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Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 11 – TBR Shelf: How Many?

Book Blogger NY Challenge

Today is Day 11 of Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge. And today’s topic is one that makes me feel completely and totally mortified.

Yep. My TBR Pile.

And it really is a pile as I don’t have bookshelves. I have two book towers which contain most of my physical TBR books. The majority of the rest are in a Barnes & Noble tote sitting next to them. The remainder are on my nightstand or on my coffee table.

It’s really not that many. Somewhere in the vicinity of 100. My eReader on the other hand…

Anyway…

For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…

Day One – YOUR BLOGGER RESOLUTIONS
Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014

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My TBR Pile

If I were to go by the number of “want to read” books on Goodreads – and no, I haven’t added all the books I want to read to my Goodreads shelves – the count is 1,439.

This number is more than I could read in a lifetime if you factor in the number of new adds to the pile each year versus the number of books read per year.

If I were to go by just the physical ARCs and other finished copies of books I bought or received for review, the total is just about 100.

This number is manageable. And if I were to decide to just plow through the stack of physical books I have, never pick up an eBook and not add any new books to the pile, I could tackle this in one year.

If I were to instead list as my TBR books the eBooks received for review that currently remain unread, that number would be around 60.

It might be actually a little bit less. While I haven’t reviewed a much higher number of my eARCs, I have read them – or finished versions of books I received as galleys.

If my TBR pile were based on the number of purchased eBooks I have on my Kindle that number would be approximately 1,100. Some of this number may include eNovellas, but not too many. While I have upwards of 1,700 books on my Kindle around 600 of those books are books I’ve already read.

I often wonder, based on the number of books I purchase each month, if I will ever get the opportunity to read all the books I own. Or whether I’ll want to read them all when I actually have the time to do so.

So…

While there is some overlap as between my Goodreads shelf, my physical books and my unread eBooks and ARCs, the reality is that there are far more books that I want to read than those I either own or have wish listed. The real number is probably somewhere closer to 2,500, not including books planned for publication beyond spring 2014.

*GULP*

The ideal number of books for me to read in 2014 would be 200. The actual number, which would include re-reads, is probably going to be closer to 120.

And so I think for the sake of coming up with a number that is not all sorts of scary for this post I’m going to say that my TBR pile/shelf in 2014 is that totally manageable number 120, even if the reality is so much worse.

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But what about you?

Do you create a TBR Shelf or Pile based upon the books you want to read “someday” or is your shelf more grounded in reality based upon the books you plan on reading someday soon?

Do you think of your TBR pile/shelf as those books you own and plan on reading? Or do you include books you wish to read, books that might not have yet been released, when coming up with a TBR total?

Is your TBR pile something you consider manageable or is it something that, when you think about it, really think about it, scares the heck out of you?

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