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Book problem year 10

Another year, another Mt. TBR.  I started this yearly project back in 2008 and thought it was fun to recreate every year as books were added.  The only problem was that at some point it just got to be too many books.  In 2015 I was up to 876 books.  That’s 876 books in my house that I have not read!  I try to declutter and always have a giveaway box going in the house for old clothes, toys, etc., but until this last year I haven’t done such a great job with the books.

Last year was the first year I actually had my number go down! I had 827 books. The physical act of moving all of these books to one spot every year really puts those numbers in perspective.  I was exhausted last year and went on a donation spree, read 31 and had a Bookish Wine Party where a few more found their way to good homes, but I also added 49.  So, after all that I was looking forward to my new Mt. TBR.  I wasn’t disappointed.

book probemfinal

Still looks a little unmanageable right?  But I went from 827 last year to 734 this year!  Yay! That’s 2 years in a row that my book wall has gone down by considerable numbers.  Maybe next year I can get into the 600s 🙂

Wanna share a pic of your Mt. TBR?

May 2, 2017 - Posted by | Bookish Stuff


  1. Way to go! I need to work on my stacks.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | May 2, 2017 | Reply

    • I think that moving them all once a year is finally helping me 😉

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 3, 2017 | Reply

  2. I’ve been trying to donate a couple of times/year to my library sale but still have a lot of books that I’ll never get around to reading. Nice work!

    Comment by Mary | May 2, 2017 | Reply

    • It’s so hard to let go of books that have been on your shelves so long that they feel like family, haha.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 3, 2017 | Reply

  3. Partly because of an inventory purge back in 2013 for reasons other than actually wanting to shed books, my inventory shrank to a point a few years back where I thought I had suddenly ran OUT of books! It was horrifying! Good readers relish a huge backlog!

    Comment by Tony Laplume | May 2, 2017 | Reply

    • Oh no! I don’t want to go THAT low. I think a healthy TBR pile is around a few hundred books 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 3, 2017 | Reply

  4. I love your yearly Mt. TBR! I can so understand this and know you understand right back.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | May 2, 2017 | Reply

    • I can’t even imagine how many books you have! Or are most of them digital?

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 3, 2017 | Reply

  5. I used to do this till I could no longer get into my room. It was hard to give them away. I donated a lot of my books to schools, colleges and libraries. Now I read and give away. Being a book ninja is fun… also giving away books on world book day. At work recently we had a bake and book sale for comic relief. We raised £200. Now I have a to be read mole hill – no more than 20 books to read at one time. I hope you get through you Mt TBR. Well done on getting it down x

    Comment by Lu | May 3, 2017 | Reply

    • I try to keep only the ones I love and can see myself loaning to friends, but the ones I haven’t read? How do I know if I will love it if I haven’t read it? It’s a challenge 🙂 “to be read mole hill” heehee

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 3, 2017 | Reply

  6. Those look so nice and neat. Mine are in 4 different rooms, mostly in bookcases except for my office where they have spilled out into an unwieldy pile. But hey, that’s my space! Someday I will have to count them.

    Comment by Leslie | May 5, 2017 | Reply

    • That’s what mine look like too except for the 24 hours a year I build the wall 🙂 Just the physical act of moving them every year has been all the encouragement I need to cull the stacks!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 6, 2017 | Reply

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