Thursday, July 16, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - TBR

Today's BTT question asks:

Do you keep all your unread books together, like books in a waiting room? Or are they scattered throughout your shelves, mingling like party-goers waiting for the host to come along?

My answer:

For the most part, I keep all of my unread books in one spot. There is a bookcase in my bedroom especially for tbr books. However, some classic tbr's occupy space in our main family room bookcase. Here you will find The Woman in White shelved next to The Moonstone. Death Comes for the Archbishop waits patiently beside My Antonia and O Pioneers!, and Summer is tucked in between The Custom of the Country and The House of Mirth. A few others on this shelf include Bleak House, To The Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, and Light in August (maybe a good read for next month?).

TBR library books are stacked on a small table or on the windowsill near my favorite reading/blogging chair. I like to keep them separate from books I own - it's easier to renew or return them on time that way.

Finally, there is my 'immediate tbr pile' on the nightstand. These are books that I plan to start very soon, and is usually no more than 2 or 3 books high. Sometimes, however, I'll get too ambitious and it grows to six or more, but I don't like that to happen too often. That's when I tend to rush through one book to get to the next...and my enjoyment decreases as the pile shrinks.

How about you? Where do your tbr books 'belong'?

Visit today's Booking Through Thursday post to see all the answers.


  1. I find I have a similar thing--I like to sometimes make a good dent in my TBR, rushing through to get to the next, but then find it's not quite as enjoyable.

  2. My TBR books are usually stored on my bookcase, library books are on the dining room table. Magazines can usually be found on my bedside table as I'm rubbish at reading books in bed at night...Zzzzz.

  3. I only keep my poetry books separate. Otherwise, all my books end up mixed!

    TBR: mixed reactions?

  4. I love this post! I might follow your lead!

    Stop by today! I have an award for you! :)

  5. I like your organization scheme :-) very nice :-)

  6. I mainly have my books in my guest room in bins and boxes, some stacked haphazardly. LOL

  7. Literature Crazy - It's a good feeling to whittle down that tbr pile, but I like to savour and enjoy what I'm reading - even if I don't get through as many books.

    Darlene - I like to read in bed at night, but I never last as long as I'd like...sleep wins out!

    Gautami - I only have a couple of poetry books. I really need to try and read more of it.

  8. Miss Remmers - Thank you!! I'll be by in just a few minutes!

    Marie - Thanks. It works for me, so I'll stick with it for now.

    Yvonne - I think we could all do with a few more bookcases ;-)

  9. They're in my scrap book room housed in several bookcases!!

  10. Lucky you having a whole bookcase for your TBRs! Happy BTT!

  11. Your books are everywhere :)

    Mine is only in my bookshelf and no clasification on unread and read

  12. I get slightly too ambitious too sometimes and the pile by my bed threatens to topple over me while I sleep. Death by books. :-p

  13. Staci - Oh cool to have a scrap book room/library!

    Dot - I love that extra bookcase. Thanks for visiting!

    Bokunosekai - Sometimes it's easier when they are all in one place...

    Mae - Death by books - lol! What a way to go...


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