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Subject: How many WL books do you have in your TBR pile?
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 8:29 PM ET
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I have 17on mine and am trying to read at least two of them per month, but with over 200 books in my TBR, I really hate having the pressure of WL'd books  forcing my choices of what to read next!

Date Posted: 4/5/2013 8:31 PM ET
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I would NEVER let a WL pressure me into reading a book!  It would ruin all the fun of reading for me.   Why are you doing this?  Do you need the credits? want to share the books?

For me reading is F U N and relieves stress not add to it.

Date Posted: 4/5/2013 9:04 PM ET
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I have 145 books on my TBR, 68 are WL. The numbers for each are probably a little higher since I recently bought several WL books from outside PBS and haven't listed them. To be fair, many many of these are series and I'm waiting for a full set before I start reading.
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 9:05 PM ET
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When I am getting ready to read a new book, I do look at my TBR list to see which books are WD'd. I do this as I already know that some of the books on my TBR list will not be making their way to my shelves after I finish reading them. So, I may read them first as I know they will be requested. It is not that I need the credits but that they will not have to spend a lot of time with the piles of other (way too many) posted books on my den floor. Those WL'd books I feel I will be keeping I read when the mood strikes me.

However, some of the books that are WL'd are not requested when I then post them, Obviously, the readers had gotten them elsewhere and forgot they were on their WL.

Date Posted: 4/5/2013 10:21 PM ET
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Exactly why I put most of my wishlist on hold.  I'd rather be bypassed for a while and let others enjoy them so I don't feel like I'm hoarding wishlisted books while I'm catching up on my TBRs.  I've got lots to read. 

Date Posted: 4/5/2013 10:59 PM ET
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Over 500.  I have a TBR of over 1000, and over half are WL books.  One day I will get to them.  I read 300+ per year average, so it's not unlikely if I could only stop accumulating new ones while doing so.

Date Posted: 4/5/2013 11:32 PM ET
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I have about 70 books on my TBR list that are currently WL.  For awhile I was trying to just read through some of them so I could repost, but then I'd get sidetracked & read books that weren't WL, especially if I knew there was someone on here seeking a book deal on non-WL books.

Also, Linda has a good point about the ones that are in sets.  I have quite a few WL books that are in series, but I won't read them until I have the rest of the set.     Probably by the time I get the rest, none of them will be WL anymore though!

Date Posted: 4/6/2013 12:10 AM ET
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I honestly have never read a book solely because it's WL'ed and others are waiting for it. Of course, that said, a large number of the books on my TBR shelves are WL'ed anyway, as they are either popular serieses (sp?) or by popular authors (Harlan Coben, Iris Johansen, Charlaine Harris, etc.). Hard to give a number, though, since I don't hav any books on my PBS TBR list...

Date Posted: 4/6/2013 4:37 AM ET
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I have probably several hundred WL on my TBR. On the other hand, I probably post a couple hundred per year.

I don't receive most of my WL from PBS, in any case.  I have an excellent eye for thrift store books, and I live in the land of FOTL library stores. One of the libraries near to me likes to get rid of 2 or 3 year old paranormals (almost all wishlisted) for 50 cents. I buy a lot of those just to post them here ... I've mailed out more than one copy of some of my favorite authors, just because I come across them for 25 or 50 cents or whatever.

I read what I feel like reading. I read a lot of series, though, and with them, I tend to wait until I have a few in hand to read in a bunch. (if it's close to the end of the series when I discover it, I will wait for the last book first).  I enjoy series books more if I have 3 or 4 to read in a row. I just read the first 9 Morganville vampire books in a row (quick reads) and I have #11 but not 10 ... so I had to stop those and move on to different books until I collect a few more together. I'm either going to post those, or give them to one of my friend's girls.



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Date Posted: 4/6/2013 8:46 AM ET
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I regularly have 100+ WL books in my TBR pile. I read what I feel like reading.  I have some read now and haven't posted them because I don't need credits.

I don't let the WL control what I read.

Date Posted: 4/6/2013 10:52 AM ET
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Coz--  guess I just feel that members are desperately wishing for the books I have sitting around so I feel pressure to read those first and get them back into the system!  Maybe I should be more selfish???? ha, ha

After reading all these responses I don't feel so bad with number of WL books in my TBR!

Date Posted: 4/6/2013 11:53 AM ET
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Hmmm didn't know I was being selfish! 

Actually right now I'm on a postage budget so have WL books lined up to be posted when I have the cash.

Date Posted: 4/6/2013 12:31 PM ET
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"...I'm on a postage budget so have WL books lined up to be posted when I have the cash..."

Wow... I guess I'm not the only "selfish" person who does that.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 4/6/2013 6:12 PM ET
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I let nothing but my own moods dictate my reading habits.  

Subject: Wish listed TBR books
Date Posted: 4/6/2013 6:24 PM ET
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I found several times that when I read a WL book first, it was no longer WL'd by the time I finished reading it.  So I just read what I'm in the mood for.

Date Posted: 4/6/2013 7:29 PM ET
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Yeah for me it's all about the budget.  I have 13 credits and only get 1 or 2 WL books a month.  So no hurry to tie up more money in postage, not on my single mother budget. 

Although I think/hope Jeanne was just kidding when she made the selfish comment.  I

Date Posted: 4/7/2013 7:48 AM ET
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I usually have 100+ on my TBR. I usually only get W/L books now so that is logical. I read what I want unless I think my credits are getting low. It that is the case I will read a W/L book or two, plus I always have 5 or 6 ready to mail out it needed.

Date Posted: 4/7/2013 9:46 PM ET
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Yes, Mary, that was the reason for the "ha, ha".  I had just assumed most people here were reading WL books as soon as they got  them and reposting right away............just shows my assumptions are often wrong!

Date Posted: 4/7/2013 10:27 PM ET
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I have thousands on my TBR, general around 350-400 are WLed I think. I try to read a good mixture of WLed and not, I want to read them ALL so it makes no difference if I pick a WLed one. But since I have more credits than I need and a person can't sell credits for any where near what it costs to mail a book these days, I don't rush to post any books right now.

Date Posted: 4/8/2013 1:03 PM ET
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I concentrated more on WL books when I first joined. But it gets tiring after awhile and sucks the fun right out of reading.  Plus after awhile you realize that you don't really need to keep a lot of credits on here if you primarily only order WL books. 

 

Date Posted: 4/8/2013 1:13 PM ET
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About 80

-RD

Date Posted: 4/8/2013 1:43 PM ET
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About 80.  But I already know that only a handful have potential to be posted.  The rest are already dead sure keepers.

Date Posted: 4/8/2013 4:32 PM ET
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oh, and supporting my false assumption are the frequent slapdowns here in the forums of people who "seem" to be hoarding "perfect" books, that is members sometimes are accusing other members who have RCs requesting books be in better shape than the typical PBS requirements of being here to get "free" books to sell!   Some folks admit turning down RCs simply because they want their books to keep making the rounds  to other PBS members and not be "keepers", gifts, or possibly sold I guess.

Date Posted: 4/8/2013 5:19 PM ET
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Not to hijack the thread, but do folks who hold onto books as "keepers" actually go back and re-read those books?  I'm not judging, only asking because there is only a rare (non-reference) book that I would hold onto to go back and read again later.  And those are usually series, in case I need to start at book one to catch myself up when an author takes a long time to continue with the series (i.e., the Outlander series). 

Date Posted: 4/8/2013 6:53 PM ET
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I've reread quite a few of the books I have on my bookshelves. As far as fiction goes, I reread the earlier books in a series when a new one comes out, frequently. I also reread my favorites every few years. My husband rereads more than I do; he's reread the Dune series probably 10 times, and almost that for some of Stephenson's novels. I'm not quite as single-minded as he is.

For nonfiction, it's a little different. I'm a writer and historian, and so I keep a lot of books for reference - once you've gone to the trouble of chasing down an out of print obscure little history or biography, the opportunity cost of keeping it is much less than donating/swapping it and then having to do it all over again if you need to reference it for a new project.

All that belies the fact that I only keep maybe less than a fourth of the books that come into my house; they're either library books or they get swapped here or donated. I just don't have the room to keep all the books I read, sadly. And I go through my bookshelves every few months and cull stuff so that I can keep an approximate "one in, one out" scheme going.

As far as guilt and selfishness goes, once you've bought or swapped for a book, it's yours - you should feel free to keep it, swap it, or bury it under a mountain of dirty clothes if you want to, it's your business and nobody else's...

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