Discussions Only We Know
Husband's going to create a button for me, but since I just threw this at him like two days ago, he hasn't had a chance to work on it yet. However, I didn't want to wait to post this new feature. My new "discussion" posts are going to be titled "Discussions Only We Know" because like my blog title and how books transport us to places only other readers know, these discussion topics are going to be ones that only readers/bloggers deal with. So without further ado...
Let's Discuss...TBR Piles...
So I know it's one thing to have more books on your TBR list (to be read/want to read list) than you can ever get around to reading, but what about the books that you still need to read that are actually in your possession, that take up space on your shelves/e-reader/floor? Do you intend to read every book in your possession or have you just come to the conclusion that you'll never get to them all and that's okay with you? Do it bother you to have unread books on your shelf or in your possession? Or do you not really care? Do you try to get your hands on any and every book you could ever want to read whether you ever actually read it or not? I need to know the answer to these questions quys...let me know!
Personally, I fully intend to read every book that's in my possession and every book that ever crosses into my possession. That's why I acquire books in the first place--to read them. It stresses me out when my TBR pile in my possession grows and grows. I need to conquer that pile. I mean, I have no delusions that I'll ever reach a status of 0 books in my possession that need to be read. Obviously, I'll always be acquiring books, and I'll probably always acquire them at a speed faster than I can read them. BUT, my body has a physical reaction to pointing to a single book in my possession and saying "I'll never get to that one."
I've found that I at least have to maintain the ability to be able to read all of the books that I acquire. I currently have about 120 books that are in my possession that need to be read. Last year I read 133 books. This year my goal was 104 (which I've already accomplished). If I'm only reading right around 130 books a year, I can't physically stand the thought of having more books in my possession that I can even read in a year.
However, I've learned over the last year or two that DNFing is not the end of the world--though I've still only done it nine times in four years--and I've learned that people won't starve in Africa if I don't finish reading those last 3 books in that series I'm not enjoying. So who knows? Maybe I'll learn that acquiring books that I know I'll never read isn't going to cause me to have a brain aneurysm, but I'm just not there yet. And I'm not sure I want to be there either.
What do you guys think? How do you handle all of the books that make it into your actual hands? Do you think you'll get to them all eventually? Or do you accept that you never will? Let me know!