To Be Read Piles….

I listen to quite a few “book and reading” podcasts.  Some are good, and some are so-so.  However, each one often the hosts and the readers talk about their “to be read piles” that they have.  Their piles seem to be 10 or so books on average.  This just astounds me.   Am I an anomaly?  In my house, and not counting my wife’s collection,  I easily have 300+ unread books on shelves.  When I see a book that interests me, I pick it up.  Each book will hopefully be read sometime.

Just recently (within the last year and a half), I read The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams.  This book has been in my “to be read” pile, if there were such a thing in my life, since 1989 – 90.  I first picked up that book when it was first in paperback.  I always wanted to read it, but I could never get into it at the time, and the size was daunting.  So I never read it.  How do people only have small to be read piles?  I wish mine were smaller, but I know it will never be complete.  And I am not sure if I want it it to be.

I know that with the books in my house alone, if I never buy another book again, I still probably will never finish all the books that I just currently have in my house.  I am OK with that.  I know people often plan ahead what they are going to read.  I cannot do that.  I need to be in that specific mood for that specific book at that time.  Right now, I think I know what I am going to read next, but I think it will change the moment I actually decide.  I can never plan ahead as much as I want to.  If I am not in the mood for the book/short story I am reading at that very moment, I will not finish it.  And I am quite notorious for starting books and never finishing them.  On one of my shelves closest to my bed, I have at least 5 books that I have readl 100+ pages in but are not finished.  They were all good, but for some reason, I did not finish them.  Some were victims of me not being in the mood for them at the the time–hence, why I must read what I am in the mood for right at the at moment.

Do you have a to be read pile?  If so, I applaud you.  I have to be read shelves.

About skippen

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3 Responses to To Be Read Piles….

  1. I have a hundreds of books in my house yet to be read. They occupy bookcases, other shelves, floor space and drawers. Every once in a while, one will fall off a stack and land near my feet as if in some desperate plea to be read! That said, there are about ten books at any given moment that are queued up as my next read and/or listen. Yeah, sometimes the order changes or, my reading leads me in a different direction altogether; and new releases often bully their way in; but generally speaking there’s always a stack of ten near at hand that have wormed their way to the top 🙂

    Right now my next ten are:

    1) The Handmaid’s Tale (by Margaret Atwood);
    2) The Unit (by Ninni Holmqvist);
    3) When She Woke (by Hilary Jordan; narrated by Heather Corrigan);
    4) Running the Rift (by Naomi Benaron);
    5) Goldfinger (by Ian Flaming; narrated by Simon Vance);
    6) Emma (by Jane Austen);
    7) The Captive Bride (by Johanna Lidsay);
    8) Enough About Love (by Herve LeTellier)
    9) Natural Born Charmer (by Susan Elizabeth Philips);
    10) Something Borrowed (by Emily Griffin)

    A week ago, the list looked very much different; but some titles got bumped (Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and The Year of the Flood) and; no doubt, next week the list will look very different again! So why bother keeping a list at all? Because when I’m prone to dithering and can’t make up my mind about what to read next, the list serves as a guide 🙂


  2. skippen says:

    Glad to see I am not the only one.


  3. I have that problem also. Before I moved to Wisconsin I had thousands of books (most of which, alas, went to goodwill) and I know there were quite a few that had been waiting years to be read. This is why I don’t really use libraries: I’ll get a book and then it will sit around for months or years before I’m ready to start reading it :p

    These days I mostly just get technical books in dead tree format and fiction on my Kindle, but after a year and a half out here books are starting to pile up again in both formats…


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