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

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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

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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

paranoidmother Sat 12-Jan-13 21:51:41

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

poocatcherchampion Sat 12-Jan-13 22:08:32

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.

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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

ExitPursuedByABear Sat 12-Jan-13 22:36:37

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?

ExitPursuedByABear Sat 12-Jan-13 22:37:35

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).

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 12-Jan-13 23:22:39

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.

KatieScarlett2833 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:54:30

two (smug) wink

NotGeoffVader Sun 13-Jan-13 09:58:55

I'm feeling really outbooked now.

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

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