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Subject: Do you hoard books?
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 5:40 PM ET
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Perhaps that's not quite the right word. I find that when I get a new book by an author I love--right now it's the new Sarah Graves book Crawlspace--even though I want to read it, I find myself saving it back.  My rational brain says I should go ahead and read it, then post if for someone else. However, the other side of my brain is thinking "NO! Once you read it, it will be ALL GONE." 

Nuts, right?  It's a very scary as a counselor to observe your own peculiar behavior!

Right now I've decided to alternate my reading between highly wishlisted books, and others that have been on my TBR pile a while.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 7:27 PM ET
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I do that Michele...sounds perfectly normal to me!!

I have noticed that since joining PBS (2 1/2 months) ago that I've changed my reading patterns.  Now, I have another variable in the equation--how likely is the book to go fast on PBS...and if it's a newer title that is wishlisted, but I know will be heavily posted in a few months I'm much more likely to move that to the front of my TBR list.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 7:57 PM ET
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I hope it's normal, I do it too. But, I'm also kind of a "book keeper" so don't worry so much about it being WL'd. I have the two newest Brother Odds and the most recent Tapply book in my TBR, and they'll stay there a while. They stay especially long if there is a long wait for the next. I love Tapply's books, and now he's deceased, I'll savor and save those I haven't read. I will say that I have decided since being a member I don't need to keep so many books - and am doing better at reposting, probably because I'd be overrun. 

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:57 PM ET
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I have a few very favorite series in which I purposely wait a while in between books, to prolong the enjoyment.  I don't want to read them all up because then I will have read all of them!

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 9:18 PM ET
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I do it too! I have all of the books in a couple of series written by authors now deceased. I know there won't be anymore, so I'm reluctant to finish each series. I know I will enjoy them and I want to prolongue both the suspense, and in a strange way, the series.Thanks for asking this, Michele - I feel moe normal (or just as odd, I'm not sure which).  Debbie 

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 11:10 PM ET
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I don't really call it hoarding...I call it 'marinating on my bookshelf.' LOL I don't have much choice though. I have a 600+ TBR here, so if I read every new book as they come in...some of those older ones would never get read! That happens to some degree anyway, and there are a few series I stay pretty well caught up with and read "the new one" within a few weeks/months of release, but not many. Like you, I hate then having to wait another whole year or more for the next installment.

One thing I never worry about is whether a book is wishlisted or not. I just read what I wanna read when I wanna read it, post it when I'm done and let the bookmarks fall where they may.


Date Posted: 1/8/2010 1:37 AM ET
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Well, I don't know if I can say I do this or not. . . with newly published books that I have been waiting impatiently for for months I read them the instant they're in bookstores -- but books that I'm waiting that impatiently for are going to go on my keeper shelf anyway, so I know I'll just be rereading them soon enough. But with books by authors that I have just discovered who have large back catalogs I find that I pull them off my TBR stack slowly. . . I have no idea why. Maybe because I'm enjoying the fact that I DON'T have to wait impatiently for the next one to be published! :)

But I have noticed that anything that I acquire that I don't plan to keep and which is wishlisted here on PBS goes immediately to the top of my TBR stack, so that I can stockpile credits for the exciting occasions when something comes off the wishlist for me!

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 7:52 AM ET
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Well, there's a couple theories about reading wishlisted books first to get that quick credit...sure, that works...although sometimes it's not all that quick when you cycle through 2 or 3 or more people before you get someone who wants it.  But if you read a mixture of wishlisted and non-wishlisted books, keep in mind that when you read and post that non-WL book, you're now in the FIFO queue for that book and it will be moving up the line. So you can get a request and a credit for that book sooner than if you had just read WL books and held back all those with books in the system. So you get these random requests from your shelf when you least expect it. That's my thought anyway.


Date Posted: 1/8/2010 9:43 AM ET
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I am like Diane K. There are some series that I enjoy so much that I put off reading them all at once so that I can savor them - Stephen booth is one. I also agree with Cheryl - read what you want and when you post the books, it's amazing what gets requested. I posted a bunch of Jesse Stone books by Parker and was surprised to see 4 of them requested almost immediately!!

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Date Posted: 1/8/2010 12:24 PM ET
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If I get a wish list book that I'm really looking forward to, I have several authors I keep up with like Donna Andrews for example, I can't help myself - I just have to read it as soon as I finish whatever I'm reading now.  Can't wait. Maybe that is why I always rousted my parents out of bed at like 5:00 every Christmas morning!  :)  I have just finished the first two Lucy Stone books by Leslie Meier and have fallen in love with them.  So I've managed to accumulate or I'm in the process of accumulating, all those books.  I'll read a Lucy Stone, then 1-2 other books, then a Lucy Stone.  This way I don't lose track of the series, but don't end up finishing all of them at one time. Which I have been known to do.  I like this way much better.  Of course between getting wish list books and going through a new series, the bulk of my TBR pile doesn't move too much. But I am very confident that if I live to be 110 or so, I'll get through them all!  ;) 

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Date Posted: 1/8/2010 6:48 PM ET
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I know exactly what you mean!!  I've got a number of books (quite of few of them are WL books) that I think will be really good and yet I'm saving them for a "rainy day" - you know, that day when you have nothing else to read.  Which is never going to come - between the 270 books on my TBR pile and the hundreds of books on my list for the library.

I'm looking forward to savoring those books and once they've been read, well.....  Of course I have been disappointed a couple of times when I've broken down and started to read one of that I had high hopes for and it ends up being a book that I couldn't even finish.



Date Posted: 1/8/2010 9:46 PM ET
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I use to keep all my books until I found PBS.  Then I decided that I wasn't going to read them anymore so I started posting them.  The only one's I sort of regret posting were my Stephen King books.  I sent one out and I got an email back thanking me for the first edition book.  I had no idea I had a first edition book.  I am just a member of his library club.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 10:49 AM ET
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I appreciate every one's perspective and am comforted to know I'm not the only one who does this. I have decided to consider Cheryl's perspective, too.  My 'compromise'  for the time being will be to alternate authors I like or books that are wishlisted with other books in my TBR pile--especially authors that are new to me. 

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 1:36 PM ET
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I don't hoard them in that sense.  If I want to read it, I read it.  I also have no problem getting rid of books I've read. But I have a really hard time getting rid of books I hven't read yet even if I know I will probably never read them.  I also have a hard time not buying books that I'm interested in if I see them cheap. I can resist them pretty well new because I'm cheap and know I can get it somehwere else cheaper.  But if it's cheap-then I have to have it. Even if I know I can get it in a deal here and that I have 800 other books many with similar plots. 

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 5:02 PM ET
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I see it more as rationing books.  I've completed too many dead authors' entire back catalogs (Christie and Sayers spring to mind).  I'm trying to ration books by authors who will not be writing any more as I hate running out.  I have only one short Angela Carter novel to go before I've read pretty much everything so I've been putting it of forever.

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 6:06 PM ET
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Besides my To be read shelf...( there are about 110 books..waiting to be read..) 

~ I do save all of my books by my favorite Romance author ~ Debbie Macomber. My collection has grown to about 55-60 of her books.  :)

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 9:18 AM ET
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Rationing! I like that term, and think it describes what I do much better than hoarding!

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 1:08 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/24/2010 12:18 PM ET
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OMG, we have hundreds of books, probably thousands. DH refuses to get rid of them. We have a two-story wall of bookshelves that are totally full,,,and yes, we have a roling ladder. Now I've starting sending most of mine on, via PBS and yard sales. We simply do not have any room left, They are stacked all over the house.

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 1:26 PM ET
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My friend's husband is what I would call a book hoarder-well a hoarder in general. He's had probably thousands of books.  They are basically haphazardly stored in boxes and various piles. They're covered in dust and not in any sort of order. He doesn't read them anymore.  He has multiple copies of some because he collects series (mostly sci-fi) but doesn't have any sort of list anywhere to know what he has already. So if he thinks he "needs" it, he grabs it and adds it to the dusty piles-and by dust I mean loaded under several filthy layers of dust.  He is what I would call a book hoarder.

Someone who keeps them somewhat organized, gets rid of some at least occasionally (books they didn't like, duplicates etc..,) and actually makes an effort to read them and store them if not decoratively but so they aren't gettign dirty and covered in dust-would be a collector. 

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Date Posted: 1/30/2010 6:36 PM ET
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Like someone else said, I like the term "rationing"  LOL!  Things were really financially tight for us this year after I got laid off and it took awhile for my husband to start in his new job, so my budget for book buying was suddenly zero.  I started using the library like mad and have held off reading any of the books I have on my shelf - you know, in case the library ran out or something.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 2:22 AM ET
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If I get a book that is Wish Listed I try to read it as fast as I can so someone else can enjoy it, plus I am assured of another credit. I go through my TBR list and see if any of them are wish listed and try to read those first also.

Sometimes when none of the books I have are currently wish listed, I feel free to read any of the other books that I have been hoarding storing.

It is a game with me and having to figure out what to read next is a hard choice.

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