Around this time last year I mentioned my stupid TBR stack and the fact that I was embarking on a book-buying-ban.
Don’t want to toot my own horn but I did very, very well on the ban and I’m pleased to report that I will finish the year with fewer books in the TBR stack than I started with. Success.
Although I don’t know the exact number, my TBR stack on January 1st 2016 was somewhere around 420 books. There was a jump between the reported 394 in November and January 1st simply because I had a little Netgalley frenzy and a buying binge.
The current magic number is 365. Hooray!
Accountants will look at the number of books I’ve read so far this year (85) and note the discrepancy. It doesn’t add up, but along the way I’ve borrowed quite a few books (something I wanted to avoid because it wouldn’t help reduce the TBR pile but was necessary for fulfilling book group obligations and reading shortlists). I also *may* have overstepped my planned-twelve-only ARC requests (it was more like 16 ARCs in the end).
I’ll be continuing my effort next year with some slightly modified rules –
- I can buy six new books in 2017. It may be that I blow the entire six on the 2017 Stella Prize short list (because I would like to take part in the Stella Prize book group again next year).
- I can accept 16 ARCs.
- And in order to support the publishing industry (and in addition to the six books I can buy without restraint), I’m taking Lizzy’s approach to book buying, where my purchase allowance = (books read + books culled) / 5. It’s genius.
My aim is to finish 2017 with under 300 books in the TBR stack.