Book problem, year 8 – Plus some giveaways!

I spent years working for Barnes & Noble and a year at our local library, so it’s not a surprise that I like books. I always thought that this yearly project of collecting my To-Be-Read books showcased not only my OCD tendencies, but also my problem of buying too many books, but this year I discovered something else.  Once a year I get to touch all of my books.  I used to have the time to shelve and reshelve and rearrange, but then I gave birth to Gage and that free time was no more.  So, I would buy books but they would languish on a shelf, untouched.  This year,  I spent my time during the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon recreating my book wall and I felt like I was rediscovering the books I’ve added to the house the last few years.  It made for an enjoyable read-a-thon.

Anyway, here are the details.  I started with 837 books from last April and over the past year I’ve read or given away 31, so that left me with 806.  I looked over the shelves and chose 5 that I knew I would never read and pulled them out, leaving 801.  And then I added the new books that I’d acquired over the past year, all 75 of them, and created this, my new Mt. TBR.

bookwall 2015


None of the stacks fell over this year (although I did catch a few with my body before that happened!), but the weak link, there always is one, was that second stack from the left on top.  And I had to add  yet another row to the bottom right.

I only had a net gain of 39. so, not bad, right? When I told Jason he seemed to think that it should have gone down, but I was thrilled that it hadn’t been more!  Lots of great reading ahead.

Now for the giveaway (if you’re still with me).  I have 2 brand new books that I’ve received duplicates of, 1 that I won’t read, and the 5 old books that I pulled from the stacks knowing I’ll never read them.  All you have to do is tell me in a comment if you’d like to win one or more of them.  I’ll draw winners over the weekend.  Open internationally 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Book problem, year 8 – Plus some giveaways!

  1. Vicki says:

    That’s a lot of books! Now I’m thinking I really need to go through my books and have a giveaway too!

    I’d love to win The Secrets of Midwifes.

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    I think your low net gain is admirable as well! I’ve been digging through my books and finding some I’d totally forgotten about. In the past, I could tell you if I owned a book or not but those days are gone. :/

  3. Teddyree says:

    they are breeding like rabbits, I didn’t even have to read the stats to know that pile has grown from last year … but you are doing an awesome job of trying to tame it. I wrapped 2 dozen last year for the K-Mart Christmas tree but I seem to have been sent even more print copies this year. I was really hoping 2015 would be the year of the ebook … haha delusional 😉

  4. Kay says:

    You’re not crazy – at one point I had something like 1200 or 1300. That was when my husband asked how many I read in a year – over 100 – and then said that he thought having 10 years worth of reading in the house was enough. Silly man. Anyway, I’ve weeded and weeded and weeded. I have about 200-250 now and many of them are ones I’ve read from my early days and chosen to keep. We won’t talk about how many are on my Kindle. Really. We won’t talk about that. 😉

    I love the idea that you get to touch all your books once a year. Did you feel a little like “my precious”? LOL

  5. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) says:

    I get it, as a fellow book lover would. I am not sure I have an area where I could put all my books together. I am lusting after that hardback of The Fiery Cross, been on the hunt for one of those. It will turn up somewhere and the fun is in the search.

  6. Jenna O says:

    I would love any of them! I´m a book lover too. I have 76 books atm and I´m going to give them away after I´ve read them. I love to pass books along to my friends and share opinions after they´ve read them too. 🙂

  7. Rita @ View From My Home says:

    I would love to win That Night.

    I fortunately or unfortunately (depending how you want to look at it) don’t have that many print books anymore as I’ve moved several times in my adult life and always give away my print books to charity to save space on the truck. I know that except for rare books I can always replace them.

    My blog is not established enough to receive any print copies from publishers or authors (only get e-books from Netgalley). Most of my print books now I bought at thrift shops and book sales. I do have an inordinate amount of e-books saved on my two kindles though 🙂

  8. thetruebookaddict says:

    Honey, you should be proud of your self-control. I just tallied my fiction books (I have to keep a catalog so I don’t keep buying the same ones) and I’m up to 2,741!!! This is not including several boxes that I never unpacked when I moved in here, plus non-fiction and Christmas books. Are you patting yourself on the back yet? lol

    What can I say…it’s one of my joys in life. 🙂

    I would love to win Infinite Jest, if you would be so kind to enter me. Thanks!

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