Tackling my ‘to-be-read’ pile [because it’s multiplying like wet gremlins]

My book buying is out of hand. Even in my second month of not buying any (physical) books from Amazon I still have managed to accrue an alarming amount. They range from second-hand books (how can you resist a 50p book, HOW!?!) to a Daunt Books splurge.

As much as I hate restricting my reading, something has to give – otherwise my shelves will. I sorted my shelves at the beginning of December, pulling out books I wouldn’t read and hadn’t read, it was a big enough pile then. How have I managed to make it bigger? I may have to implement a one in one out system soon before I lose floor space.

Have a look at my pile, anything you recommend reading next:

to be read pile

And this isn’t even counting the many Kindle books I have.

Sometimes I wonder if I enjoy buying books more than reading them. Or perhaps I’m just an addict, and rather than chugging down all the alcohol or narcotics that will fit into my body I’ve chosen books (and diet coke, but I’d rather not talk about that).

The rush you get from reading them though, wow.

Tell me I’m not alone!


24 thoughts on “Tackling my ‘to-be-read’ pile [because it’s multiplying like wet gremlins]

  1. A few years ago I had a really bad addiction to buy books and had over 400. So many of them I would probably not even read because they ‘looked pretty’ (oops). I ran out of space and took my shelves out, so now I mostly have eBooks. BUT, when I see bookstores or second hand stores, I always drool over the books and have to control my hands from grabbing. xD


  2. You’re never alone when I’m here 🙂
    I am also proof that you can go without buying books (14 months now and counting) even if it isn’t easy! I would recommend the Viv Albertine book, just because I’d like to read it myself…..


    1. Does it take a while to get into? I tried to read it a few months back and got lost in the endless list of introductions. I’ve had so many people say it is wonderful though.


  3. I don’t have an answer, but I have found that the TBR Dare has helped. It doesn’t stop me buying books, but I find it easier to be leave books for another time and only take home the truly unmissable when I know that I can only read what was in the house at the start of the year.


    1. What is TBR Dare? Sounds like I need it. I think I would feel better about my book buying if I knew I was taking back books that really were so perfect I had to get them.


  4. You are definitely not alone! I am terrible for downloading books to my kindle because I tell myself they don’t take up any physical space but there is also the out of sight/out of mind problem! Good luck with getting your to-be-read pile down.


  5. I think you have lots of company! 🙂 I like to tell myself that a book addiction is a pretty good addiction to have, if you’re going to have one. I am curious about Thirty Girls – I had it out from the library at one point, but didn’t get time to read it.


    1. Haha, I agree! Could be a lot worse. I got Thirty Girls in a book bundle I won, it’s one of those I know I will like once I get into it but I can’t seem to pick it up.


  6. Good point there – I often wonder whether I’m addicted to the buying of books. I know I love reading them but the thrill I get from perusing a book shop is second to none. Impressive pile by the way. Read THE BEES first! 🙂


    1. I’ve heard so many good things about The Bees, it’s another one of those books I’m struggling to start, but know I’ll love.

      The feeling you get from browsing a book shop is wondrous, nothing can beat it.


  7. I think it’s a good idea that you’ve got them all in one place. Sometimes TBR books can blend in with your bookshelves and you totally forget about them! Half of a Yellow Sun is definitely worth a read.


    1. Untill I pulled most of them out of my shelves last year I had completely forgotten about them. They squirrel away out of sight. I’ve lined Half of a Yellow Sun up to be read soon. I’ve had it since Dec and for some reason I keep putting it off.


  8. You’re not alone, dear Alice. It’s so hard to resist books; they’re one of those things you’re always taught from being young as a “good” thing to buy, so it’s like it’s engrained into you that they aren’t a “bad” splurge. At least that’s how my mind works since we always got books as rewards for doing our chores, and such, when we were kids.

    That said, my to-read shelf got out of control last year (with a good 25-30 books on my shelf I hadn’t read yet), so I imposed a book buying ban. Pleased to said, I’ve stuck to it to date and when there’s something I’m dying to read that I don’t own, I’ve been hitting up the library. Funnily enough, the anticipation and constant checking-up on my library holds status has almost the same high as buying books. So far, anyway. 😉


    1. Haha, brilliant plan! I’d like to say I would be able to enforce a Library only plan, but I enjoy buying books too much for that. I need a balance.

      I’m very glad I’m not alone in this, it feels far more bearable with my fellow book addicts around me. And I agree, spending money on books is always seen as a good thing (unless you’re my mum, who moans that I have no space. Which to be fair, I don’t.)


    1. I ended up reading Yates, it was awful. The first one I’ve really disliked. But, I suppose it’s unlikely I will ever love everything one author writes (unless they are Donna Tartt.)


  9. I think I must be the only book blogger on the planet not to have this problem. I love books, but apart from one tremendous annual splurge (there’s a book fair! it’s this week!), I don’t actually buy them that often. I acquire like, one book a month. Tops. Barely anything!


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