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Subject: Help! I keep ordering books and can't read fast enough!
Date Posted: 11/10/2009 12:34 PM ET
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My name is Kim, and I have a problem.

I can't stop myself from ordering books.

I've got about 35 books to be read, which is enough for months, but I can't stop checking the book bazaar and joining games.

How do you control yourselves?

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 1:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/10/2009 1:22 PM ET
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I have the same problem but I think you are doing well if you only have 35 or 55 in your TBR.  I haven't counted but I have over 100 books in my TBR pile.  As for controlling the addiction I am sorry to say but I believe it is an incurable disease.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 1:26 PM ET
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I'm brand new to this so I'm having the opposite problem.  I'm reading faster then the mail.  :D   I can't wait until my TBR pile actually exist. 

I'm so glad I found this site!  I got 2 in the mail today and  I have 6 books requested right now so it's a start.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 1:39 PM ET
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My physical TBR has about 100 books in it.  My local FOL sale has books every day for 50 cents, so I buy books there with the intention of trading them here, only to want to read them first!  My husband just laughs when he reminds me that I joined PBS in the hopes of decreasing the number of books I have.

For now, I'm limiting myself to WL books.  However, I've had 4 come up in the past week!

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 2:14 PM ET
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You guys are amateurs. My TBR passed 700 a few months ago. 

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Date Posted: 11/10/2009 2:16 PM ET
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What Mary said!  LOL

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 2:33 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/10/2009 2:45 PM ET
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Not so bad, as far as addictions and security blankets go.

When my daughter was about 11, we were going somewhere for a couple of hours.  She had the book she was reading with her, plus 5 or 6 other books, all longish chapter books.  When I questioned whether she needed that many books for the short trip, she gave me "the look," and said, "Mom, I need these with me.  I went through the Great Book Depression."

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 2:51 PM ET
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I have no idea how many books are in my TBR but it's got to be a couple hundred.  I also thought I would dispose of books when I joined PBS, instead I've accumualted more.  My justification is that they don't spoil or go stale, and later when I retire and don't have the disposable income I have now whiel I'm working, that I will have a stash of books in reserve.  Kinda like a book IRA.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 2:56 PM ET
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A book IRA - I love that Peggy.  I'm going to try that one out on DH next time he "mentions" the enormous pile of books under the bed.  :)

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 3:03 PM ET
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I like how you think Peggy! I've always been a book addict, and have many series I re-read periodically as well. I tend to keep my books. Although I joined to eliminate books, between buying books to swap (which often I want to read first), participating in the Bazaar, and WL books - some of my shelves that were two deep are now three deep! And...I have a lot of shelves (31 linear feet, not counting the nightstands on both beds - and more than 1/2 the shelves are over 6')! But there are many worse things to be addicted to, and few better!  

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 3:18 PM ET
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I keep telling myself..."don't order any more books!" and I listen to myself for a week or two and then while I am browsing around PBS, I find myself hitting that Order This Book button and I feel like if I don't order that book, I am going to die...!!! And that's how I came to have 800+ books in Mt. TBR!!! I don't think I can shoehorn another bookshelf into my house, but as addiction go, it's not so bad -- I'm learning new stuff all the time, I always have books to loan my friends, and if they don't return them for months, it isn't like I don't have anything else to read... I haven't tried Jodi's trick of putting the books 2 deep on the bookshelves -- that would make room for another 600 or so! Hmmm, maybe I'll go do that now!!!

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 4:42 PM ET
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Kim S .... I CAN HELP!!!!!!

I am going to PM you my address and you can send your extra books to me. I will help you read them! Problem solved!


Date Posted: 11/10/2009 4:47 PM ET
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You guys are amateurs. My TBR passed 700 a few months ago.  


If I had that many books lying around Id be divorced.  ;)

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 4:48 PM ET
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I've finally found a place where I fit right in!!  I have probably about 100 books in my TBR pile, not counting what I have on my Sony Reader!! 

Patty--I remember when I was younger, I was just like your daughter...always had to have at least five books with me at all times.  (I'm still kinda that way.)

And like Rosina--I'm spending too much time reading the forums and browsing PBS's website that I'm not reading that much.  I'm having a lot of fun here, and my hubby just laughs when he comes home and finds me wrapping up another book to send and getting excited over the credit I'll be receiving.


Date Posted: 11/10/2009 5:27 PM ET
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Well my husband left me recently but it wasn't because of the books. They are all contained on bookshelves in my office. 

I read less since I joined PBS but acquire books at a much faster rate.  I'm addicted the message boards and games. 

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 6:51 PM ET
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"How do you control yourselves?"


Date Posted: 11/10/2009 8:15 PM ET
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Wow, I thought I was bad with a 100+ books lying around to be read.  I can't imagine 700.  I wouldn't be able to move in my house.  I just seem to have less and less time to read lately.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 8:28 PM ET
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We have over 6000 books in our house for a family of 4.  And if I didn't constantly cull books out we'd be overwhelmed.  Several years ago, my husband and I built floor-to-ceiling bookcases in our living room.  We found that books make great insulation, because that room's the warmest in the winter and the coolest in the summer.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 9:58 PM ET
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Control??? Surely you jest!!!   smileys

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 10:29 PM ET
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And you find this a problem why? {so asks the owner of a 3,000+ tbr pile}

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 12:01 AM ET
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It's only here I can be truly understood :-)


Date Posted: 11/11/2009 12:31 AM ET
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Welcome to the addiction Kim

Book IRA - Peggy deserves an award for that one    how about this shark?

Lol Cozi!

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Date Posted: 11/11/2009 1:05 AM ET
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WOW!  I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem.  :)