TBR housekeeping – to do or not to do…

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Everybody’s shufflin’… are you old enough for that to start an earworm? I feel like I’m always arranging, rearranging, organising and shuffling my books and also my virtual books. What is this craziness about which I speak? Let me share.

Micky here. Let’s start with the physical books. If you’re a book spender, a book blogger with arcs or both, that creates a space problem unless you’re living in the Beast’s mansion. So it’s inevitable that you’re going to have to shuffle in and shuffle out. With physical arcs, if I really liked the book, I’ll keep them, otherwise I’ll give them away or, on the rare occasion, I’ll trade. It’s the same really with the books I’ve bought that I don’t end up liking, they’ll go to a charity shop. All making room for the new.

I do have a collecting problem when it comes to classics that I love and special edition copies from Goldsboro and The Folio Society if I really love a book. I’m always going to find a place for these. I recently bought a book tree (shelf) just for my tbr…

Now onto the virtual books. I recently did some serious autumn cleaning, what is this fall thing you guys keep talking about? Said clean up was necessary because I have a problem as follows. I had two audible packages on the go – US and UK, usually because I’ve had cheap offers, on top of which I had an audible escape package that had gone past the free trial. I CANCELLED THEM ALL because I’ve spent the last month mainly listening to audio through the library. What the hell, Micky?

Then I went on the biggest tbr clean-up project ever on Goodreads. I went and deleted over 300 books that I would never read now. These books stemmed back from 2012 when I first joined GR and I had rather different taste in books then to now. I cannot tell you how good that purge felt and that I am sadistic because I enjoyed doing the purge, it wasn’t laborious to me. This is on top of the regular kindle clean ups I do. As soon as I’ve read and reviewed a book, I delete it off my kindle, to go live it’s final days in the cloud.

Am I crazy? Am I alone? Do tell.

Hollis says no, you aren’t alone. Last year, probably shortly after the not-yet-repeated unread kindle book count and unread physical book count of 2018, of which we’re quietly just ignoring, I went through and deleted.. at least two hundred books of my GR “want to read” shelf. It was cathartic. Cleansing. Also.. confusing. Who was this person that added so much random, weird, and unknown books to her shelves? I didn’t know her! But I bet she knows the girl who one-clicked all those whacky freebie or dollar books onto my kindle. I bet they are in cahoots.

I had also done a bit of a physical cleanse, too. I had so many books I had been carting around, from move to move, convinced I would read.. but, in my heart of hearts, I knew I probably never would. I got rid of those, too. Sadly I did that purge before counting my unread books so there was no satisfying drop in numbers the way there was for my GR shelf.

But with ARCs, wow. This is an unreal privilege, one I’m not deserving enough to have but will accept anyway, but it’s definitely becoming a problem. Not so much the eARCs, though unlike Micky I don’t delete anything off my kindle because I r a hoarder, but the physicals? I do my best to never request more than I know I can read but the reality is they are just as present as my actual books, the ones I want to keep, so, like Micky, I’m trying to offload, trying to trade, definitely swapping with local bloggers. At least for the ones I’m not hoarding for reasons. But also do I need reasons? See above RE hoarder. But I do collect for certain authors, certain series, and some do become precious to me if I’ve loved them enough.

And so the shuffle continues, the space gets tighter, and I end up searching on wayfair (not sponsored) for shelves that I never get around to buying because I continue to convince myself I’ll get rid of more books.. only for even more to find their way into my home.

What was the point of this blog post again? Beyond baring my bookish soul and confessing to all my bookish sins? Oh right. That’s exactly what it was.


Weigh in below! Do you move out as many books as you bring in? Do you swap with friends? Do you clean off read books from your kindle? Do you have an ARC problem? Hollis will stop asking questions now so you can actually let us know.

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