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Subject: I'm a bookaholic!!!
Date Posted: 11/5/2010 6:59 PM ET
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I'm curious as to how many "TBR" books some of you have on your shelves.  I have 2 bookcases....one my TRUE TBR stack and then a second one that IF I ever finish my first bookcase, I'll go to it.   I cannot part with any of these books BUT I must continually trade or buy all of the authors that I love plus try out all of the books y'all have recommended!

Am I in need of a support group???  I finally figured out that if I read the posts on this site, I find more of the mystery/suspense books I'm interested in than to try to browse or look through the Book Bazaar.  Thanks to all of you for introducing me to authors and titles that I wasn't sure about.

I'm going to count my books to see how many I have in my TBR shelves. 

Let me know some of your numbers so I won't feel so bad!!

Judy

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 8:08 PM ET
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Judy I'm also a book addict,  I have 5 book shelfs full of books that need to be read.  I have been trying to read what I have and posting them when I'm done.  I also keep getting more books so the TBR pile keeps building up instead of dwindling down.  I do love PBS and so does my pocket book.

 

Theresa

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 8:24 PM ET
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Don't worry Judy you are in very good company and never alone. We are all book addicts here. I have two shelves that are double stacked with my TBR, then I have another two shelves that are devoted to mine and my hubby's TBR for books we read together and then he has two shelves of his own TBR. I love being married to a man who completely gets my addiction and participates in it. :-)

Subject: Join the club
Date Posted: 11/5/2010 9:33 PM ET
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I joined PBS because I could trade the books I read and don't want to keep for books that I read and want to keep because I want to read them again.  My wife, two sons and I have a grand total of 12 Book shelves of books in every area you can imagine.  This doesn't count the one and a half book shelves of books that we have posted nor the two boxes of unpostables set aside for the school rummage sale.  One of the Keeper shelves is a floor to ceiling 10 ft wide built in bookshelf in our living room that has no more room for any books.  It contains mostly classics, my wife's reference books, miscellaneous histories and other general hard backs.  The last time we estimated our collection we had over 7000 books in our house.  Most of them have been read at least once and all have been paged through, including one old set of encyclopedias.  If you have a topic, we probably have a book about it.  So don't feel guilty about having a lot of books, read yet or not.  Revel in it!

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 10:08 PM ET
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I know I can't top 7,000, but I do have several hundred that are BEGGING for me to read them!

 

Thanks for the replies!

Date Posted: 11/5/2010 11:11 PM ET
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You are in very good company here. :)  I am not sure exactly how many are on my TBR stacks, but it is getting close to 700 again. I live in an apartment and have multiple bookshelves in every room except the bathroom and kitchen, and most of those are at least double-stacked. I have two bookshelves of "keepers" which totals probably about 150 books as well.

I still have about the same number of books in total that I had when I joined PBS 5 years ago...it's just that the number of keepers and TBR books is reversed now! Nothing will help you revise your idea of what a "Keeper" is like joining PBS...well, that and moving a few times. Books are heavy! :-D

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 11/6/2010 12:33 AM ET
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I'm afraid to count. I have three bookcases...2 are 6 ft. and 1 is 4 ft. They are all double stacked. These are all TBR. I only have one small shelf of keepers, which are mostly non-fiction and leather bound Agatha Christies. I usually trade all books because I don't like to re-read. Except Agatha's, that is. And yet I can't stop ordering from here and requesting from the library. It's my addiction.

Early in my marriage we moved a lot because of hubby's job. My two brothers-in-law would always come help and would be groaning as they walked in knowing they had some heavy boxes of books to look forward to,.



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Date Posted: 11/6/2010 12:37 AM ET
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Well, I just talked about my TBR, I didn't talk about the other 14 bookshelves double stacked with our prior reads.  Each of those are each 6 feet tall. Luckily I have a big house and can handle the load. Can't wait to fill up 14 more. :-)

Date Posted: 11/6/2010 3:06 PM ET
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I have three bookshelves, two are double stacked, one box that is full upstairs, two boxes downstairs, and I have spilled over a shelf or so on my husbands bookshelf.  I've tried to cut down by only getting books that are on my wish list until I get things under reasonable control.   I've done fairly well with this, but I can feel myself starting to slide back to my old ways!  Help.................................

Date Posted: 11/6/2010 3:41 PM ET
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I also am a bookaholic. I use have a lot of books around however after 3 moves I got rid of almost all of them. Wish I had know about PBS back then. I know only keep those books thai I know that I am going to read soon. The rest i have on my wish list or or other list on site and let them set on other peoples bookshelve until I am ready to get them. LOL> Has cut down on my dusting considerbly. I am sorry if that offends anyone but the place that I rent at this time just does not have the space to keep many books around.

Date Posted: 11/6/2010 3:41 PM ET
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I also am a bookaholic. I use have a lot of books around however after 3 moves I got rid of almost all of them. Wish I had know about PBS back then. I know only keep those books thai I know that I am going to read soon. The rest i have on my wish list or or other list on site and let them set on other peoples bookshelve until I am ready to get them. LOL.Has cut down on my dusting considerbly. I am sorry if that offends anyone but the place that I rent at this time just does not have the space to keep many books around.



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Date Posted: 11/6/2010 11:17 PM ET
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What a great thread -- how comforting to know that I am not alone. My addiction has gotten so bad since joining PBS --  I have 20 shelves in bookcases that are double or triple stacked that are all TBR. I get so many good ideas from different discussions on this site and then I have to accumulate the entire series of a new author before reading even one to know if I even like the author. I buy off Ebay, go to Good Will, rummage sales, book sales, other swap sites. I have books coming and going out of my house daily. If a day or two go by that I didn't get any new books in the mail, I start having withdrawal symptons. I have been able to part with books I'm done with on a quicker basis now as I realize I rarely re=read a book - even a favorite. I just have too many other potentially good ones to read. The thought of giving all this up and going to a Kindle or e-reader is just not even thinkable. Ilike looking at the stacks that are calling to me and I like mentally putting them in an order that I may read them in (but never do because I get distracted with that weeks incoming). And the funny thing is - at my fastest pace, I'm lucky to get through a book a week. With kids, a job, a big house, 2 dogs, an on-line business - I'm lucky to get an hour a day to read. Yes, I NEED HELP -- where is the support group???  :)

Date Posted: 11/7/2010 6:40 PM ET
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Marilyn, loved your reply.  I will never go to any of those "fake" books either. I read 3-4 books per week but don't make a dent either as I always have some coming in.  I TRIED lining them up in order to read, but that didn't work.  I just went through ALL of my books to donate some to a fundraiser but couldn't bring myself to pull but only about 10.   Then, when I get ready to start another book, I go back through my Number One bookshelf once again to make sure I'm reading the "right one" next.  Books are the only thing I am so compulsive about.

 

I also become a tyrant when I loan a book to a family member who didn't enjoy it as much as me!!!!  Yes, I need help!!!!  My 14-month-old granddaughter is so obsessed with her books (most of which came from this site) that she doesn't play with her other stuff.  Imagine that! 

 

Ooooooh!   People who had rather watch TV do not know what they are missing!!

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 12:56 PM ET
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Compared to some of you, my TBR pile isn't that big at all LOL!!

I've got one floor to ceiling book case that was about half full of my TBR books when I joined PBS a year ago.  Now the case is completely full--and I've had to start stacking books along side of it.  I keep telling my husband I need a new book shelf and he just rolls his eyes at me.

When I started PBS, I thought it might be a good way to reduce the books I have on hand--not so--but at least I've been able to turn books I've already read into books I haven't read!

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Subject: Laura
Date Posted: 11/8/2010 11:56 PM ET
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Any person that loves a POM is a perfect person to me!!

Mary

Subject: Loves POMS!!!
Date Posted: 11/9/2010 12:43 PM ET
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Mary, my pom looks exactly like the top one in your photo.   Her name is Spicy.  She's my third one.  I only have one at a time and I've never bred one because I know I would never give one away!  

 

Judy

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/9/2010 4:13 PM ET
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Well, I was running a close second to Brian.  I gave about 5000 books to the library when we were moving.  Those were the books I read.  I had about 1000 on my TBR and those moved with me.  Since joining PBS the pile has gone down!  I no longer buy an entire series before I've read the first book.  I might buy the first of a series still.  When I'm reading it and find I like it the next goes on my WL or gets ordered.  Though I must admit I bought two small bookcases this summer.  Before the books were in boxes and bags. 

Date Posted: 11/9/2010 8:12 PM ET
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Hi my name is Janice and I am a bookaholic.  I joined PBS to downsize.  OOPS that was a big mistake.  PBS should advertise if you are looking to expand your book collection join here.  My TBR ROOM is ridiculous.  Not to mention the bookshelves in every other room in the house.    I've been wondering if I should take out more Insurance to cover all these books.  If my house had a disaster I would be most devastated by my book lose. 

Not only am I a bookaholic, since joining PBS I have become an envelope horder and a tapeaholic as well.

Date Posted: 11/11/2010 3:42 PM ET
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I have approximately 400 books on my TBR shelves, about 375 on my e-reader and about 150 on my library wish list

yes, I have a problem!  LOL

Subject: Janice
Date Posted: 11/12/2010 6:57 PM ET
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Here's to wrapping hoarding and to tape-aholics!!!

Thanks for your note.

Judy

Date Posted: 11/13/2010 9:52 AM ET
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Do we all need an intervention? LOL - I can't top 7000, but I know I have over 500 books on my TBR spreadsheet (I really need to keep track of what I have & haven't read, yoiks!) and over 300 books spread out on bookcases all through my house...

holy smokes!  Glad I'm not alone.

Cele

Date Posted: 11/13/2010 12:30 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2009
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We do the same thing with the envelopes...good to know we are not alone in our condition. :-)

Date Posted: 11/23/2010 6:36 PM ET
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I think I have about 130 book..on my TBR shelf.  I keep my TBR books in 5 different areas of my home..I have so many books to read, since joining

PBS, making new friends..and also..joining Box of Books!  =)   Thank you PBS!

I agree with the comment above, about wrapping materials and Tape!  - I like to recycle packages when I can..using Cereal Boxes,  Ritz Cracker boxes,..

anything that will hold books!  lol

Subject: Hey Melissa
Date Posted: 11/23/2010 7:35 PM ET
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I've never thought of using cereal or cracker boxes to mail books in.  Gread idea!!

Judy

Date Posted: 11/23/2010 8:33 PM ET
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The last time we estimated our collection we had over 7000 books in our house

At last, someone who has more books than I do, but not by much. It's an addiction but it's always reassuring to know there are people just like me in the world. I have a little over 5,000 listed at LibraryThing but no matter how many I donate there's usually a nearly equal amount coming in. Can't cut myself a break.....

Gail
(and yes! to the hoarding boxes and stuff that will hold books)

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