My yearly mountain of owned and unread books started small, got completely out of hand and is slowly taking a turn for the better. Every year around this time I recreate my unread book stacks adding in new books. For many years I brought in more than I read and that became a problem. A big book problem.
- My first Mt TRB (To Be Read) looked like this and I didn’t even bother to count the books.
- I compared that pic to this year’s and found 97 books that have been on my shelves, unread, for 10 years. Yikes!
- My biggest wall was in 2015 with 876 books.
- Since 2015 I’ve slowly been bringing that number down my reading more of what I own and donating.
- This year I read 25 and donated or gave away 92.
- I brought in 55 new books.
- The past few years I’ve used some of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon time to recreate the wall, exactly the same every year minus the books read or donated. I listen to audio books while I work.
- I prep the stacks during the week using the lists I have for every pile.
- Getting the wall made and then put away takes many hours and is a good workout for read-a-thon time.
- This year’s Mt. TBR clocks in at a robust, but not totally unmanageable
Last year I read 74 book so if I kept that pace I could get all of these books read in less than 10 years. #goals
What about you? How many unread books do you have in your house?