And by BBA I am of course referring to: Book Buyers Anonymous. Hello, my name is Nikki and I have a serious book buying problem. Are there 12 easy steps I can follow? No? Crap. Let me tell you my problem.
About 2 years ago I started reading in massive quantities. Back then my taste was limited to basically Nora Roberts books. Your standard contemporary romance…only her. I’ve always been a reader but for my teens and early twenties I basically stopped. School, life, boys…whatever, I just stopped. Then I had my son and a screaming baby shortened my days. Ok, fast forward another child and several years, so 2 years ago I picked up a Nora Roberts book…I was entranced. I then borrowed or bought anything by her I could get my hands on. I read damn near her entire backlist over a summer…that is something crazy like 200 books. I eat and breathed them.
Before long I was bored and branched out to other authors in the contemporary romance world. Then I took a leap of faith and started reading paranormal. Then I stumbled on erotica (who would have thought my library had that HA). The list grew and grew.
I started blogging as a way to talk about what I was reading. Work and life have gotten in the way of me reading like the summer I did when found Nora…but that hasn’t stopped me from buying…oh no. I got curious the other day about my TBR pile (to be read) when I saw a blog post somewhere that was talking about how big theirs was. I meandered into my bedroom slightly scared. I knew I had a lot. I haven’t had a ton of time to read them because I also had a massive library list that I was working through. I generally would get one or two off that list at a time as other people brought them back. About a month ago something happened though and my library books all started to come in at once, LOL. I’m now down to one left on my list and it is in my possession as of yesterday..
I started counting the physical books I have (paperbacks and hardbacks) sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. I’m slightly embarrassed to say 140…WHAT??! OMG! I also have 2 physical books for review that are on my priority pile. I also have a Kindle…no I didn’t turn it on because I already know that I downloaded a bunch onto it awhile back…I also grab any free ones I see that I might enjoy and when books go on sale super cheap I buy a few of those. There are probably roughly 80 on there I haven’t read. No joke. On the Kindle I have 2 books for review as well.
Soooo 4 books for review and roughly 200 that I am hoarding. Awesome. Hi, My name is Nikki and I’m a book hoarder. I was too scared to count my entire library..but hey, I’ve read those already so they aren’t the problem. Now, you might say ok, time for a book buying ban. I might even wholeheartedly agree with you. In fact, I’ve only bought 1 book in the past couple of weeks. There is 1 book coming out this month I must buy and 1 next month. Other that that…YIKES. No more. Nikki’s wallet needs a time out. If my husband ever actually went in there and started counting..I’d be done for.
Books sent to me for review are always my priority. The only time they get put off is when I get a library book in. At that point I read the library one first since I only have it for a set amount of time. I have no idea why the library started throwing my whole list at me at once. It was very odd. That hasn’t ever happened before.
So…while I may not be going on a full out book buying ban….I am NOT buying anything unless it’s a absolute must have to complete a series or something of that nature. Flimsy? Yes…ha, gotta give myself an out right?
On top of this I also have 3 full drawers in my china cabinet full. Those are mainly my Nora books and a ton of Harlequin Intrigue and some Hardbacks that don’t fit on the shelves.
This post has been sitting in my folder ready to go for at least two weeks. I kept putting off letting everyone see my craziness but due to work and my inability to finish writing a review last night because my daughter wanted to “snuggle” so short of putting a picture of a cute puppy and saying “sorry, I got nothing” I decided to let the crazy flag fly. So….what do your TBR piles look like?? Can you beat my number? Please, someone please say you can.