Alternate title for this post: This is all Terri’s fault.
No, really. So Terri at Reading by Starlight made a post about her TBR and it convinced me(it didn’t take much effort) to make a concentrated effort on knocking out some books on my physical TBR(as in, books I already own but haven’t read).
So I began by counting books. Then my ebooks. Then my ARCs. The numbers were slightly terrifying. Ready for this?
Behold the TBR spreadsheet. I’ve drawn helpful arrows to the cell that is holding the current total of my books I own but haven’t read. I’m hoping this also helps with ebooks because I so often forget about them. Out of sight, out of mind.
When I made the spreadsheet it was actually at 185, so you know, progress(Edit: except a day after drafting this post I found half a shelf I hadn’t added yet, so that is actually back to 186). This number frightens me, and I’ve GOT to do something about it, so I’m working on tackling my TBR.
I’m not setting any super stringent goals because I’ve already learn I can’t follow those sort of strict guidelines. However, when I thought of the phrase “tackle the TBR”, it made me think of football(because tackles, obviously). So I’ve decided for every ten books I read from this list, I get a “first down”, aka some kind of reward. Bribing myself has always worked wonders in the past. The only thing I’m not rewarding myself with is books, but there’s still lots of options. When I reach ten books, I might let myself watch a TV show I’ve been wanting to watch or buy a bookish(but not a book) item.
I did highlight some books that I wanted to keep “on deck”, but it’s a pretty loose list and I’m not considering myself bound to it if something catches my eye outside that group. It’s just sort of a reminder to myself about the books I’ve been meaning to read soon.
Ideally I’d like to get the TBR to under 100 by the end of the year, which is feasible at my reading speed but not exactly setting myself up for success. It’d be close. Even if I don’t reach that, though, I’d like to think I can put a big dent in this spreadsheet.