Thursday, October 16, 2008

Booking Through Thursday!

Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.

Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.

But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.

So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?"

Well.... i have a pretty big to be read pile lately. It's grown to 350+ *SHAME*. There are a lot of things that I've had than more than a few years including.... The Best American Short Stories Series and Best American Non-Required Reading Series. I've been collecting them since around 2003. I haven't bought the last 2 since I have barely read any of the other ones I bought! I've been holding onto The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay for several years and really look forward to reading it. I've had Animal Farm since I was probably 9 years old I think, it was a gift.

There is a lot more where that came from....what's one book you have been hanging onto for years that's still to be read?


  1. Anonymous9:39 PM

    :-) I am not alone!! ;)

  2. 350?! Where on Earth do you put all those? Do you have a library under your room? xD

  3. Wow! That is a lot of books. Good luck with that. :)

  4. I have over 100 and many from when I was a kid too. It amazes me sometimes when I realize how long I've had a book without reading it. I feel bad about it but there's just so little time.

  5. That's a bunch. Like you, I was not able to create a list. Please come see my answer.

    BTW: I'm giving away a BOX of books.

  6. I don't dare count my TBR mountain!

  7. veens- No you are not! :D

    khyrinthia- I have no idea, basically i live in a room full of books, magazines, and dvds. I'm a HUGE packrat! Somehow I manage to squeeze in more!

    mari- Thanks, I'll need it lol!

    amee- I know. I think a lot of them were either gifts or like dirt cheap, even when i was little i realized sales don't come often!

    smilingsal- I'll stop over!

    gautami tripathy- :D

    beth f- LOL, that's probably for the best, if it weren't for Librarything I would have no idea how many i have!

  8. Nice to know I'm not the only one with a towering pile of books to be read. I bought a lot of the books on my shelves of unread books years ago. I intended to read them shortly after I bought them, then more interesting books would pop up and move to the top of the pile and so on.


  9. I've actually been making a pretty good dent in my TBR shelves now that I've stopped requesting ARC's.

  10. anna- That's exactly what's happened to me too!

    s. krishna- I've been better about not requesting any, but I think I requested a few the past few days, maybe i won't get them!


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