Don´t bother denying it. You all have those pesky TBR lists that make your lives a living bookish nightmare. Even Norrie from Reading Under The Blankie calls her TBR pile the Mountain of Doom. That´s exactly what a TBR pile is – A good for nothing pile of books that do nothing but collect dust and cobwebs somewhere in a hidden corner ( or in plain sight ) and makes us feel a special kind of guilt.
The guilt trip our silent companions put us through isn´t pleasant. We keep pacifying our guilt by promising ourselves that we´ll, ONE DAY,reach out for the pile and grab an untouched treasure.
( Insert hysterical laugh )
Yeah…. Good one, right? We all know it´s never going to happen. Even the meme world thinks it´s worthy enough to make fun of.
Which brings me back to this posts topic….
I present you the Top 10 True & Depressing TBR Pile Memes.
Mind you- These memes are spot on true. Let me hear y´all book loving people´s opinions on these… Enjoy.
A book lover´s anthem.
( insert tune from the Star Spangled Banner) O-oh say can you seeee, all the books I can never find time to read….
2. * Cough cough, clears throat, looks away *
3. TBR Bookcases, my dear. Plural.
I´m often speechless when someone complains to me about their itsy bitsy 2 book TBR pile.
4. * Looks down at feet, whistles, runs away *
5. One day we´ll find someone who believes us.
6. The TBR – O – Meter
Thank all that´s fully and pink that no one has invented a TBR – O – Meter gadget. We don´t need the evidence.
7. BE THE ALPHA!
Then become a sobbing mess because the month has just started and you´re already dirt poor.
8. The reason why I´ve grown fond of Kellogg´s Corn flakes.
9. Some things are better left unknown.
Those numbers are depressing. And they´re not even my own.
10. * stops singing the national TBR Pile anthem *
That´s it for today. It´s time to retreat so I can lick my depressed wounds.
Tell me…. do these come close to your TBR pile truth?
I hope you all enjoyed my Top 10 True & Depressing TBR Pile Memes.
It´s time for the unthinkable – Time to clean out the bookshelves!
I know, right? It hurts to think about permanently removing books from a bookshelf. I don´t like it either, to be honest. It pains me just as much as it would hurt any other book lover / hoarder /collector/ ( or whatever we like to call ourselves ). It´s also November. A bridge month between Halloween and Christmas. I have nothing else to do besides spring clean, or should I say… autumn clean?
But, if we´re all honest with ourselves… not every book on our bookshelves is worth the spot it´s occupying. And I´ve had it up to here * holding hand up and leveling it with my cheekbone * looking at the books I didn´t like or haven´t read. Why should I keep what I thought wasn´t out of this world great?
So I have a plan. One that might work in my favor. Trust me, I´ve thought about this for a long time ( exactly 20 minutes ) and am totally okay with this master plan of mine. This might sound a little savage to you lovely bookworms out there… but I assure you, no harm has been done to books nor do I intend to harm any books mentioned in this post.
The TBR pile. That blasted, grief giving pile needs a clean out.
From a logical point of view – There shouldn´t even be a to – be – read list. Read what you want and move on to the next book, right? If one would actually do this then there wouldn´t be such a flipping list. We´re not looking at this from a logical point of view, though. Readers / book bloggers keep piling book after book on each other, feeding the ever starving TBR list. Why do we do this? Because we like to read. It´s an endless cycle I´m about to break for myself.
The problem with my TBR pile / list is: I have books on that list that I´ve bought 5 years ago. And once a week I remove the dust off those TBR books and watch them collect a new layer of dust all over again.
My master plan: SORT THEM OUT! That´s right. You read correct. I AM FED UP! * waves arms dramatically in the air * I will no longer put up with the misery that´s attached to a TBR list. So, I began. And guess what? I got rid of nearly half of my physical TBR books.
How did I do that, you ask? I´m glad you asked. I figured… since my tastes have changed over the years.. my taste for certain books might have changed as well. I was right!
We all need to sit down and ask ourselves WHY certain books land on a TBR list. My reasons are:
The book sounded interesting, but not interesting enough to make me want to drop everything and read immediately
The book looked good
The book was recommended by a friend
I have a very peculiar taste when it comes to books. I read romances but not all types of romances. I read paranormal and fantasy but not all types. I´m super picky when it comes to sub genres and often, when I get a book, I find out much later that it has certain elements included that I don´t really fancy. So, those books land on my TBR list because I can read it in the far future,.. possibly when I have nothing to read.
* insert hysterical laugh *
Another thing I´d like to say about the nerve wrecking TBR list. Once a book lands there, there´s no telling when or if I´ll ever read it.
I bid all my former TBR books farewell. It was nice dusting you off.
Now, let´s get to the nitty gritty of my bookshelf clean out.
This won´t come to a huge surprise to you all but… I have a shit load of books. So many that one might think I have a problem. The main spot for my books: My livingroom. Then bedroom, bathroom, basement, kitchen, car…. I have books everywhere around the house. This means I actually had no flipping clue how many books I actually have.
The results, after collecting all the books and placing them in my livingroom, were shocking.
There is a positive side to this, though. If I read a book and wander around with it then it´s actually a good sign. It means I couldn´t put the book down! But, by God… so many books scattered around the house.
Unfortunately, these books are also on the clean – out list. Books from series I´ve started and never really felt the need to continue, book series I totally forgot about, etc. The list is ENDLESS!
I´m not the only one to blame here. It´s not entirely my fault that I´ve lost interest in most series. I put half the blame on authors who don´t think it´s revelant to publish within a year´s time span ( I predict a dark future for the next Game of Thrones book).
So, my new goal will be to organize EVERY book I have and categorize them in different sections. Beware though. I´m a complete beast when it comes to organizing shit. I´m one of those super anal organizers who buy a pack of multi – colored rhinestones and sort them out by color in one night. Organizing books will be a piece of cake!
As much as I love to organize by color, I´m going to do the following:
Organize books by;
Series / Standalones
Then I will take stock of what I have, who´s apparently my favorite author and begin to sift out what´s hot and what´s not.
Everything with a 4 star and above stays
Everything with a 3 star gets a reread
Everything with a 2 star and beneath needs to go
It´s that simple.
This will not only help create more space on my bookshelves, it will also keep me more focused on keeping my TBR list to a minimum and being more conscious about buying my next read.
With that being said- I feel absolutely great about this whole bookshelf clean – out. It´s cleansing in the best way possible!
NOTE: All sorted out books will not land in a book graveyard. They´ll be kept in a box until they find good, loving and caring homes.
ON ANOTHER NOTE: Personalized signed books will land in my ever trusting IKEA storage box, where I keep all my other golden book babies.
Tell me: What do you do with your TBR list? Do you clean out your bookshelves once in a while or does your collection just keep growing? I´d love to read your thoughts!
Have a wonderful day and don´t forget to share the book love!
Mug Feature: The return of the Ikea mug, turquoise
Book Topic:Impulse book purchase
Hola and welcome to another wonderful Mug Monday!
October is around the corner, autumn is scratching at our doors… It´s officially time to get all those comfy comforters and fuzzy socks out. For me, it´s that time of year when I can drink my hot chocolate without having people giving me the “isn´t it too hot to drink that?” look.
Leg warmers, oversized sweaters, wool coats and long scarves are a thing now and I´m going to enjoy every minute of my non sweaty life.
And since the weather has improved I decided to take the girls book shopping. Their book wish list already has a decent size so it was time to get a few second installments for my oldest and some new vampire reads for my youngest.
Remember the promise I made to myself a while back about tackling my TBR list before I buy anything new?
I guess that dream didn´t last long.
The girls started collecting their books while mommy decided to just check out the romance section. Worst. Idea. Ever.
I wanted to cry. I wanted to fall on my knees and weep in front of all the beautiful book covers and apologize for making such an idiotic promise ( Oooh, that sounds so dramatic, doesn´t it? Lol )
Anyway- The girls found their treasures. Me? I grabbed a book on the way to the register counter. Just like that. I saw something from the corner of my eye and thought of how convenient it is from the bookstore to torture me on my way out with a great cover.
My eyes did a quick book title scan. `Optimists Die First`. Sounded pretty good to me.
Turns out, I picked a romance! Ha! Who would have thought?!
I´m now the lucky owner of an impulse purchase.
Not my first impulse purchase. The same situation has happened quite often to me.
It´s pretty risky to blindly pick a book and buy it while on the run. There´s a 50 / 50 % chance of the book being completely shitty. But then again, readers have the same chances with books they´ve heard / read about before purchase.
I like the mystery of not exactly knowing what I´ve bought. Having no expectations what – so – ever is more liberating than having read the synopsis and testimonials before purchase.
Fingers crossed that my impulse purchase is also a 5 star read!
How about you guys? Are you victims of impulse book shopping or would you rather go the safe route? Let´s chat.
It´s unbelievable! We´re already 8 months into 2018.
Happy August! The summer is slowly ( very slowly ) coming to an end and soon it´ll be my second favorite time of year. Autumn! That´s what I keep telling myself to keep my spirits up. I can´t take this heat any longer.
Since I´ve been exceptionally good at keeping up with my monthly reading list announcements ( Insert sarcasm ) I thought I´d give it ANOTHER go and see what happens. Maybe I´ll find time this month to reach my reading goal. Or, maybe I´ll invest in an AC before I do anything else. Let´s see what the future brings.
Prepare yourselves, dear Padawans… August´s reading list might knock you over just like it did with me when I created it.
August Reading List
Hush, Hush ( Hush, Hush #1 ) – Becca Fitzpatrick
I´m light years too late, I know. But I saw this in a bookstore on vacation and it sounded better than any other book I had in my arms. And the angel on the cover looks like he´s in pain. Not that I get off on that but I do sense that there´s some sort of battle in the paranormal romance novel. That, or… He´s plucking his own feathers because he´s heartbroken. I´ll find out soon enough, won´t I? NOTE: Spoilers Thoughts on this book are very much welcomed in the comments below.
We, The Drowned – Carsten Jensen
A book recommendation from the lovely Aurora Librialis. I love the cover. I love the synopsis. The whole package looks like one big fat adventurous page turner, something I´m in desperate need of. Can´t wait to get this one started!
All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover
I can´t have a reading list that doesn´t at least include one romance novel, right? I was a little hesitant about this one. I´m a fan of Colleen Hoover´s older works. Her newer novels ( basically anything published after Maybe Someday ) weren´t for me. When I heard about `All Your Perfects`I wasn´t doing cartwheels but after reading the synopsis I decided to give another Co-Ho book a try. I´m a sucker for troubled marriage romances. Let´s hope this won´t be as disappointing as the previous books were ( for me!!).
The Surface Breaks – Louise O´Neill
The cover is something gorgeous! And, HELLO! Mermaids! What more can I want? What more can I say? Nothing, because I haven´t finished it, yet. I like reading this one while enjoying a foot spa outside (NOTE: I call my pool a foot spa ).
My lovies, that´s it for this month. I may, or may not, add a few books from my dusty TBR list and include a few reads from Netgalley. Let´s see how that´ll work, if at all.
What are you reading this month? Share your titles and authors and feel free to pressure me into reading one of the books you´ve already read and loved!