Mariel suggested this week’s question
Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?
I think the best way of demonstrating my book buying problem is to show you my TBR pile:
It is quite hard to see, but all the books are double stacked, so there are probably nearly 400 books there…..plus…
…..over 100 here, stacked very precariously!
Apart from the 5000+ books I have for book business, I also have another couple of hundred books in the garage, which although aren’t technically in my TBR pile often migrate into it!
On the positive side I am very disciplined when buying new books, especially hardbacks. If I splash out on a newly released book then I am very good at reading it straight away, and then selling it on as quickly as possible, so I don’t lose much (any) money on it. For example, I have already sold my copied of The Thing Around Your Neck, Little Stranger and Burnt Shadows, which I read earlier in the month.
My TBR pile consists almost entirely of books bought second hand, whenever I happen to come across a book I’d like to read cheaply. It is expanding much faster than I can ever read them, normally at a rate of 5 – 10 books a week.
Does your TBR pile look anything like mine?
How quickly is your TBR pile expanding?
Do you see any books in my TBR pile that need to be read immediately?
Or any that need to be culled?