Managing the TBR pile – part 3

I’ve posted a couple of times in the past about managing my “To Be Read” (TBR) pile and the turn of the year is a great opportunity to see if I’ve made any progress.

I didn’t have any specific plans for 2019 but there is always a general plan to get some of the older books read (and reviewed), prevent the unread books creeping on to the floor around the bookshelves and keeping the shelves of read books well-organised.

As with 2018 there has been something of a dip in books coming in from publishers. In fact this year I think you could say that it’s crashed rather than dipped, I’ve only gained 23 books over the last year (this was written excluding any Christmas books), a mixture of gifts, purchases, Netgalleys and just seven were physical review copies from publishers.

I’ve read 31 books at the time of writing, so that’s a net book deficit of 8 – progress! This means I’ve also read (and reviewed) some books that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. Although it’s a little awkward when the PR info that I’ve kept with a book refer to a publicist who has got married, had a baby and is no longer at the publisher 😂.

My reading for this year has been a bit down – the combination of not commuting and having a puppy.

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I’ve posted 21 reviews so far this year although am hoping to get a backlog of about a dozen books to review (yes, some were read in 2018) but I might skip posting a few where I didn’t really enjoy the book.

We have built new bookshelves which are now the home for most of our hardback fiction. The consequence of this has been the ability to unpack all the ‘read’ books we have and get rid of a few titles that we’re not particularly fond of. The ‘TBR’ shelves have also seen a little bit of a clear out.

Now for some other stats. That ‘To Read’ bookcase has 152 (it was 179 a year ago) books on it, there are 82 (103) books to read packed in boxes and there are 37 (39) still to read on my kindle. Looks like my clear out made a bit of a dent but unfortunately slowing down on my reading means it’s actually going to take me longer to get to the end of the TBR than it was a year ago.

I’ve no specific plans for 2020, I’m currently job hunting so having a commute, or not, may affect my reading time. It’s a shame that I’ve received so little from publishers (I’m obviously grateful for what I have received) but I do feel I’m missing out on the continuation of a lot of series I’ve been enjoying and I’m not ‘in the loop’ so much with the popular books of the year. I need to get back to the library and borrow a few titles that I want to catch up on, although as I often have the dog with me when I’m passing they may not be very welcoming!

So how do you manage your arrivals and keep on top of your ‘to read’ books? How has 2019 been for your TBR?


  1. Good luck with the job hunting! but in the meantime I am trying to make myself take the treadmill less seriously. There are too many series to keep up with in real time and all you can do – all anyone should do – is let your reading be directed by your current interest and imagination. Otherwise our hobby becomes a chore. Of course, I may be saying this because I, like you, have received fewer books this year!

  2. I think we all have those years where other things happen, so that we don’t read as much as we did/would like to read. Still, you got a good amount of reading done, and that’s great. Wishing you much success with your job search.

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