22 August 2010

Sunday Salon: Tyrannosaurus TBR, 22 Aug 2010


Hello fellow Sunday Saloners

I've written before about my TBR. I'm alarmed today as I suspect things are really getting out of hand.
It has grown by an estimated 55 books since my last look. And the culprit is my Kindle!
Or rather the culprit is Net Galley together with Books-on-the-Knob.
NetGalley puts me in touch with e-books that publishers want reviewed, while Books on the Knob alerts me to far too many bargains.

So, how is your TBR (To Be Read)looking?
Don't have one? You are not trying!

Over on the right you'll find a poll you can take to make me feel either better or worse about my growing TBR. Give me an estimate of your TBR. Now be honest - count everything!

What makes us accumulate a TBR? Is it greed? Are we afraid that we'll miss out? Are you afraid of being without a book to read?

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12 comments:

Karen Russell said...

I put myself in the 10-50 category, as those are the books I actually have on/under/around the nightstand. But if you count the books on my list, I'm in big trouble. :D

Bernadette in Australia said...

Mine's a bit less than half yours Kerrie - sorry not to make you feel better :)

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - I love your polls, but the thought of how many books are on my TBR list is giving me a severe inferiority complex, so I refuse to count ; ). Seriously, though, I know what you mean about how the TBR pile builds up...

Vanda Symon said...

My TBR has got so big it has reached critical mass, imploded and formed a small black hole that keeps sucking in small change and other loose objects on my bedside table.

Kiwicraig said...

I know it's over 200 books (on my bookshelves at home), but not certain it's over 250, so voted for 151-250.

However I did just buy another 12-15 books yesterday, and when i think about it, it may in fact be more like 300+. Might have to change my vote. Especially when i count the 25+ books I've lent to friends that will boomerang back at some stage...

Too many review copies I get sent, along with all the out-of-print Kiwi crime and thriller titles I've been buying, plus all the bargain bin stuff that's so hard to resist (e.g. 5 for $30 yesterday, plus 30% off the penguin classics etc...)

Mason Canyon said...

So glad to see someone else has a large TBR pile like mine. You asked what makes us accumulate a TBR pile, I'm not sure. I know that there are so many wonderful books out there I just can't help myself when given the opportunity to review a new one.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Kiwicraig said...

Right, just took another look at mine, and it's well over 300... more like 350-ish (in terms of books I own but haven't read yet - that's not counting ones I intend to read from the library etc)... vote changed

Yikes. Not sure when I'll get to some of them, especially with more and more coming out each month, in terms of contemporary reviewing to do etc...

BooksPlease said...

Mine's over 300 and growing because as soon as I read some of them I add more to the list.

The reason the TBR list grows is that I keep seeing and reading about books I'd love to read. I would hate to be without a book to read - that just won't happen!

Deb said...

I made a pledge this year to acquire no more books until I got my 300+ tbr pile down to more manageable levels. I was doing quite well until my avid-reader mother came for a visit and pressed a bagful of books on me. So the tbr pile grew once more. Sigh!

unfinishedperson.com said...

I think some of you have a serious problem. :) I'm only at about 100...and that's counting only one from the library. Next month, I will have a couple more from the library for the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge (I didn't read any this month! Sorry!).

Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

Kerrie I think the important issue is the ratio of your TBR to your reading pace. Since you read over an above 100 books per year, your TBR covers about 3,5 years reading. I would start worrying only when it reaches 5.
If you ask me I'm about 50 in my TBR and I read about 50 per year. So I just have 1 year book coverage. No need to worry either.

Golem said...

I used to think that my TBR was infinite. In fact, some friends, when we talk about books we'd like to read, speak of the infinite plan. Fortunately I read recently that Google has estimated that all the world's books are only about 130 million, so the plan has already been bounded.

Seriously, before e-books, my TBR was stabilized around 20-25 books. It is now completely out of control.

Regards

PD: Sorry for my English

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