Guess how many TBR books I have! Nope, it’s more than that.

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I saw this TBR meme on a few blogs lately and I wanted to participate! I ended up changing most of the questions, though, because apparently that’s how I do things now.

Note: I only count books I own as my TBR. Books I want to read that I don’t own go on my wishlist.

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
A combination of a) Goodreads, b) Calibre and c) physically piling up my unread books until they threaten to crush me. I like using Goodreads because I can sort books by genre and how I got them (books I got get priority over freebies); ditto with Calibre, which is what I use to organize my ebooks. My paper books are roughly sorted by size and how likely I am to read them. 

All of my paper and electronic books are listed in my to-be-read shelf on Goodreads, but I’m not very organized about adding newly acquired books to that shelf so I know I’m missing some. I also forget to remove books I got rid of, so my TBR totals are never entirely accurate. Ugh.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?
I feel like I have more ebooks than paper books, but I just realized I’ve never done an actual count. Let’s find out!

Okay, so according to Goodreads I have 608 TBR books, 137 of which are ebooks. Can that be RIGHT? Surely I don’t have 500 unread paper books sitting around? 

This is what I mean about tags and not sorting things properly. I’m SURE those numbers are off. Especially because I just checked Calibre and it says I have over 800 unread ebooks.


3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I usually end up just picking something based on whether I feel like reading a specific genre and how long I want to spend easing a book. So if I want a chunkster fantasy, I’ll chose something that matches that.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest:
I have ebooks going back to 2008, back when Fictionwise was around and things were shiny and new in the ebook world. I definitely remember buying these Vampirates books, though I can’t remember WHY I bought them.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR:
The Wars of Vis by Tanith Lee. I snagged it from a used bookstore for $0.25 the other week. I’ve never read a Tanith Lee book before, so I’m excited!

6. A book that will soon be added to your TBR:
K.J. Charles’ newest, Jackdaw. It just came out this week!

7. Numbers of shelves used to house your TBR:
Two and a half, plus several hundred megabytes in my computer.

8. On a scale of 1 to 10, how painful is it for your to discard will-never-be-read TBR books?
About a 7, generally. I hate the wasted time and money and space. But I do like making room for new books!

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you:
Graceling immediately came to mind. I bought it on sale years and years ago, but I’ve yet to read it. It’s also the oldest book on my Goodreads TBR shelf (January 2012).

10. Name your sources of powers– where do you get your books from?
Amazon, used book stores, library book sales, NetGalley, freebie book boxes in the street, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, book conferences, contests. I also borrow books from people and don’t return them. Don’t lend me books! I will keep them forever!

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read:
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge. Memory wrote such a good review of it and I still can’t believe I found a copy of it just sitting around waiting to be thrown away. Yay!

12. A book you’d recommend others add to their TBR shelves:
Any Diana Wynne Jones book, particularly because March is DWJ Month! Now is the perfect time to read one.

Wanna talk about your TBR? Go ahead and answer any of these questions over at your blog or in the comments here!

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