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Subject: Do you have a system?
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 6:57 PM ET
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Does anyone have a certain system they do? like do you only budget so much a month you can put on your bookshelf for shipping costs, and when do you put your account on hold? Or what about your to be read list, do you have shelves full of books to still be read or do you get rid of the one you have to get another? Just thought it was an interesting question. LOL.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 7:04 PM ET
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I have recently started giving myself a budget and then I put my shelf on hold  I play in quite a few Games in the Games forum, so I have to keep that in mind, too.

I read what I feel like reading, and I DO Have shelves and shelves full of books, LOL.  I just pick from there or if another title has stuck my fancy I might see if the library has it available.  I'm not ordering too many anymore because of those shelves and shelves, lol, but one has to have a few new books. ;-))

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 7:13 PM ET
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i'm pathetic, really.  because i am so addicted to games, i generally only have time to read books that i am offering in games.  of course, i have tons of books that are sitting there and waiting to be read.  i might get to them eventually.

i don't get enough requests on my shelf to put it on hold.  i actually had two requests yesterday that i had to decline -- one was unpostable upon second inspection, and the other had "like new or new" requestor conditions, which i wasn't comfortable with.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 7:33 PM ET
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I put my account on hold when I don't have time to mail, or I'm out of postage money. 

I tend to read whatever I'm in the mood for, and I usually have several books going at one time.  Right now, I have 2 nonfiction and one fiction going, but I'll probably add another light fiction book for before bed.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 7:36 PM ET
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I don't have a system but I probably need one.  I sent out ten books between Thursday and Saturday and it kinda put a dent in the old wallet.  To be fair, I found a slew of WL books at the library book sale and I couldn't NOT post them for quick credits.  Ten people are happy and I'm happy to have ten more credits!

 

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 9:49 PM ET
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I don't have a budget limit on postage for outgoing books.  I just hold off on posting any WL books if I've had a lot of shelf orders and game books to mail. 

I have recently set some limits to myself on games and such. I'm only doing 2 games at a time.  I put myself on hold in the virtual boxes I'm doing until I've caught up on my TBR.  Although I think I'm going to rejoin the Historical one because I have 3 books read for that now.

I've also decided not to order any more books until I've posted/purged/read 75 books.  I set a goal of 5 books a week that have to be mailed out or posted either because I've decided not to read them or by reading them. I wish I could just put my WL on vacation hold and not my shelf.   But being on hold is actually inspiring me to read some books in my TBR that are heavily posted.  Since I'm hold, I'm posting them to my shelf so they can start their way up FIFO.  I've also decided that I need to pick up 1 book a week by an author I've never read before.  I have a tendancy to collect several books by an author before I've read them.  I figure this way if I don't like them then I can post the rest of their books that I have and remove others from my WL and RL.  I am not ordering any more books from a new author that's in my TBR until I've read one I already have from them.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 10:13 PM ET
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Quick question. If we have our shelf on hold, but we add books that are heavily added like you said Mary, will they still be in order? Like if I add a book and its number 5, than two more people add theirs, does it stay at number 5 or does it go down, (FIFO) since I'm on hold. Hope that makes sense.  (I'm a newbie)

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 10:30 PM ET
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I was wondering the same thing and just asked that question in a new thread. I was wondering if I need to unhold and then rehold.  I just posted like 5 heavily posted books to FIFO while I'm hold.  I hope they are moving their way up.  But I was worried that only the books that were on my shelf before I went on hold are moving up the line. 

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 10:51 PM ET
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i do not put my account on hold...

but i do have a system...

i print my own postage and have my own scales. i have a large tbr pile (300+) so i can pass on non-wl books for a while. i am also a boxer so if i really want a non-wl book i can try there too.

i try to keep a reserve of 5-7 credits for wl books. and (gasp) i sell the rest to fund my postage... some times i have enough for this to work and sometimes i have to add a bit from my bank account to cover postage. or if i have a good check i add some $$$ for a comfort zone when things are lean.

not a perfect system but it works well enough

but it does hurt to have to sell credits.... oh the books they could bring me...........

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 11:42 PM ET
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not a perfect system but it works well enough

Agreed.  If it's working for you, that's all that matters. :-)

If it makes you feel better, Molly, my posted TBR is just under 600...and I"m pretty sure they aren't all on there. ;-)

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 11:45 PM ET
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Mine is 574.  That where the 75 came from to bring me below 500.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 11:52 PM ET
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yow.... i feel sooo much better now!

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 11:56 PM ET
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whoa over 500! Dang! I don't feel so bad now, I have about 100 on mine! and my bf says its too much. At least about 70 of those are wishlists books LOL. so other members will get them. Alot of them have like 200 people in line for them (so they aren't posted much) at least someone will get to enjoy them after me! LOL

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 12:15 AM ET
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Way over 500 here, too. I'll never catch up, and that's okay. I justify my book addiction by saying I'm saving up books for my retirement when I'll most likely be much poorer than I am now. Of course, that's 15 years away....and I'll probably be living in a tiny place with no room for my books. :-D

When I joined PBS, I had about the same number of books in my house as I do now...well, maybe I've got a few dozen more now. But the great majority of those were books I'd already read; my TBR was only about 50 books back then. I've just traded the ones I've read off for ones I haven't. There's still books all over the place.

I don't really have a budget per se, but I do occasionally put my shelf on hold when I have to spend money on other stuff. I've generally got 40-50 credits stocked up, so it's not a problem when I need to do that. Most of the books I get here are books coughed up by my wishlist with the occasional "next in series" book that I have to order.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 12:36 AM ET
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I went out and got two of those small folding bookcases.  One is for the books posted.  The other is my TBR.  Much better than the floor.  Turned out I had quite a few duplicates in the stacks on the floor.  Heehee.  And that does not include my six bookcases of keepers.  Or my DH's 8 bookcases. 

The amount of books hasn't changed much.  But I'm parting with books that I valued but knew I would never read again.  And there is now space on my keeper shelf.  Knowing that I can find a book again if I really want to has removed my tight grip.  And knowing that somewhere out there my books are being loved really helps.

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Date Posted: 4/20/2009 4:10 AM ET
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I don't have a system really.  I have gone and am going through my shelves and setting up books to read.  I've found some duplicates and some I've forgotten.  My TBR shelf here is just over 600. 

I'm listing all the books I have on my TBR pile at home - not PBS and making these book discoveries! 

Since joing PBS I've actually reduced my at home TBR pile by about 100 books so even though it feeds my addiction I'm cleaning house too, lol

Cheryl, when you retire you'll be lucky to have the time to read.  I can state that because I am retired.  I'm lucky I have insomia otherwise..

 

Edited for a typo.



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Date Posted: 4/20/2009 7:57 AM ET
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I only had about 10 TBR books when I joined.  

I probably have 100 WL books.  I've stopped trying to read only WL books. It was stressing me out. I just read what I want to read and it a book isn't WL anymore when I get to it then it goes on my shelf.

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 9:15 AM ET
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 I don't have a system. I also don't have a large TBR pile, either.

I read books when I feel like reading them except for when I need to plow thru a certain type of book to find some for the book group I lead.

 

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 9:53 AM ET
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I don't have a real system. I had about 50 TBR when I joined and now it is up to 130. some of that is because when friends found out I had joined, they brought me stacks of books. I try to keep the number ordered and the number sent out close to equal so that I am really swapping books, not building up. I do a lot of box of books trades for non-wishlist books, and right now, I am only ordering wish list books and reading wish listed books till I run out of them.

 

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 1:23 PM ET
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I do not have a budget nor do I put my account on hold unless I will actually be on vacation. I just don't post WL books if I can't send them. I took most of the hardcovers that I had listed off my shelf as they're more expensive to send. I can afford one book every now and then right now if it happens to pop up through FIFO. I have a growing stack of WL books to post once I have the money to do so. :)

I have a TBR of more than 100. I just can't help getting more! A lot are gifts from family though. They read a book and then no longer want it so I'm the one to get it. ;)



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Date Posted: 4/20/2009 1:33 PM ET
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I don't have a system or a budget since I don't have a lot of books on my Bookshelf and don't post a lot of WL books at any given time as it's difficult for me to get to the post office since they cut back on their hours on March 2nd. They used to stay open til 6 p.m. so I could run up there after work; they close at 5:00 now so I can only get to the window on Saturday so I have to monitor what I can handle carefully.

I should buy a bunch of stamps so I can mail during the week - that would be a big help for sure.

 

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 2:11 PM ET
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That's what I do.  I have a stack of $1 stamps and some smaller denominations.  Of course I bought my denominations before the last postal increase so I have to over postage sometime.  You just can't use stamps for books over 13oz. 

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 3:50 PM ET
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You can print APC stamps ahead of time for the 13 ounce + books and still drop them in the blue box.