my Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon mini-challenge you will be prepared for my big reveal.



I managed to read 25 from my stacks last year and give some more, BUT somehow I acquired (through giveaway, book sales, gifts) a net addition of 98 to my overflowing stacks.   That’s a total of 837  unread books.

Some of you may wonder how long it takes me to recreate these stacks every year.  Because I want them in the same place they were the year before I do a few hours of prep by putting the books of each stack together, then another few hours (3 maybe) to move the books to the space. I consider this my workout for the week 🙂 I count, update my lists, take a few pictures for another 45 minutes or so.   It’s always the cleanup that takes the longest, because I’m tired and do it all in a night’s time.  There is no way I’d do this when Gage was awake, I’ve had stacks fall over before, although not this year.

I took this picture a month ago and, thanks to the 24 hour read-a-thon, I’ve already read 6 and gave away 7.  Okay, okay, I’ve also acquired 7 more so the dent isn’t as large as I’d like but I’m working on it 🙂

Time to fess up.  How many books are you hoarding holding in your TBR piles?

40 thoughts on “Book problem, year 7

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    That is impressive/scary. My TBR pile pales in comparison. But, unlike you, I put them in different places so that it’s not so daunting. Having said that, my pile is probably 1/10 of yours!

  2. Word Lily says:

    I … have way too many unread books. I made a small dent last year, but I fear I’ve dug the hole deeper so far this year, alas. I don’t want to know the actual number, though (I’d guess it’s more than yours.)

  3. Leslie says:

    I started counting and stopped around 600 unread books, and with a few more bookshelves to go. There’s a reason I don’t stop at book sales anymore – I am officially out of space. I suppose I should do a ‘spring cleaning’ on the books.

  4. Tara says:

    More come in than go out in my house. It’s ridiculous. Last year I made a *huge* purge (which I still sometimes regret). But I think I had it figured up that if I read exclusively off my shelves until they were all read, using an average of 50 books per year, I could read for 9 years without having to acquire a single book. Now I think I’d only make it 7 years 😉

    By the way, I LOVE seeing this picture every year!

  5. sandynawrot says:

    Holy cow. That is just overwhelming now, isn’t it? I can’t tell you how many unread books I have. I don’t want to know. I’d rather stay ignorant and admire their beauty. I can firmly say though that I am not whittling them down much.

  6. diane says:

    OMG!!!!! I reversed the physical book curse over the last 3 years. My physical books have gone from somewhere around 1,100 to just 400 unread books (I weeded my collected and donated all the books I knew I would never read.

    But….don’t congratulate me yet, my unread eBooks are somewhere near 1,000 thanks to eGalleys — yet they don’t make me feel guilty like physical book gluttony.

  7. abookdragon says:

    There are 318 physical books listed at LibraryThing. This doesn’t include the ones that got listed before I started adding the TBR tag. It also doesn’t include the ones at home (15 sitting on my desk) that I haven’t listed yet. It also doesn’t include ebooks and if you add in free ebooks, I’m way in over my head.

    Love the picture! I hope, someday soon, to have all my tbr books gathered at home.

  8. Teddyree says:

    You know I look forward to your update each year lol. I’m not doing a full-on count this time (yep I’m a chicken) but rough guess you’re still in the lead haha. There’s just over 1000 on my TBR list but 200 of those are still wish-listed so *eek* that leaves 800+ actual books. You’re the biggest book hoarder 😉

  9. Care says:

    Cool. My shelf is smaller, I think. Smaller for me abd way smaller than yours! I actually need to move the stack of read books to giveaway. Just haven’t done it yet.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Bleck. I haven’t weeded my read shelves in years but they are bursting at the seams. I just keep hinting to Jason that I need to move to a house with a library. We’ll see if that takes 🙂

  10. Trish says:

    I don’t want to count them (I could because they’re all in an excel document). I think I have around 700 in the house and probably half of them are read. I did just take three books to the library/Half Price Books. It didn’t make a dent. 😉

  11. thenovellife1 says:

    your wall of books looks quite similar to mine 🙂
    although currently most of the books are in boxes in storage . . .it is shocking how many we end up with, isn’t it?!?

  12. jennygirl says:

    Hi stranger! Long lost jenny here. Kudos for setting the books up because that alone would have me freaking!
    I am managing to whittle my pile books of books down to a respectable level. I give them to the library, look at some and just know I won’t read them, give those away, and stopped with the review books. My lack of blogging has probably helped too!

    I do enjoy this post every year, and live vicariously through you every year. Hope the family is well and enjoy your holiday weekend 🙂

  13. Vasilly says:

    That’s a lot of books! 🙂 I feel the same way about my pile. It’s around 600+. Luckily, I’ve given away the ones I know I won’t ever read.

  14. thetruebookaddict says:

    Um, I think I’ve told you this before, but just in case I haven’t…at last count, the fiction portion of my library was up to over 2600 books. I probably have over 1000 of non-fiction and Christmas books (yes, I have a sizable Christmas book collection). Now, all of these aren’t “to be read”…I have read many of them. I just don’t get rid of books I liked because I’m a fan of rereading. 🙂 I have been called a book hoarder (by my ex-in-laws…thank God they’re ex…I just can’t get with people who don’t ‘get’ books), but I refer to myself as an obsessive collector…and an optimist. I dream of one day having a big house with a huge built in library. I tell my boys that my books are my legacy. Luckily, I have one son who is very passionate about reading.

    So, you’re not alone. There are those of us who understand. And I don’t even think you’re crazy for the way you set them up each year. My books have been listed in three catalogs (I list them in a journal alphabetically by author and non-fiction by title) since I started cataloging them in 2008. That is very time consuming, but each time the journal wears out, I have to redo it. Luckily, I’m using a very sturdy one this time. I also have a blog I set up for my library ( I’m hoping to start listing my books there soon (probably during the next Bloggiesta). And, of course, there’s Goodreads…I’m slowly adding my books there as well.

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