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Subject: Balance achieved...momentarily :)
Date Posted: 7/1/2011 9:43 AM ET
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Because I've whittled my wish list a lot in my efforts to pare down my TBR by not acquiring more books, and I've also been re-posting quite a lot of TBR books that I culled from my shelves,for the first time that I can recall I have enough credits to cover my entire wishlist if every book on it were posted to me right now.

I'm looking around for flying pigs and ice crystals in Hell. cool

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 4:51 PM ET
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Woohoo!  Good for you! 

I need to do something because I'm using the library a lot more than I am my TBR pile for reading material and that isn't doing me any good!  I need to get to a point where I read two or three books from my pile before I allow myself access to the library.  The problem is that I hear about a book, put the book on reserve at the library and then it comes up.  I really can't ignore the library summons, can I?? LOL!

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 7:28 PM ET
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It's a slippery slope, Cheryl . . . . . caving in to books you didn't think you'd want is a never-ending temptation. New to me authors are the bane of my existence, before I know it I'm on the glom for a backlist.

AND . . . . everything LeeAnne said. My library doesn't have weekend hours from when school ends til after Labor Day and every summer I promise I'll cut down, or cut out, library loans as it's convenient for me to hit the library on Saturday mornings after I mail books (very close by) so I figure if I don't get library books during the summer it'll be better for the TBR pile. Not. (see above re new-to-me authors - it applies to requesting PBS books, and/or library requests).

Right now I have 2 audio books out, the new C. S. Harris, one book waiting to be picked up, one in transit, 3 books on request, and 2 audios on request. Stop the insanity already........

Gail

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 10:11 AM ET
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when I first joined PBS I had maybe 30 books on my TBR....now I have about 400 plus about 400 on my Sony Ereader and about 100 on my Kindle.  I could stop working and have plenty to ready for several years!

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 6:47 PM ET
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I had about the same # of books when I joined PBS as I do now, but those were about 95% books I had already read and just didn't know what to do with...now about 95% are books I have that I have NOT read. I need to get in the habit of ordering a book when I'm ready and reading it within a few weeks so it's not hanging around forever.

I think the library will be a much larger part of my world over the next couple of years too, although timing can be funny sometimes...either nothing I want is available now or else 4 books I want are available all at once...but it will all work out in the wash.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 1:48 PM ET
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My admiration continues for all of you diligent library users.  But as I read LeeAnne's note it almost makes me afraid (hee hee) --- if I get started on the library the TBR may truly stagnate. 

Why is it those "new to me" authors are always so tantilizing??? 

Date Posted: 7/8/2011 10:23 PM ET
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Becky, I really do look at using the library as helping pare the TBR down, because I am requesting books from the library that WERE on my wishlist here...so that's another 'x' number of books that WON'T be added to my TBR and sit there while I wait to get to them. I'm down to only 115 books on my WL now! 

I have been a busy beaver again today and cleared another shelf, too...these I am going to haul to half-price books to sell because my postage budget for mailing PBS books is dwindling rapidly, but I want to keep eliminating books while I'm in the mood. :)

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 7/9/2011 11:52 AM ET
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Okay Cheryl --- That is a great library use idea.  Problem is a lot of my wishlist books are in series where I own the first few but have yet to read them!!!!  So the answer to that is get busy reading the ones on my shelf and then get the balance from the library and get them off the wishlist.  Or since many of the ones I need to read are wishlist books for others, I could post them and then read said series from the beginning with library books!!!  Of course then the "postage monster" comes into play doesn't it???  So many problems for us book obsessed people!!!!

I think back to life before book trading sites (I started on Frugal Reader) and my basement had no bookshelves!!!  I made periodic trips to used book stores and read those books, then returned them --- then the trading disease took hold.  Now I have maybe 150 books in the basement and still seek MORE!!!!!  Who knew about all these "series" books????

Date Posted: 7/9/2011 7:32 PM ET
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Oh I hear you, Becky! One of the other ways I'm able to do this is that I am postponing starting some series--like you, there are many series where I have several of the first books in the series, and I keep (ahem, I mean KEPT) acquiring more even though I hadn't read the first one and didn't even know if I liked the series or not! (Dumb, hey? LOL) What I've done is check my library and if they have the first few books, I then re-post my copies and get them off my physical "books I own" TBR and add the first book of the series to my library list to order when I'm ready for it.

I'm also trying to finish off series in a more timely manner...I don't think I will ever be able to read one book after another in series like I used to--even some great series soured for me because I got tired of them--but instead of putting 3-4 months or more between each series book, I'm taking series I really like and reading at least one a month til I'm caught up.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/13/2011 2:00 PM ET
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OMG...my wishlist is now under 100 for the first time ever! It feels so weird....LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/16/2011 7:12 PM ET
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I'm so impressed that you all have the willpower! I just plain don't. I did list the remainder of a couple of series I didn't care for...so that's a bit of progress. But I could read 24/7 and never catch up with everything that looks interesting to me. It's not just here, it's at thrifts, the library, book stores, friend's homes - you name it, I'm just a book addict. :-)



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Date Posted: 7/20/2011 3:04 PM ET
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What about "orphans"?  I have a terrible habit of finding books at UBSs or thrift shops that look fascinating, buying them, and realizing they are the 2nd/3rd/4th/whatever in a series...then discovering that the library doesn't have them and nothing available on PBS.  I suppose of I weren't so "anal" about reading a series in order, it wouldn't be such a problem!  So, they go on my WL...some have been there 3 yrs...but maybe someday!!!  In the meantime, they are on my orphans pile!!!  I have been VERY GOOD lately and refuse to order a book until I get the 1st one and refusing to buy them unless it is the first in the series!  But....sometimes....I mean, it is on sale for 50 cents...and maybe I'll find the first one....................!!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 7/20/2011 4:04 PM ET
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Oh Marla...I hear ya! I acquired quite a few books that way too. I'm having to just be a (pardon my French) hard ass and get rid of them. There are so many good books I do have access to, I have to just let them go. If I'm meant to read it, I'll come across it some time or other.

Or so I tell myself. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 12:11 PM ET
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I think you have the right idea...in fact, that is what I have been doing this am...sorting thru and deciding which ones I really want to keep searching for!  Of course, if I get rid of all of them, I will lose my rationale for going to UBSs...I tell myself I really don't need to go, I don't need anymore books, but...just maybe...they might have one I'm really looking for, so I probably should stop in...just in case!!!  Of course, they rarely do, but I come out with another dozen books anyway!!!!  Oh well, after more years that I care to mention, I should know there is no cure for the addiction!!!