Daily Archives: January 4, 2013

Reading from the TBR Pile: the Alphabet Edition

Every year I make a new vow to read more books from the TBR pile. Every year the pile grows instead of declines. I have a feeling it will never end. I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing, per se, but I’d like to make an effort to read more of the books I once bought thinking I would love them – there must have been a reason for that, right?

And so, knowing full well that it will probably result in failure, I have made another resolution for 2013. This one is aimed at reducing the pile by reading from across the books I own. Somehow, there are always sections of my shelves that are ignored. I do not have a list of the books I own longest, since I deleted all stats from my LibraryThing last year when I tried to re-catalogue my books (which I, of course, did not complete before turning my shelves upside-down again). So instead of focusing on number of years owned, I will focus on author names. In 2013, I will try to read a book for each letter of the alphabet, based on author names. If I happen not to own a book by an author starting with, say, X, I am allowed to leave it out. Oh, and this goes for books owned before 2013 started.

26 books to strike off from the TBR pile this year, surely this should not be too difficult? (Except that, where I used to read 100 books a year, I’m not sure if I’ll make it to half that number this year). What makes it easier: I am not going to go on any book-buying ban, because experience has taught me that won’t last. Nor will I stop visiting the library. This is simply an attempt to give myself some incentive to browse my own shelves, instead of only those in shops and libraries.

I have made a dedicated page and everything. I want to say that if I end up reading the full alphabet, I could just start over again. Overly ambitious? I think so. But I enjoy making plans. Plus, this alphabet thing is giving me enough room to haphazardly browse the shelves and pick up books on a whim, while it might also teach me to look beyond letters A-C which are stacked at the easiest height for browsing.