Weekly Geeks this week is focusing on hoarding. Check out other responses.
So this week, I am curious about those gigantic TBR piles which readers tend to accumulate. Please share with us your habits, tendencies or obsessions when it comes to hoarding behavior.
Post a photo (or two or three) of your books to-be-read
Share your buying or book accumulating habits - how bad of a problem do YOU have?!?!?
Do you keep all the books you've read, or do you give them away or sell them?
Can you walk past a bookstore and not go in? If you go in, do you impulsively purchase?
I will admit, I am a hoarder. I have books stacked under my bed, on shelves, next to shelves, double stacked on shelves, in Rubbermaid tubs, and pretty much anywhere else I can find to put them. My excuse is always that I am worried that I will run out of something to read. However, a few years ago my sister put this in perspective for me. She estimated that in a very good year, I might read as many as 250 books. At that point, I had over 1,000 books in my TBR stack. So, without even checking anything out from the library, I would be able to read new books for at least four years. I am sure she did this to prove to me that I really am not going to run out of things to read, and perhaps discourage me from buying more books, but I can't really say her calculations have changed my behavior much.
I have tried to be a little more aware of how much money I am spending on books, and have also been trying to use the library instead of purchasing things to own. Yet, I do a good job of not purchasing for a while, and then fall back into the same behavior as before.
I love to have my own library, and giving away books is very hard for me. I am also trying to be realistic - I do not want my house to look cluttered at every turn. So, unless I really plan on re-reading something, I have started the process of giving some books away after I finish them. This is also making me think a bit more about purchasing books - do I really want to spend $16-$20 on a book, only to give it away? Right now I have three daughters who I hope will want to read a lot of the childrens and YA books I own, so those are definitely harder for me to get rid of because someone may actually want to read them again in a few years.
I don't have a lot of bookstores around me that I get to browse in all that often. My biggest temptation is Amazon. One click shopping is so easy and painless because I can't even see the money leave my hands.
Reading a few other posts about hoarding makes me at least not feel quite as alone in my book hoarding. And, this is not a problem only for book purchases, but is also a problem at the library since I want (and deserve!) each and every new book that is in. I have a very hard time leaving a library without checking something out.