Should TBR piles have an expiration date?
What's one more in the grand scheme of things?
Before I started blogging I had, on average, thirty unread books nicely stacked next to my bed just waiting to be picked up. Now I'm not going to blame this entirely on having been sucked into the book blogging community, but somehow my current average is, shall we say, slightly higher?
I don't even recall the exact number of unread books I used to own before I took some serious measures of reducing that number. Side note - these measures did not include reading faster! If I had to guess I'd say it must have been around four-hundred or so. That's quite a step forward from a measly thirty books. Looking back now I have no idea how things got out of hand so fast, but apparently they did and no one stopped me.
I'll read it one day! Yeah, right.
One book buying ban which lasted six months, and several book purges later things are looking up again. In fact there's even light able to fall through the windows as book stacks are no longer blocking it. I set myself a limit of how many new books to buy, I got rid of books I no longer see myself reading, and I generally try to steer clear from freebies. As of today I still own roughly 130 unread books, but to me this is quite an improvement. Talk about manageable.
Book buying bans are pretty much self-explanatory, but what's the secret to those book purges I mentioned? Basically, if you don't see yourself reading a novel which you just had to have five years ago, but somehow never got around to reading, you might want to reconsider if it is still a book you actually want to read or not. All those "or not"s have got to go. Period. Not to say that five years constitutes a cut-off date for everyone, but you definitely might want to start with the oldest volumes and work yourself forward. This method sure worked its magic for me, so maybe it'll do for you too!
Read By Date - 31/07/2014
How long have some of your unread books been waiting to finally get read? Have you ever resorted to a book purge to thin out those book piles? What are your secrets to keep those TBR piles at a manageable number?