How many books are in your to read pile - confess here

(52 Posts)
Worksitoutwithapencil Sat 12-Jan-13 21:38:31

Today I decided to count how many books are on my 'to read' shelf/in a pile next to my bed/ hidden in the wardrobe. I own a staggering 131 books that I have not yet read blush. Even at the rather optimistic rate of 50 books a year that is almost 3 years of reading and this does not include all the unread books on my kindle.

So come on everybody fess up how many books do you have waiting to be read and repeat after me:
I must not buy any more books
I must not go to the library
I must not borrow books from my mum/sisters/friends
I must must must tackle my to-read pile grin

PurpleStorm Sat 12-Jan-13 21:41:26

I'm scared to count. But it looks like well over 131. And I accidentally on purpose went into Waterstones today (after borrowing 5 books from the library) and was tempted into buying 3 more.

I'm starting to think that I've got a problem sad blush

Well at a quick glance I have
17 by my bed
3 in my work bag
2 on the stairs
132 on my kindle
I have more downstairs but can't be bothered to leave the gin and chocolate to go and count them. At any rate far too many to keep up with and I do like a new book!

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 12-Jan-13 22:03:16

100 on the kindle
40ish by the bed

EstoyAqui Sat 12-Jan-13 22:06:52

86 on my kindle and I guess another 200+ on the bookshelves in the spare room. blush

Oh my! I've got about a dozen and that's the most I've ever had. I'm speeding through them as reading books in my NY resolution.

Myliferocks Sat 12-Jan-13 22:09:17

I have 28 books on my to read list on my Kindle.
I also have £40 of Amazon vouchers waiting to be spent.
I'm trying to get my to read list down before I buy some more books.
There's not enough hours in the day to read as much as I would like!

EstoyAqui Sat 12-Jan-13 22:11:36

I just remembered the OU course books that arrived in the post this weekend. That's another 12 in a pile! I have a very busy year ahead.

Worksitoutwithapencil Sat 12-Jan-13 22:26:32

I feel better already. I knew I wasn't the only person to buy books quicker than I can read them.

nickelbabe Sat 12-Jan-13 22:31:23

dangerous question.

I went upstairs to try to start working through my proofs box.
Bloody dd means i never get a chance to read. And then i wonder why i can't recommend books that are less than 18months old...

Anyway, 4 whole boxes each with about 20 books in.
And that doesn't include the pike 8 that are on my desk, the shelf of about 15/16 books under the desk and the beautiful entire series of hot key proofs i brought home (another 8)
And the steam street series i bought for dd and intend to read first. (13)

nickelbabe Sat 12-Jan-13 22:31:43

Scream street

nickelbabe Sat 12-Jan-13 22:33:27

Can i please implore you never to utter that phrase "i must not buy any more books"
every time you do, a bookseller dies

nickelbabe Sat 12-Jan-13 22:35:11

I would also like to mention that i have about another thousand or so that are not on my "to read" pile.
Sometimes you have to buy books just because.

Novia Sat 12-Jan-13 22:35:56

Well over 200 - I'm compulsive! I read about 120 a year though! grin

Get you lot. I opened the thread to say that I had 15 by my bed, and Middlemarch, but see that I am seriously outbooked.

CoteDAzur Sat 12-Jan-13 22:36:55

I'm struggling to understand how you can hoard over 100 unread books and keep getting more shock

Maybe you like the feeling of collecting books (like stamps) rather than reading them?

Plus the four I got for Christmas.

ninjanurse Sat 12-Jan-13 22:44:22

I think I have 36 paperbacks on the book shelf
About 250 on my kindle.

Yesterday I got 6 more out of the library that I had reserved.

All the paperbacks I get are 2nd hand or passed onto me. People buy me kindle vouchers for christmas and birthday. I justify it by saying I dont have any other expensive hobbies and I dont go mad buying shoes or handbags like my sister.

MostlyLovingLurchers Sat 12-Jan-13 23:20:56

I'm struggling to understand how you can hoard over 100 unread books and keep getting more

Well, guilty as charged, but the culprit is my local charity shop that is very well served by the numerous book clubs in the area, so i can go in and buy the whole booker shortlist for a fiver, then a couple of classics that i don't have, take a punt on a few new authors, and my real weakness is non fiction, so i come out with as many as i can carry with the best of intentions. House looks like a second hand bookshop. I do send them back from whence they came though (sometimes).

One - am half way through and not liking it yet. I'm re-reading The Lord Of The Rings instead but have nothing waiting for me. sad HATE being bookless.

LetUsPrey Sat 12-Jan-13 23:31:47

I feel a lot better after reading this thread. I've got about 11 or 12 books in a couple of piles around the bedroom waiting to be read. Add to that a couple more I'm definitely going to buy in the next week or two, and several others from the library when I can actually get there.

Instead of reading something new though, I've be re-reading all five of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy for the zillionth time.

GinOnTwoWheels Sun 13-Jan-13 07:18:39

I've got about 150 unread books on my kindle, about 10-20 normal books that I still haven't read despite having for 3 years or more and about 120 books on my ereaderiq watch list that I will allow myself to buy if they come down to about £2 or less.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 13-Jan-13 09:44:11

Way more than I can count grin - both paperback and kindle, and some hardbacks. I love reading, and read about 90 books last year.

Charity shops are my main downfall - there's too many in our town, all with lovely books at bargain prices. I must stop looking, and start trying to whittle down the piles of books I already own.

I went through my and DH's books last night, and gathered together five big bags of books we've read but don't want to keep. I only keep the ones I love and want to read again.

two (smug) wink

I'm feeling really outbooked now.

I have 6 1/2 to read. The first to read are listed here

PurpleStorm Sun 13-Jan-13 10:02:51

I'm struggling to understand how you can hoard over 100 unread books and keep getting more

Personally, it's because I keep seeing new ones that look interesting and that I want to read. And often in the moment I get overly optimistic about my ability to get through the giant piles of unread books that I have already. It's not a collecting thing. The only books I have are ones that I'm intending to read, or ones that I loved and think that I might want to read again. Plus a number of work-related technical ones that I need to keep hold of for reference purposes.

Every now and then I resolve to not enter shops trhat sell books, but I never manage to keep that up for long.

BonzoDooDah Sun 13-Jan-13 10:14:41

Top of my tbr pile for 5 years are "how to dejunk your life" and "getting things done" - not read them yet ... hmm grin Then next to the bed are a good 25 books, received at least 8 books for christmas, and have about 300 on the shelves not read yet.
Problem? Me? Not enough time is the only one.

Ouroboros Sun 13-Jan-13 12:11:51

We have hundreds of unread books here! Like others I already own too many books but can't resist the charity shops, and libraries, and car boot sales, and book shops... And we always get given books as presents because we obviously love them so much. But with two small children (smallest four months) there never seems enough time (or brain power) to read them. Someone gave my DH a CD and it has 1000 Kindle books on there.
Is anyone here on Goodreads? Then you can add your virtual To Read pile as well!

minsmum Sun 13-Jan-13 12:14:42

201 on my kindle and the flipping hous is full of them as well because not only do I buy books that lokk interesting but so does my Dh. he only got me the kindle to leave plenty of room for his books

Worksitoutwithapencil Sun 13-Jan-13 12:22:20

Don't worry nickelbabe I won' be able to help myself. The list of books that I don't own but want to read in future is very very long.

I like reading about books and planning what to read almost as I like reading the books themselves so the wish list grows longer every daysmile

DuchessofMalfi Sun 13-Jan-13 13:54:07

I have most of my books logged onto Goodreads, still have a few unrecorded ones. My problem is finding other books on Goodreads that they recommend, or which I see other people are reading (same as on here) and think "that one looks interesting" grin. My virtual Goodreads tbr pile is growing fast.

LetUsPrey Sun 13-Jan-13 14:06:09

Does anyone else walk into a bookshop and just inhale? grin

highlandcoo Sun 13-Jan-13 14:20:40

Having looked in sitting-room, bedroom and study it comes to a total of 92. Blimey - had no idea it was so many blush

One of my problems in recent years has been belonging to three RL and one online book group. Too much! It doesn't leave enough time for the books I've bought because they caught my interest or were recommended, or books given to me as presents.

I've halved my bookclub membership this year, and I have a plan to read books according to theme (which I might post about separately) so that will hopefully make a difference ..

toffeelolly Sun 13-Jan-13 14:44:29

yes got a wardrobe full upstairs hubby said he was going to take them to car boot to sell. think he know's better just cannot help buyin book's got a problem i thinkwink o got a kindle fire for christmas still learnin about it anybody that's got one know is there many cheap book's got a couple for 20p do not want to spend to much on book's hear a lot saying they get cheap book's anybody with kindle's what's the best way to look for cheap book's as i am still learning thankswink

perceptionreality Sun 13-Jan-13 15:55:37

About 4 on my kindle. Maybe 8 on my book shelf.

PeachActiviaMinge Sun 13-Jan-13 16:40:10

Over 1000 blush I have ishoo's this includes at least 30 series of books that I may end up hating. Set myself a challenge of reading 150 books this year I'm pregnant and due mid April I may have over exerted myself a little grin

nickelbabe Sun 13-Jan-13 21:49:05

Yes, i do the bookshop inhaling thing.
I'm very lucky in my chosen career. Well, I'd be luckier if i had a few customersthat shared the joy.. wink

I only buy books that i fancy the look of, too
i never buy books i don't intend to read!

sashh Mon 14-Jan-13 06:09:32

I have over 1000 books on my kindle, I think I have read less than 100.

I have about 30 that I am yet to read. However many I read that number stays about the same. I am really fussy with books and go through phases so buy books that suit a phase, go off it, and the books don't get read. I am making myself read one at the moment that I have had about 2 years.

amillionyears Mon 14-Jan-13 22:25:53

4. But they are non fiction so probably dont count. I run out, that is my problem, and am bad at returning books to library, so sometimes end up with a fine blush

biffnbuster Tue 15-Jan-13 12:33:13

Approx 100, the reason there is so many is the charity shop sells books for 10p, mother-in-law and my dad pass theirs on to me, and junk swaps. (where you get them free !!) And sometimes none of the books you have fit the bill.

EmpressMaud Tue 15-Jan-13 12:38:58

More than that. But I like having unread books.
Am trying to remember the quote comparing unread books to wine... I think it was from Susan Hill's Howard;s End is on the Landing, but may be wrong. She has hundreds of unread books, and if I recall correctly, decided not to buy any new books for a year.

NicknameTaken Tue 15-Jan-13 12:40:50

Not sure whether I am boasting or confessing when I say that this is not one of my vices. My books generally get read. Mostly I get them from the library, so that gives me a time-frame in which I have to read them. I rarely buy. I do have a few books in my bookcase that I haven't got to, but at a certain point I feel too guilty looking at them and will give them to a charity shop.

I do sometimes buy second-hand copies of books I've previously read and loved, and even if I don't get round to re-reading, I'm happy to have them near by, so I can gaze at them fondly.

mixedmamameansbusiness Tue 15-Jan-13 12:48:00

The last time I counted I had 52 books on my fiction shelf, but I have an extensive collection of history books hat I sometimes dip into for uni but some that I actually would like to read cover to cover and I got a Kindle for Christmas.

I am not even going to count them. I have joined the fifty book challenge and plan to tackle the to read pile with only book club books and kindle very special offers.

Someone on ne of the other threads has made a rule that they must read 10 books before they are allowed a new one.

mixedmamameansbusiness Tue 15-Jan-13 12:57:13

Also, I can't walk past my Oxfam bookshop without popping in, I run the school second hand bookstall and everywhere I go there seems to be a shelf of second hand books. They are all books I want to read though and I love finishing a book then standing in front of my shelf and deciding what to read next.

Snapespeare Tue 15-Jan-13 13:11:57

i don't want to count them, but they are in two waist-height piles next to my main bookshelf, so i think there are around 40-ish. plus 30 or so on my kindle (thanks to 12 days of kindle...) I now feel as if i dont have anywhere near the problem i thought I had - so thank you! smile charity shops and super-market special offers (2 for £7) are my main areas of book-spends...and i got a £20 amazon voucher for xmas from my out-laws, so that was kindled.

mindingalongtime Tue 15-Jan-13 16:33:19

About 300 on my Kindle for Ipad, as I am addicted to Daily cheap reads, and the 12 days of KIndle on Amazon at Christmas was irresistible and with one click buying, fatal for my bank account, 3 whole pages of Amazon digital debt transactions!

About 50 paperbacks, but have now stopped buying, and probably about 10 hardback non fiction.

I was brought up to read at least 6 a fortnight from the library as a child and regularly get through one a day on holiday.

I was worried DD (26) had lost the reading habit, but now with my old Kindle, no stopping her!

missbennett Tue 15-Jan-13 22:31:35

130! 49 are upstairs by the bed. Then there are 4 on my Kobo and 1 from the library. My challenge this year is not to buy any more books; if I want new ones they can only come from the library or free downloads. I read 120 books last year, so maybe my new challenge should be to clear the shelves? And make room for more, she said, hopefully? However, upstairs I've got the books from 3 series and I need another one before I can progress, will order from the library. So that's my challenge then, I can't buy any more and I need to read 130 books. I can do that, it's just over 11 a month and I've read 5 already this month grin

Geekster Wed 16-Jan-13 13:56:53

Hate to think, I daren't count them, loads though, got worse since I got my kindle, as I often look and if they are 99p I may well buy it, as at that price if I don't enjoy it much I don't mind too much.

pamish Fri 25-Jan-13 00:38:51

Thank you all for making me feel sane.

anonymosity Fri 25-Jan-13 04:26:18

I don't have a waiting to read pile, I have a waiting for amazon to deliver face.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 25-Jan-13 08:55:51

About fifty, I should think - haven't actually counted. And, of course, that doesn't include the ones on the read-again-because-they-were-so-good list.

I decided that I'd only buy one book each month this year, to reduce the pile. Have bought five so far and one on order which will arrive tomorrow. So, clearly it's not January, it's already June smile

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