Last week I accidentally spilled a little secret. I finally used a gift card received for my birthday two months ago. When my new books arrived, my husband looked a bit taken aback.
It’s only 3 books dear, what seems to be the problem? Oh, the hardcover edition? Well, that is a bit unusual for me; I know I nearly always wait for the paperback or borrow from the library. But you see, I had this gift card, and I’m planning to read each of these in June or July so they won’t be gathering any dust around here.
I heard a little “harrumph,” followed by “That doesn’t sound like ‘not gathering dust’ to me.”
Suppressing a diabolical laugh, I gestured vaguely towards my TBR shelf (and this is where I took leave of my senses), and blurted out how some of those books have been sitting there since 2008.
“Oh, I see,” said he, and I could tell he was making a mental note.
I probably shouldn’t have divulged that little secret. You see, I keep my TBRs tucked away in this bookcase (well, except for my Viragoes and Persephones which have their own shelves … ahem):
I love those doors; they allow me to remain in denial, and until recently allowed my dear husband to remain in blissful ignorance. But I take some pride in knowing these TBRs need only one shelf:
Yes, the shelf is full to overflowing, with upwards of 50 books, 7 of which have been sitting there gathering dust for four years (yes, I do keep track and hey, most of ’em were acquired in 2011, or maybe 2010). But it’s still only. one. shelf. There are far worse TBR management issues out there (you know who you are!). I’m also rather systematically working on reading some of the longer-term members of this little club (for proof, see this month’s book stack).
I didn’t bother properly shelving my shiny new books because … well … there’s no room. And after all, I’m going to read them really soon! Just so you don’t have to squint too hard, these are the titles:
- Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
- Gillespie and I, by Jane Harris
- The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
Do you manage a TBR shelf? Tell me about it in the comments!