Hi! I’m back from vacation! Disney World was amazing, and I’ll have pictures and stuff up on my other blog sometime this week…hopefully. I’m still a little tired from all the travelling, but I’ve checked all my email (300+), zipped through my feedreader (1,000+ items, most of them “marked all read”) and cleared out my spam comments (1,501). I finished six books during my vacation (one of them a “short,” which I’m sort of counting as a book but I don’t know if it actually does?), though only one of those books was on my planned reading list. I still haven’t unpacked my suitcase but I wanted to get this post up before I lost my train of thought– something that happens remarkably easily around here!
Okay, so: while I was on vacation I realized three things:
1. I like reading books on my Kindle! It’s a lot of fun, and I have such a stockpile of books on it now I won’t run out of things to read for a while. (I’m talking years, here.) My ebook TBR pile also doesn’t stress me out like my paper one does, because it’s “invisible,” i.e. it doesn’t loom over me like my TBR bookshelves do.
2. A lot of my TBR paper books are available in ebook format.
3. The size of my TBR pile is really upsetting me, and I need to do something about it.
The thing about number three is that I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t stand having a lot of stuff around me. Partly this is because I’m planning to move, and thus need to get rid of a lot of my stuff, but also because my room is pretty small and the STUFF makes it even smaller. I feel trapped, and that’s not a good feeling (obviously).
So here’s the steps I can see myself taking re:Mount TBR.
1. I go through my pile, pick out the books that are available as ebooks, get the ebooks and get rid of the paper books.
Upside: I get a lot more room in my bedroom.
Downside: I have to spend more money to replace those books, so it’s like I’m buying them twice. With some of them, I’ve spent only a few cents buying them in paper format, and the ebooks cost $9.99 or more.
Question: Is the space I’ll save worth the money spent to buy it?
2. I ignore my Kindle and focus on reading books from my paper TBR pile, cutting down the amount of unread books I’ll be moving and/or storing. This was my original plan at the start of the year, but then I re-fell in love with my Kindle and…well.
Upside: I’ll definitely cut down on my unread books count.
Downside: I won’t be able to get even half of them read before I (hopefully) move abroad and need to put them in storage, which means I’ll still be storing a brickload of unread books somewhere.
Question: Can I even “force” myself to ONLY read from my paper TBR pile anyway? I’m already gravitating towards the “better” choices of books on my Kindle.
3. I read books on my Kindle and an occasional TBR (review) book, and I’ll hopefully gravitate back towards my paper books later on, evening up the ebook/paper book ratio.
Upside: It won’t stress me out.
Downside: It’ll mean even more unread books in storage later this year.
Question: Can I be okay with that?
Right now I’m thinking a mixture of 1 and 3. I do know that a lot of my books are available in ebook format– and also, that I probably won’t be reading them for a while, anyway. This means that I can get rid of the paper TBR books and SLOWLY replace them with ebooks, whenever I have enough dosh to do so. Or just check them out at the library, even!
I can also, I think, be okay with storing SOME unread books, especially if they’re not yet available in ebook and I think I’ll enjoy reading them.
What I really need to do, however, is go through my Mount TBR and purge the books that I KNOW I won’t read in either ebook or paper format. There’s a lot, I’m sure, and if I can cut those out I know I’ll have a more manageable TBR pile. One that won’t stress me out, hopefully!
So there’s my plan. What do you think of it?
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