On the heels of a post about my
non commitmentphobia, I’m about to make a pretty big huge commitment: 2017 will be the year I finally tackle my out-of-control To-Be-Read (TBR) pile!
A Little TBR History
Back in my original book-blogging days, one of my favourite weekly features was Stacking the Shelves. Watching everyone showcase what new books they were getting always made me super excited for new books. Pair that excitement with with my impulsiveness, The Book Depository and the bargain books section at my local Chapters, and I now have more books than I’d like to admit currently sitting, unread, on my bookshelves.
Using Libib and Goodreads to Catalogue my Library
I stumbled onto Libib recently and knew it was the solution I needed! An app that scans the barcodes of my books, and automatically adds them to a library of my choosing – an instant catalogue of everything I currently own!
With my Libib library in hand, I was able to update my virtual Goodreads shelves and create one specifically for the books I own, but haven’t read yet (there’s over 40!). Thus, creating my 2017 TBR Challenge.
Keeping my TBR Pile Under Control
Part of getting my TBR pile under control requires that it doesn’t get any bigger. So I’m committing to myself and to the internet that I won’t buy any new books. Not until I’ve made a bit of a dent, at least.
I’m also giving myself permission to put a book down if I’m not enjoying it. I don’t have a history of leaving books unfinished, which is why my average rating on Goodreads is only 3.26. But I’ve wasted a lot of time forcing myself to read books I’m not enjoying, for the sake of being able to say I finished them. 2017 will be the end of this trend.
Do you have an out-of-control TBR pile? If not, how do you manage it?