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Does anyone have a problem keeping their TBR list under control? Books are so much easier to buy than read. I currently have seven books on my bookshelves waiting to be read. One of them is 1700 pages long. Another looks about 1000 pages long. I am trying to restrict myself to one new book for every two I read. It's a bit like paying off the national debt.

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11 minutes ago, KEV67 said:

Does anyone have a problem keeping their TBR list under control? Books are so much easier to buy than read. I currently have seven books on my bookshelves waiting to be read. One of them is 1700 pages long. Another looks about 1000 pages long. I am trying to restrict myself to one new book for every two I read. It's a bit like paying off the national debt.

I have a kindle and my TBR list does not have to have books that are bought. I can put as many books as I want on the list and then either download them from the library or put them on hold when I am ready to read one of them. Digital Libraries and the kindle are one of the great advances in reading.

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I lost control of my TBR years ago.  Restricting my buying isn't working. I have nearly 700 books and have read around 80% of them. I don't let it bother me because having a lot of unread books is actually good for your mental health, apparently.  Studies have shown.

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I have a vast TBR, justified in my opinion by living in a foreign country and not having easy access to an English language library so I have to stock up when I can both with paper books and on my Kobo. I also have several titles on both, I'll buy something on special offer on Kobo then if I come across the real life version I'll get that too as I prefer reading in print and like being able to lend favoured books to the family. Then there's my Audible library too...

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Not mentioned in my post above I also have ebooks on my Kindle.  I can't resist getting a book for pennies and then there's the whole works of for pennies, so that's getting out of contorol too.  Like France, I prefer print books but it doesn't stop me and in my defence there are some authors (such as Emile Zola) whose selected books are ebook only.  It's a full blown addiction.

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I long gave up trying to control my TBRs (note the plural!).  It is an addiction but it's sort of comforting.

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23 hours ago, KEV67 said:

Does anyone have a problem keeping their TBR list under control? Books are so much easier to buy than read. I currently have seven books on my bookshelves waiting to be read. One of them is 1700 pages long. Another looks about 1000 pages long. I am trying to restrict myself to one new book for every two I read. It's a bit like paying off the national debt.


I mainly go for used books but also buy new occasionally. I don't worry about the TBRs - I have about 1400 books at the moment and there are probably a few hundred on my TBR "pile"! I have books all over the house. I buy a book because I think it will be an interesting read. I'm not always in the mood to read about whatever that one is but I have the book for when I am. Which is fine. :)

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On 26/09/2021 at 9:04 PM, KEV67 said:

I am trying to restrict myself to one new book for every two I read. It's a bit like paying off the national debt

I love that :lol:.

 
I also have a huge TBR, and although I do feel bad sometimes buying a book when I still have loads to read, I really love having a stock of unread books! I know some people feel overwhelmed by having too many unread books but, when I look at mine, I just feel excited about reading them. 
 

On 27/09/2021 at 8:38 PM, Flip Martian said:

I buy a book because I think it will be an interesting read. I'm not always in the mood to read about whatever that one is but I have the book for when I am. Which is fine. :)

That pretty much sums up my approach too!

 

On 26/09/2021 at 9:51 PM, lunababymoonchild said:

having a lot of unread books is actually good for your mental health, apparently.  Studies have shown.

I haven’t seen that study but I’d agree based on my own experience! 

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Without having counted, and including over 100 Kindle books I've purchased over the years, I suspect I have somewhere in the region of 200 to 300 books I have not read. 

 

I use a small angry terrier to keep them in check. 

 

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I long ago gave up on keeping my Kindle and hardcopy TBR lists under control.  I have around 300 on the former and 1400 on the latter, out of a collection of around 3000 books - I have recently divested myself of around 1000 books from the combined lists, mostly those that I've read and am not likely to reread. My fiction library, in particular, mainly consists of books I have yet to read, as I nowadays only retain favourite authors and books once read.  I firmly believe in Umberto Eco's concept of the anti-library, as cited in this much quoted section in Nassim Taleb's The Black Swan:

 

"The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore professore dottore Eco, what a library you have! How many of these books have you read?” and the others — a very small minority — who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary."

 

 

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Although I have donated lots of books in recent years, we still have shelves upon shelves of them remaining, and we wouldn't have it any other way. We both also have kindles, which are comfortably heaving with books. I need reading glasses now, and often find it easier to enlarge the print on my kindle then to wear them, especially when I am tired. 

 

I am most at ease when I am surrounded by books, and notebooks, and pens and, and.....so what's to control? :) There are worse addictions to have. 

 

 

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I have been good in not buying any books recently. I now only have two left on my TBR shelves (not including the three I have on the go at the present). One of those is Notes by Boz by Charles Dickens. That's only half a book. It was in a collection of six hardbacks I bought for a tenner in a charity shop. I expect their original owner passed away. Once I have read Boz, they're all going to Oxfam. The other book I have is Clarissa by Samuel Richardson, which is about 1700 pages long. so I am not counting on finishing that this year. However soon I am going to have another splurge, although I might wait until the new year.

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