Before I became a published writer, my To Be Read pile was, in fact, a pile by the side of my bed. It made me super happy to look at this pile. It brought me great joy.
Now, a year into being a published writer, I've been blessed enough to have made many many friends in the mystery world. As a result, I've bought their books, I've bought books they've recommended, I've gotten scads of free books at conferences, and I've bought books from my favorite bookstores at every visit.
As a result I know have a smaller two shelf bookshelf exclusively for my TBR books.
And I've found that it is sort of bumming me out. Instead of joy, it seems like a chore. Now, I don't like that at all, so I've decided to bring the love back to my TBR pile and do some purging.
So, this summer I've decided to make a huge dent in this TBR bookshelf.
It works like this. Today was a perfect example of how I am purging.
Walking over to my bookshelf, I picked up a book, sat down and started to read it. Books that didn't grab me were put in a donate pile.
For some books, I stuck around for as many as five chapters before ditching them. Others only held my interest for a few pages.
Let's just say I put six books in the donate pile before I found the one that grabbed me.
The winner? COP TOWN by Karin Slaughter. Now, all I want to do is ignore my family and read this all night long until I reach the end.
Have you ever been totally ruthless about your TBR pile?
I truly believe life is too short to read a book that doesn't make you want to abandon the rest of your life ...
** Confession: On my TBR bookshelf I have one whole shelf that is dedicated to people I know in person who have inscribed a book to me. These books and authors are exempt from this ruthless purging process.