First I put them on a reading list on my blog. Then I found Goodreads and put them on there - other book sites are available: I also belong to Librarything, for example.
So about twenty books found a home on my reading list. Then I got my kindle app on my laptop, and discovered free books... you know the story. I had 100 books very quickly. Then I started getting books I wanted to read, as opposed to those that looked good. Last November I went into a bookstore with a £25 ($40) book token. I spent over £35 (nearly $60), and have only just started on those. I listed ten more I'd like to read but didn't buy.
I am trying to read a book a week. But I make the error of entering blog review tours, and get advance or free copies to review for the tour. I have read some wonderful books that way, but my plan to read 60 books from my TBR list this year is under severe strain. The book that was number 4 at the start of the year is now number 1. And I am skipping down a way because I really want to read and review the books I won in Giveaways last year.
I'm beginning to feel anxious about all these books I have to read. And my list isn't even that big. Go on, guess how many it is. I'll tell you at the end.
I saw a lovely short post from The Story Reading Ape at the end of April: What’s YOUR TBR pile like?Click the link and it'll open in another tab or window.
Feel familiar? I bet!
What's even funnier is reading the comments - I'm sure they'll resonate with you, too.
I'm looking for the person with the longest current TBR list on Goodreads (or any other list, but it needs to be verifiable). Just flicking through people who have my first book The Princelings of the East on their Goodreads TBR list, they seem to range from less than 8 books to over 29,000! (Authors, you can find this by looking at your Author Dashboard and the TBR listing for your book).
Can you beat that?
Mine's currently 270. I have copies, print or ebook, of around 90 of them. You can add another to yours if you want to download my latest book, Bravo Victor, which is free today on Amazon.
How many books do you currently want to read? What's your strategy for getting through them? I'd love to know.