Tuesday, October 21, 2008

TBR or not to TBR?

That is the question these days.

I ask, because I'm faced with a dilemma this weekend. I'll be attending New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book Conference which, in addition to providing a number of exciting workshops and fascinating keynote speakers, always provides a huge Literacy Book Fair featuring tons of authors signing their latest releases.

Last year I signed - my first major signing! And it was great, but this year I decided to take a break when it came to conference time. No editor or agent appointments, no signing, I'm going just to enjoy myself - and that includes shopping for books, which I didn't have much time to do last year because I had to man my table.

So here's my dilemma. I already have a towering TBR pile. What writer doesn't? I just got two more books this week and dutifully shoved them into the pile, hoping that someday I would actually get a chance to read them. They joined books that I probably got at last year's conference and haven't yet had a chance to read. I also know for a fact that Santa Claus is bringing me some books this year, so come the end of December I'll have another handful of new books to read.

You avid book fans out there are blinking your eyes and asking: So what's your point?

I don't really have a point. I know I'll buy more books and manage to shoe-horn them into my 'I can't wait to read this someday this decade' queue, but that doesn't mean I don't fantasize about the day when I'm down to that last book and I can say to myself, 'Oh, no! I'll have nothing to read - I guess I'd better go on a spree!"

Yeah. I know that will never happen, but it's fun to think about.

So my question is, do you have a TBR limit? Ten books, twenty? If the book shelf begins to buckle do you stop buying? Are there unread books in the trunk of your car? Your attic? Stuffed under your bed? Where does it all end? Or will you just keep buying books as long as writers keep writing them, and to heck with the floorboards. If the house collapses under the weight of your unread books, will you reason that at least you'll have something to read while it gets rebuilt?

2 comments:

Savanna Kougar said...

Jennifer, I'll just use all my plastic containers full of books as the building blocks for holding up my house...yeah, that'll work. Sure, it will...

Skylar Masey said...

I have so many TBRs! I keep adding titles that I know I better pick up before they disappear or I forget. My mom gave me a shoe holder that hooks over the door. I hung it up in my office, and it's already over half full. Though it isn't holding my library sale finds :0) But I have tried to be more selective due to the economy. Though if it's someone I know or a series I adore, I always splurge.