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What’s Sitting on Your Shelf? – Booking Through Thursday


This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

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?

Um, I think the easier question is: What books are NOT sitting on my shelves? Seriously, I’ve got well over 100 books waiting to be read. If I go to a bookstore, I put books in three categories: 1) Read it, 2) Own it, 3) Heard of it. It’s very rare these days for me not to own a book that I want. Either I’ve received the ARC, I’ve mooched it or I’ve bought it. There’s no sober days for this junkie!

This is the book case that houses all my to-be-read books. This does not include any review or ARC books. This photo was taken back in January…right now the book case is fairly bursting at the seams. Each shelf is packed with two rows of books all tightly jammed. Books have overflowed to the top of the bookshelf and to the tops of the rows.

Granted, there are books that looked interesting at one time that now look like poor excuses for a book, but that’s rare. And I recently culled my collection and got rid of 20-30 books, discarding any books I was sure I wouldn’t read. You barely noticed anything was missing.

At this point, most of these books have been sitting for over a year. But they will get read. Oh, will they get read.

What tomes are patiently waiting on your shelves? Or, how many books do you have waiting to be read?

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19 Responses to “What’s Sitting on Your Shelf? – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Melody

    I know what you mean, Trish! LOL. I’ve to give away some although I’ve not read them. I find reading preferences do change throughout the years! ;P


  2. Jeane

    I’m like you. What’s not on the shelf? Although mine is slightly smaller than yours but quickly catching up: ninety-something at last count. Augh! I need more hours in the day to read!


  3. donstuff

    I get a bit anxious if I don’t have at least 10-15 books patiently waiting for me.


  4. Sally

    My house is much like yours. I can’t bear to let loose of a book I haven’t read.


  5. Shana @ Literarily

    Love the pic Trish.

    What is the book w/ horizontal red and black stripes on the spine? It looks familiar. I think I have that one but can’t think what it is!


  6. mellymel

    Ditto – and I won’t stop buying. I just like that they are there patiently waiting. For some unknown reason, I can’t stand the thought of not having stacks to choose from. Like I’m really whimsical about it. Oh, what shall I read today? Yeah right.
    I am pretty good about purging though. Anything I don’t want to loan out or have for the boys or is a favorite is gone.


  7. S. Krishna

    My answer is very similar to yours. What books do you have to read? More like, what books don’t I have to read?


  8. writemeg

    I’ve been trying to enter a recovery program and keep now more than 10 books in my TBR stack, but I constantly, constantly cheat and bring more into the house! I probably have about 20 waiting now — which is small beans compared to your lovely bookshelves, I see! But I’ll get to it… someday!


  9. Jessica

    Me too- I have claimed a moratorium on book buying, at least until I catch up on my TBR pile. As much as I enjoy the required reading for school, I love just sitting down with a good novel and checking out for a few hours. I miss it…


  10. Katherine

    “There’s no sober days for this junkie!”

    I love that comment!


  11. gautami tripathy

    Even after cutting down 1500+ books, my books have not reduced!

    Tomes patiently waitiing to be read


  12. Joanne

    Great picture! I know I’m a hopeless junkie though, when I saw some books from your pic and thought “oh that looks interesting, I should add it to my TBR!”


  13. Ladytink_534 (Jen)

    I have over 200 books I own that I need to read but I still keep getting library books (and then the ones I need to read seem to stay on the shelves lol)


  14. The Social Frog

    Looks like an amazing collection to be read Trish!


  15. mangomissives

    Loved your post… it is like we are TBR shelf soul mates or something. My poor bookshelf withstands its fair share of abuse by being overburdened with books.


  16. Kim L

    i have a stack that brings ribbing from my friends, but you have me very much beat my friend. Wow.


  17. Bobbi

    Well, aren’t you the orderly one, to have your TBRs shelved? Mine are piled precariously on my nightstand, beside my nightstand, and in stacks two deep under my side of the bed! (Of course, that’s because my numerous bookshelves, all over the house, are overflowing with books I’ve already read! OK, I confess – also with some I haven’t quite read yet.)

    I’m like Ladytink, too, in that I keep getting library books and then I try to avoid looking at the unread masses staring at me, silently asking, “But what about me? Why didn’t you read ME next?!?!?”

    I try to be like Jessica, with a moratorium on book buying until I’ve read everything I already have, but I’ve fallen off that wagon so often that I seriously doubt there’s any hope for a full recovery…

    I also keep a list of MORE books I want to read, just in case I’m in a bookstore or the library and totally clueless about what to choose/buy, as if just scanning the shelves with their marvelously colorful and intriguing thin/thick spines beckoning to me won’t fill my arms to overflowing! Thank goodness libraries and bookstores don’t have shopping carts, like the grocery stores…imagine how much trouble we’d be in THEN!

    Great post – I thoroughly enjoyed it…


  18. Alea

    I think i have something like 350+ books to read. It’s bad! I wish I had a TBR shelve. They are just all over the place mixed in with the books I’ve read. Someday it will be organized and I will be very happy!


  19. Bobbi

    If I had the majority of my TBRs mixed in with the books I’ve already read, I’d be in SERIOUS trouble because I can’t always remember what I’ve read…I used to be able to tell by the cover. And then I’d know if I read the blurb on the flyleaf…but now, I’m sometimes still unsure, even after I’ve read the first chapter.

    Ture, I’m getting older and my memory abandons me occasionally, but in all fairness, part of my problem is due to the fact that I read so many excerpts or first chapters online when a new book is being promoted. Yeah…that’s it!


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