My To-Be-Read List Is Out of Control

I just added Anne Tyler’s new book, A Spool of Blue Thread to my TBR list.  That’s great, right? Except for the fact that if I read a book a day for the rest of my life, Id likely never even scratch the surface of all the books I want to read or that I would want to read, if I knew about them. (That’s another frustration, i.e., knowing there are great books out there that I’ll never know about.) I have a small stack of books that I plan on reading before the Austin Public Library issues a warrant for my arrest for overdue fines, and 5 books on hold (the maximum the library will allow). I also have a very long list on my online “library bookshelf” that I will place on hold as soon as one of my 5 spots is free. (I can’t afford to support my reading habit by buying all these books, neither do I have the space.) Oh, and I’ve kind of lost count of the books on my Kindle app that, I’m embarrassed to say, I sometimes forget are there for me to read. It’s a serious problem, especially since my reading time is often limited to the hour before I drift off to sleep, book in hand.

Despite my snail’s pace of getting through my list, it’s a process I relish. “Oohh, she’s working on a new book!” “He’s coming the local independent bookstore to speak.” “Great review in the Washington Post, gotta put that one on my list.” “I read her last one; gotta get her new release.” “She’s going to be at the Texas Book Festival this year.” (It’s not until October, but I’ve already started a countdown, and it’s a given I’ll walk away with a whole new list of TBR books.)

Reading lists are a matter of taste, and vary greatly even among close friends, but I thought I’d share my short stack. There may be something here for you:

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyer (about half way through–thumbs up)

The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson (it’s a memoir. Heard her speak at the Texas Book Festival last year. She became emotional when answering questions and I think it’s going to be an emotional read.)

My Father’s Wives by Mike Greenberg (It’s gotten great reviews.)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Again, awesome reviews.)

I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum (Also heard her at the Texas Book Festival and was sold on it by her reading.)

3 thoughts on “My To-Be-Read List Is Out of Control

  1. I share this problem, though in my case almost all of the “to-read” books are precariously stacked by my couch, on or under my bedside table, and on a bookcase. I think I’m at around 3 dozen or so books “I can’t wait to read” that I’ve acquired just in the past year or so. I need a shock collar that goes off any time I get within 100 feet of Half Price Books. 🙂

    Right now, though, I am eagerly devouring Deborah Harkness’ “The Book of Life”, and at the speed I’m reading that book maybe I’ll get to another in my pile before I hit the bookstore again!


  2. I have the same problem. My e-reader is so overloaded with books to read (400+ and growing), my bookshelves are groaning under the weight of all the books on them and the ever growing piles on my desk are threatening to topple. And everyday I come across new ones to add (my wish list on Amazon is bulging). I’ve got Accidents of Marriage on my desk, somewhere. I love memoirs, so I’ll have to add The Other Side to my TBR, along with the remaining three you mentioned. LOL. And everyday, I pick up another free or 99 cent book. Holy cow! At 67, I doubt I will live long enough to read all of them!


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