reading plans for 2008 part I, in which your blogger states his ambitions for the year 2008, divulges the tale of how he created a monster and his subsequent plans to slay it, his success in said plans, and the sufferings he has experienced whilst on this most dangerous of quests
TBR pile on 1 january 2008
“jean pierre” you may say “you do know that its already late february.” to which i’d say, “yes, i know, its taken me ages to write this post. i would’ve liked to have published it sooner but i’ve been so busy.”
to this you may point out the oddnes of posting a reading plan for 2008 when we’re already well into the year in question, and to which i would say… hmm… well, i’d say you have a point there, but there’s still lots of 2008 left. and, while i hadn’t posted these plans up until now, they have indeed been in implementation since the beginning of the year.
so, what are my plans then? well, this will be year 4 in Project TBR Pile.
three years ago i realised that i’d given birth to a monster with my tbr pile. i made a plan to curb my every-growing book mountain by implementing the rule of buying only 1 book for every 2 read. this was a good idea in principle, but the progress was way too slow ’cause it didn’t factor in that i mostly get books for my birthday and christmas, which meant that, coupled with the fact that i read so slowly, my tbr pile actually rose in 2005!!
at the end of 2005 my reading pile had bloated into the high 90s. this may not seem like too much, but if you consider that i read on average about 3 books a month (4 or if i really push it or if they’re short) and get multiple books on gift-giving occasions, then that is a huge mountain for me. also, there are about 150 unread books waiting for me back in south africa too – oh yes, this Tbr Monster Feeding has been happening for quite some time. if i carried on buying freely i could easily see the pile just grow and grow and grow.
in 2006 and 2007 i’ve been a lot more disciplined and kept by buying down to an absolute minimum, only buying for challenges (if i have to), for the odd commitment to the odd author (i always have to buy the new terry pratchett!:) ) and for upcoming films that i’d wanted to read the less than 20 books (and probably around 15).
as a result my tbr pile has now dwindled to somewhere in the teens! hooray! the downside is that i haven’t bought a single book in anger in three years now…! i can’t believe it. 2007 alleviated that somewhat in that i did 2 challenges for the first time and so it was nice to go out and buy books for that.
but there was a distinct feeling that i was only getting those ’cause i was “allowed” to. it was like a school matron deciding you were allowed x amount of books of x genre. i personally, like many of you, love the feeling of going into a bookshop, just any bookshop and picking up and buying a book – whatever it is, for whatever reason. i may like the cover, i may like the description on the back or i may just like the genre…so thats been quite hard for me, not being able to walk into a bookstore and just buy a book.
its been even harder, with discovering all you badass bloggers and salivating over all the nice books you’ve read and going mad like renfield in my little prison of no-book-buying…! as such i’m determined to get my tbr pile down – down to the very ground – so that i can start buying books on a whim again and enjoy that wonderful feeling of seeing a book i like and just buying it!! 😀 oh what joy that’ll be… 🙂
it won’t be totally uncontrolled, however. for one thing, i don’t want to create another tbr pile monster. for another i’ll slowly be bringing books over from south africa, which will be TBR Pile Project II, but that i’ll take in little samples of 10 or so, so it’ll be far easier to buy other books around it. also, i won’t have the full extent of the pile looming ahead of me to intimidate me. it will sort of be the cowardly form of slaying the monster. stealing his arm, and then beating it down and triumphing over it, without it having its other limbs around to help it! 😀
so, how am i currently faring with the pile? well, at the moment the pile stands at a lowly 12 books. that is such a relief! as little as that sounds, those 12 will take some reading, with most of them being in the 500 pages region.
but 12! that is nothing. especially in comparison with the mountain it was before. and visually its so satisfying.
yes, dear friends, the end is in sight…