Here they are -- my TBR stacks.
These are young adult books that I have received since late August. I also still have a number of books on pre-order. They are all wonderful choices that I was really excited about when I ordered them. But they keep getting covered up by new and even more exciting arrivals.
Next are the adult books that have arrived since late August. These piles are two-deep. They are also wonderful and exciting books that I need to find time to read -- as soon as each day expands to 36 hours
Lets not foget the crates of books that I took home with me to read during my summer vacation. In my defense, I will say that I brought 4 full crates home and did whittle it down to three full crates. These are a mixture of young adult and adult books that caught my interest.
Then I have the bookshelves with older TBR books. Piled neatly on the top of this next one are young adult books. On the shelves are adult books that I just haven't found the time to get to yet.
Here are still more books that have been waiting for me to find the time or the interest to read them. On the top are the books I chose for the 2010 TBR challenge. You will notice that I was a spectacular failure at that one. All but two of my choices are still sitting on the pile. Too many exciting new books came into my house.
The ones that you can't see the titles of are adult books that I have actually finished but don't want to keep. When I finish young adult books, I donate them to my media centers if I don't want to make them a part of my home library. But I don't really have an outlet for adult books that I don't want to keep.
I read more than 280 books last year but I bought/won/was given more than 600. Even the 97 I donated to my school media centers didn't reduce the stacks. I think it is time to go through all the YA stuff again and donate more to my media centers. But I keep thinking that if I hold on to them just a while longer I will have a chance to read them. I hate the idea of missing something extraordinary.
Added to the problem, but not the stacks, is the fact that I have a Kindle with about 500 books on it. I am starting to get more review requests and getting review books from NetGalley which makes it harder yet to read the backlog. I may have to seriously consider retirement just so I have time to catch up on all the great books that I just haven't had time to read.
So, I hope you understand why you won't see my name on your list of entrants for your wonderful contests (unless I just can't resist) this coming year. Now to grab my latest book and get reading.