27 May 2009

It's Alive...

I was attempting to picture my TBR list this morning...and all I could think of was a cross between a boxing match and a game of Quidditch (for those of you who have read Harry Potter this will make sense) with all the books attempting to beat each other into submission in a complete free-for-all before attempting to escape through a book-sized escape hatch (shades of Alien?) into my brain. (Yes, sometimes my imagination really does scare me!)

I usually attempt to follow some sort of reading schedule (usually whichever library book is at the top of my hold list), but occasionally some books queue jump (or perhaps that should read 'I let them queue jump') and that I can handle. But panic sets in when a number of interesting books are published at once and someone posts of an amazing book that just HAS to read like NOW (e.g. Scandal *looking specifically at Renee and CJ) and the book you've just finished reading (When Gods Die [CS Harris]) was so good you want the sequel (Why Mermaids Sing) in your hot little hands ASAP and you have books that have been patiently waiting for what feels like ages for you to get too (*small voice* Broken Wing) that you've promised to read! How does it not feel like a boxing (or should that be wrestling) match? Except that you're not the umpire but the one on the ground being pummelled by the large number of books sitting on your chest?

Does anyone else occasionally feel completely out of control when it comes to their TBR list/pile? And does it sometimes grow faster than you can keep up with (like a triffid)? Maybe it is alive? *squeezes eyes shut* Do NOT think of anything...particularly not marshmallows!

And mass apologies for mentioning boxing, Harry Potter, Alien, triffids and the Ghostbusters all in the same post! What WAS I thinking?

21 comments:

  1. God, yes, although since I've become unemployed the TBR pile is subsiding slightly in its vicious attempt to take over my entire bedroom.

    I also have Broken Wing on my shelf. Waiting.

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  2. Thank you heidenkind! TBR lists/piles can be vicious when cornered...like Gremlins! And fingers crossed for the job hunting!

    *orannia decides to screw subtly and be as obvious as a piece of four-by-two (wood)*

    You have Broken Wing on your shelf and yet you haven't joined the Broken Wing Challenge?

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  3. My TBR pile is one major headache - I have 165 books in the pile right now! I keep telling myself that I should read more books than I buy each week or month but it just doesn't seem to work. I was actually quite proud of myself last year - I managed to get the pile down to 135 books. Unfortunately my sense of self-satisfaction didn't last for very long.

    How do I decide what to read next? There is definitely no reason to some of my choices, sometimes a book just screams out to me to read it, sometimes it's a genre/author phase and sometimes it is so damn difficult to choose.

    If it's a new release that I have been eagerly awaiting and starting to get hyper about then I just have to start reading as soon as I can download it - it's been a long wait between books in Christine Feehan's Leopard series so I was extremely impatient to get my hands on Burning Wild.

    It's actually quite lucky that most of my TBR are eBooks - at least I don't have to feel guilty about a pile of books staring forlornly at me!

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  4. Oh my dear orannia, welcome to my reality!

    And yes, the TBR books breed in the night, and then hummmm and moan and whisper, "read me! ME! not that one, me, read ME!!






    Did I mention keeping lists? It sorta kinda works--listing what I've reviewed gives me a sense of accomplishment (even if it grows way slower than the TBR mountain range, at least it does grow!)

    Other than that, I got nuthin', sorry kid.

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  5. Carolyn has that exact same problem. She buys books, and then if she doesn't get around to reading them right away, new ones excite her and the old ones languish. But I don't have that problem at all. Because I only look at the pictures on the covers.

    Oh, by the way, congrats on your award from Kati.

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  6. It ALWAYS grows faster than I can handle it! If only I could read 1 book in a couple of hours I wouldn't have a TBR! lol

    Going to Holly's house and borrowing books probably didn't help my situation any either! :)

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  7. As soon as I read Azteclady's comment, I immediately thought of Terry Pratchett's "Going Postal" in which the letters kept on murmuring to the main character because they NEEDED to be read. This, of course, now makes me feel like rereading an old fave and ignoring the tbr completely. LOL.

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  8. ShellBell - I have to admit that my TBR list is half that of your list...your list scares me. But yes, having all 165 books staring at me would be flat out scary!

    And yes, the TBR books breed in the night..*looks around wildly* Surely not azteclady! That's.... *splutters* CHEATING!

    Thank you Little CJ! And I like your idea of looking at the covers! A very cunning plan!

    Welcome Tracy! And yes, borrowing books off people just makes it worse. I was lent two books yesterday (one of which is Ratcatcher) and I was hoping to avoid them for a few months!

    LOL Kris! That's why I'm currently reading A Plague of Poison when I should be started Maria V Snyder's Storm Glass! Oh, and BTW, you have won an award :)

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  9. My TBR pile is alive too. Or maybe my books just breed like bunnies, but in any case they're everywhere! (Actually I like the theory about them multiplying by themselves - then I can just tell my fiance I didn't buy any more books; I don't know where they all came from.)

    I keep track of the to-read pile on Goodreads and try very hard to ignore the number that says there are over 100 of them.

    As far as choosing them goes, I try to read the new releases I have close to when they came out. For the others, I mostly just pick depending on my mood, although I have been trying to pick one I'm hesitant to read each month. I think I'm probably going to change that to one per month that has been sitting on my shelf for a while to try to ease some of that guilt.

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  10. Actually I like the theory about them multiplying by themselves - then I can just tell my fiance I didn't buy any more books; I don't know where they all came from.LOL! That's brilliant! I have been thinking of amalgamating my various TBR lists (I kind of have three) via GoodReads. Hmm, maybe this long weekend...

    And I know about the guilt. Broken Wing has been on my TBR list far too long, hence the challenge :)

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  11. "Does anyone else occasionally feel completely out of control when it comes to their TBR list/pile? And does it sometimes grow faster than you can keep up with (like a triffid)? Maybe it is alive?"

    All. The. Time.

    Mine frightens me - terrifies me actually. Yet still - I buy more.

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  12. Mine frightens me - terrifies me actually. Yet still - I buy more.Kristie - you're feeding it? Are you MAD?

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  13. Well, orannia, no where is it written that TBR mountain ranges are supposed to be *fair*

    Cheating, it's what they do, the ratbastids!


    And Kristie, I thought mine was scary, then I looked into SuperLibrarian Wendy's library thing and I'm still weak from the shock.

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  14. oh orannia? you much check Nalini's blog (Hint: Annie West's giveaway...)

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  15. Well, orannia, no where is it written that TBR mountain ranges are supposed to be *fair*And here I was hoping they would act all honourable :) And if SuperLibrarian Wendy's Library Thing list scares you I am so not going to look!

    *off to visit Nalini's blog now* Thank you!

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  16. Funny, I knuckled down this morning and got rid of several I knew I was never going to get to. Also found out one of the books in my pile was from a known plagiarist (by everyone but me it seems), so got rid of that too.

    I'm now using my goodreads.com TBR list as the be all, but not purchasing unless my virtual book pile is under 10. This, of course, doesn't include all my favorite authors, but it's the start of a plan ;)

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  17. Considering the size of my own TBR, and considering that the keepers outnumber the TBR by several numbers of magnitude...

    ... I think I'm going to have to get into the library thing subscription thingie.








    On the other hand, just thinking about entering all that... *hyperventilating*

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  18. Does anyone else occasionally feel completely out of control when it comes to their TBR list/pile? And does it sometimes grow faster than you can keep up withWell, really, the question is, does anyone NOT feel that way?

    Funny, I knuckled down this morning and got rid of several I knew I was never going to get to. Mariana, that's just not right. Have you noticed any suspicious-looking pods lying around?

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  19. I can't see for the piles of books ;) Seriously, my daughter was becoming my clone with her own piles of books. The fire dept would have shut us down for the hazard we were creating.

    They did go to a good home, so if the mood ever struck I could borrow. But, they've been sitting around for a long while now, being ignored for the latest or greatest.

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  20. The main thing that stops me from culling the TBR mountain range is this: I'm positive that as soon as I gave an unread book away, I would need to read it--hence, off I would go to buy it again and *that* is beyond me.

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  21. I was afraid of that happening, azteclady. Surprisingly, I haven't felt the urge. Also, I bought them on the recommendation of a friend, and I've since figured out we have wildly different taste in books. I started to read the first in a series and couldn't even finish that one; decided to stop kidding myself.

    Also, I'm so looking forward to so many great releases in June and July, I don't think I'll miss them too much.

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