I have a lot of books. This is not new information to anyone who has read this blog or has spent longer than five minutes with me. I love to read – always have. I’ve also been cursed with a collector mentality so I have a hard time parting with my books. Many books I buy purely for collection purposes. Weird old book about aliens? You better believe I’m buying that. I may not necessarily read it, but I have it.
The books that are waiting to be read are carefully organized in my TBR piles – To Be Read. I’ve found that it works best if my TBR books aren’t mingling with the rest of my collection. It’s an out of sight, out of mind thing. I like to have them in a specific place so when I reach for a new book I have lots of options rather than running out to buy something new.
However, my TBR pile has gotten rather large and unruly so I thought I would show you guys my 2-phase system of organization for my TBRs.
Say hello to Phase 1.
Phase 1 of my TBR pile lives in the office. When I get new books, they live in here. This is basically the waiting area. Within Phase 1, I categorize the books. Short stories, fiction, true crime, non-fiction all get stacked together. I like to bounce back and forth between fiction/non-fiction so it helps me to have things organized like this before books get moved to Phase 2.
This is Phase 2.
Phase 2 lives on my nightstand. These are the books that are on deck – the ones I’ll reach for as soon as I need something new to read. I keep a selection of fiction and non-fiction so I’m always ready for the next one. And I do grab a new book as soon as I’ve finished one. I’m never without something to read! Usually Phase 2 is much more fulsome, but I’ve been trying to clear it out completely before I add in new books from Phase 1. Otherwise, I’ll get all excited about the newcomers and these books will no doubt end up at the bottom of the TBR list once again. It’s always difficult not to read new books immediately, so I do make some exceptions if something especially exciting makes its way to my place. I never stray from my fiction/non-fiction rule though – I’ve been doing that for years and it works well to keep me from getting into a rut.
Basically, I don’t need to buy another book for a few years, but we all know that that will never happen.